Volunteer Opportunity: Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Volunteers are critical to the success of the Festival and work closely with the Festival staff and participants. Volunteers contribute to a variety of duties, which include conducting surveys, assisting stage managers, audiovisual documentation of performances, and general administrative and production support. These are just a few of the opportunities available. Year after year, volunteers return to the Festival because it offers great fun, great people, and lots to learn.

Please follow the link to apply. Not all opportunities are posted yet; please check back soon for a complete list. Applications are due June 5.

If you already have a Smithsonian EVANS Volunteer Account, you will not need to fill out the application, but you will need to update your Festival availability and job preferences. Log into your account and look under Volunteer Menu in the left column. Select My Profile, where you will be able to fill out your Festival volunteer job preferences and availability.

Contact volunteer coordinator Michelle Banks at CFCH-Volunteer@si.edu or call 202.633.7488 for more information.



Volunteers can help participants explain and interpret their crafts and other traditions for visitors.

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Volunteer Opportunity: PGA TOUR




Want to be this close to your favorite PGA TOUR golfer? Join the Quicken Loans National volunteer team and come inside the ropes to get a front row view of all the action on course. Volunteers are needed on over 20 committees. Be a part of D.C.’s premier PGA TOUR event and experience this unforgettable opportunity. Learn more at www.qlnational.com/volunteer or email qlnvolunteers@tigerwoodsfoundation.org.

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Meet Your EEC vol. 5: CAROL ZHENG

How did you get started with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and how many years have you been volunteering with us?

I first went to the National Cherry Blossom Festival five years ago when I first came to the US, I was totally attracted by this fantastic national celebration. So after moving to DC last summer, I signed up with the National Cherry Blossom Festival in August as a volunteer and thus became one of the members of the executive committee.


Why did you want to join the EEC?

I want to try my best to bring all the happiness to everyone, then National Cherry Blossom Festival is a best choice to achieve my goal. Joining the EEC can help me to move one step forward to my goal, and I can also meet different people that all have the passion to plan the national celebration and bring the best results to the whole world.


What is a fun fact about you?

I am a crazy foodie


What is your favorite part about being a National Cherry Blossom Festival Volunteer?

I can get involved into different stages of this national celebration, I can learn hands-on experience but still meet many friends that come from different regions, have different career paths and interests, and finally we all become friends.


What would you say to someone thinking about volunteering with the National Cherry Blossom Festival? Any words of wisdom?     

Be passion, smile, and be yourself!


What do you do when you’re not volunteering with the National Cherry Blossom Festival?

Actually I am a master student at George Washington University now, besides volunteering at NCBF, I study for my degree while I also do baking and flower arrangements at home.


Any wishes for the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival?

Hope every year in the future we can see pink flowers shining as always!


Carol pictured on the left

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NEEDED: Bike To Work Day Volunteers!

Downtown DC needs volunteers for Bike to Work Day

Please help us make Bike to Work Day (BTWD) 2017 a success!  Volunteers are needed for the DowntownDC Freedom Plaza pit stop! Click here to for more information and to sign up.


Date: Friday, May 19
Location: Freedom Plaza, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue NW (near the Metro Center and Federal Triangle Metro stations)
Time: 6:15 AM – 10:00 AM

BTWD event info:


Volunteer Form: 


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Volunteer Discount on NCBF Merchandise!!

As a thank you to all our volunteers you will receive a 25% discount on your purchase at the Union Station kiosk when you bring your Green Volunteer T-shirt or a photo of you volunteering!!

Date: Monday, April 17th – Wednesday, April 19th

Where: Union Station kiosk

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Volunteer Job of the Week: Union Station

This week, we explore Store Set-up and Breakdown at Union Station!!

The breakdown shifts are so satisfying to find a place for everything and just be done!  Its fun and active and crucial so come on out and know your time was well spent!

Sign up on the VOLUNTEER CALENDAR for Wednesday, April 19th at 3:00 PM. 

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Volunteer Job of the Week: Parade Merchandise Shift at Dance & Choir

This week, we explore the Parade Merchandise: The second shift at Dance & Choir Rehearsal (FRIDAY) at UDC!


Volunteers will enjoy helping performers select the perfect Festival merchandise to commemorate their performance in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade®. While the merchandise table is outside the doors of the rehearsal, volunteers will be able to peek in from time to time to watch! 

Sign up on the VOLUNTEER CALENDAR for Friday, April 7th at 3:00 PM. 

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