It takes a village and then some to produce the Cabrillo Festival each year. Local residents open their homes to host Festival Orchestra players, Santa Cruz County businesses donate their products and services, and community members generously give of their time to support the Festival’s special events and audience services. If you would like to volunteer for the Festival, here are our current opportunities:
Volunteer To Host A Festival Musician:
Our most critical need!! The Festival is in constant need of donated accommodations to comfortably house our orchestra members, esteemed composers, guest artists, and technical staff. Specifically, if you have a guest house, granny unit or guest room in your home that you can donate for four days to two weeks during the Festival, please call us immediately at: 831.426.6966, or email
Cabrillo Music Art Food & Wine Street Festival/Creativity Tent for Kids:
Held the first weekend of the Festival, during both days of the outdoor Music Art Wine and Food Festival. Creativity Tent Volunteers assist professional artists and attending families with music and art workshops (no music or art skills needed).
Assist Staff in the preparation and serving of refreshments at various events for artists and patrons, held throughout the Festival.
Concert Ushers are the welcoming face of the Festival. While the time commitment is significant—ushers must commit to five orchestral concerts, including Mission San Juan Bautista and Free Family concerts—ushering provides free access to concerts, and the true joy of supporting this treasure of our community. Friends are made, and ushers return year after year, under the warm and expert guidance of House Manager Jennifah Chard.
To volunteer please email Jessica Frye at the Cabrillo Festival Office:
or call 831.426.6966.
Photos by: r.r. jones