Volunteer at the Arts Festival!

If you would like to join other volunteers in the fun of making the Arts Festival a reality, there are many opportunities for you to get involved! We rely on volunteers to:

  • Help guide visitors to the Festival venues from an Information Booth
  • Sell Festival wristbands and merchandise
  • Work ‘behind the scenes’ in the days leading up to the Festival in setup
  • Work in the Festival office the week of the Festival
  • Be an Artist Ambassador

Please note that on any given day there may not be openings at every volunteer position.

Learn more about our main volunteering opportunities below. If you have a question about volunteering, please give us a call at 814-237-3682 or email us and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks!

Sidewalk Sale Ambassadors

If you enjoy the art and love to get to know the artists, sign up to be an Amabassador!  Sidewalk Sale Ambassadors are on duty throughout the Sidewalk Sale to provide assistance and information to artists. Ambassador shifts are two to three hours long, depending on the volunteer’s availability. An Ambassador is often asked to watch an Artist’s booth for 15-20 minutes while the Artist takes a quick break to grab a bite to eat or visit the restroom. Ambassadors are frequently asked for basic information regarding the Festival and the State College area.

The job is very rewarding and a great way to meet artists and other community volunteers. Being an ambassador requires a significant amount of walking, so an average degree of physical fitness is required. Since it might involve answering questions about State College and Penn State, Ambassadors should have proficiency in English and be somewhat familiar with State College.

It’s fun to bring a friend and volunteer together – volunteers can schedule on the same route. We’re always looking for new volunteers.

We need about 100-125 Ambassadors who work on the Festival route during the 4 days.


The Proud, The Few, The Green Crew

We’ve embarked on an effort to move the Festival to a zero landfill-waste event. Our famous trash crew has become the green crew! 

“The Proud, The Few, The Green Crew”  helps keep the Festival zone clean and empties trash, recycling, and compost receptacles.  Volunteering is a great opportunity for groups looking to help–it’s an outstanding team building activity and great fun. Seriously. You will not believe how much fun it is. All of those volunteering for “The Crew” will receive a special collectible Green Crew T-shirt.

Some lifting and walking is required of Green Crew members and sneakers or work shoes/boots) are required.

If you or your group would like to participate in the Green Crew, please email us.

Thanks to Karch Auto for sponsoring the Green Crew T-shirt!

And More…

There are a whole lot of volunteer opportunities available.  Here are a few more, from the ice and water crew, to office help, to wristband sellers, to a juggling workshop assistant!  


Buy a Festival Wristband!

Festival wristbands are required for certain indoor performances. They are $15 each (plus shipping if ordered online) and are good for the entire Festival.

Visit the Festival Store!

Get a Festival poster and buy Festival buttons, t-shirts and other merchandise at the corner of College and Allen – or visit our online store.