312 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Hostel Activities

Our dedicated activities staff offer lots of fun tours and social events, where you can meet up with other travelers and explore the city.

In addition to the regular schedule listed below, different activities are programmed every week, so be sure to check our activities board on the second floor. Also see our event calendar to for other free/low-cost outings in San Francisco. 

*Groups of 8 or more: Please contact our community engagement coordinator directly to ensure that we can accommodate you prior to the event.* 

Movie and Pizza Night
Mondays, 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Get comfortable and cozy every Monday in our theater room, where we'll be screening a movie and serving some pizza. What could be better than a good flick and some good food? 

Bike the Bay
Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $18 for bike rental (with $100 deposit); $11 for optional ferry ride
Ellysa takes you on a scenic bike ride through the city and across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and back. Stops include the Ferry Building, Fisherman's Wharf, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, Crissy Field, The Palace of Fine Arts, and the Golden Gate. Read more...
Helmets are required, and you must know how to ride a bicycle. 

Hills of San Francisco Walking Tour
Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Join your guide Henry for an extensive walk along the streets and over the hills of some of San Francisco's most scenic neighborhoods. Learn the history and enjoy the views of Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill, Nob Hill, North Beach, and Chinatown. See some of the oldest homes in town as well as Lombard Street, Coit Tower, hidden gardens, stairways and alleys. Bring water, a snack, camera, pen, paper, and a map. Read more...
Note: This tour leaves from HI San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf. 

Bay Area Beer Tasting
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm
Cost: free!
Join El in the lounge at 6:00 pm to try three beers from the Bay Area. Learn a little about the beers, some local history and meet new friends!  This activity is free and for guests 21 and older.

Aunt Charlie's Drag Show 
Every 4th Wednesday, 9:00pm
Cost: Free
On the last Wednesday of every month, join El in a Drag Show experience of a lifetime! San Francisco Drag culture is alive and well in Downtown San Francisco. Meet in the lobby at 9:00pm and take the short stroll to Aunt Charlie's Lounge for the "The Dream Queens Revue!" So much outrageousness glitz, and fabulicious-ness that you'll be leaving a trail of sequins all the way home.

Homemade Dinner "Surprise"
Thursdays, 6:30 - When the food runs out!
Cost: $5
Hey kids -- don't forget to eat before you drink! Enjoy a tasty dinner before our Thursday night pub crawl. It's $5, but the first two volunteer cooks eat free (so get there early!). Meet fellow hostellers and plan your weekend in San Francisco over a hearty meal (cuisine varies weekly -- it's a surprise!), then head out on our weekly pub crawl.

Tri-Hostel Pub Crawl
Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. - midnight
Cost: Pay for your own drinks
Put on your drinking shoes, grab your ID (gotta be 21!), and join Ellysa and Mel for our weekly pub crawl. Sip some brew (or a cosmo? tequila?) at five of the best bars along Polk Street, near our HI San Francisco City Center and Downtown hostels. Meet a bunch of other travelers and enjoy a night out in SF!

Chinatown Walking Tour
Fridays, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Join your fellow hostellers for a trip to one of San Francisco's oldest and most captivating neighborhoods: Chinatown. Though it's only a few blocks away from HI San Francisco Downtown, Chinatown is another world unto itself, bustling with shops and buzzing with people. Explore hidden alleyways, sip various Chinese teas, see mysterious historic temples, and visit the famous San Francisco Fortune Cookie Factory.

History of San Francisco Social Movements
Downtown Walking Tour
Saturdays, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free!
This fantastic walking tour with our volunteer, Dave, is pretty fast-paced, so get those walking shoes ready for a historic stroll (or power walk) through San Francisco. Explore the city's most interesting 'hoods, like Downtown, Nob Hill, and the Financial District at a swift and spritely pace.

Mission District Walking Tour
Saturdays, 12:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Wanna know where San Franciscans go to escape the fog? On weekends they make a beeline to the Mission, where the chances of it being sunny are high, and where art, culture, and nightlife thrive. Spend your Saturday like a local! We'll have a drink in a beer garden, eat a burrito, and people watch in Dolores Park. We'll also throw in a bit of history, and check out some murals and street art along the way.Find out more...

Sangria Sunday! 
Sundays, 5:00 p.m. 
Cost: Free! 
Front Desk Manager and resident sangria specialist Lovisa invites guest for a drink and some snacks in HI SF Downtown's upstairs lounge every Sunday. Gather with some new friends for a glass of the fruity Spanish punch, plus some crackers, cheeses, proscuitto, dried fruit and nuts while you get to learn a bit about each other and San Francisco.