2013 Northside Rock n' Roll Carnival
THURsday, July 3rd - Free! Free! - All Ages! All Ages!
Just past the park entrance the pavilion at Hoffner Park will be transformed into a festive Beer Garden. A step beyond festival goers will emerge into a captivating playground of great original music, Fire Breathers, a carnival side show featuring Sword Swallowers and a Bed of Nails! Anticipation will build as a bona fide rock ‘n roll concert unfolds inducing the flow of nightlife activity between Hoffner park and Northside’s dynamic and historic business district.
About the Rock n' Roll Carnival
The Rock 'N Roll Carnival is an extension of the festival that has been presented by the Northside Business Association since at least the early 80's. The event has endured weather, economy and exhaustion and continues through the work and suppotof numerous Northside residents and businesses for the sake of showcasing Cincinnati's most independent neighborhood, NORTHSIDE!
The event is put on by the Northside Business Association and couldn't happen without the support of our sponsors. This year's major sponsors include Cavalier Distributing, CityBeat, the Comet, Gaslight Property, Kentucky Ale, Mt. Carmel Brewing Company, the Northside Tavern, and Shake It Records. Please be sure to stop in and say thanks for supporting the Northside Rock n' Roll Carnival and live local music!
Volunteer info is coming soon. In the meantime, here are last year's guidelines, which aren't expected to change much.
To Volunteer please read all the information below then come down to the park and check in at Volunteer Central
Please include Area of Interest (see list below), Date(s) and Time(s) Available
Shifts are 4-5 hour increments during these hours:
Tuesday 7/3 10am to 1am
7/4 10am to 6:30pm
Volunteers are responsible for helping with the safety and well-being of the Rock & Roll Carnival and 4th of July participants with responsibilities including:
Enforcing the Rock & Roll Carnival and 4th of July Festival l rules as stated by the Festival, the City of Cincinnati, and the City Park Board, which are basically making sure people are having a good, safe time.
Helping lost kids and parents find each other
Watching the street and sidewalk barricades
Roving the park to give a helping hand
Help with collecting trash when you see the trash person,(Ron), changing trash bags and loading/unloading the trash cart. * If you are a roving volunteer, just getting off shift or just coming on, It’s greatly appreciated when all volunteers pitch in to help here*
Don’t know what to do? Just Ask! Many things pop up during the course of the event and we need folks to handle them. Generally,
Volunteer Central will be the first notified so check in at the booth and see what’s up.
Why should you be a Volunteer?
This event gets bigger and better every year. It is also harder to manage and there are more things to take care of. The more people that help,
the easier it is for everyone! This is your neighborhood, your community, your Festival. YOU MAKE THIS EVENT HAPPEN.
All Volunteers receive a free Rock & Roll Carnival and 4th of July Festival STAFF T-shirt (you can’t buy these babies!)
All Volunteer shifts are 4-5 hours, feel free to sign up for one or five!
Volunteer party (usually in September) to say a big THANK YOU
What you DON’T have to worry about:
Volunteers are the eyes and ears of the Festival, not the muscle. Your job is to make sure everyone is having a good time, but if trouble should come up you should IMMEDIATELY get word to one of the event organizers. Leslie, Chris, and Ron are always accessible by walkie talkie.
Some of you may have one while walking the park but there is ALWAYS one located at:
- Each Token booth
- Volunteer central
- Mobo Booth
- Most Roller Girls(on duty)
- Police Walking Detail
Police are on the park premise to handle any serious situations.
This is a private event. NO solicitations are allowed within Hoffner Park during the course of the Festival unless the candidate or group has rented a booth for such a purpose. At the same time, you do not need to confront anyone. Let one of the organizers know who and where by walkie talkie. They will handle it.
Areas of Interest
Our amazing Roller Derby Girls handle the majority of this but if is your area of interest let us know! The more – the safer!
You are responsible for roving the park to ensure fun and safety. Any serious situation should be reported to the 3 main event organizers and police officers on duty. You will have Walkie-Talkie in your possession .
Tuesday 10am until it’s done
Help collect tents, tables, chairs, decorations from storage space
Help to set-up Barricades along sidewalks and side streets to comply with City rules.
Set-up Tables and Chairs
Decorate Trees, Lampposts, and Beer Booths
Put up all banners and signs
7/3 Rock and Roll Carnival 10am to 1am
7/4 Rock and Roll Carnival 10am to 6:30pm
Volunteer Central coordinates volunteers and open volunteer positions. This is where you will sign in for your shift and receive your t-shirt
Walk-up volunteers are welcome, and will be placed in open positions.
Needed for set up and during event
Entertainment stage crews help load equipment on and off stage in between sets on 2 stages.
You will need to be sober, and have careful hands.
This involves carrying the equipment Carnival musicians use to make a living.
Beer Booth server volunteers have a tendency to return year after year, so there may not be any open positions. Nonetheless this is a job for trustworthy folks who understand the Rock & Roll Carnival and 4th of July Festival has survived in no small part , through its beverage sales.
Any drinks you give away come out of 4th of July Festival’s pocket, and although the Festival looks huge, it is weather dependent and can
struggle to break even.
You understand that if beer is served to a minor or if some violation occurs, you and Rock & Roll Carnival and 4th of July Festival could be
in BIG legal trouble. While there is no official Festival oath, repeat and learn “I love the Festival. I won’t serve any beer to a minor or commit
some other beer violation or permit no-no, and I won’t give away beer!” Who wants to be known as the person who ended the Festival by
costing the Festival its beer permit?
(2 per bar during peek hours) check IDs and place wristband on patron
Token changers (2 per bar during peek hours) exchange cash for tokens used to buy beer.
We have hired someone to man this essential but dirty job. He still needs your help. Volunteers help pick up trash, replace trash bag liners, and help remove full trash bags to the removal site ( 2 people during peak hours). It is our job to ensure Hoffner Park looks better than it did
before the event began. It is greatly appreciated when all volunteers are willing to pitch in for one sweep around the park before and/or after shifts.
The opposite of Set-up. Take down tables and chairs, tents, and decorations. Help return items.
Online volunteer registration is closed. We still need volunteers though, please come down to the park and check in at Volunteer Central or call Leslie Scott at (513) 703-4683 and we'll find something for you to do.
Thank you for your help, we appreciate it!