The Festival can’t happen without the help of volunteers. We rely on volunteers to help with all aspects of the Festival, from office tasks to ushering to on-site support during events.
The commitment can be as little as 4 hours and you choose your volunteer task based on your availability and interests. See the description of our various volunteering opportunities below.
Many of these opportunities occur only during the summer festival, but volunteers are also needed to help with various activities throughout the year.
How to Volunteer
Complete the volunteer application below. This is a brief survey to collect information on how to contact you, your interests, and your past experience with the festival. You will then be contacted via email to arrange a time to volunteer.
Festival Volunteer Jobs
Help bands performing on the Festival stage, sell their merchandise, and serve as a second information booth.
CHILDREN’S VISUAL ARTS ACTIVITIES
Assist the KidzArt team as they guide children (and their parents) through hands-on arts and crafts activities.
Help CFA performers feel comfortable by assisting backstage and providing food.
ARTS & CRAFTS LOAD IN/LAST
Assist artists participating in the Invitational Arts & Craft Show in uploading and loading artwork from their vehicles.
Help answer phones during the festival and relay messages to staff.
Provide the welcoming face of the Festival. Volunteers provide information, answer questions, provide programs, distribute and collect surveys, and sell Festival merchandise.
ARTS & CRAFTS ARTIST SUPPORT
Provide relief breaks to participating visual artists.
Assist Columbia Association’s Open Space staff in maintaining the lakefront by picking up trash and making sure trash cans and recycle bins aren’t overflowing.
Post roadside signs for the Festival prior to Lakefest and remove afterward.
Performance Artist Opportunities
Inspire and engage our community through the arts. Each year the Columbia Festival of the Arts accepts submissions from local and regional performers to participate in the Festival.
Please check back soon for our artist application.
There are no job opportunities available at the moment. Thank you for your interest!