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The Kennedy Center

Festivals & Event Volunteer Program

Serve when you can!

Love to volunteer, love the arts, but have only a limited amount of time available? You can join the Festival/Event team of volunteers, who assist with many volunteer opportunities at the Kennedy Center.

Consisting of over 1,000 individuals ages 18 to 93, with more joining every day, we could not run our volunteer program without this terrific team of volunteers.

Go to Sign Up for information on how to join!

We are currently recruiting volunteers for the Kennedy Center Open House: Celebrating JFK at 100 on Saturday, May 27! We could not run this event without our wonderful volunteers! Click here for an application!

    Festival & Event Volunteers in Action

    Festival & Event Volunteers Enjoy these Exclusive Benefits

    *Benefits are rewarded based on volunteer hours recorded online for each calendar year.

    Benefit Just for Joining 1-20 Hours 20-60 Hours 60 Hours+
    Be part of the Action and be on our mailing list for volunteer opportunities Check Check Check Check
    $3 parking voucher during volunteer shift Check Check Check Check
    25% discount at the Kennedy Center Gift Shops! Check Check
    Special Gift: Tumbler Check
    Free ticket offers to Kennedy Center performances Check

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Once you sign up for the Festival/Event volunteer program, you will receive periodic emails with volunteer opportunities.

    Here are a few of the many opportunities you will be offered:

    • Administration support in the Friends office
    • Washington National Opera's Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park
    • Festivals
    • Instrument Petting Zoo with the National Symphony Orchestra's Women's Committee
    • Auditions needs for various departments at the Kennedy Center, including theater and dance programming
    • And so much more!

    Sign Up

    Sign up by sending your name and address to! We will then add your name to our Festival/Event database!

Are you 35 and under?

As a member of the Festival/Event volunteer group you can also join NexGenFriends, individuals age 35 and under. NexGenFriends are advocates for volunteer support in the arts and promoting Kennedy Center performances. Interested in becoming a NexGenFriend?
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