Northwest Folklife Festival

MAY 22 - 25, 2020 • MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND • SEATTLE CENTER

Volunteer at the Festival

Volunteers are an essential part of the Northwest Folklife Festival! Every year, nearly 500 volunteers staff our entrances, welcome booths, registration and more to make sure we have the most welcoming community arts Festival in the city. Northwest Folklife depends on volunteers to make the Festival happen.

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Volunteer!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Northwest Folklife! Click the button below to apply!

You can also find the printable Northwest Folklife Festival Volunteer Form here.

All applications are due by May 15, 2020.


Volunteer Benefits

As a thank you for volunteering your valuable time, volunteers receive:

  • A volunteer commemorative button
  • Access to our hospitality area
  • A chance to win amazing prizes as part of our Volunteer Appreciation Program
  • And most importantly, this gives you a great chance to give back to your community and meet some amazing people and artists in the process!

Our organization partners with companies and non-profit organizations to both increase participation and create lasting community partnerships.

In 2018, Northwest Folklife partnered with Booking.Com, Franklin High School Honor Society, Garfield High School Key Club, ANC-ESCO, and Spokane Falls Community College. Each organization “sponsored” a festival entrance, working to welcome patrons, provide information and keep our festival admission-free by soliciting donations.

“My experience of last year’s Northwest Folklife Festival was awesome! It was my first time at the Festival and I was amazed at the number of people who attend every year and donate freely to something they believe in and enjoy. Volunteering also really made me appreciate the work that actually goes into running such a huge event. Thank you Northwest Folklife for all you do!” – Adi Tuisawau


Volunteers + Groups

Our organization partners with companies and non-profit organizations to both increase participation and create lasting community partnerships.

In 2016, Northwest Folklife partnered with Booking.Com, Cascade Bicycle Club Garfield High School Key Club, National Wildlife Federation, Roots Young Adult Shelter and Skate Like a Girl. Each organization “sponsored” a festival entrance, working to welcome patrons, provide information and keep our festival admission-free by soliciting donations.

“My experience of last year’s Northwest Folklife Festival was awesome! It was my first time at the Festival and I was amazed at the number of people who attend every year and donate freely to something they believe in and enjoy. Volunteering also really made me appreciate the work that actually goes into running such a huge event. Thank you Northwest Folklife for all you do!” – Adi Tuisawau


Volunteer Training

All volunteers should review the job descriptions before their first shift. In addition, we have introduction videos for each position.

Volunteer Training – Intro
Volunteer Training – Greeters & Info Booth
Volunteer Training – Registration & Festival Services
Volunteer Training – Hospitality
Volunteer Training – Production
Volunteer Training – Emcees
Volunteer Training – What You Get Out of Volunteering


Volunteer FAQs

Got a question? Check HERE first.

To get involved, please email our Volunteer Department. Thank you for powering Northwest Folklife!

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