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Free festivals 2024: Help out & be there for free

Festival summer 2024 is just around the corner and with it the question of which open airs you want to go to this year. The variety of possibilities has probably never been greater and more and more events offer a colorful program of art and culture in addition to great musical contributions. Many of them are free of charge and are run by volunteers. But events that charge a fee also rely on volunteers and allow free admission in return. Would you like to work behind the scenes at a festival this summer? Then you can find selected free (and paid) festivals here, where you can help out in 2024 and be there for free.

We will continue to update the festivals throughout the summer. It’s worth stopping by again and again!

    1. Free Festivals 2024 in Berlin
    2. Free Festivals 2024 in Hamburg
    3. Free Festivals 2024 in Stuttgart
    4. Free Festivals 2024 in Gifhorn
    5. Free Festivals 2023 in Frankfurt (am Main)

Free Festivals 2024 in Berlin

Become a C2C ambassador at the concerts of “Die Ärzte” on Tempelhofer Feld from 23.08. – 25.08.2024

A group picture of the C2C ambassadors at Tempelhofer Feld.
About the festival

In August 2024, Loft Concerts, together with the co-initiators C2C NGO, KKT and SBS, will be organising three concerts by the band Die Ärzte on Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin. The concerts will be organised according to Cradle to Cradle and Zero Waste principles.

The Cradle to Cradle NGO aims to test and scale up climate and resource-positive products, processes and innovations and bring Cradle to Cradle closer to people.

How you can be part of it

As an expert in C2C, you will talk to concert-goers on site about cradle to cradle, the circular economy and sustainability and explain the measures implemented. You will receive the relevant briefing from us in advance. If you would like to get an impression of the last time in 2022, take a look here.

Jenseits von Millionen Festival from 29.07. to 06.08.2024

Two people are chatting and laughing. In the background you can see other people and a festival site with a stage.
About the festival

The association “anderes Festival e.V.” was founded in 2008 to organise a two-day indie music festival once a year in August. The aim is to support the region in order to strengthen culture. By organising the festival, the association also supports children’s aid organisations with an annual donation of at least €2 from every ticket sold, as well as everything that remains on the credit side after deducting the festival costs. The festival itself takes place on 02 and 03 August in Friedland, Brandenburg.

How you can be part of it

We are looking for energetic volunteers to support us during the set-up and dismantling phase from 29 July to 6 August. You can also take on shifts on the festival days, such as tapping beer, making sandwiches, making vegetable spreads, looking after the campsite and much more.
The organisation is also looking for new members. So if you are interested in being closely involved in the tasks in advance and contributing your ideas, then take a look here.

SOCIALYMPIA on 19.07.2024

A child's face is painted with colorful make-up.
About the festival

Sozialympia is a inclusive, colorful festival of sport that promotes the recognition and social participation of people with intellectual disabilities. The whole neighborhood is invited and 300 participants are expected, including children!

We are looking for committed volunteers who want to make the inclusive sports festival a success. As part of the team, you will ensure that children and people with intellectual disabilities can experience an unforgettable day full of sport and fun.

How you can be part of it

You are responsible for “entertainment” with face painting between 10 a.m. and 14:30 p.m..
Whether butterfly or Spiderman, children and guests alike enjoy this festival atmosphere!

During the same period, volunteers are also needed to model balloons. You can find more information here.

Queer terrace festival on 24.08.2024

A presenter on a small stage. Behind him are colourfully dressed musicians.
About the festival

The AHA is a non-commercial, entirely voluntary organisation that offers space for groups and events and a meeting point for queer people. Now over 45 years old, the AHA is one of the oldest continuously active LGBTIQ+ organisations in Berlin. The AHA Terrace Festival will take place on 24 August, to which you are cordially invited as a participant and supporter.

How you can be part of it

You can support the queer festival with various activities: Set-up and dismantling, decoration, admission, securing drinks supplies and filling up fridges, collecting crockery, washing dishes, distributing flyers, taking photos, baking cakes, preparing salads, bar and counter or assisting at the barbecue.

The shifts are expected to last 2-3 hours. However, this will be discussed individually at the introductory meetings. There will be two of these, one on 4 August at 2 pm and one on 18 August at 6 pm.

16th International KinoKabaret Berlin from 09. to 22.09.2024

People stand around a camera and happily watch the filmed material.
About the festival

KinoBerlino is the capital’s independent, voluntary film initiative that has been providing low-threshold access to technology, teams, networks, film workshops, festivals, television, film schools and cinemas for talents of all trades since 2004. KinoKabarets offer the opportunity to learn the craft of filmmaking through practical experience, free from the need for large amounts of time or financial resources. From 09.-22.09. the 16th International KinoKabaret will take place in Berlin, where filmmakers will be creative together and show their films to a large audience.

How you can be part of it

You can support this film festival extensively and over a longer period of time. Your tasks would range from preparing the event in the form of PR & social media management, finding sponsors and coordinating with the participants to designing and helping with the trailer film shoot. Of course, you would also have your hands full during the event period with multifaceted tasks such as checking and handing out film equipment, providing technical support during the screening in the cinema or shopping for catering.

Free festivals 2024 in Hamburg

Wutzrock Festival from 08.08. – 12.08.2024

A group of musicians on a stage in front of a cheering crowd of festival-goers.
About the festival

The legendary Wutzrock Festival is going into the next round and is looking for helpers! This Umsonst & Draußen festival in the south-east of Hamburg, which has been setting an exclamation mark since 1979, is fundamentally appealing to us with its values and an important beacon in the local art & culture scene. Because Wutzrock is colourful, loud and non-partisan, solidary, non-commercial, against sexism and absolutely anti-fascist.

How you can be part of it

Are you keen to support us in securing colourful art and culture in Hamburg and at the same time listen to great music? Then there are many opportunities for you to get involved, and we are particularly looking for helpers in the following areas:

Stage technology: Without sound and light, the festival won’t rock. Enchant the crowd with stage fireworks! Security: So that everyone can have a fantastic time. Provide the necessary framework! Waste avoidance: Lots of partying people produce lots of rubbish. Help us to be sustainable! Team Platz: A festival site is not created by magic, but maybe by your magic hands?

ELBRIOT-Festival on 12.08.2024

The Wheel of Misfortune of the Clubkinder stand at the Elbriot Festival.
About the festival

Clubkinder e.V. has a stand at the ELBRIOT festival for which voluntary support is needed. This means that while heavy acts such as Amon Amarth or The Amity Affliction perform on stage, you can create a good atmosphere at the stand and look after the individual offers. Just the right commitment for metalheads!

How you can be part of it

We are looking for energetic hands to help set up and dismantle the stand. During the festival, the support at the stand includes: looking after the button machine and the Wheel of Misfortune, painting tattoos, face painting, filling colourful bags, serving shots. Please note that you should register 7 days in advance.

Free festivals 2024 in Stuttgart

Summer festival of cultures from 19. – 24.07.2024

Ein Plakat mit dem Text: Unterstützung gesucht: Kinderprogramm.
About the festival

The Summer Festival of Cultures is the largest intercultural festival in southern Germany and will transform Stuttgart’s market square into a musical melting pot every summer from 19 to 24 July 2024. In addition to top-class live acts, the festival also offers its visitors an exciting supporting programme: food stalls with delicacies from all over the world, a raffle with great prizes, offers for children, the popular Market of Cultures, a photo exhibition in the town hall, a silent disco and beats from Baden-Württemberg make the summer festival a colourful and varied festival for everyone.

How you can be part of it

Es werden Freiwillige gesucht, die dafür sorgen, dass das Kinderprogramm reibungslos abläuft An allen sechs Festivaltagen wird ein Programm bestehend aus Puppentheater, Karussellfahrten, Kinderradio und Spiel- und Kreativangeboten geboten.

Free festivals 2024 in Gifhorn

Lebenshilfe Live | The festival on 31.08.2024

A group of people sit on the grass by the lake and celebrate with colorful clothes and guitars.
About the festival

On August 31 from 2 to 8 p.m., Lebenshilfe Gifhorn will be holding its successful and popular festival. Two live bands and a DJ will ensure an exuberant atmosphere throughout the afternoon. A large fun program is already being diligently planned, including a carousel, bouncy castle and bungee trampoline. There is also a large food mile with many different delicacies to feast on. The cocktail truck was also a popular highlight this year. With many different fruity, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, you can cool down here.

How you can be part of it

Volunteers are needed to supervise the bouncy castle, look after the photo box and sell tokens and provide information at the information stand. We are also looking for help with serving food, and infection instruction is possible on site.

Free festivals 2023 in Frankfurt (am Main)

Christopher Street Day (CSD) from 08. to 11.08.2024

People on the CSD on the street with a rainbow flag in the foreground
About the festival

The CSD Frankfurt takes place from 08. The event will take place from August 11 to August 11, 2024 and is a joint demonstration by lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people, their friends and all those who support them. Every year, the parade is an expression of joie de vivre, self-confidence and diversity in society that you should definitely not miss!

How you can be part of it

Volunteers are an important support for the CSD in Frankfurt. If you would like to support one of the volunteer teams, you can do so in one of these areas: Set-up and dismantling, in the backstage area, distributing Pride ribbons, as a demo helper or as longer-term support in the organization team.

Support of the International Theater Festival of the Sommerwerft from 26.07. to – 11.08.2024

People form a circle by holding each other's shoulders and looking up at the sky.
About the festival

Every year, the international theater festival Sommerwerft takes place at the Weseler Werft on the banks of the Main in Frankfurt. For 17 days, the waterfront is transformed into a colorful hustle and bustle between theater, performances, music and simply a place to linger and enjoy the summer. People of all backgrounds, ages, genders and religions come together to form a community.

How you can be part of it

The areas of application are varied, from helping at bars, food stands, cafés, in the silent movie theater, VIP tent or admission control. The tasks are carried out in different shifts of 3-4 hours each between 12 noon and midnight. Volunteers will also be needed from 21.07.-25.07.24 for the set-up and from 12.08.-14.08. for the dismantling.


Your vostel.de team wishes you a fantastic festival summer!


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