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TOM TOM
FOUNDERS
FESTIVAL

APRIL 10-16, 2017 | CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

 

TOM TOM
FOUNDERS
FESTIVAL

APRIL 10-16, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

 

 

Sixth ANNUAL FOUNDERS FESTIVAL

April 10–16, 2017

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For one week over Founder’s Day (April 13), the city of Charlottesville is reimagined as a creative canvas for innovators, visionaries and artists. With over 60 bands, 200 speakers and 400 community organizations, the Festival spills through outdoor spaces, theaters, galleries, concert halls and more. Through a diversity of disciplines and engagement with forward thinking makers and doers, we build on the rich history of the city while chart a new path into the future.

 


First time at the Founders Festival?

Learn how to Tom Tom!

 
 

 

The Founders Summit

Over fifty inspiring innovators. Three transformative days.

Keynotes

 

Kim Jordan
New Belgium Brewing Company

Kim turned a background in social work and a basement-based brewery into the nation’s eighth-largest brewer.

Dave McClure
500 Startups

Dave grew Silicon Valley-based 500 Startups into a leading global venture capital firm investing in over 1600 startups.


See the full lineup

 

The Hometown Summit

America’s Biggest Conference for Small Cities

Small cities, big ideas

These cities pilot path-breaking solutions to 21st century challenges.
 
More than 80 speakers announced!

 

Block Parties

Blues, Reggae, Funk, Rock, Americana, and MORE…

Friday / Saturday / Sunday

Three days of Free Concerts, Beer Gardens, Innovation Mixers, Art Showcases, and Community.
 
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FEATURED EVENTS

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Youth Summit

This student-planned and student-led summit convenes high school students, educators, and civic leaders from across Virginia for inspirational keynotes and high-energy challenges.

Future Forum

An inspiring group of visionary local leaders discuss what lies ahead for Charlottesville’s creative economy.

Porchella

Hometown musicians perform live on front porches throughout Charlottesville’s favorite neighborhoods.

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City as Canvas

Resident artists—and artists-in-residence—team up to transform Cville’s public spaces into community places.

NEWS

 

2017 Art Bus Competition

Winner Announced!

 

TOM TOM FOUNDATION

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The Tom Tom Foundation is the nonprofit organization that hosts the annual Tom Tom Founders Festival. Supporting high-impact events throughout the year, the Foundation seeks to empower the innovators whose creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and dedication to community help ensure a better future for us all. Now in its sixth year, the action-packed Founders Festival is held during the week of April 13 (hometown hero Thomas Jefferson’s birthday) in Charlottesville, VA.

SPONSORS