685 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

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 in the lobby. Also see our event calendar to for other free/low-cost outings in San Francisco.

Mondays, 8:00 p.m. 
Join your fellow hostellers for a couple of rounds of the traditional Mexican card game Loteria, which is similar to bingo, except players try to match pictures on cards instead of numbers. Get stuck in a bit of friendly competition and have some fun with new friends! 

Totally 80s Tuesday
Tuesdays, ALL DAY
Big hair and spandex are (sort of) back every Tuesday when the hostel celebrates the 80s with music, movies, video games, and some quirky themed gifts for guests.  

Bike the Bay 
Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Cost: $16 for bike rental (with $100 deposit) and $12.50 for optional ferry ride 
Izar and El take you on a scenic bicycle ride through the city and across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and back. Stops include the Palace of Fine Arts in the Presidio and Crissy Field, and lunch will be enjoyed overlooking the bay from Sausalito. Helmets are required, and you must know how to ride a bicycle. Read more...
Note: This tour leaves from HI San Francisco Downtown hostel.  

Hills of San Francisco Walking Tour 
Wednesdays, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
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 old homes in town as well as Lombard Street, Coit Tower, hidden gardens, stairways and alleys. Bring water, a snack, camera, pen and paper. Read more…
Note: This tour leaves from HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf hostel. 

Chinese Tea Tasting 
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 8:00 p.m. 
Our resident “tea master” Anthony shares various Chinese teas, explains their health benefits, and reveals some of the mysticism in San Francisco tea culture. Or, in Anthony’s words: “How often will you get to see a Greek Goth American performing an ancient Chinese tradition?” 

Mystical Greek Coffee 
2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 8:00 p.m. 
Anthony switches it up on Wednesdays with a Greek/Turkish-style coffee demonstration followed by a tasting and some mystical delights! Sign up at the front desk. 

Dia de los Tacos
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. 
Cost: $2
Fuel up before the pub crawl with tasty homemade tacos served at Ivy's Cafe! You'll get to mix and mingle with fellow guests, get to experience a signature San Francisco food, and leave full knowing that proceeds of your dinner will be going to a local non-profit. 

Tri-Hostel Pub Crawl 
Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. 
Cost: Pay for your own drinks 
Enjoy a classic night out in San Francisco with guests from HI SF Downtown and HI SF Fisherman’s Wharf! The famous tour includes stops at three awesome bars and a chance to make friends from all over the world! You must be 21 and older to join.  

I'm in Love with the 90s
Fridays, ALL DAY
Who doesn't like a bit of 90s nostalgia? Awesome music, bright clothes, great pop culture! Every Thursady the hostel will be a time warp celebrating the great decade with music, movies, and gifts all day. 

Chinatown Walking Tour 
Fridays, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Cost: Free! 
Let Anthony take you on a trip to one of San Francisco’s oldest and most captivating neighborhoods: Chinatown. The area 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. 

Mission District Walking Tour
Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Cost: Free! 
Want to 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 Saturdays like a local! You’ll get to 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…

Movie Macabre Mixer
Saturdays, 10:00 p.m. 
Cost: Free! 
Night owls and insomniacs can gather in the hostels common areas for a free screening of movies that give thrills and chills! There'll be vintage horror movies, yummy snacks and a chance to mingle in Ivy's. 

Supper of Love 
1st and 3rd Sunday, 8:00 p.m. 
Cost: $2
Join us for a homemade dinner every Sunday! 

SOLACE: Meditative Music Hour
2nd and 4th Sunday, 8:30 p.m. 
Inspired by his stays within monastaries, temples, and ashrams of various spiritual traditions, Anthony will share in chants from around the world during a meditative music hour. There'll be instruments and lyrics so guests can participate in the music making, and afterwards you can reflect on the experience over a cup of homemade chai and a vegetarian Indian dinner.