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.
Bike the Bridge
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $18 for bike rental (with $100 deposit); $10 for optional ferry ride
Melanie takes you on a scenic bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, and a ferry ride back to the city. The first stop is one of our bike rental partners, where we'll pick up bikes and helmets. Then we'll hit the road for a relaxing ride past the Palace of Fine Arts, through the Presidio, and over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge -- an incredible experience for anyone! We'll continue to the bayside town of Sausalito for some lunch by the waterfront, and you'll have the option of taking the ferry back to the city -- it's a mini bay-cruise past Alcatraz with great views of San Francisco the whole way.
Hills of San Francisco Walking Tour
Wednesdays, 9:00 a.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 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.
San Francisco Treats
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Meet in the lounge for local food tasting and some good conversation. Taste bread, chocolate, cheeses, and other treats made right here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Pasta Dinner at Cafe Franco
Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $3 for a bowl of pasta; $10 for pasta, salad, and a glass of wine.
On Thursdays, a family-style pasta dinner is served up in Cafe Franco. A great way to fuel up before the pub crawl!
Tri-Hostel Pub Crawl
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. - midnight
Cost: Pay for your own drinks
Join up with guests from our HI San Francisco City Center and Downtown hostels for our famous tour of local pubs. Three hostels and six bars makes for one memorable evening! (21 and over)
Chinatown Walking Tour
Fridays, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
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 HI San Francisco 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. Note: This tour leaves from HI San Francisco City Center.
History of San Francisco Social Movements
Downtown Walking Tour
Schedule subject to change - ask about this week's tour when you check in.
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 Mixed Bag
Saturdays, 11:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Pay for your own lunch/drinks
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.
Sundays - Thursdays, 8:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Relax with a flick and free popcorn in our theater-style TV room.