Volunteer Information

Volunteers are the heart of the Castro Street Fair! The hours that volunteers work generate valuable funds for the nonprofit beneficiary organizations that partner with the Fair. This year’s fair happens Sunday, October 3rd, and we’re looking forward to a sunny fun day in the Castro!

Sign up to be a volunteer!

Online volunteer registration will close at 5pm on October 1. If you or a friend miss the online registration but would still like to volunteer, feel free to show up at the Volunteer Booth and inquire with the staff there.

2021 Fair SARS-CoV-2 precautions

Due to the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic — and highly transmissible variants that are now circulating in our community — we have some special requirements to volunteer at this year’s Fair:

  1. Event staff and volunteers must provide proof of vaccination: paper CDC card, photo of CDC card on phone, or digital record, e.g. CDPH QR code.
  2. Event staff and volunteers must wear masks and engage in social distancing to the extent practical.

Although the Castro Street Fair takes place outdoors, we have historically welcomed over 10,000 attendees, so we’re doing our best to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all our friends, neighbors, and visitors.

Volunteer agreement

Whether you sign up online or in person to be a volunteer at the Castro Street Fair you are accepting our Volunteer Agreement. All volunteers are required to read and accept to our waiver in order to participate as a volunteer at the Fair.

Volunteer roles and descriptions

Volunteers help us with a number of important roles, including donation collection, stage hands, info booth staffing, foot patrols, etc. For more detail check out CSF Volunteer Roles.

Training video for entry gate volunteers

If you’re an Entry Gate volunteer, please watch our 4-minute training video before your shift at the Fair!

Where to check-in/out at the Fair

Volunteers must come to the volunteer booth to have their time logged in and out. Please arrive 15 minutes before your start time, and remember to check out at the end of your shift.

The volunteer booth will be located in the parking lot behind the Castro Theater located at 429 Castro Street.

The booth will be staffed from 6:00am to 8:30pm on the day of the Fair. All volunteers who have selected shifts that end after 6:30pm should log out at safety booth (located next to the volunteer booth).

Recording volunteer hours

The staff at the volunteer booth will record all registered volunteers start and finish times. Volunteers that fail to come back to the volunteer booth to log out at the end of their shift, will not have their time logged towards their selected beneficiary organization. If for any reason a volunteer can’t complete their shift, please come by the volunteer booth to log out, and/or contact a volunteer coordinator for their organization.

Our 2021 Beneficiaries:

  • Buen Dia Family School
  • Castro Community On Patrol
  • Haight Ashbury Community Nursery School
  • Imperial Council of San Francisco
  • Instituto Familiar de La Raza
  • McKinley Elementary – PTA
  • Most Holy Redeemer – AIDS Support Group
  • Queer Life Space


Castro Street Fair volunteer group