We Invite You to Volunteer! | Brat Fest
Memorial Day Weekend: Madison WI
Bratfest Volunteers

We Invite You to Volunteer!

1) Click on the link below for InitLIVE
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2) You will need to create a profile if new to the system in INITLIVE. This is the name of the application we use for scheduling during the event. Everyone MUST have their own profile.
*Age requirements are 14 for jobs unless grilling. Grilling minimum age is 18.

3) Select a Charity, if you choose. If you do not, your hours will go to support the Brat Fest Festival
*Brat Fest is also a 501(c)3 public charity

4) You will see all dates, job descriptions, and volunteer shifts available! Sign up for one shift or multiple shifts. Can do more than one shift in a day or spread them across multiple days!

For each hour worked, per person, $10.00 will be donated to the selected charity!
All volunteers will receive a Free T-shirt to wear during your shift and upon completion you’ll receive a free Brat and Ice Cream coupon.

Brat Fest has more than 240 shifts and more than 2500 slots to fill. Without you, Brat Fest and the charities wouldn’t be what it is today!

**ONLY Non-Profits that applied to be a Brat Fest Charity will be listed in the drop down! A lead person from the charity MUST fill out and submit the appropriate paperwork to be added. Details below.


Volunteers and their supporting organizations are the most integral part of the World’s Largest Brat Fest!   They set up, they grill, they cashier, they wrap, they stock condiments, they make sure the event grounds are clean, they tear down – you get it – they pretty much do it all!

Each year, Brat Fest depends on nearly 5,000 volunteers of all ages* with over 16,446 volunteer hours to play a special part in our continued success and our quest for the WORLD RECORD all in the spirit of community giving!  Without them, Brat Fest would not be the same.

Here’s a list of the organizations whose volunteers help Brat Fest run smoothly – and which, in return, share in our community’s generosity. It’s a win-win partnership!

How to get involved?

  • Approved organizations and volunteers have the opportunity to return year after year.
  • All organizations must complete the Charity Application
  • Individuals looking to volunteer can email Annie at [email protected] 

Requirements to be a Brat Fest organization?

  • 501(c)(3) non-profit local Wisconsin organizations and School Districts (Clubs & Organizations)
  • A copy of the organizations 501(c)(3) approval letter
  • Organizations must be based within the state of Wisconsin
  • Fund collected must be strictly for fund-raising purposes
  • NEW IN 2023 - ALL charities will be required to fill in a minimum of 20 completed hours. This also includes hours involved during set up and tear down hours to receive any payout after the festival. 

How are organizations paid?

  • All organizations are paid $10.00 per hour each volunteer works. (NEW FOR 2023)

NOTE:  Positions are limited and are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Confirmations will be sent within 48-72 hours of applying.  All volunteers working at Brat Fest are NOT covered under the liability insurance policy; all volunteers are required to sign a waiver releasing Brat Fest and its subsidiaries from all liability for injuries or damages incurred.

*Minimum age: 14