The Kennedy Center

Festival/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 1,600 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 our next international festival, ARTES DE CUBA From the Island to the World May 8 - 20, 2018! This festival will highlight the cultures of Cuba and the impact they have had around the world, as well as the vast influence this area has embraced from other cultures. Click here for a volunteer 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
$4 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!

Find out how to apply!

FriendScript Find out what the volunteers are up to by reading our newsletter! Click to read the latest issue of FriendScript.

Are you age 18 to 40?

As a member of the Festival/Event volunteer group you can also join NexGenFriends, individuals 18 to 40. NexGenFriends are advocates for volunteer support in the arts and promoting Kennedy Center performances. Interested in becoming a NexGenFriend?

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