Photo by Jeanie Ow
Volunteer with the Powell Street Festival!
The Powell Street Festival is a unique festival in that it celebrates so many aspects of the community in an inclusive, accessible and respectful environment. We rely on hundreds of volunteers to make this festival the wonderful event that it is! Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new friends, spend time with friends and family, and get behind the scenes of this vibrant and special event.
The Festival is on BC Day long weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am to 7 pm. Sign-up to volunteer here.
Download our Volunteer Handbook for more detailed information on Volunteering at the PSFS. You must be 16 years of age or older to volunteer.
The Festival Committee is made up of very dedicated Festival Coordinators. Each Festival Coordinator is a volunteer who is responsible for a specific area of festival production and oversees the volunteers that help with that particular area (including the areas listed below).
During Festival weekend (BC Day long weekend), we will require hundreds of volunteers to help run the festival smoothly! Positions include:
- children’s tent
- stage crew
- site crew
- poster distribution
- and more!
Year Round Opportunities
If you are interested in our ongoing volunteer opportunities, please email admin [at] powellstreetfestival.com. The following volunteer opportunities are available:
Help us out with database management, mailouts, and other fun stuff!
We program events throughout the year (such as concerts and performance events) and need volunteers to help with front of house, merchandise sales, stage crew and promotion
Help us promote our year-round events by designing posters, flyers and advertisements.
Help determine the theme and artists of future festivals!
Help us to increase the profile of the Society and to advocate for the low-income community in the Downtown Eastside.
Help us in letter-writing campaigns, corporate campaigns and special event planning.
Currently we are not looking for new Board members, but keep updated for openings!
Frequently Asked Questions for Festival Volunteers
Q: Where do I go to register when I arrive at the Powell Street Festival?
A: Please go to register at the Volunteer Booth 15 minutes before your first shift. The Volunteer Coordinator will give you a name tag, Hachimaki and tell you where to meet your supervising coordinator.
Q: When and where do I get my food vouchers?
A: You can pick up your food vouchers after you finish your 2 shifts (equivalent to 4 hours of volunteer work) at the Volunteer Booth.
Q: Where do I get my goody bag?
A: You can pick up your goody bag at the end of your volunteer shifts at the Volunteer Hospitality booth. Same place to go for refreshment and snacks.
Q: Is orientation mandatory?
A: Yes, you must attend the orientation if you are a new volunteer. There is a lot of information that you will need to know before your first volunteer shift at Powell Street Festival.
Q: Can I drive my car to the location?
A: Unfortunately, there is limited street parking around the Festival location. We recommend taking the bus, riding your bike (we have free bike valet service) or walking.
Q: Can I bring a friend, family member, or date who did not volunteer at the Festival to the Volunteer Appreciation Party?
A: No, unfortunately not. The Volunteer Appreciation Party is a perk for volunteers only. With limited space and seating we only have room for Volunteers. But don’t worry, you’ll make new friends!
Q: What do I do if I have to miss a shift or am late for a shift?
A: Please let the Volunteer Coordinator know as soon as possible! We require 24 hours’ notice if you will not be attending your shift.
Q: Can I bring my child, friend, or spouse to my volunteer shift?
A: No, the volunteer shift requires your full attention. Please make plans for after or before your shift so that you can hang out with them at the Festival! There’s lots to see and do.
Q: How much is my food booth voucher worth and where can I use it?
A: Each food booth voucher is worth $5 at any of the participating food booth vendors over the Festival weekend. It has a cash value, so if your purchased item is less than $5, you will get change back. It cannot be used at the non-food booth vendors.
Q: Can I volunteer with my friend?
A: Shifts are assigned based on your online preference and shift availability. Don’t worry, you’ll make new friends during your shift.