June 14-30, 2019


The Festival can’t happen without the help of volunteers. We rely 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.

Why volunteer with the Festival? It’s an opportunity to have fun through helping to make the arts available to all. Volunteers who help at Festival events receive a free t-shirt, free stand-by seating to ticketed events, invitation to the volunteer picnic in July, and other free gifts.

Festival Volunteer Jobs


Help with various administrative needs prior to the Festival.


Help bands performing on the Festival stage sell their merchandise, and sell Festival merchandise.


Assist artists participating in the Invitational Arts & Craft Show in unloading and loading artwork from their vehicles.


Provide information, answer questions, provide programs, and distribute and collect surveys.


Help CFA performers feel comfortable by assisting backstage and providing food.


Provide relief breaks to participating visual artists.


Assist the KidzArt team as they guide children (and their parents) through hands-on arts and crafts activities.


Team members will help generate ideas, engage in outreach to local organizations who have an interest in sustainability, and help with other details as needed.  We will meet once a month and also communicate via email as needed.

How to Volunteer

The first step is to complete the application below. This is very short survey to collect information on how to contact you, your interests, and your past experience with the Festival. You will then be contacted as volunteer needs arise.

Questions? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at susan@columbiafestival.com

Volunteer Application



Most of these opportunities occur only during the summer festival, but some volunteers are also needed to help with various activities throughout the year.

The Festival wants to thank the Board of Trustees and the following volunteers for their support at LakeFest and ticketed events in 2018:

Madeline Albright
Peter Axelrod
Honi Bamberger
Anne Barker
Mae Beale
Arlene Blume
Kit Bonham
Doug Brice
Nan Brown
Dottie Byers
Volcan Cakmaki
Martha Calabrese
Ann Carberry
Berni Carrieri
Sharon Chaiklin
Claudia Charity
Yifang Chen
Judy Combs
Janet Dabu
Athena Dalrymple
Scott Dalrymple
Ramsey Davies
Don Dey
Doug Douglas
Steve Drakos
Ruth Drucker
Alison Ebert
Deborah Ekweozoh
Kate Farber
Cliff Feldwick
Danielle Ferguson
Barbara Fowler
Dave Frankel
Sue Frankel
Tara Gary
Matt Gaver
Diane Gibbons Lesko
Amy Ginsberg
Carol Gleason
Laura Grandner
Leslie Gulman
Marilyn Handwerger
Charlotte Harris
Sondra Haskins

Dee Hearle
Susan Hellenbrand
Nancy Hernandez
Kelli Hillmar
Karen Holland
Jessica Hsin
Inge Hyder
Ogechi Ihegbe
Marie Jansen
Terri Johnson
Cody Jones
Kati Kain
Dale Kane
Scott Kane
Barbara Kaplan
Theodora(Theo) Karr
Stephanie Kidwell
Nancy Knouse
Donna Koelle
Diane Kowalski
Christina Lane
Melissa Leffler
Cheryl Liverpool-Cummins
Emily Loghmani
Yvonne Lund
Wayne Lund
Donna Lyman
Leslie Macfarlane
Matthew Madera
Jean Maliuat
Avon Martin
Barbara McClayton
Jacquie McLaughlin
Maureen McNary
Jean McQuaid
Joy Meacham
Cookie Milam
Roger Milam
Diane Miller
Marti Toronto Miller
Linda Monti
Maeve Mooney
Poonam More

Barbara Moyer
Sarah Nelson
Mary Nicholsonne
Keren Orzach
Vandoar Patterson
Audrey Paulino
Karla Pearce
Charla Phillips
Cheryl Plaisance
Daisy Prasad
Rosemary Robinson
Jean Rosenberg
Roland Russoli
Rose Salvo
Barry Schiffer
Stephanie Schuster
Lisa Shelton
Susan Smith
Allison Sokoll
Janice Strauss
Richard Strauss
David Suzuki
Amy Taylor
Seth Taylor
Laurie Thorner
Stephanie Ulman
Kathy Urie
Louise Villarreal
Loretta Antoinette Walker
Donald R. Walker Jr
Zhengfang Wang
Sandy Wen
Yvonne West
Natalie Whylie
Karen Wilson
Laura Wilson
Matt Wilson
Julie Wolf
Joyce Wronka
Phyllis Yigdall
Judy Zaller
Jeff Zaller
David Zeitzer