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.

Chinese Tea Tasting
Mondays, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Cost: Free!
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?"


Dia de los Tacos
Tuesdays, 8:00p.m.
Cost: $2.00
Enjoy a homemade taco dinner (San Francisco-style)!


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. Note: This tour leaves from HI San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf.


Wild West Wednesdays
Wednesdayss, 9:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Welcome to the "Wild West"! Enjoy modern WESTERNS projected in our lobby, each Wednesday evening. Free Popcorn!


Polk Street Pub Crawl
Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. - ?
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 six 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. Note: This tour leaves from HI San Francisco Downtown.


Mission District Tour
Saturdays, 12:00 - 3:00 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. Note: This tour leaves from HI San Francisco Downtown.


Sunday Dinner
Sundays, 8:00p.m- when it is finished!
Cost: $2 (for Glide Memorial Church Meals Program)
Join us for a homemade dinner, every Sunday!


GLIDE Memorial Church Service
Every 2nd Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free!
Come and experience the world famous GLIDE Memorial Church Gospel Singers! During the service, learn about GLIDE's amazing work within our local community and with San Francisco's homeless. After, you are welcome to volunteer serving a meal!


Karaoke Challenge
3rd Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Accept out karaoke challenge and take the stage every 3rd Tuesday at HI San Francisco City Center. Each month, our theme changes, but prizes are always to be won or you may get 'silly stringed' trying!