Volunteer Positions

Volunteer registration for the 2018 Castro Street Fair is closed at this point.

If you or a friend would like to volunteer, but missed the open registration, feel free to show up at the volunteer booth and inquire with the staff there. Please make sure to read our volunteer agreement, since your participation implies you agree to those terms. We welcome walk-ins, all help is appreciated!

Entry Gates

You are the first face to the Fairgoers. Smile and be welcoming, show your energy and enthusiasm. Collect Suggested Donations. Remind people that all proceeds benefit local San Francisco Charities that serve their community. You should be able to stand for long periods during the day, enjoy the atmosphere, so that fairgoers will see that this is a fun event. Oh, and please make sure to check out our training video  before the fair!


  • Entry Gates (10:00am–1:30pm)
  • Entry Gates (12:30pm–3:30pm)
  • Entry Gates (2:30pm–5:30pm)


Safety Volunteers play a critical role in ensuring the safety and enjoyment of everyone at the Castro Street Fair. Each safety volunteer shift is four hours in length, and you can sign up for more than one. Responsibilities include facilitating, monitoring and maintaining barricades and street closures, as well as assisting with access for authorized vehicles. Safety volunteers also perform foot patrols throughout the Fair, answer questions for fairgoers, neighbors and merchants, as well as report any potential safety hazards to our Safety Coordinators. Presence is a big part of this fun job that also allows you the opportunity to see some of the exhibits and vendors that the fair offers.


  • Safety (3:00am–7:00am)
  • Safety (6:30am–10:30am)
  • Safety (10:00am–2:00pm)
  • Safety (1:30pm–5:30pm)
  • Safety (5:00pm–9:00pm)

Information & Merchandise Booth

Assist with directions, information about the fair and sales of event T-shirts. Should have some sales experience but not a requirement. Strong people skills. Be able to handle multiple fair attendees and “rush” periods. Standing for extended periods.


  • Info Booth (10:00am–1:00pm)
  • Info Booth (12:30pm–3:30pm)
  • Info Booth (3:00pm–6:00pm)

Stage Setup

You will be asked to hang signs and assist with decoration of the performance stages, and assist as needed by the Entertainment coordinator. You should be able to stand, bend climb, and lift without limitations.


  • Stage Setup (8:00am–11:00am)

Stage Hands

You will be assisting the stage manager during the day and performances. You should be able to stand, bend climb, and lift without limitations. Due to the close proximity to the stages, you’ll be exposed to amplified sound during your shift.


  • Stage Hands (10:00am–2:00pm)
  • Stage Hands (1:30pm–5:30pm)

Stage Breakdown

Assist in the removal of stage decor and area clean up / debris removal . This shift allow you to enjoy the day at the Fair, and then volunteer your hours as we close down the event.


  • Stage Breakdown (5:00pm–8:00pm)

Super Volunteer

You will be working directly with the Volunteer Team leadership. This is a great spot if you have worked the fair in different positions before. You must be able to lift, move, and assist with out any limitations.


  • Super Volunteer (6:00am–12:00pm)
  • Super Volunteer (11:30am–5:30pm)
  • Super Volunteer (3:00pm–8:30pm)

Production Area

Loading and unloading trucks, assist in arranging gate collection areas, compile donation collection buckets, assemble collection gate signage, help set up areas as directed by Event Staff. You should be able to lift, move, and assist with out any limitations.


  • Setup (6:00am–10:00am)
  • Breakdown (4:30pm–8:30pm)