Interested in volunteering for the

2022 Bayou City Art Festival Downtown?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Bayou City Art Festival! Volunteers are essential to the success of our award-winning art festival, and we simply couldn’t do it without you! There are plenty of volunteer roles to fit all interests, and you are welcome to bring a group or volunteer solo. 

Best of all, as a volunteer you get to attend the festival before and after your shift for free! Your volunteer efforts help us support the arts and nonprofit community in Houston - it's a win/win!


What do you get out of volunteering?

  • A sense of community. Have fun and make new friends!

  • Free admission to the festival.

  • A free volunteer t-shirt, entry into the raffle, snacks and drinks at Volunteer Headquarters.

  • Love and admiration from our staff, artists and patrons!

Thank You to our Downtown 2022 Volunteer Sponsor

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Help our littlest guests express their creativity.

Get our fabulous 220+ artists checked in and ready for the festival on Friday, October 7th!

This position is before the festival days and not on festival ground. Must be 18 or older.

Help keep our artists happy with drinks, snacks, breaks, and attention.

Help us get all of our artists in place on Friday evening, October 7th to be ready for a great festival. 

Volunteers must be 18 or older.

 Share your knowledge of the festival with our attendees.

Welcome our patrons to the festival with big smiles!

Show off your retail experience by selling festival merchandise. 

Volunteers must be 18 or older.

Help us get everyone loaded out on Sunday night after a great festival. 


Volunteers must be 18 or older.


Assist with checking in journalists, photographers and media personalities.

Can't decide where to volunteer? We'll place you where we need you most.

Monitor amazing artwork for folks that are taking home something special.

Help get our patrons in the gates quickly.

Show our volunteers to their stations so they're prepared for their shifts.

Help get our volunteers signed in for their shifts and ready for a great experience.

Help run the raffle so we can show our appreciation to our volunteers! 


Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the 2022 Bayou City Art Festival - Downtown! If you are volunteering with a group, please click the button below for information on how to register your group.


The deadline to register a group is September 23rd, 2022.

The minimum volunteer age is 13. Any volunteers under age 18 must have written permission and release of liability signed by parent or guardian and must be properly supervised during the entire shift: one (1) adult, age 21 and over for every five (5) minors ages 13 – 17 and/ or one (1) adult per one (1) minor under the age of 15.  Due to liability reasons, any volunteer under age 18 without a signed waiver from parent/guardian, and any group of minors without the proper adult ratio, will not be permitted to volunteer.

Questions? Concerns? Contact our Volunteer Director!



Check out our awesome prizes for the Bayou City Art Festival Volunteer Raffle! 

Our volunteers are invaluable to the festival, and we simply couldn’t do it without you! To show our appreciation, we will be raffling off great prizes, and gift cards from some of our favorite businesses and organizations. How does it work? Every time you sign in for a shift at the festival, your name will be entered into the drawing. You complete your shift, we draw names, and if you are a lucky winner you take home your prize at the end of your shift!


This drawing is made possible by the generosity of many local businesses in our community, so please support the businesses that support the festival!

Previous Volunteer Raffle Donors:
  • River Oaks Donuts

  • The Burger Joint

  • Main Stage Theater

  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston

  • Lone Star Flight Museum

  • Beck's Prime

  • Tootsies

  • Alley Theatre

  • Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

  • Pinot's Palette

  • Massage Heights

  • Opera in the Heights

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Get Informed

As a volunteer, you are representing Bayou City Art Festival, and people will come to you with questions. Prepare yourself by reading through our website and be sure to read emailed communications from our volunteer coordinator leading up to the festival. We want you to be prepared so you have the best experience possible!

Dress for the Weather

You will be provided with a volunteer t-shirt, and you should come prepared with comfortable shoes (there will be a lot of walking), a hat and sunscreen, and a poncho in case it rains.

Stay Hydrated

We will have water at the Volunteer Headquarters tent, so please stop in often to grab a drink.

Be Flexible

Because this is a large event with many moving parts, it’s possible that we may make minute-by-minute changes. If you’re signed up for a specific duty and we ask to reassign you, please be open-minded! We will do our best to keep you where you want to be, but please know that things can change and we love volunteers that are flexible.

Questions or Concerns

This goes for both before the festival and during. If you need help with anything or have questions, we are here for you! We are committed to providing you the best experience possible, and we love feedback.