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.
Why volunteer with the Festival? It’s an opportunity to have fun through helping to make the arts available to all. Ninety-five percent of last year’s volunteers said they will be back again in 2018! 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.
How to Volunteer
There are 3 steps in volunteering with the Festival. The first 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 receive an email providing information on how to sign up for a volunteer job and shift.
Next, choose the training session below that works best for you. All volunteers are required to attend one training session. Each session includes an overview of logistics for this year’s LakeFest, information specific to each volunteer job, and opportunity to ask questions you may have about volunteering.
Wednesday, May 30 from 7:30 – 8:30 RSVP
Saturday, June 2 from 2:30 – 3:30 RSVP
Finally, mark your calendar for the Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on Wednesday, July 18 at 5:30 at Centennial Park.
Want to organize a team of friends or colleagues to work together at the Festival? Email the Volunteer Coordinator for more information on how to become a team captain.
Questions? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at Karen@columbiafestival.com
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/OUT
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.