Tempe Festival of the Arts
Tempe Festival of the Arts

Benefits of Volunteering

Individuals and Groups are welcome as volunteers at the Tempe Festivals of the Arts. Each festival requires about 500 volunteers to help manage on-site functions important to the conduct of the event. Sign up solo to meet new people. Or, sign up with your group to fulfill employers’ and organizations’ volunteer commitments while having fun!

Volunteering is a fun way to see the Festival from a different perspective, meet new people, and promote art in the community. Volunteering is a great way to serve the event and also the greater community, as well as being a source of enjoyment and pride. Meet a variety of people from all walks of life, see what happens behind the scenes and, through your service, help make the event possible.

Become a Volunteer

Festival volunteers work a variety of three or four hour shifts

from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.

Become part of a vibrant, skilled volunteer community with opportunities for training and for progressing in volunteer leadership with the Festival. Learn new skill development, enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped others, and have fun!

Volunteer Opportunities

All Festival Volunteer jobs are outside at our rain-or-shine event. The site is large, so your ability to navigate the site and willingness to endure all types of weather are important requirements. Every volunteer receives the Official Tempe Festival of the Arts Volunteer T-Shirt, which must be worn while working at the Festival. The Festival will conduct a background check for all volunteers working with children, dealing with merchandise or cash, and for everyone driving golf carts.

Attendee Counter

An Attendee Counter does the incredibly important job of taking point of time counts throughout different location at the festival. This helps festival organizers get an accurate estimation of how many people attended the festival over the weekend.

Booth Sitting (18+)
Booth sitters help artists by watching over their booths so that they can take needed breaks. Although booth sitters to not handle money or make sales, they are on-duty to provide needed safety oversight while in an artist’s booth, and interact with festival visitors.

Chalk-A-Lot Street
Volunteers at Chalk-A-Lot Street assist with site set-up, manage distribution of materials to contestants, assist in management of the public who are viewing murals, and help register contestants on-site.

Clean-Up Crew
Volunteers help us keep the site spic-n-span for everyone’s enjoyment. It’s one of the most important jobs on staff, since everyone appreciates a clean and neat environment throughout the venue.

Festival Greeters
Volunteers are the first to meet and greet Arts Festival guests, wearing a smiling face and a friendly attitude. Greeters also distribute Festival Programs and help make our guests feel welcome.

Hospitality Cart

Volunteers assigned to the Hospitality Cart will be help a Festival staff member deliver necessary materials to the artists. Some of these deliveries include drinks and light refreshments.

Information Booth (18+)

Information Booth volunteers will help festival staff provide basic information to festival guests. Frequently asked questions include the location of major festival amenities and the location of specific booths.

Survey Taker

Volunteers in the Survey Taker role will be responsible for asking festival guests to participate in our festival satisfaction survey. You will have to walk around the footprint of the event and find people who would like to share their opinions with the festival.

Kids Block Set Up

Help the Tempe Festival of the Arts Staff prepare 300+ student art pieces for display.

Kids Block Attendant

Kids Block volunteers will have the very important responsibility of assisting the Kids Block director with answering guest questions.

Kids Block Tear Down

Help the Tempe Festival of the Arts Staff take down 300+ student art pieces from display.


Upcoming Festival Dates:
March 31- April 2, 2017

Find Out More About How You Can Volunteer:
Amber Brown - amber@downtowntempe.com