Be Part of the 2013 Art Festival
Volunteer Registration is now open! Click HERE to sign up for shifts.
Returning Volunteers: Your previous volunteer captain will be contacting you soon with instructions. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
It takes a village to run the Sausalito Art Festival, and every year more than 1,500 dedicated, engaged, community-minded and fun volunteers step up to make the three-day event happen!
Volunteers enjoy the satisfaction of being part of a community that makes this world-class event a reality in their own backyard. Friendships are often developed that last well beyond the Festival and many times volunteers participate as families, friends, or work/school-related groups. Working at the Festival gives participants an exclusive, behind-the-scenes appreciation of the artists and art that make the Festival so enticing and fun.
Volunteers are needed in all areas of Festival operations, including security, artist relations, guest services, general operations, beverage sales, and merchandise sales. Volunteers receive free admission to the Festival on the day they work, a commemorative T-shirt and are invited to attend the annual volunteer appreciation party. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer and over 21 years of age to participate in alcoholic beverage sales. All volunteers will be required to attend a volunteer orientation. We look forward to seeing you this year!
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Veteran Volunteer Bonnie MacGregor Has Seen the Festival from the Inside for 30 Years
For Bonnie MacGregor—who has been a Sausalito Art Festival volunteer for more than 30 years and a Volunteer Captain for six of them—working at the Festival is a way to meet people “I have fun seeing a lot of the best art, hearing the best music, meeting people, and feeling like you are giving something back to the community,” she says.
Bonnie has made her home in Sausalito since 1980 and began volunteering as a way to connect with the community. With the exception of a short stint in Seattle, she has been at it every Labor Day Weekend since then and is one of the Festival’s longest-tenured volunteers.
She has seen the Festival and the community grow and change over three decades and is proud that the Festival continues to flourish each year, in no small part because of the commitment and leadership of volunteers like her. Bonnie has done it all, from working beverage booths to staffing the store, to artist relations.
Reconnecting with favorite artists and discovering new artwork are favorite activities of Bonnie every Festival and she says she has many favorite painters, sculptors, jewelers, and other artists. “It is all the highest quality and there is always something familiar and something fresh and new every year that makes the Festival a great experience.”
Bonnie’s advice for aspiring Festival volunteers: “Be prepared to work hard and see some of the best art, meet interesting people, and have a great time. As a Volunteer Captain, I think it’s an important part of my job to see that everyone who works with me has a good time.”
Volunteer Captains Run a Tight Ship
Festival volunteers have a fun, efficient and rewarding job thanks in large part to the excellent team of dedicated volunteer captains with many hours of service who make sure the Festival runs smoothly. Many volunteer captains have been with the Festival for many years and are experts in customer service, security, artist relations, food and beverage, waste management, and more.