Volunteer with LEAF!


Volunteers truly help create LEAF! Your gift of service to LEAF Community Arts make an impact during signature events (LEAF Festival & LEAF Downtown) and supporting LEAF’s cultural arts education locally (LEAF Schools & Streets) and globally (LEAF International). 

LEAF Festival Volunteer Overview:

Volunteers help create LEAF Festival each May and October!  We count on the service of 500+ volunteers to help make LEAF come to life-wow! Volunteer opportunities include assisting the Boathouse crew to get people in canoes & kayaks, prepare yummy meals in Eden Hall, serving up local brews & beverages at Concessions, help people out at First Aid, customer service with Zoom and so much more that truly helps make LEAF happen!
In recent years, volunteer slots have been filling up more and more quickly. We accept volunteer applications until all shifts have been filled. The team is always trying to improve to accommodate our growing organization, generosity of volunteers and the needs of our fun crews! Spring volunteer applications open on January 1st and Fall volunteer applications open on July 20th. We look forward to working with you and thank you for your contribution to LEAF!

LEAF Festival Volunteer Options:

VOLUNTEER = Work 10 hours in exchange for a Weekend Ticket (Fri 9am – Sun 7pm) that includes overnight tent camping. Thursday access and Culinary Passport are not included.

*VOLUNTEER PLUS* = Work 15 hours in exchange for a Weekend Plus Ticket (Thursday 6pm – Sun 7pm). Volunteers that are completing Volunteer PLUS hours must be available Thursday for a volunteer shift. Culinary Passport is not included.

**STAR VOLUNTEER** = Work 20 hours in exchange for a Weekend Plus Ticket (Thursday 6pm – Sun 7pm) AND Culinary Passport. Star Volunteers must have previously volunteered and of course be awesome. 

LEAF Downtown AVL Volunteer Overview:

It takes many hearts and hands to build an event like LEAF Downtown AVL & this is a key fundraiser for LEAF Schools & Streets LOCAL cultural arts education programs. It’s easy, fun, & we need volunteers! Volunteers may register after May 1st, and we love groups volunteering together. We are currently evolving the new Downtown Volunteer plan, so if you have ideas, email volunteers@theLEAF.org.

LEAF Downtown Volunteer Details & LEAF Love:

VOLUNTEER = 1 shift* | LEAF Downtown Volunteer T-Shirt + 1 Beverage Token & LEAF Sticker + Entered in Volunteer ONLY Raffle Drawing
STAR VOLUNTEER = 2 shifts | T-Shirt & Sticker+ 2 Beverage Tokens + Invite to Special LEAF Volunteer Party at BLOCK Off Biltmore. + 2 Entries in Volunteer ONLY Raffle Drawing

•Arrive at least 15 minutes early to check-in & Be LEAFy.
•If you are a no show– you’ll get bad karma & loose option to volunteer at future LEAF events.
•Fulfill all committed to shifts (if you can’t then have a friend replace you).
•Concessions Volunteers must complete online certification/training.
•NO DRINKING unless off duty & out of LEAF t-shirt.
•No smoking & No dogs (Asheville Parks & Rec rules!).

*Shifts are 4 hours each at LEAF Downtown. 



Apply EARLY to secure your favorite volunteer opportunity. We accept volunteers on a rolling basis so, it’s truly first come, first serve.

LEAF DowntownAugust 3-4, 2018 

Fall LEAF Festival October 18-21, 2018

1. Click Below to Access Your Volunteer, Volunteer PLUS or Star Volunteer Application ($25 non-refundable fee due immediately).
2. Your application link is emailed to you within 48 hours.
3. Application is complete when one of the following apply:
  • You are 21 yrs or over –  have completed all fields and submitted deposit due via check or credit card (online).
  • You are under 21 yrs –  have completed all fields; submitted deposit due via check or credit card (online); and submitted two references and a letter of recommendation from an employer or administrator.

Volunteers will be accepted on a rolling basis, in other words until all roles are filled!


LEAF Downtown applications will open at LEAF May Festival.

Questions or ideas, email volunteers@theLEAF.org


Looking for a more long-term way to contribute time? Consider a LEAF Internship:

LEAF is a great way to complete college internships. Whether it’s for a summer, semester or year LEAF offers students the opportunity to work directly with the staff who organize the arts education programs, fundraisers and festivals. Internship focus areas include but are not limited to:

LEAF Schools & Streets • LEAF International • Marketing • Special Event Planning • Development • Arts Management • Communication

LEAF will work with students and professors to best accommodate both the organization and students needs. Interested interns please contact info@theLEAF.org for an intern application.