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 350 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 6:00 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.

Area Assistant (18+)

The Area Assistant assists the Area Coordinator with the placement of the booths, the Artist, Sponsor, Food, Snack and Entertainment Vendors needs from set-up thru take down as well as any additional needs that arise in the north or south areas. The Area Assistant reports directly to the Tempe Festival of the Arts staff Area Coordinator. *This position may require a training session prior to the festival date*

Artist Hospitality

You will assist TFA staff with the private Hospitality Suite used by the Artists & Sponsors. This includes restocking supplies, keeping area clean and answering artist questions.

Attendee Counter

You will be counting people as they walk in to the festival, in order for the TFA staff to get a good idea of how many attendees we have throughout the weekend.  When registering for this position, you will be able to choose which of the 4 entrances you would like to be stationed at.

Booth Sitting 

You will watch over artist’s booths so that they can take needed breaks. Although booth sitters do not handle money or make sales, you are on-duty to provide needed safety oversight while in an artist’s booth and interact with festival visitors.  When registering for this position, you be be able to choose which of the 6 zones you would like to be assigned to.

Chalk-A-Lot Street

You will assist with site set-up, distribution of materials to contestants, crowd management in the area, and help register contestants on-site.

Festival Greeters

You are the first to welcome the festival attendees, wearing a smiling face and a friendly attitude. You will also distribute Festival Programs and help to answer guest questions. When registering for this position, you will be able to choose which of the 3 entrances you would like to be stationed at.


You will be helping to cover any of the volunteer shifts listed as needed due to unforeseen circumstances. Great role for the easy going type!

Hospitality Cart

You will assist a TFA staff member with delivering drinks and light refreshments to the artists throughout the day. Bonus- you get to cruise around on a golf cart!

Information Booth 

You will be stationed at the Information Booth for the duration of your shift and help festival staff provide basic information to festival attendees. Frequently asked questions include the location of major festival amenities and the location of specific vendor booths.

Kids Block Attendant

You will be assisting the Kid’s Block coordinator with overseeing the student art exhibit area and answering visitor questions.

Kids Block Set Up

You will assist the Tempe Festival of the Arts Staff with preparing/hanging 300+ student art pieces for display.

Kids Block Tear Down

You will be helping the Tempe Festival of the Arts Staff take down 300+ student art pieces from display.

Layout Chalking

You will assist festival staff the day/evening before the event with chalking the booth layout in preparation for the artists to load in and set up.

Recycling Station Attendant

You will be monitoring the recycling/waste stations and helping inform the festival guests of what ca and cannot not be recycled. Help save the environment one plastic bottle at a time!

Volunteer Booth Assistant

You will be stationed at the volunteer booth for the duration of your shift and you will be assisting the volunteer coordinator with check-in/check-out duties, maintaining food/beverage area, prize drawings etc.


Upcoming Festival Dates:
November 30 - December 2, 2018

Find Out More About How You Can Volunteer:
Krislyn Powell - krislyn@downtowntempe.com 480.355.6071