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.


Bike the Bay
Mondays, 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.

Bay Area Brewers: Local Beer Tasting
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Many San Francisco visitors have a trip to Napa somewhere on their itinerary. Wine Country, after all, is one highlight of the California experience. But vino isn’t the only beverage to sample around here, and to ensure that our awesome locally brewed brews get some love, we host a weekly beer tasting in our second-floor lounge. Enjoy a rotating sampling of beer from local breweries like Lagunitas, Anchor Steam, and Trumer Pils.

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 the San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Hostel.

Pizza on The Rock: Movie Night
Wednesdays, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Join us for a screening of The Rock, a '90s thriller about chemical warfare and escaping from Alcatraz, with some amazing shots of San Francisco! We’ll also dish up free pizza (which is the best kind of pizza, really).

Housemade Dinner "Surprise"
Thursdays, 6:45 - 8:00 p.m.
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.

Polk Street 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 six of the best bars along Polk Street, near our 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 our Downtown Hostel, 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.

Cheese and Wine
Fridays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Join us on Friday evenings to sample California wine and cheeses. Mix and mingle with fellow travelers, whet your appetite for San Francisco’s nightlife, then hit the town together, or settle in to plan your next day's adventure.

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 Mixed Bag
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.