On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (April 15-17) Tom Tom is hosting massive, free block parties in Lee Park, with a massive fleaVILLE on Saturday and Sunday, the best local food trucks, and a giant craft beer garden with New Belgium, Wild Wolf, Champion, and Potter’s cider. See the music lineup.
For food throughout the entire week (April 11-17), enjoy 16 Farm-to-Table Restaurant Week menus that highlight local farms and artisans with our region’s premier chefs.
The Founders Summit is Tom Tom’s marquee event and combines talks, competitions, and exclusive access to leading founders. Speakers include:
Bill Crutchfield, who built a $250M per year consumer electronics business with $1,000, zero outside investment, zero debt, and has never had to lay anyone off
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, who led an 18-country expansion at Google before returing to her entrepreneurial roots to redefine online shopping
Jason Flom, who is the founder and CEO of Lava records and a founding board member of the Innocence Project, working towards criminal justice system reform
Fleaville is an open air market for local creativity, ranging from upcycled furniture and vintage houseware to handmade toys, crafts, and original works of fine art. Fleaville will take place at both the Saturday Block Party and Saturday Block Party and the Sunday Picnic Day, which are days of live music, dance, local food competitions, business showcases, pitch competitions, art performances, and more.
When Sunday Picnic Day comes to an end, make your way over to Belmont for Porchella, our second annual front-porch, neighborhood music festival. As the sun sets, Porchella acoustic concerts and jam sessions winding down Goodman, Graves, and Monticello in the historic Belmont neighborhood.
The Iron Chef Competition challenges six sous chefs to create a dish that is 100% locally-sourced. The six contestants will each have $50 and 60 minutes to source, prep, cook, and plate a 100% local meal, before presenting their dishes to a formidable panel of local food celebs.
We’re collaborating with Virginia Film Festival to show CLAW, the award-winning documentary that charts the origins and growth of Charlottesville’s Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLAW), with many special cameos throughout the night! When the raucous show ends, we’ll have a nighttime parade up the mall to an afterparty at Mono Loco, led by local favorite Elby Brass Band.
Innovations in Athletics, in the main auditorium of the Paramount Theater, offers an insider’s look at competitive sports, exploring the advances in training, nutrition, equipment, and healthcare that are pushing the needle forward, with Chris Long of the New England Patriots and Bronco Mendenhall, UVA’s highly anticipated new football coach.