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.

Changes to Volunteer Operating Procedures for 2020

  1. Every volunteer must submit a new application for each year so that CFA has the latest contact, t-shirt size and demographic information.
  2. New volunteer positions available – Event Coordinator, Team Leads, and Data Analyst.  Contact Susan@ColumbiaFestival.com if interested
  3. On-line and classroom training options.
  4. Revised Volunteer Procedures and Guidelines coming soon.

Festival Volunteer Jobs


Help with various administrative needs prior to the Festival.


Sell performing artist merchandise, Festival merchandise, or refreshments.


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, either as an Information Booth Ambassador or as a Roaming Information Ambassador.


Assist performing and visual artists by providing food prior to performances, relief breaks for visual artists or help backstage as needed.


Greet, seat and assist guests attending indoor or ticketed performances.


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. 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 2019:

Jon Atterbury

Peter Axelrod

Mae Beale

Honi Bamberger

Anne Barker

Zoe Baskerville

Erica Bates

Violet Baxter

Mae A. Beale

Denise Berger

Anjali Biswal

Ernestine Boyd

Alyson Bradford

Cheryl Bradley

Doug Brice

Karen Brown

Nan Brown

Dottie Byers

Martha Calabrese

Ann Carberry

Berni Carrieri

Claudia Charity

Aaron Chavez

Penelope Choi

Melody Chu

Sharon Cody

Judy Combs

Athena Dalrymple

Scott Dalrymple

James Darnell

Jianping Dong

Carol Dooney

Tina Dorn

Karen Douglas

Steven  Drakos

Ruth Drucker

Bre’ Eaddy

Alison Ebert

Nicki Eger

Missy Fields

Talia  Fletcher

Lynn Foehrkolb

Georgia Forman

Norman Fowler

Sterling Frank

Tara Gary

Jerry Gettleman

Diane Gibbons Lesko

Carol Gleason

Michael Gray

Leslie Gulman

Yin Guo

Deanna Hearle

Hamin Han

Marilyn Handwerger

Vincent Harding

Thelma Hayes

Susan Hellenbrand

Kelli Hillmar

Inge Hyder

Ralph Johanson

Terri Johnson

Barbara Kaplan

Theo Karr

Stephanie Kidwell

Mary Klett

Jonathan Kochanski

Voroat Kong

Zaida Lebron

Helen Li

Emily Loghmani

Donna Lyman

Dionne Lynch Brown

Rajita Majumdar

Jean Maliuat

Avon Martin

Vikki Mason

Diane Mastroianni

Susan Matlick

Barbara McClayton

Mistra Memar

Roger  Milam

Poonam More

Sara Morgan

Barbara Moyer

Penny Nichols

Mary Nicholsonne

Suzi Padgett

Susie Park

Teddy Pavlis

Karla Pearce

Charla Phillips

Travis Priller

Elaine Reid

Rosemary Robinson

Pat Roselle

Jean Rosenberg

James Rushe

Lee Sachs

Rose Salvo

Christine Santos-Nurse

Barry Schiffer

Judy Schiffer

Claire Schreibfeder

Shawn Scott

Allison Sokoll

Ashlie Sowers

Danielle Stafford

Janice Strauss

Richard Strauss

John  Tefft

Laurie Thorner

Debbie Tice

Harriet Tobin

Marti  Toronto Miller

Rosanna Tyson

Samantha Uptegraff

Sharon Unger

Margaret Von Hagel

Marlene Von Hagel

Donald  Walker

Loretta Walker

Wenjie Wei

Sandy Wen

Yvonne West

Char White

Grace White

Joyce White

Jim Wi

Karen Wilson

Matt Wilson

Julie Wolf

Joyce Wronka

Lanlan  Xu

Lisa Yanguas

Julia Ye

Phyllis Yigdall

Susan Zallar

Jeff Zaller

Judy Zaller

David Zeitzer

Jennifer Zhai