Volunteer Reception

Join us on June 3 for our Volunteer Welcome Reception! Meet your fellow volunteers, enjoy an evening of community and get the low-down on this year's Novato Festival.

Your Novato Festival

We are proud to welcome the entire community to come out and volunteer. Building community starts with the community!

Please note volunteers in alcohol and ticket booths must be at least 21 years old. Anyone under 21 should check into Volunteer HQ for other opportunities! 

Festival Prep & Tear Down

Festival Prep beings 2 Weeks Prior to the Festival

The Novato Chamber staff appreciates ALL of our volunteers, especially those that help set up and tear down the event. Contact the Chamber below if you are able to lend staging and tear-down support!

Festival Tear Down lasts for 1 week

Check In

All Festival Volunteers should check in at HeadQuarters. Located at First and Grant in the Old Pini Hardware Building. 

Please arrive 15 minutes before your shift, our distribution team will try to escort you to your location!

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Volunteer HQ

Headquarters is located at First and Grant.

Please note there is NO onsite parking available for volunteers. The lot adjacent is closed off for event-staging. Contact the Novato Chamber offices for parking options!

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PArking

Parking Monitor

Road closures keep the participants and the festival booth attendees safe. The job involves shooting the breeze with your buddies and keeping the tradition going strong!

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Set up / Take Down

Set-up / Take-Down is a critical part of the Festival (obviously) and we can always use hands on deck especially the week before the event!

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Wine Pourer

Pouring wine to a thirsty street festival offers a unique satisfaction! Join the Wine pouring team!

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HQ Staff

Head Quarters is always in need of organized people to keep the volunteers, the break room and all that under control. Do you have what it takes? Contact the Novato Chamber!

Ticket Booth

Ticket Booth

If fast-pace is your game then Ticket Booths are your thing! Keep the festival moving and organized at these fast-paced locations!

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Distribution

Distribution ensures that there are supplies in every one of the designated booths. They are an elite machine that works together!

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Beer Slinger

Slinging beer can be tons of fun with your buddies! Quench the thirst of festival goers and enjoy the fun of being a barback!

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Media / Press

Capture the event and all of its glory. Join the Press Team!

VOLUNTEER HEADQUARTERS

All volunteers can check in at 1107 Grant Avenue (the old Pini Hardware Building) please note that volunteers may NOT park there.

 

Volunteers should check in at HQ for their shift at the designated times and to receive your volunteer lanyard and passes. Volunteers can also use HQ to rest, rehydrate, and/or sign waivers and festival alcohol pouring agreements.

VOLUNTEER SETUP INSTRUCTIONS (Sat & Sun)

Only Applies to Wine Beer and Ticket Booths

Your booth needs to be completely set-up and with volunteers present by:


9:30 am on Saturday
9:45 am on Sunday

BOOTH SET-UP/DECORATING
Chamber staff will provide ALL the necessary pieces for your booth (hand washing station, wine/beer/tickets/money etc) 

You may arrive as early as 6:30 am on Saturday to decorate and "brand your booth" for your business advertisement

If you are driving on to Grant Ave in the morning, please unload your items quickly.

Please note: We do not provide any parking.

 

VOLUNTEER TEAR-DOWN INSTRUCTIONS (Saturday)

Do not stop pouring/selling until a Novato Chamber Staff representative closes your booth down

ROUGHLY
6:15-6:30 PM on Saturday
5:15-5:30 PM on Sunday

SATURDAY TEAR DOWN

You do not need to de-decorate your booth., We will have staff / security on the street all night. We suggest not leaving valuables in your booth (the Festival is not responsible for lost or stolen items)

  1. Return the cleanliness of the booth (pick up litter, and put containers back to the original location (Distribution Teams will help you)
  2. Secure anything down that may blow away due to wind

 

VOLUNTEER TEAR-DOWN INSTRUCTIONS (Sunday)

Do not stop pouring/selling until a Novato Chamber Staff representative closes your booth down

ROUGHLY
6:15-6:30 PM on Saturday
5:15-5:30 PM on Sunday

SUNDAY TEAR DOWN

NO VEHICLES ARE ALLOWED TO DRIVE ONTO GRANT AVENUE UNTIL 6:30 PM Please clear your booth as a team and work together to de-decorate PLEASE, FOR SAFETY, DO NOT DRIVE CARS ONTO GRANT AVENUE UNTIL THAT TIME, EVEN IF OTHERS ARE DOING IT

  1. Remove any of your personal belongings
  2. Pick up any litter / trash and materials
  3. Wait for Distribution for final dismissalTHANK YOU!

Local Flavors

Local tastes from around the North Bay give our Festival unique flavors. Everything under the sun is available to you and your family!

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Transit to the Festival

Avoid the parking hassles and get to Downtown Novato with ease. There is mass transit that drops participants within a short walk from the Festival's Redwood Music Stage.

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Hennessy Funds Stage at Redwood

Check out the Redwood Stage, local artist and rockin' grooves. Covers, country, soul, acustic and so much more!

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Consider Volunteering

In order to put on a festival of this size, we utilize hundreds of volunteers. Spend a single shift or entire day supporting the community that has given us so much and enjoy the festival. Sign up with Sign Up Genius when we go live in a couple of weeks!

Thank you!

General questions about the Festival of Art, Wine & Music?

If you have a question about the largest annual event in Novato, please contact the Novato Chamber of Commerce! Click the photo to the right to email them directly.