Volunteer

SAVE THE DATE: May 17, 18, &19, 2019!

Sorry, but the 34th Annual Main Street Fest has come and gone! But be sure to save the date for the 35th Annual Main Street Fest set for May 17, 18, & 19 of 2019!

Thanks to all our great volunteers that made the 2018 Main Street Fest so memorable!

Note: The information below is for the 2018 festival, and is here only for reference purposes to answer any questions you may have about the festival. New information regarding the 2019 festival will be updated as it is available, so check back starting January of 2019!


AT A GLANCE:

  • Shifts as short at 2.5 hours!
  • Work one or multiple shifts across any day of your choice
  • Receive free official festival volunteer shirt
  • Enjoy the festival for free before or after your shift!
  • Keep scrolling down for additional info
  • If you have immediate questions, contact our Volunteer Coordinator:
    Delbert Degel, ddagel@grapevinetexasusa.com or 817-410-3121

Make new friends, have fun and support the community by becoming a volunteer for the 34th Annual Main Street Fest - A Craft Brew Experience, presented by Bank of the West. A variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and organizations are available.

Be the Most Valuable Volunteer (MVV)! There will be a competition at Main Street Fest to see which volunteer can complete the most shifts at the festival. You must register and check-in for each shift to be eligible.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Volunteer Orientation on Thursday May 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Palace Theatre in Downtown Grapevine! At this brief orientation you'll receive in-depth information regarding the festival and any positions that you may be volunteering at. You will also be able to pick up your official volunteer shirt, as well as informational handbooks. The Palace Theatre is located at 300 S. Main Street, Grapevine, TX.

And while you have those calendars out, mark down Thursday June 7, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner! This evening features free food and an opportunity to share your favorite Main Street Fest stories with your fellow volunteers and festival staff. The event will take place at the Grapevine Convention Center located at 1209 S. Main Street, Grapevine, TX.

FAQs
(click on each question to jump to the answer)

Is there an age requirement to volunteer?
Is there an age requirement to serve beer?
Do I have to have a TABC license to serve beer?
Where do I park for my shift during the festival?
Where do I check-in for my shift during the festival?
I don't have my shirt yet - how do I get into the festival to volunteer?
I'm with a large organization or a large group of people that want to volunteer together - can we?
Am I required to attend the volunteer orientation?
Am I required to wear my shirt while volunteering?
Am I allowed to drink during the festival?
Am I allowed to smoke during the festival?
I'm running late to my shift - what do I do?
It's raining - do I still have to volunteer?
What are the rules and requirements to be eligible for the MVV?
Can I come before or stay after my shift to enjoy the festival?

FAQ ANSWERS

Q: Is there an age requirement to volunteer?
    A:  
All volunteers must be a minimum of 13 years of age by the start of the festival.

Q: Is there an age requirement to serve beer?
    A: 
 All volunteers that handle alcohol must by 21 years of age by the start of the festival.

Q: Do I have to have a TABC license to serve beer?
    A:
It is highly preferred, however is not required. You must however be a minimum of 21 years old to be able to serve alcohol. Priority on preference of shifts will be given to volunteers that have obtained their license. You can get your 2-year license through a number of state approved websites, such as TABCPermit.com and some sites offer courses for as low as $12. (The festival does not reimburse for taking the course or for obtaining the license)

Q: Where do I park for my shift during the festival?
    A: 
You may park in any of the free parking lots provided for the festival, however it is highly recommended you park at the Grapevine Library parking lot located at 1201 Municipal Way. This lot has a shuttle to transport you to festival grounds, and is only approximately 0.6 miles if you prefer to walk. This lot is being advertised as the "volunteer parking lot".

Q: Where do I check-in for my shift during the festival?
    A: 
All volunteers should check-in first at Volunteer Headquarters located on the south end of the festival grounds inside the Founders Building. The address you can plug in your phone is 701 S. Main Street, however any festival official or police officer can point you in the direction.

Q: I don't have my shirt yet - how do I get into the festival to volunteer?
    A:
Please enter at the south end of the festival (closest to Dallas Street). This is the gate closest to Volunteer Headquarters. Inform the gate attendant you are here for a volunteer shift, and they will arrange to have someone escort you on to the festival grounds who will then direct you to the Volunteer Headquarters.

Q: I'm with a large organization or a large group of people that want to volunteer together - can we?
    A:
We encourage large groups to participate! If your group size is larger than 10 people, and you want to ensure you all work in the same area, or have questions about coordinating volunteer shifts for your group or organization, please contact Delbert Degel at DDegel@grapevinetexasusa.com or by calling 817-410-3121.

Q: Am I required to attend the volunteer orientation?
    A: 
It is not required to volunteer, however it is highly recommended especially for first-time volunteers. Lots of very important information is shared at this event, and you are also able to meet festival officials that you will be working with. You will also receive your volunteer shirt which will allow you to enter the festival grounds for your shift. The orientation is typically very brief, lasting less than one hour.

Q: Am I required to wear my shirt while volunteering?
    A: 
It is highly suggested so that it identifies you as a volunteer and confirms that you are permitted to be in the area you are assigned.  Some areas may have restricted access to volunteers only, and without the shirt it may cause festival officials or police officers to question you. If you have any reason that you are not able to wear your shirt, please contact Delbert Degel in advance.  Once your shift is over, however, you may remove your shirt. If you are planning on staying to enjoy the festival after your shift, it is required that you wear a different shirt, or bring a jack to cover your volunteer shirt.

Q: Am I allowed to drink during the festival?
    A: 
You are not allowed to drink prior to your shift, or during your shift. No exceptions are allowed. If you appear to be intoxicated during your shift, you may be asked to leave your assignment. You are also not allowed to drink while wearing your volunteer shirt, even if your shift has already ended. (Please bring a change of clothes if you plan to drink after your shift)

Q: Am I allowed to smoke during the festival?
    A: 
You are not allowed to smoke during your shift. You may smoke before or after your shift in the designated smoking areas.

Q: I'm running late to my shift - what do I do?
    A:
Please contact 817-410-3185 and indicate you are a volunteer. Ask the person on the phone to radio the volunteer coordinator so that they can provide necessarily information regarding your shift.

Q: It's raining - do I still have to volunteer?
    A:  
The festival occurs rain or shine! If you think there may be a reason the festival is not taking place, please contact 817-410-3185 first for further information. Please do not assume any information to be correct unless it comes directly from a festival official or a volunteer coordinator.  (This includes any posts you "may have seen" on social media or on the news!) Otherwise, please plan to still arrive for your shift per instructed even if there is rain in the area.

Q: What are the rules and requirements to be eligible for the MVV?
    A:
There are no requirements except to just volunteer! Most candidates for the Most Valuable Volunteer have worked on average of around 35 hours or more!  Total number of shifts or hours worked is not the only qualifying factor that is reviewed - festival officials also review feedback provided about your shifts from festival attendees or volunteer coordinators. The MVV is revealed at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner which is set for June 7, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Q: Can I come before or stay after my shift to enjoy the festival?
    A: 
Yes! We invite you to enjoy the festival, and is a perk of being a volunteer! You can essentially get in for free! As a reminder, you are not allowed to drink prior to your volunteer shift, or while wearing your festival shirt.