Volunteer with LQAF

Producing the #1 Fine Art Festival La Quinta Arts Festival takes the support of over 200 volunteers and thousands of volunteer hours. As a fundraiser and community event, La Quinta Arts Festival helps support the livelihood of working artists and provides Visual Art scholarships for college-bound students from the Coachella Valley. Your passion to serve arts and education is a great service to our community.

Volunteers are the backbone of our event! Artists and patrons continue to recognize our volunteers on their commitment to ensuring a top-notch experience. Volunteers participate with professionalism and fun in a unique behind-the-scenes experience at one of the top Art Festivals in the nation. Volunteers are led by Chairpeople at 16 locations on the Festival site including Ticket Sales, Exit Gates, and Festival Concierge. We appreciate your interest and look forward to having you join our spectacular team of volunteers!


A huge thank you to our wonderful La Quinta Arts Festival 2019 volunteers! Our team of red shirts are the smiles and service of a seemingly effortless event experience. Thank you to each and every volunteer for sharing our goals and serving our mission to “Promote and Cultivate the Arts.” Your time and talent is appreciated by artists, patrons and staff! Stay connected throughout the year by signing up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page!

Training Resources
Additional resources and helpful information can be found by reading the LQAF Volunteer Handbook 2019

Volunteer Positions for La Quinta Arts Festival 

Volunteers are representatives of La Quinta Arts Foundation. We want your experience as a volunteer to be fun and fulfilling while serving the mission of LQAF. Please read the LQAF Volunteer Handbook 2019 to get started.

Ambassadors: Ambassadors are floaters on Festival grounds and will complete tasks asked of them from Artists, Patrons, or Staff including booth sitting, lunch delivery, and delivery of receipt books to booths. Volunteers must be 18+ years, able to walk for four hours, and commit to two training sessions prior to La Quinta Arts Festival 2019.

Artist Registration: Our Registration volunteers work a full-day shift (8 hours) for up to two days prior to Opening Day to provide a seamless and secure registration for La Quinta Arts Festival® Artists. This job handles paperwork details. Must have legible handwriting and ability to converse with people in a loud, busy environment.

Helpline: Our Helpline Support Team provides assistance to Artists and Patrons throughout the Festival. This task requires the volunteer to be moving for long periods of time. Helpline Support may be asked to run errands, booth sit, deliver receipt books, deliver lunches or escort patrons.

Hospitality: Serve snacks, water, and coffee with a smile to artist and volunteers during Artist Registration & Set Up and throughout La Quinta Arts Festival! Volunteers are also responsible for maintaining the appearance of the Wellness Center Patio. Lifting (15 lbs.) may be required. Prepping snacks, set up, clean up, and break down of the hospitality area is essential.

Ticket Sellers: Located at both East and West Entrances, Ticket Sellers are often the first to greet patrons to La Quinta Arts Festival. This is a seated position with cash handling experience and 1 hour of PurplePass POS training required.

Ticket Scanners & Greeters: This position welcomes patrons into the site, scans their tickets, and provides them with festival programs. This is a standing position.

Exit Gates & Receipt Takers: Thank patrons for sharing the day with us and for being advocates of the arts! If a patron leaving Festival has made a purchase, Gold Receipts are collected by the Gate volunteer for LQAF records. Hand stamps are provided for patrons seeking to return to Festival that same day.

Festival Shop: Shirts, hats, ticket upgrades, and the commemorative Festival Poster are all on sale at the Festival Shop.  We find volunteers with top-notch customer service experience do well here! This is a standing position and requires assisting with set up and close down of the booth, each day.

Information Booth: We couldn’t have the experience of La Quinta Arts Festival without our partners and sponsors! The Information Booth supplies information on sponsors, how Festival is operated, maintains Lost & Found, and can coordinate lunch or dinner reservations for a patron on the spot! Training for this position takes place before the Festival with the Volunteer Coordinator.

Festival Concierge: Placed throughout the breath-taking La Quinta Arts Festival® site our Concierges make sure everyone feels at home – no upside-down map left unturned! Concierges are armed with a notebook of knowledge that includes everything and anything a patron might ask. Yes, we mean anything! This is a self-directed, seated position. Volunteer is accountable for reading everything and attending each required meeting, as they will direct and serve the public.

Customer Pick Up: Patrons are provided with the option to leave their purchased art with Customer Pick Up while they continue to enjoy the Festival. Patrons or artist will sign in or out a purchased piece to be taken home the same day of purchase. No over-night stays, lifting, or assistance to car. Volunteers are asked to be diligent. This is a seated position.

Site Support: Golf Cart drivers assist Artists from parking lot to Booth without loading or unloading of cart. Golf cart volunteers must be 18+ years and possess a valid driver’s license. Volunteers are asked to sign a liability release to operate the golf cart at the time of their shift.

Finance Calculator and Support: Our team works non-stop for a week of crunching numbers and organizing receipts. Finance Calculator volunteers must have knowledge and experience using 10-key and attend training prior to La Quinta Arts Festival 2019. Finance Support will assist in organization of sales receipts.

To inquire about volunteering or more about these positions, please contact Jasmine Duran, Volunteer Coordinator, at Jasmine@LQAF.com for the full descriptions and details.