Festival Volunteers

Be Part of Our 16th Annual Festival!

September 28th, 2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


It feels great to volunteer!

The Festival is our big event of the year! Part community builder, part educational, part fundraiser, part party!! There are many ways you can help out and be part of this exciting event. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and other Sustainable Ballard members!  Shifts are typically two and a half hours.  Read descriptions below and then click the link to sign up!

• festival t-shirt
• snacks and gift bag
• volunteer hospitality – a quiet place to relax and socialize
• exclusive invitation to volunteer appreciation party

Interested?  Email volunteer@sustainableballard.org

Here are this year’s volunteer opportunities:

Painting the suns
at a work party


WORK PARTIES  (various dates in August/September)

Create batik sun pendants, cut and glue colorful shapes for the kids’ parachute, silk-screen t-shirts and pendants, paint carnival-style photo cut-outs, paint banners and signs, prep the stage, and more!

HELP WITH SET UP (Friday, September 27)

There’s tons to do to put it all together!  Put that stage together, sort gear for fast distribution on fest day, lay down electrical cords throughout the park, set up tents, hang decorations, and more! We’ll be there from 3pm to 6pm.

HELP WITH SET UP (Saturday morning, September 28)

It’s all hands on deck the morning of the festival.  Everything that can’t be left out overnight has to be set up – and quickly!  Tea Garden, Merchandise, PAs, Activity Booths, tables & chairs, Exhibitor Support, and more. 8:30am-11am

AT THE FESTIVAL (Saturday, Sept 28)

Festival Greeters help folks find their way to awesome speakers and activities.

GREETER!: Welcome festival-goers with a festival guide, answer questions, count attendees, enforce traffic barricades.
Info Booth and Merchandise:
Help sell our popular festival t-shirts!  Staff merchandise table, take money, make change, (remember volunteers get their t-shirt for free!), check in performers, answer visitors’ questions, hand out materials, sell raffle tickets.

Tea Garden
Server: Serve sample teas and desserts.
Floater: Keep tea garden area neat and assist with serving as needed.

It’s fun to help visitors make recycled crafts.

Volunteer Hospitality Tent:  The Hospitality Tent is where we nurture our fabulous volunteers during the festival!  Set up and keep treats and refreshments neat and available, and hand out treat bags with goodies.
Eat Local:

Ballard Tool Library:
Kids Zone:
Tea / Coffee Garden:
Solar Flair:
Run solar-powered rubber ducky and slot car races. Show off three different styles of solar cookers.
Birdhouse Making Station:  Work at the Built Green booth to help visitors put together pre-cut birdhouse kits. Everyone takes home a birdhouse!

All Important
Green Team: Educate festival goers about what goes where (recycling, compost or trash) to make sure festival discards are sorted properly.  You’ll be stationed with a partner in one of 3-4 disposal stations in the park.

Donations: Walk around the festival and sell Sustainable Ballard memberships (free gifts!) and sell raffle and tea garden tickets to support the festival!  If you enjoy talking to people this is the one for you!
Photo / Video Team: Shoot photos and videos to capture the fun, color and spirit of the day.  Upload to social media during the event. Send us the best shots afterwards.
Exhibitor Support: Check on exhibitors and help with any questions / needs they may have (you don’t need to know the answers to all of them!)



Break Down: Help take down, clean and pack up tents, tables, equipment, decorations,etc. Put things away neatly for next year.

HELP WITH CLEAN UP (Saturday, 5 pm)

Green Team Sorting Party: Pull on some gloves and help sort out compost, recycling and landfill that may have missed the mark on fest day.  Short shift, plus be rewarded with Pizza and Beer! (Gloves, pizza and beer provided.)
Storage Team: Help sort all festival supplies so they can be easily packed back into our storage unit. Short shift. You’ll probably get pizza and beer too!

Volunteers at work:

Kids learn about cider-pressing from a high school volunteer
Sock Puppet assembly and quality assurance testing
Brian, Ian and Emily prepare batik banners at a wet afternoon work party.
Volunteers prep shirts for silk-screening
Briana oversees an excellent toss at the Eat Local booth
Volunteers support attendees with making Sew Fun Bags
Chris & Briana show off some Green Home strategies
Catherine shows our wide selection of festival t-shirts
Sarah takes a break in the t-shirt tent
Everyone helps out, even our furry friends!
Sustainable Ballard Festival
Beth and baby Kalen work as a team