Throughout the week, enjoy 16 Farm-to-Table Restaurant Week menus that highlight local farms and artisans with our region’s premier chefs. Also, enjoy 12 Craft Cocktail Competition mixologists, and get a Tom Tom Cocktail–each specialty drink features at least one local ingredient. Make sure to review the cocktail online afterwards.
On Monday, kick-off the festival with our Future Forum: the Creative Economy 2025, which features some of the area’s most innovative leaders, including Jody Kielbasa, Vice Provost for the Arts at UVA and Director of the Virginia Film Festival, sharing their vision for the future of the City. It’s a free event that offers a thought-provoking way to start the week.
Tuesday morning, come to Charlottesville High School for We Want Peace, a lecture and performance by Emmanuel Jal, a former South Sudanese child soldier turned hip-hop artist with a message of peace.
Tuesday evening, enjoy a free Boyd Tinsley with Crystal Gardens concert at the Paramount Theater. As a founding member of Dave Matthews Band, Boyd Tinsley’s violin is indelibly linked to DMB’s sound. The Grammy award winning artist has helped propel the band to become the biggest worldwide ticket-seller of the past decade. This evening offers an introduction to one Boyd’s projects, Crystal Garden. Seats are limited, enter the free ticket lottery here.
On Wednesday evening, after dinner and a cocktail, come to the Crowdfunded Pitch Night. This high-energy event features 10 local entrepreneurs, artists, and nonprofits who compete for votes from the crowd. The pitch with the most votes wins either $5,000 or a spot at the i.Lab at UVA, a startup incubator at UVA’s Darden School of Business. Many of the competitors are food-based startups, so if you’re interested in future of food in Cville, the Crowdfunded Pitch Night is a can’t miss event.
Friday is a packed day, with the Founders Summit starting at 9 and the Friday Night Block Party following at 5PM. The Founders Summit is Tom Tom’s marquee event and combines talks, competitions, and exclusive access to leading founders. Specifically relevant to artists, keynote speakers Craig Dubitsky, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, and Becca McCharen will speak on the creative process, redefining consumer brands, and ideation.
After the Founders Summit, head over to Lee Park for the Friday Night Block Party. With amazing free concerts, a New Belgium Craft Beer Garden, and the best food trucks in Charlottesville, the first of the weekend’s block parties will be the perfect way to kick-off the weekend. Bands include:
Saturday at 11AM, head over to The Haven for a hands-on workshop that will lead you through the construction of your own small working synthesizer, yours to keep at the end of the workshop. Learn about the construction and operation of a basic synthesizer from Peter Bussigel and Travis Thatcher from the U.Va. McIntire Department of Music.
After the workshop, walk along the mall to see our City Stage performers; these interdisciplinary acts include acoustic ensembles, a cappella groups, and dance performances.
Then join us in Lee Park for the Saturday Block Party, which includes a massive fleaVILLE, more free concerts, local food trucks, and a New Belgium Craft Beer Garden. Bands include:
At 6PM you have two options for free concerts: Sunset Concert in the Park and the Metal Showcase at Champion Brewing Company. The Sunset Concert takes place right in Lee Park and features some of the biggest acts of the Festival: The Big Takeover and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. Sister Sparrow has been shooting into the spotlight recently, playing 150+ shows last year, including Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Austin City Limits. The Metal Showcase will be a raucous time at Champion Brewing Company with four great touring metal bands: Ramming Speed, Ruby the Hatchet, Salvaticus, and Beldam.
If you go to the Sunset Concert, you’ll also be able to attend our film screening in the park. 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!
After all the concerts and film, join us for a nighttime parade, led by Elby Brass Band, from Lee Park, up through the mall to an afterparty at Mono Loco.
During the Sunday Picnic Day, join friends and neighbors for public art, live music, top notch food, and a giant New Belgium craft beer garden. To conclude the Festival, Tom Tom is hosting a giant picnic throughout Lee Park. Bring your civic group, art group, student organization, business, or family and celebrate the start of Spring with your community. Tom Tom’s final block party closes the week with all-local bluegrass, indie rock, and country. Bands include:
When the block party 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.