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Support the arts by volunteering for one of the largest outdoor events in Salt Lake City!

Shifts for Young and Old


The Festival wouldn’t happen without the hundreds of volunteers who do everything from helping artists take breaks to pouring sodas. Sign up with friends to make it a two-fer — do your shifts and enjoy the festival with your volunteer tickets.

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It takes more than 1,200 volunteers and a hundreds of hours to support this premier Utah event. Volunteers are truly the life blood of the Utah Arts Festival!

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Volunteer Procedures

Check In

Check in at the Volunteer Headquarters (located on 400 South west of main gate between State Street and 200 E) and our Volunteer Captains will take you to your assignment. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled shift time. Wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen. It's usually hot in Utah in the summertime, but we have been known to get an occasional summer thunderstorm rolling through in the late afternoons, so bring a light jacket if the forecast is for rain. Please leave your valuables in your car or at home as we do not have lockers. Don't forget to bring your photo ID to your first shift to verify your signature and identity.

For Set up and Strike (tear down) please check in at the on-site Festival offices located on the Library Plaza next to the Leonardo Building.

***If you need to reach our Volunteer Coordinator on-site during the Festival, please call Miss Kaye 801-455-1871.


There is no dedicated Parking facility for Volunteers. Volunteers will have to find parking on city streets or private lots where they can near the Festival grounds. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to find parking in the area and to make it to check in at least 30 minutes prior to your shift start time. We recommend you plan 30 - 60 minutes to find parking. This should allow you to arrive for check in at least 30 minutes before your scheduled shift time.

We encourage our volunteers to use TRAX to get to the Festival and it will drop you off right in front of the Festival's Main Entrance on 400 S and 200 E. Please be aware of TRAX schedules and know when the last train runs if you are staying late. Check the "Plan Your Festival" page for info on parking and transportation to Library Square.


All volunteers get free admission into the Festival on the day they work. Working a late shift? Come down early and check in at the Volunteer HQ, enjoy the Festival and then report back for duty. Volunteers also receive a Volunteer T-shirt and complimentary sodas and snacks.

Our Volunteer Team

Our Volunteer Coordinators work closely with a group of dedicated Volunteer Captains to ensure our volunteers have a great experience in their duties on site. Many of our Volunteers have returned to the Festival year after year, some for 15 or more years.

If you're new to volunteering there is no better event to dedicate your time and support for your community than the Utah Arts Festival.

Coordinate a group of your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. and come join us for an exciting and fun Volunteer experience!

Volunteer Activities

The Utah Arts Festival has volunteer activities for just about everyone. Check out the list and descriptions below and come spend some time with us!

Set Up - Build the Festival (age 16+)

We will begin Set Up on the Sunday before opening day and work right up to the time the gates are scheduled to open. From building stages to hanging signs, banners and fence fabric there is always something for Volunteers to do. Set Up is a great activity for groups to get involved in. Grab your hats and gloves and come down to help us transform the City County / Library Square grounds into the beautiful site that becomes the greatest outdoor festival in the state, the Utah Arts Festival.

Also available for Community Service Hours.

Shifts: 8:00am – noon / 1:00pm – 5pm

Festival Greeters / Info Booth (age 16+)

If you like to smile and engage with people then sign up as a Festival Greeter. Greeters are needed inside the entrance gates and/or the Festival Information booth to welcome patrons, distribute festival maps and provide general directions to activities, artists and music and performance schedules. You must be 16 or older to help us as a Festival Greeter.

Shifts: 11:30am – 3:30pm / 3pm – 6:30pm / 6pm – 9:30pm

Artist Marketplace Booth Sitter (age 16+)

Booth Sitter is a fun program area to volunteer for during the Utah Arts Festival. Booth Sitters have a unique opportunity to support and get to know our artists. Volunteers will monitor an artist's booth while the artist takes a short 15-30 minute break during the day. Volunteers will not be asked to handle any money or artist transactions while the artist is away from their booth. Volunteers will also assist the Marketplace with various other duties including delivering signage to artists, roaming the site to assist artists and other duties as identified by the Marketplace Coordinators. Booth Sitters must be able to spend long periods of time on their feet walking the Festival site.

Shifts: 11:30am – 3:30pm / 3:30pm – 6:30pm / 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Fear No Film Short Film & Video Festival (age 16+)

Fear No Film is the Utah Arts Festival annual film festival highlighting many short films and videos in the Salt Lake City Library Auditorium. Volunteers will work with the FNF Program Coordinator to greet and usher film goers into the auditorium and assist with distributing programs and ballots.

Shifts: Varies by day

Adult Beverage Booth (age 21+)

We need dedicated volunteers with engaging personalities to pour and serve adult beverages in our beer and wine booths. This is a great opportunity for Volunteers to work with our amazing Brew Crew. Volunteers must be able to commit to a full shift (up to 4 hours). Prior pouring experience and TIPS certification is not required. This is a fun opportunity to work with a group of people. We are always looking for groups of friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. to work together as a team in beer and wine booths.

Shifts: 11:30am – 4pm / 3:30pm – 8pm / 7pm – 11pm

Soda/Lemonade CRAB Crew (age 12+)

Come join us to support our C.R.A.B. (Cool Refreshing Alternative Beverages) Crew. Volunteers are needed to serve bottled soda beverages and lemonade. This is a great opportunity for our younger Volunteers to support the festival and help quench the thirst of our patrons. Sign up with a BFF and work together! This is a great opportunity for parents and children to enjoy volunteering together.

Shifts: 11:30am – 4pm / 3:30pm – 8pm / 7pm – 11pm

Art Yard (age 12+)

If you're a kid at heart this is where we need your talents! We are looking for outgoing and creative people to help children decorate, paint, and add to the collaborative sculptures and on-site installations in the Creative Zone. Whether you are adding scales to a dragon, building a skyscraper, or helping children paint a pile of pinecones, you are sure to have an imaginatively fun time!

Shifts: 11:30am – 3:30pm / 3pm – 6:30pm / 6pm – 9:30pm

Earth Team (age 16+)

The Utah Arts Festival takes great pride in maintaining a clean and green environment. Support Mother Earth by working with our Earth Team on recycling, waste disposal, maintaining food and beverage areas and overall Festival Site beautification.

Available for Community Service Hours only.

Shifts - 11:30am – 4pm / 3:30pm – 8pm / 7pm – 11 pm

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INDIVIDUALS: Please complete all required information on our Volunteer Application. We will confirm these shifts with you prior to the Festival. Please note: Your submission indicates that you agree to the Utah Arts Festival Volunteer Agreement (you can view this on the Volunteer Application form).

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GROUPS: If you wish to schedule a group (5 or more people) to volunteer, please email Miss Kaye at .

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