Volunteer Opportunities

Share Your Smiling Face

Volunteering for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival is a rich and rewarding experience that allows individuals, friends, co-workers, and families to participate by ushering, greeting guests, distributing information, collecting donations, and performing other helpful tasks.

People of all ages and abilities are welcome to volunteer. In addition to an invaluable behind-the-scenes festival experience, all volunteers are eligible with each completed shift to earn complimentary tickets to select Mainstage performances and other insider perks, including special hospitality areas and more.

Volunteer Opportunities

Mainstage Ushers

Apply here in late spring to be a Mainstage usher for the 2016 festival. Ushers provide a valuable service to the the festival by helping to ensure the comfort and safety of our patrons at each indoor performance. Responsibilities include greeting patrons, taking tickets, handing out programs, assisting patrons with finding their seats, and giving directions. The 2016 Mainstage Usher application is closed and confirmations will go out around May 30th. Please contact Juli Pinsak at pinsak@a2sf.org with questions.

Greeters at Top of the Park

Greeters serve as the first line welcome for visitors entering the festival grounds. Responsibilities include answering questions, giving directions, distributing festival guides, collecting patron donations, and most of all, making our guests feel welcome! Greeters typically work in pairs, so it’s a great opportunity to help the festival while making new friends or sharing the experience with old friends. Individual volunteer opportunities will be posted in the spring of 2017.

Team Volunteer Opportunities at Top of the Park

We’re looking for groups to sign up as a team of volunteer greeters at Top of the Park. Greeters play an essential role in the festival’s success by welcoming attendees, sharing insider performance information, helping with first aid, collecting on-site donations for the Keep TOP Free campaign, and most importantly, being the first and last ‘welcome’ for a positive patron experience. We need you!

Sign Up Your Team Today

Each participating team will be assigned its own shift at Top of the Park Tuesdays through Sundays, June 9 – July 2, 2017. Teams volunteer in shifts from 5 pm to 8 pm. The festival goes until midnight – feel free to stay and enjoy!

With different organizations & social groups volunteering every night, this is a great opportunity for your organization give back to the Ann Arbor community. As a greeter, you can win nightly prizes including Mainstage tickets, free drinks, and free food while being recognized for your commitment to our community!

Volunteer Team Benefits – Est. Promotional value ranges from $500 – $1,350. See all the benefits here! 

A special thanks to the following groups who participated in our 2016 team challenge: Ann Arbor City Club, Ann Arbor Roller Derby, Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company, AFC Ann Arbor, Comerica Bank, Inbound Marketing and Sales, Momentum, The Junior League of Ann Arbor, Reinhart Administration, Reinhart North, Reinhart East, Reinhart Chelsea, Sole to Soul Healing, Talmer Bank and Trust, TwoFoot Creative, The Whole Brain Group, Woman InDeed, Ypsilanti T-shirt Company, and the entire festival Board of Trustees.

Congratulations to the 2016 team winner, Reinhart Realtors!

Special Attraction Stewards

The festival hosts select special outdoor attractions each summer. These large scale international spectacles have included the wildly popular Architects of Air, Tangle, Strange Fruit, the dinosaurs of Erth, Superhero, BodyMasterpiece extreme face painting, and more. Each spectacle involves a small- but committed team of volunteers to help manage the attraction while it is hosted in Ann Arbor. Special Attraction Steward’s responsibilities include providing directions to and from attraction locations, collecting tickets, counting attraction participants for capacity limits, answering questions, queue management, and more!

Festival Street Team

Help spread the word about the Ann Arbor Summer Festival! By joining the festival’s street team, you’ll be helping distribute important promotional materials such as festival guides, brochures, and posters throughout the Ann Arbor area and beyond. Beginning in May, enjoy the ease of volunteering on a flexible schedule in the weeks leading up to First Friday and throughout the duration of the festival.

Top of the Park Impact Study Team

Welcome festival-goers to Top of the Park while counting visitors and gathering information from attendees through a mobile app questionnaire. Responses become part of the Top of the Park Impact Study designed in-part by volunteers from the Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan. These findings will help the festival better understand who attends Top of the Park, what people want to support and to better present the festival’s case for funding to granting organizations.

Become A Festival Volunteer

Select Volunteer Benefits Include:

  • Complimentary tickets to select Mainstage performances
  • Nightly prize giveaways
  • Behind the scenes access to Ann Arbor Summer Festival operations
  • Opportunity to represent the Ann Arbor Summer Festival as an ambassador

Volunteer Requirements

  • Willing to work under supervision of festival staff
  • Attend a volunteer orientation and training session prior to the start of the festival
  • Volunteers signing up to usher must also commit to volunteer for an outdoor shift at TOP Questions? Please contact dion@a2sf.org or 734-994-5999.The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of any characteristic protected by law, such as race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, height, weight, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, or disability as defined by law.
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