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.
Local Inspiring and empowering local creators to reimagine their City
Regional Branding the Commonwealth for creativity and innovation
National Drawing far-reaching attention to Charlottesville and modeling how small cities thrive