Happy Faces and Warm Smiles Must Apply!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Downtown Traverse City Association’s events! We are able to keep our ongoing community events, such as, The Downtown Light Parade, the Downtown Chili Cook-Off and a whole host of other events, going because our enthusiastic volunteers make it all happen! We’re fortunate to have so many willing community members that work hard to make the city they love even more cool for others!

It’s easy to get involved.

Just complete the form here and fill out the field that interests you most!

Learn More About Volunteer Opportunities

Downtown Chili Cook-Off

The Downtown Chili Cook-Off is an annual fundraiser for the DTCA. A fun filled chili competition with local restaurants. Volunteer duties involve selling beverages or tickets, wiping tables, working recycling, and ballot counting. Volunteers are need for two shifts during the event, no longer than 3 hours, and includes free chili!

Volunteers are also needed leading up to the event for prep. A ticket to the event is offered to those who volunteer.

Downtown Art Fair Series

The DTCA hosts three art fairs during the summer months, the Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair in June, National Cherry Festival Arts & Crafts Fair in July, and the Downtown Art Fair in August. Volunteers are needed to set up, tear down, and monitoring the fair during the day. Volunteer duties in the morning include guiding vendors to their assigned locations. During the day volunteers monitor the fair and “booth sit.” Closing of the fair is directing vendors for tear down and clean up.

Downtown Halloween Walk

The Downtown Halloween Walk takes place on the last Saturday in October from 10 am to 11:30 am. Volunteers are needed to serve as crossing guards at major intersections and crosswalk. Volunteer and we will give you a Downtown Gift Certificate for a hot beverage!

Downtown Light Parade, Santa’s Arrival, & Community Tree Lighting

Our largest event of the year, several volunteers are needed to host the Downtown Light Parade, hosted each year on the Saturday prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Nearly 50 volunteers are needed for the parade staging area and parade route. Come join the fun and help up provide lasting memories to Traverse City families!