THANK YOU to all of our amazing LaughFest 2018 volunteers, the 10-day festival of laughter wouldn’t be possible without you!


A Special THANKS to our 2018 Volunteer Program Sponsors:




Questions?  Please email or call (616) 735-HAHA.


In 2011, people thought that we were seriously crazy when we said we wanted to put on a 10-day festival of laughter.  Seven festivals later, LaughFest is wildly successful, garnering praise from artists and attendees alike!  How does Gilda’s LaughFest manage put on so many diverse events at multiple venues during the course of the festival?

ONLY WITH LOTS OF VOLUNTEERS! Our volunteers are not only part of what makes LaughFest so great; they are also a big part of what makes it possible.

When you volunteer for LaughFest, you are instrumental in creating a fantastic festival experience for all.  We have needs before, during, and after the festival, so you can volunteer to help out in many different ways.  While you are volunteering, a Gilda’s LaughFest staff member or volunteer leader will work with you to provide direction, answer questions, and make sure you’re having a lot of laughs along the way!

Whether you choose to volunteer a little or a lot, know you will be bringing smiles and laughter to the lives of many…all while helping Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids!


Smile Team

General volunteer team for large and small events. Help set-up, tear-down, greet guests, usher, reinforce retail and high five teams, etc.

Retail Table Team

Sell LaughFest merchandise from tables at festival events.

Roving Retail & High Five Team

Sell merchandise to festivalgoers while moving through crowds and venue spaces. Collect $5 contributions in exchange for a wearable button.

LaughFest Central (LFC) Team

Sell merchandise and recommend festival events, volunteering at the LaughFest ticket hub and flagship merchandise outlet.

Beverage Sales & Security Team

Sell drink tickets, check IDs / wristband guests, serve beverages, provide door security. 21+ only.

Office Team

Help staff with tasks and projects working behind the scenes at the Gilda’s LaughFest office.

Merchandise Room Team

Prepare merchandise and volunteer snacks for festival events, keep track of inventory.

Production Team

Run spotlights, sound system, video at festival events. Specialized skills and interview required.

Photo Team

Capture the look, feel and special moments of LaughFest with your camera. Portfolio submission required for approval.

Transportation Team

Move supplies, signage, merchandise, staff and talent to and from festival destinations - daytime, evening, late-night.

Venue Captain (VC) Team

Provide leadership and manage volunteer teams at festival events.

Group Volunteers

Groups of students, colleagues, associations, etc. often volunteer with LaughFest. Let’s come up with a plan! Email Ben at for more info.

Off-Season Team

Spread the love of all things LaughFest post-festival, working at special events in the spring, summer, fall and Holiday Season.

If you have any questions, please email or call (616) 735-HAHA.