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Free Hugs at the Santa Monica Pier for National Hug Day

  • Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA, 90401 United States (map)

Celebrate National Hug Day with us!

Join Jean and Fei for Free Hugs on the Santa Monica Pier. The Pier is full of international tourists who love seeing Free Hugs signs.

• Where to meet us

We'll meet at the beginning of the pier at the top of the stairs that lead down to the beach. The spot is close the entrance of Bubba Gump restaurant. Look for us in our purple Cuddle Sanctuary t-shirts holding signs and hugging people.

• Timing

At 2:10pm, we'll move down the pier giving hugs as we go. We'll be giving free hugs until 3:00pm. Feel free to stay longer if you wish. Expect crowds of happy people and lots of fun.

• What to bring:

Free Hugs sign
Sun screen
Sun hat if you need it

Avoid bringing bulky bags to keep your hands free for hugging.

Free Hugs Tip:
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!)

Ready to get inspired?

Here's the guy who started the Free Hugs movement:

• Arrival & Parking

You could take the Expo Line to Downtown Santa Monica, or consider a rideshare service like Lyft/Uber.

Here's the Big Blue Bus:

Here's the Metro:

If you're driving, there is parking on the Pier deck, accessible via the ramp at Ocean and Colorado. There are also two lower lots accessible via Appian Way. Here's a parking map:

Earlier Event: January 20