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The New Bedford Folk Festival depends annually on 200+ volunteers who donate hundreds of hours of their time to make it a success. Volunteering at the New Bedford Folk Festival is a wonderful and economical way to experience the conference as well as a tremendous opportunity to help a great cause. We will give you a one general weekend pass in exchange for a 4 hour volunteer shift along with a free volunteer t-shirt provided on the day that you volunteer. Below is a summary of the volunteer positions that will be needed for July 6 & 7.

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Most volunteers will be expected to fill multiple roles. Please select more than one job.

Folk Festival Ticket Booth, Information Desk, Food Court & Z  Store

  • Assist Zeiterion and Folk Festival staff in providing information about the conference and selling event T-shirts
  • Answer questions about the festival and New Bedford
  • Being familiar with downtown New Bedford and the conference are a plus for this job.
  • Potentially serve as a runner between ticket booths at Custom House Square and Zeiterion Theatre
  • Sell merchandise at Z sore
  • Check Ids at entrance of Z Bar

Venue Set Up and Breakdown

(Friday afternoon/evening and/or Sunday evening)

  • We will need volunteers on the Friday before the event to help set up chairs, tables, fencing, and hang signage
  • Likewise, we will need volunteers to help disassemble the event by taking down chairs, tables, fencing, and signage
  • Work closely with Folk Fest Team for direction on festival needs
  • This tends to be a labor intensive job but will go by quickly with a dedicated crew

Craft Vendor Volunteers

  • The Festival features 100 craft and food vendors. These volunteer positions are hugely important to the event.
  • Assist the Craft Vendor Coordinator with pre-marking off vendor spots on the street with chalk/tape (Friday)
  • Work with Craft Vendor Coordinator to position craft vendors in their appropriate vendor spots using the Festival Map
  • Guide vendors into their allotted spots and help to quickly unload their product if they need assistance. It is important to unload quickly so that vendors can move their vehicles in a timely fashion and make way for other vendors
  • Inform vendors where to park based on their vendor location
  • Informing the Craft Vendor Coordinator of any issues that may arise with vendors, unweighted booths, etc.

Stage Ambassadors, Greeters, Ushers & VIP area

  • Introduce yourself to the stagehands and artists, offer assistance. Alert the FolkFest Team if your performer is late or absent.
  • Check VIP lanyards and wristbands for admittance into performance areas
  • Keep VIP seating available for the pre-determined allotted times and only admit those with proper badges
  • Assist with clearing and cleaning performance areas
  • Welcome people to the performances, hold doors and give directions
  • These volunteers should be friendly, outgoing and good at direction traffic and managing crowds, especially when it comes to crowds that cannot make it into the performance due to over capacity
  • Sit in on performance and act as the point person for the workshop and trouble shoot if problems arise.
  • These volunteers need to be on time, reliable and able to problem solve well.

Parking, Directions, and Info Volunteers (floaters)

  • Direction and Info Volunteers will help people find parking, performance and workshop locations.
  • Spread throughout the festival area these volunteers are available to answer questions and provide directions and assistance to conference attendees.
  • Being familiar with downtown New Bedford and the conference are a plus for this job.


(Moderate to Heavy Lifting)

  • Help to make sure that trash and recycle bins are emptied periodically
  • Provide proper trash, recycle, and compost bins to the food vendors and food area
  • This job is perfect for energetic people with a passion for keeping our City clean and making our event as sustainable as possible.

Family Programming

  • Help the Family Programming Coordinator set up workshops and activities for kids.
  • Be friendly and welcoming to families, answer questions and keep the family programming area clean and safe
  • Watch, explain, and assist with an interactive leaning play area
  • Volunteers should like and be comfortable working with kids
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