AthFest Volunteers

AthFest Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers rock! AthFest simply could not happen year after year without our dedicated, incredible volunteers! Volunteers make it possible for AthFest Educates to fulfill its mission of advancing music and arts education for youth in Athens-Clarke county.

Volunteers help out because they make new friends, give back to their community, or learn new skills. And hey, all AthFest volunteers get an awesome (and free) volunteer t-shirt and free snacks and drinks during your volunteer shift!

If you are interested in joining our ranks, check out the many volunteer opportunities below.

If you have any questions, please contact us via:

Main Festival

Set-up Crew

Fri 10am - 2pm: Unload the truck. Assist setting up tents, barricades, tables, chairs around stages and beer gardens. Install lights in tents. Able to repeatedly lift 25 lbs; must wear closed-toe shoes.

Teardown Crew

Sunday 7pm - 11pm: Assist in disassembling and packing tents, removing and stacking barricades, tables, chairs around stages and beer gardens. Load the truck. Able to repeatedly lift 25 lbs; must wear closed-toe shoes.

Assistant Stage Manager

Shifts all weekend: Work with the stage manager to assist performers to check-in performers back stage, identifying and providing for their needs, helping performers set up on stage, start and stop performances on-time, pay performers. Able to repeatedly lift 25 pounds.

Festival Troubleshooter

Shifts all weekend: 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; must have basic hand tool skills.

Stage Hand

Shifts available all weekend: Assist bands load-in and load-out on Pulaski Street Stage or Hull Street Stage. Some music stage experience or familiarity with “band gear” desired. Able to repeatedly lift 25 pounds. Must wear closed toe shoes.

Parking Attendant

Friday afternoon & Sunday evening: Guard access to festival grounds during Fri morning setup or Sun evening teardown; allowing entry only those vendors and artists with proper authorization. Ensure barricades are closed after each vehicle exits.

VIP Host/Hostess

Greet VIP’s at VIP Lounge (Highwire). Make VIP clients feel welcomed and comfortable, leading to the client taking more interest in the organization. Communicate details of the event and the VIP area benefits to the guests. Answer questions. Ensure any complaints are dealt with efficiently by contacting the Executive Director. Monitor access to VIP area within the main beer tent by checking for VIP badges. Must be 21 or older.

ID Verification

Shifts available all weekend: Verify IDs of guests over 21, apply wristband. Must be 25 or older. Sell commemorative beer mugs.

Volunteer Check-In

Shifts available all weekend: Check in all festival volunteers, have waivers signed, hand out hospitality t-shirts and parking vouchers. Direct volunteers to their assignment.


Shifts available all weekend: Set-up and restock all volunteer hospitality items as needed including drinks, snacks, tables, chairs, and fans. Monitor the volunteer hospitality tent entry and ensure only those authorized enter. Keep the volunteer area clean and assist with any set-up

Artist Market


Friday morning: 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

Load Out

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


Merchandise Sales at the Flagpole Music Awards

Thursday evening: Sell AthFest festival swag such as t-shirts, CDs, pins, wristbands, etc., during the awards show.

Merchandise Setup

Friday afternoon: Setup merchandise tent. Setup tables and merchandise displays. Install lights, cash register, iPad setup.

Merchandise Sales

Shifts available all weekend: Your job is pretty simple: sell AthFest festival swag such as t-shirts, CDs, pins, wristbands, etc. to festival attendees. Help people find their way.


KidsFest Setup

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

KidsFest Stage Assistant / Announcer

Shifts available all weekend: Assist stage manager with getting the performers and their equipment on and off stage on time. Announce the KidsFest stage performers to the audience prior to the start of each new performance.

KidsFest Activity Assistant

Shifts available all weekend: Monitor KidsFest activity tables. Assist kids and adults with activity. There will be two monitors per activity table. We encourage members of our community who are high energy and really like working with children to consider volunteering here.

Kids Dance Party

Saturday afternoon: Looking for extroverted, energetic and kid-friendly people for this fun volunteer position located indoors in the CineLab. You will help set up (including moving light tables and chairs and simple decorations) and clean up (mostly sweeping popcorn and returning glasses to the bar). During the DJ set, you will be joining in the dance party, interacting with parents, as well as inspiring groups of children to join in the action on the dance floor.

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

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