Northwest Folklife Northwest Folklife Festival


Volunteer at the Festival

Volunteers are an essential part of the Northwest Folklife Festival! Every year, nearly 700 volunteers staff our entrances, information 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.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Northwest Folklife!

Applications to volunteer at the 2019 Northwest Folklife Festival are now live! All applications are due by Wednesday, May 15.


Volunteer Benefits

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

  • A volunteer-only commemorative button
  • Access to our hospitality area
  • A discount on merchandise
  • An invitation to the Saturday Night Participants Party
  • A chance to win amazing prizes as part of our Volunteer Appreciation Program (check out last year’s donors!)
  • 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!

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.

If you have further questions, please email our Volunteer Department at

Cooperate 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

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer-based partnerships or bringing a group to volunteer at Northwest Folklife please contact Xaviera at