June 23 - 25, 2017 Western Gateway Park Friday & Saturday 11AM - 10PM I Sunday 11AM - 5PM
20 Years!

Volunteer Program


WINNER - Best Volunteer Program
~ International Festivals & Events Association

The Des Moines Arts Festival Volunteer Program is sponsored by ARAG

Do you want to be a part of one of the best festivals this side of anywhere?
Great, because volunteers are a vital part of the Des Moines Arts Festival.

We couldn't put on an award-winning Festival of this magnitude without YOUR help! 

With over 1200 volunteer shifts available we have a variety of opportunities to choose from whether you are looking for yourself or for a group.

Volunteering is always more fun when you are able to do it with people you already know! Think of a family member, friend or group who can join you. 

Questions about volunteering or want to sign up a group or organization? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Morgan!  

To see all of our current volunteer openings click the link below. 


If you have a desire to be more involved with the Festival as a volunteer manager, please consider being part of the Event Management Team. Click here for more information.


No-shows can really cause great difficulties from the planning to the execution stages of the Festival weekend. We ask that you be able to report on time and remain on task for the duration of your shift(s). 

All volunteers will receive a volunteer t-shirt to wear during their shift(s) and snacks during their shifts. 

All volunteers must be at least 16 years old when they report for their volunteer shift.  

Volunteer Information  

Festival Hours

Friday, June 23rd 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 24th 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
Sunday, June 25th 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Volunteer HQ Hours 

Friday, June 23rd 7:30 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.
Saturday, June 24th 8:00 a.m. - 10:15 p.m. 
Sunday, June 25th 8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
  • Plan to arrive 10 – 15 minutes prior to your registered shift in order to get from your vehicle to the Volunteer Headquarters.
  • Volunteers will check-in at Volunteer Headquarters Tent (located on the east side of 13th Street, just south of Grand Avenue) prior to your shift. 
  • Prior to your shift you will have a short informational training and will be instructed to your volunteer area. 
  • Dress comfortably and appropriately for your work area and pending weather conditions. 
  • Do not wear caps or other items with logos that advertise any companies other than our sponsors. 
  • Drink plenty of water - it can get hot out there!  There is a water cooler station at Volunteer Headquarters.  
  • We have Gone Green at the Des Moines Arts Festival® so be sure to bring your own water bottle to fill up throughout your shift. Snacks will also be available in Volunteer Headquarters for volunteers during your shift(s).
  • Remember, whatever you bring must be carried with you during your shift. 
  • NO drinking of alcoholic beverages or smoking while working your volunteer shift or while wearing your Festival Volunteer T-Shirt.

Questions? Please contact Morganour Volunteer Coordinator, with any questions about volunteering. 

About ARAG

ARAG ® (www.ARAGlegal.com) is a leader in legal insurance. It provides people with affordable and reliable legal counsel for everyday life matters. The company has an international premium base of more than $2 billion and protects 15.5 million individuals and their families – worldwide. They offer the freedom and control to embrace life’s opportunities.

ARAG’s North American headquarters are based in Des Moines, Iowa. They’ve earned the prestigious Center of Excellence Award for nine consecutive years (2007-2015) and have been named a Top 100 Call Center by BenchMark Portal for five consecutive years (2011-2015), continuing their track record of industry-leading customer service. ARAG team members voted ARAG a Best Place to Work in Insurance (2009-2014).

For more news and information about ARAG visit ARAGlegal.com.

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