Volunteer applications for Folks Festival 2023 will open in February 2023. After carefully reading through this page, proceed to the online volunteer application via the “Volunteer Sign-Up” button below. Thank you for your interest!
Volunteers represent Planet Bluegrass to thousands of Festivarians. If the thought of remaining sober during your shifts bums you out, volunteering is not for you. If greeting and helping Festivarians does seem like something you want to do, then we would love to have you be a part of our team!
We’re excited to continue using festiVOL, the online volunteer application tool which allows you to access all of your volunteer information online including the status of your application and your shift schedule. To help us ensure a full volunteer team, we’re requiring a reimbursable ticket deposit in order to volunteer. (This deposit will be refunded after you fulfill your volunteer duties.)
Meet and greet Festivarians, exchange tickets for wristbands, sell festival tickets, and answer questions. We are looking for organized and friendly folks who are willing to help out in a fast-paced environment. Box Office experience is preferred. Shifts are typically four hours each and occur Thursday - Sunday.
Greet Festivarians, check that they have proper wristbands, and gently search backpacks for glass & alcohol. This is the main entrance to the festival and sets the tone of friendly Festivarianism. This position is for people who can work quickly with a smile. These shifts are four hours each and occur Friday-Sunday of the festival.
Greet Festivarians to make sure that they have parking passes/wristbands, direct vehicles, maintain proper traffic flow, and assure that folks park properly. We are looking for people who pay attention to detail, can direct traffic confidently, and can work in the elements of sun, rain, wind, and dust. These shifts are four hours each and occur Thursday-Sunday.
Greet Festivarians, check for wristbands, educate campers on rules/regulations, and gently search backpacks for glass & alcohol. This is one of the entrances to the festival and sets the tone of friendly Festivarianism. This position is for people who can work quickly with a smile. These shifts are four hours each and occur Friday-Sunday of the festival.
Pour coffee and beer while having a BLAST! You must be 21 years of age to volunteer for this position. We are looking for folks who are outgoing and willing to have fun with every Festivarian. Smiling and laughing are highly encouraged while an ability to work quickly with money is a must. There are many return volunteers for this position so it fills up quickly. These shifts are four hours each and occur Friday-Sunday of the festival.
Greet Festivarians, exchange camping tickets for wristbands, check wristbands, educate campers on rules/regulations, help guide parking and/or assist at crosswalks. Shifts are typically four hours each and occur Thursday - Sunday.
Greet Festivarians and direct them to the Box Office. Direct traffic and check vehicle stickers, tickets, and wristbands. These shifts are four hours each and occur Thursday-Sunday.
Assist children and their families with face painting, and arts & crafts. Face painting experience and patience is a must. There are many return volunteers for this position so it fills up quickly. These are all four hour shifts that occur during daytime hours Friday through Sunday of the festival.
This highly sought after volunteer position is only for those who have volunteered for Planet Bluegrass a minimum of three times and have restaurant experience. Shifts are five hours each (total of 15 hrs) with a few shifts available the Thursday before the festival and the Monday after the festival.
- Only volunteers over the age of 18 may apply.
- Must be available to work each day of the festival. You will be assigned three 4-hour shifts (approximately 12 hrs total), in exchange for a 3-Day Festival Pass. Each volunteer will be assigned a morning, afternoon, and evening/closing shift. There are a few positions Thursday before the festival. Please see location descriptions above for more details.
- Only completed and confirmed applications will be considered.
- Required payments of a non-refundable processing fee of $15 and a refundable ticket deposit (which will be refunded after completion of all volunteer shifts).
Camping is NOT included, but we will have several camping areas available. You can purchase camping passes over the phone (800-624-2422) or via shop.bluegrass.com if they are still available.
Children may not accompany you during your volunteer shifts. We need your full attention during your scheduled volunteer shifts. Of course, they are welcome to join you at the festival and in the campgrounds (if you have purchased camping).
We’ll make every effort to schedule you around your favorite band, but we can’t guarantee it. Please note on your application the one band that you can’t miss (if there is one).
We will do our best to make sure you volunteer with your friends. There is a feature on festiVOL to link you with your friends. It is easier to accommodate working with one friend than it is with a group of friends. It is also helpful if you and your friend request to work together in the same location.