Thank you for your interest in our ATX Volunteer Team!

Our Season 8 Volunteer Application will open closer to the festival. Keep checking back or contact volunteer@atxfestival.com or tv@atxfestival.com with any questions!

Volunteering with ATX


Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the festival, and keep things running smoothly. They’re TV nerds committed to helping other TV nerds have the very best festival ever.

As an ATX Volunteer, you are the face of the festival, which means you’re working to make sure our festival attendees have a wonderful experience, and leave a them with a great impression of the festival and of Austin!

If you’re interested in joining us this year, we’ve put together some handy dandy FAQs about what to expect when volunteering for #ATXTVs8!

What kind of things will I be doing while volunteering? Are you assigning me something or do I get to pick what I’m doing?

Our volunteers have the opportunity to craft their own schedules – each volunteer chooses the shifts they would like work, based on shift availability. Most of our volunteers sign up for a variety of departments and jobs throughout the festival so they can check everything out, but it’s all about you crafting a schedule you’ll enjoy. So if Transportation is your thing, sign up for all Transportation shifts. You’re really into special events? Check out the Events Department!

Festival departments include Registration, Festival Set Up/Tear Down, ATX Merch, Panels & Screenings, Events, Transportation, Greeters, Security, and Social Media (all the things!!) so be sure to check out all the available shifts once they’re posted.

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I’m super excited, but I’ve never volunteered for a festival before. Will there be a meeting so I know what to do?


Volunteer Orientations will be offered at three different times leading up to the festival and are held in Austin, TX. Volunteer Orientation is mandatory (out of towners, we have meetings close to festival start time for you), and locations and times will be sent via email. The same information will be given out at all the Volunteer Orientations, so you only have to attend one of the meetings, unless you really like us and just want to hang out.

At Volunteer Orientation we’ll go over the basics of volunteering with ATX, and fill you guys in on what to expect. Bring all your questions!

I’m coming in from out of town. When do you think I should try to get to Austin?

For those that are coming in from out of town, we recommend coming in on Tuesday, June 4th and heading home on Monday, June 10th. We’ll have volunteer shifts starting bright and early on Wednesday, June 5th and shifts go through Sunday, June 9th.

Do I get an ATX Badge for volunteering?

We have a variety of credential levels for our volunteers, like Day Wristbands and Volunteer Badges. The level you qualify for is contingent upon the number of hours you work during the festival. 

Pro tip: If you’re hoping to catch a panel / screening, we suggest you sign up to work it if there’s a shift available. And on the flip side, if you’re signing up to volunteer just to see one specific event, we strongly suggest you purchase a Festival Badge or Day Wristband. Volunteer Badges are seated at venues after those who purchased a badge.

When do I get to pick my volunteer shifts?

Shift selections run on a seniority system – returning volunteers are able to register for shifts before our new volunteers. Volunteer shift sign up info will be emailed to you before selections are made available.

So what if I try to sign up for a shift I really, really want, but the system says there aren’t any available spaces for that shift – what should I do?

If there are highly anticipated panels / screenings / events, it’s definitely possible those volunteer shifts are going to fill up quickly! If all of the shifts are full for a particular panel / screening / event, we suggest you check your email regularly – throughout the festival we will send out Volunteer Calls if shifts have opened up and we need extra help. We’ll fill these spots on a first response basis.

I confirmed that I would volunteer, but something happened and I can’t anymore. What should I do?

Please notify the Volunteer Team at volunteer@atxfestival.com as soon as you can.

I’m worried that I’m missing emails about volunteering. Leading up the festival, how often will I hear from y’all?

We suggest that you routinely check your email for info from the Volunteer Department. As things start to ramp up, we can’t guarantee specific dates of correspondence, but we’ll be in touch with updates as the festival approaches.

Please add volunteer@atxfestival.com to your Contacts to avoid important emails from going to your Spam or Junk folders.

What should I wear?

Volunteers will be given Volunteer Crew T-Shirts – they’re teal this year! You must wear your volunteer shirt during every shift, and you can’t alter your shirt in any way during the festival. As for the rest of your outfit, we suggest that you wear comfortable clothes like jeans and tennis shoes. You’ll be running around and on your feet all day, and we want you to be comfy.

And if you’d like to wear shorts / skirts, that’s totally fine – it’s hot in June, y’all. Just please be mindful that your shorts or skirt is an appropriate length.

So we’ll be in Downtown Austin… where should I park?

You are responsible for paying for your own parking, and there are several parking lots / garages near our Volunteer Hub (Trinity Hall) and other festival venues – check our Downtown Austin Alliance’s map here.

Rather than driving your own car, we recommend carpooling, having someone drop you off / pick you up, or making use of other transportation options – Capital Metro, Austin B-cycles, or ride shares. If you do decide to drive and want to take advantage of metered street parking, check out ParkX as you will not be able to run to your car every two hours to feed the meter.

What do I do about food?

We work hard to have snacks or light meals available but can’t guarantee any food, so we strongly suggest you bring your own snacks and water bottles. There are also a bunch of places to eat within walking distance of all our venues, and you’re free to go grab a snack if you’re shift leader has oked it, or once your shift is completed.

I still have more questions!!

Feel free to reach out to the Volunteer Team at volunteer@atxfestival.com or ATX HQ at tv@atxfestival.com and they can help you out!