addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwchatcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrosseditemptyheartfacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgoogleimagesinstagramlinklocation-pinmagnifying-glassmailminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1outlookpersonplusprice-ribbonImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruseryahoo

FREE HUGS at First Thursday. An Informal Meetup.

Bring a sign that says "FREE HUGS".  There will usually be people there who have extra signs;  so, if you decide you want to come at the last minute, and don't have your own sign, come anyway.


I usually stay for about an hour.


There is street parking or you can park in the parking lot of the church across the street for $5.


Bring water to drink, if it is warm, you will sweat!


I'm on the far right of the photo.











Signs should have good contrast.  Black letters on white paper or cardboard is good.  You need to be able to hold on to the sign while you are hugging, so keep that in mind.  I make my signs from 14" x 11"  posterboard (buy at a drugstore, craft store, Big Lots, etc.) using a wide point black permanent marker.  Make the letters big and bold.  the posterboard I use is thin enough that I can copy the lettering from an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper printed with "FREE HUGS" (Using a font size that fills the page in landscape mode.).  I use a window (during daylight) as a light box to do the copying.


Be respectful of the people walking by, some people will want hugs, others won't.


Give hugs to people who want them.  Have fun.


If people want to, we can go to a bar or restaurant after we finish hugging.


RSVPs are not required, but nice to do so other people won't think they will be the only one from Weirdery Austin there.


Join or login to comment.

  • Lisa L.

    Found the Sick Puppies You Tube Free Hugs Video a few years back! What a concept of Random and Timely Pure Awesomeness!

    April 26, 2013

    • Don

      I saw a few videos too, before I started giving out free hugs. It is as much fun as it looks in the videos. What most videos can't show is how rewarding it is when you give a hug to someone who really feels the need for a hug and you know they, almost certainly, wouldn't have gotten one it your weren't there.

      1 · April 28, 2013

    • Lisa L.

      @Don da da Don! Yes, and it gives me warmth & chills every time I watch it! In fact, imma post it to my Facebook right now! Too gr8 not to share!

      May 2, 2013

  • Lisa L.

    Sorry couldn't make it tonight. See y'all next time. The brrr didn't keep me away, cuz i gots a WARM Heart! ;)

    May 2, 2013

  • Faithful J.

    I just ordered a Free Hugs shirt. I'm so there :-)

    1 · April 27, 2013

7 went

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy