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AthFest Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers rock! AthFest simply could not happen year after year without our dedicated, incredible volunteers. If you are interested in joining the ranks, read about our many volunteer opportunities below. And hey, during their shift, all AthFest volunteers get free snacks and drinks, an awesome volunteer t-shirt and free parking!

AthFest Artist Market

Set-up, Load-in

Help mark off/paint road for Artist Market spaces, set-up barricades, hang banners, prepare tent for artist packet pick-up.

Help with Artist Market Load-In by directing artists to their spaces and handing out their packets.

Load Out

Assist artists in the Artist Market with directions for loading-out/leaving, directing exit traffic and moving barricades when last artist has left.

AthFest Merchandise Tent


Setup merchandise tent, tables and displays. Install lights, cash register and set-up iPads.


Your job is pretty simple: sell AthFest festival swag such as t-shirts, pins, etc. to festival attendees. We use Square readers in our merchandise areas, so community members willing to use their iPhone or Android phones with these readers are encouraged to consider volunteering with our merchandise team.

AthFest Traffic Direction

Help direct traffic at street intersections, artist market, vendor area or parking deck.

AthFest Volunteer Check-In

Check in all festival volunteers, have waivers signed, hand out hospitality t-shirts and parking vouchers and direct volunteers to their stations

AthFest Assistant Stage Manager

Work with the stage manager to check-in performers, identify and provide for their needs, help set up on stage, start and stop performances on-time, pay performers.  Able to repeatedly lift 25 lbs.  Must have some stage/gear knowledge.

AthFest Stage Hand

Assist bands load-in and load-out on Pulaski Street Stage or Hull Street Stage.  Some music stage experience and familiarity with “band gear” required.  Able to repeatedly lift 25 pounds.  Must wear closed toed shoes.

AthFest VIP Host

Greet VIPs and make them feel welcomed and comfortable.  Communicate details of the event and the VIP area benefits.  Answer questions and engage Executive Director to answer any complaints. Must be 21 or older.

AthFest Festival-Crowd Hawker

Cruise through festival area selling buttons and soliciting donations.  May be required to wear an apron covered in buttons or carry a sign.  Must be friendly, be able to navigate through the crowds, and comfortable asking for donations.

AthFest Hospitality

Set-up and restock volunteer hospitality items as needed including drinks, snacks, tables, chairs, and fans. Monitor the volunteer hospitality tent entry and ensure only official volunteers and staff are entering the tent. Keep the volunteer area clean and assist with any set-up and break-down needs in the hospitality tent as needed.

AthFest Festival Set-Up/Break-Down

Festival set-up volunteers help us with the momentous task of—you guessed it—setting up and breaking-down. Typical jobs include the set-up and break-down of festival tents, barricades, tables, chairs, fans, and other supplies. We ask that any set-up and break-down volunteer be prepared to do some heavy lifting. We strongly advise wearing close-toed, sturdy shoes.

AthFest Festival Troubleshooter/Runner

Work independently to maintain festival stages, tents, misters, water fountains, and banners as needed.  Willingness to do “whatever it takes” for the show to go on.  Ability to communicate effectively and must have basic hand tool skills.  Wear comfortable closed toed shoes.

AthFest ID Verification/Beer Merch

Responsible adults (must be 25 years of age or older) will assist in selling any merchandise related to beer sales, i.e, beer tokens and commemorative mugs. These volunteers also will assist in carding festival guests and providing wristbands to those who are of legal drinking age

AthFest KidsFest Set-Up

Help set-up the KidsFest performance area and activities prior to the youth arriving.

AthFest KidsFest Crafts Tent

Help out in the different areas of KidsFest including running booths, arts & crafts projects, delivering supplies, helping children and parents, clean-up, etc. We encourage members of our community who are high energy and really, really like working with children to consider volunteering here.

For any further questions, please email: [email protected]

Athfest Educates Booth

Do you love music and want to help put the Power of the Arts in the Hands of a Child? The AthFest Educates Booth at AthFest will raise awareness about our mission, and feature an instrument petting zoo. Give kids the opportunity to try out instruments and raise awareness of AthFest Educates’ work to provide high quality music & arts education for Athens-Clarke County youth!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to all of our AthFest volunteers. We love you!