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Yakima Folklife


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Thank you for considering volunteering for the Yakima Folklife Festival, one of central Washington’s best summertime music festivals.  A weekend full of great music and fun!

As a Yakima Folklife Festival volunteer you: 

  • Are invited to the Saturday Breakfast!

  • Have free access to the volunteer and performer hospitality area!

  • Receive a free Folklife button!

  • Are invited to the post-festival volunteer potluck, at Franklin Park, date TBA!

  • Have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped with Yakima’s premier free music festival - it’s really great to do something positive for your community!

You are also invited to the Folklife organizational meetings, the third Monday of each month prior to the festival -- Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima starting at 7:00 PM.

Please read the festival volunteer information below
 and complete the
online volunteer signup form

Indicate what jobs and time of day
 works best for you. 
Submit your signup form early
 to get your favorite job at the most convenient time. 

Yakima Folklife schedules volunteers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Volunteer Job Descriptions
Pre and Post Festival
Set Up / Take Down
Assemble awnings, setup stages, chairs, put up signs, etc. on the Friday before the festival, Sat. morning, and take down Saturday evening.
Poster Delivery to Yakima and surrounding areas
In the weeks prior to the festival, deliver posters to businesses and anywhere where they will be seen! State your preference for a delivery area.
Bring Food
(Salads, cookies, deserts, etc)  to Green Room at the museum, Friday and Saturday.

Friday Evening Food Preparation

Meet at the Museum at 6PM and help prepare for the Saturday Breakfast and main meal in the Green Room .

Volunteer Job Descriptions
During the Festival
Museum Monitor
Monitor entrance to museum to make sure people don't bring in food/drink and leave with any museum exhibits. Monitor interior of museum to prevent damage to exhibits.
Parking Attendant/Welcome table
Monitor parking lot at East side of museum to maintain fire lane and parking for shuttle. Greet people and hand out Folklife information.
Festival Store/Information Booth
Sales of performer CDs and Folklife merchandise, give information on the festival and Folklife to festival goers.
Provide food and beverage for performers in Green Room.  Cook and serve at various times for Saturday breakfast.
Sound Crew
Help set up and run the sound equipment at the Lawn and Museum Great Hall stages and smaller downtown venues. Must have experience with set up of microphones, speakers and associated equipment, Experience with running the mixer board is a plus.
Emcee/Stage Manager
Manage the stage and introduce performers at venues. Friday evening, Saturday day and Saturday evening. Script will be provided.