Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week of music, art, and innovation held in Charlottesville each April that converges hundreds of bands, start-ups, artists, and visionaries with the purpose of celebrating creative founding. It's a real opportunity to launch ventures amidst ideas and parties in one of America’s most beautiful and historic small cities.

1. Celebrate Founding

Inspire the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs and civic leaders


2. Connect Resources

Match visionaries with the mentors and the means to create


3. Leave Legacies

Transform the City year round through public art, new businesses, and new ideas


America’s Founding City

Charlottesville’s rich history of Founding sparks the work of contemporary innovators who are shaping the future. Each April in Jefferson’s birthday week, the historic downtown becomes a creative canvas as dozens of venues model the Founding polymath’s passion for society, education, commerce, culture, food, and technology.

America's Founding City


Inspiring and empowering local creators to reimagine their City 

Branding the Commonwealth for creativity and innovation  

Drawing far-reaching attention to Charlottesville and modeling how small cities thrive

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Charlottesville America's Founding City

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