Do-Good Huggers Hit Downtown S.F. for HugFest 2014

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Don't Hug Me, Bro!

Whether you're a hug enthusiast or the polar opposite, we here at SF Weekly felt it was our public service to inform warn you downtowners that Market Street Plaza is to be overturned by do-good huggers, Thursday, March 20 at 11 a.m.

Action For Happiness, a movement for positive social change, sets sights on spreading joy through free hugs. The group is increasing in numbers, and -- as aforementioned -- they plan to hit Market Street Plaza, during lunch hour, in full force. Action For Happiness created Eventbrite and Facebook pages for their campaign, which they have dubbed "HugFest 2014," where you can sign up to participate, buy swag, or make donations.

If you're anything like my haphephobic (one who is afraid to be touched) friends and I, you will steer clear of Market Street Plaza Thursday. So don't be surprised if you see me snake through the crowd of clawing huggers to get my burrito on at Chipotle. Don't worry, I'll be armed with a boom box blasting MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" on repeat.

For events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF, Adrian at @adrianrrodri, and like us on Facebook

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