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Other Volunteer Opportunities

Festival and Event Volunteering

Festival/Event Volunteers receive benefits during their time of service, including discounted parking in the Kennedy Center garage.

Festival/Event volunteers assist the Friends volunteers with staffing the international festival, Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park as well as other events at the Kennedy Center. If you are interested please email with your name, address, phone number, and email address and we will then add your name to our Festival/Event database! Let us know if you are age 35 and under to become part of NexGenFriends. NexGenFriends are individuals age 35 and under who volunteer at the Kennedy Center either on a weekly basis, or as members of the Festival/Event volunteer program, NexGenFriends are advocates for volunteer support in the arts and promoting Kennedy Center performances.

Finding the Line: Skateboarding, Music and Media Festival needs the magic touch of volunteers! This new innovative festival takes place at the Kennedy Center from Friday, September 4 to Sunday, September 13. Featured jazz artists and skaters include Ron Allen, Brian Tucci, Chuck Treese and much more!
Click here for an volunteer application!

Other volunteer positions for Festival/Event opportunities can be as diverse as assisting with check-in for one-day workshops, to working side-by-side with an artist visiting the Kennedy Center, to assisting with the NSO Women's Committee Instrument Petting Zoo to Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park.


Here are a few testimonials from Festival/Event volunteers who worked the IBERAIN SUITE: global arts remix festival in March of 2015.

Ugo Fasano,

"I wouldn't be living in Washington D.C. without a performing arts center like the Kennedy Center. I loved volunteering so much for this festival that I decided to become a regular volunteer and am now a tour guide"

Beronica Salas,

"Being a minority in the U.S., I have found that I am heavily influenced by my heritage. I have to be actively aware of keeping my culture present in my everyday life. I am thrilled that volunteering for this wonderful festival has helped me do so!"

Gabriele Contieri,

"It was a great opportunity to volunteer alongside Americans and learn more about my culture as it was represented in this wonderful festival."

Friends of the Kennedy Center est.1965

"Volunteering with Kennedy Center is a labor of love for me. You meet so many wonderful people, and the diversity all around the Center creates an ambience that is full of energy!"

Ashwin Saboo, Festival/Event Volunteer
Ashwin Saboo

Interested in volunteering for the Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra? To volunteer, we invite you to become a member of the WC/NSO. Volunteers support the NSO Petting Zoo, the Summer Music Institute, and NSO in Your Neighborhood. For more information, click here!


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 Rauno Merisalu

"As a first-time volunteer at the Kennedy Center, it was great to be a part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival and share my cultural knowledge of Finland. For the amount of information I gave to the visitors, I learned at least twofold back - volunteering made this possible. I also loved learning about the free performances at the Millennium Stage. Every day of the year, visitors can attend these shows at no cost; during Nordic Cool, the performances featured music, theater, dance, and food from the Nordic countries, which was fantastic."

Rauno Merisalu,
Nordic Cool 2013 volunteer
From the country of Finland