FREE HUGS at First Thursday

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.


This is not limited to members of Weirdery Austin, so the number of RSVPs may not reflect how many people will be there giving out free hugs.


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  • Don

    For those of you who haven't done this before and may be having second thoughts about coming:

    I was the same way for a long time. Another group I was a member of "advertised" the "Free Hugs at First Thursday" event every month; I had thought of going for almost a year before I went to my first Free Hugs event, after that first one, I've gone almost every month. And because I enjoy it so much, I added it to Weirdery Austin's meetups.

    Once you give out your first few hugs, you'll realize how friendly the people are and how much the people who want hugs appreciate your being there and giving giving them a hug.

    So, show up and experience it for yourself.

    I do encourage you to make your own sign, but I will have extra signs if you don't make your own. If you do make your own sign, remember to make the lettering stand out from the background, so it can be easily read from several feet away. Black (or dark red or dark blue) letters on a white background are simple and easiest to do.

    October 2, 2013

  • Don

    @Odalys I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've always wanted to do this!!!

    September 26, 2013

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