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 charting a new path into the future.
The Nation’s leading innovators and influencers share their founding stories and offer advice on starting up anything, anywhere–with breakout lunch sessions and exclusive workshops that give access to top thought leaders.
A one-of-a-kind convention and celebration of leaders in small and mid-sized cities who have spearheaded some of the nation’s most creative and successful campaigns for community change.
Innovations in Democracy
Leading presidential scholars and White House journalists assess President Trump at 100 Days, the state of American democracy and our collective future.
Tom Tom is anchored by enormous open air concerts in Charlottesville’s central park. These free parties showcase the best of local food at New Belgium beer gardens, with eclectic bands and performers.
Screenings & Panels
Tom Tom presents four documentaries and offers the opportunity to screen the films with the filmmakers, directors and a panel of experts.
Innovations in Education
Charlottesville is a hub for renowned research and practice in early childhood education. Learn the latest from a panel of experts on the future of early childhood opportunities.
The region’s most visionary leaders share what they see for the future of Charlottesville and how to encourage creativity and entrepreneurship for the decades to come.
Innovations in Energy
Charlottesville’s energy entrepreneurs and researchers set a landscape awareness of the future of renewable energy, transformative energy projects and visionary solutions.
Farm to Table Restaurant Week
The City’s finest restaurants and chefs highlight their commitment to sourcing local through special dinner menus that emphasize craft preparation and local artisans.
Students, educators, and civic leaders from across Virginia assemble to hear inspirational stories from youth-driven speakers and participate in high energy challenges that inspire entrepreneurial problem solving.
Kick off Tom Tom with a city-sized potluck at the IX Art Park. Bring a meal to share with Charlottesville locals.
The tremendous expertise and passions of the Charlottesville community are on display. Leaders share their skills, knowledge, creative process, and advice in diverse fields.
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.