In addition to the dozens of community events taking place at the Tom Tom Founders Festival, there’s lots to see and do in our small city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. From hiking in the nearby Shenandoah National Park, to visiting the area’s numerous wineries, to taking in the inspiring architecture of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and University of Virginia—both UNESCO World Heritage sites—there’s plenty to explore in and around Charlottesville.


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Experience the genius of Thomas Jefferson at his magnificent mountaintop home, Monticello, and on the breathtaking Central Grounds of the University of Virginia, Both are UNESCO World Heritage sites.


Downtown Mall

Charlottesville’s lively downtown pedestrian mall offers art, music, great restaurants, and a wide range of local shops and boutiques, as well as two historic theaters. A number of Tom Tom events take place on and around this thriving urban core.


Skyline Drive

Part of the Shenandoah National Park, the Skyline Drive offers breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley, as well as access to dozens of trails and overlooks.

Breweries and Vineyards

The rolling countryside outside of Charlottesville isn’t just beautiful, it’s also ideal for growing grapes and hops. Not surprisingly, there are more than three dozen wineries and breweries within a half-hour’s drive of the city.





Farm to Table Restaurants

Join us as the city’s finest chefs highlight their commitment to local sourcing through special dinner menus that emphasize Virginia-grown ingredients and hometown artistry.

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Craft Cocktail Competition

During Tom Tom, Charlottesville’s top mixologists will compete for the title of best mixologist. These “Tom Tom Cocktails” served during the week of the Festival will highlight locally sourced aromatics, liquors, and artisanal products.

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For information on traveling to Tom Tom and our recommended hotels, visit our Travel and Accommodations page.

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For a complete list of Charlottesville’s attractions and amenities, search the comprehensive listings of the Charlottesville Visitors Bureau.