Top 10 Tom Tom Events for Students

Tom Tom hosts more than 50 events. It's so many that even our heads start to spin! To help you navigate your week of Tom Tom, we've prepared this list of top 10 events for students.

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#1 Block Parties

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.

#2 Farm to Table Restaurant Week

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.

Founders Summit

#3 Founders Summit

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

And more than 30 others


#4 FleaVILLE

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.


#5 Wahoowa Gala

The Wahoowa Gala is a free opportunity for UVA students, faculty, and alumni to meet and connect over their entrepreneurial ideas.


#6 Porchella

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.


#7 Iron Chef

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.

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#8 Art Attack

During the Saturday Block Party, Art Attack brings the creation process out of the studio and into the streets. Join local painters, illustrators, and sculptors for a day of on the spot art making.


#9 Film Screening in the Park—CLAW

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.


#10 Innovations in Athletics

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.

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