Free Hugs at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market (lunchtime)

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Santa Monica Wednesday Farmers Market

155-199 Arizona Avenue

Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Mid-Week, Mid-Day Free Hugs in Santa Monica!

Join us at lunchtime on Wednesday for free hugs at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. The hugs we offer are free and your attendance at this event is free, too.

I'll be offering hugs for 30 minutes from 12:30-1:00pm. (I'm fitting this into my lunch hour. Maybe you can, too!)

I'll bring some laminated signs that say "Free Hugs." You can borrow one for free (first come first served) or buy one for $6.00. Or if you're feeling creative, make your own!

As with all of our events, all touch is consensual - with each other and the public.

Tell me about the Santa Monica Farmer's Market

The market is on Arizona Ave. from Ocean Blvd. to 4th Street.

Widely known to be one of the best outdoor produce markets in the country, the Santa Monica Farmers Market has been drawing LA chefs and individual shoppers to its Third Ave Promenade space since 1981. Local farmers provide seasonal produce like on-the-vine tomatoes and artichokes, fresh flowers and herbs, and limited, speciality goods like watermelon cucumbers. The Wednesday market is especially known as a seen-and-be-seen among the city's chefs who are on the hunt for their weekly ingredients.

Where will we meet?

We'll meet at Arizona and Second Street.

What will be exactly do?

First, we'll stand and hold up our signs. If there's enough of a crowd and good hugging going on we'll stay there for the duration. We may also take a walk along Arizona with our signs and give hugs along the way. If you don't see me when you arrive, just walk along Arizona and look for the FREE HUGS sign. I'll be out from 12:30-1:00pm.

Be mindful to only give hugs to those that want them. And remember that if a person chooses not to receive a hug, they are doing a great job of taking care of themselves. We can honor that! (And it will be all the sweeter when someone who really wants the experience comes up for a hug. It's very satisfying!)

Who will be there?

This event will be lead by me - Cuddle Sanctuary Founder, Jean Franzblau.

Once upon a time I opened a magazine and saw a bunch of people happily cuddling. I thought to myself, “That’s for me!” I feel that relaxing together and cuddling is human and beautiful. That’s why I founded Cuddle Sanctuary – the Los Angeles destination for touch positive events and professional cuddling since 2014. I believe our world would be a much better place if more people could get enough connection, attention and hugs. In terms of my background, I graduated cum laude with a BA in communications from UCLA and have appeared on BuzzFeed, TLC, The Insider, FusionTV, KCET and Comedy Central. I'm also a professional cuddler. : - )

A note for Cuddle Sanctuary regulars

During our weekly workshops, we give careful thought and ask ourselves, "do I really want a hug?" In contrast, at a free hug event, we shift the attention to being of service to the community and being a "yes" to those that are brave enough to accept a hug from a stranger. If that's feels like something you'd like to experience, come try it out! You can always come on out and if you decide it's not for you, just return the sign to me and call it a day!

If you'd like to organize a free hugs event, contact Thanks!

Getting There

We encourage public transportation if you can. Here's a link to the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus. And here's a link to the Metro Trip Planner.

Parking Info:

1) Fees for Downtown Santa Monica Parking Structures (numbered 1–9)

Operates 24 hours daily

First 90 minutes free, $1 for the next hour, $1.50 each additional 30 minutes, $14 maximum daily

Special hours and flat rates between $10 and $20 may apply to all lots during special citywide events

The first two levels in all structures, will be dedicated to 3 hour parking only.

All-day parking is available on all upper levels.

2) Santa Monica Library Parking Fees (601 Santa Monica Blvd)
• First 30 minutes Free
• Next 2 hours $1 per hour
• Each add’l 30 minutes $1
• Daily max $10 weekdays, $5 weekends

3) Civic Center Parking Fees (333 Civic Center Dr, Santa Monica, CA 90401)

• Operates 24 hours daily
• First 30 minutes free, $1 for each additional hour, $5 maximum daily

4) Santa Monica Place Valet

• Valet parking is available on 2nd Street between Broadway and Colorado Avenue at Santa Monica Place Shopping Center. First two hours $10.00 wtih an additional $2.00 for every 30 minutes with a max rate of $20.00.

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