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April 10

Monday – Evening

Kick off Tom Tom by sharing a meal with Charlottesville neighbors at the IX Art Park during the Community Picnic, 5PM-7PM, IX Art Park. This community picnic will assemble civic groups, nonprofits, student organizations, businesses, and families to celebrate the diversity of our community. Stick around for the Crowdfunded Pitch Night, 7PM-9PM, IX Art Park when 10 local entrepreneurs and inventors pitch to a live audience that has pledged to share funds with their favorite contestant.

April 11

Tuesday

Head over to The Paramount for the start of our special Screenings & Panels series with The History of College Radio,” by WTJU, 7PM-8PM, The Paramount Theater.

April 12

Wednesday – Evening

Catch a movie! Light House will continue screenings of “River of Gold,” 7:30PM-8:30PM, Light House Studios and “Seats at the Table,”6PM-7PM, The Paramount Theater which highlights “Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature, and Leadership,” an internationally recognized program bringing together incarcerated youth and university studentsThen grab dinner and a cocktail in preparation to listen to Oracle, 6:30PM & 8:30PM, Old Metropolitan Hall. In this entrancing musical event, the creative minds of Victory Hall Opera mix possibility with performance, allowing the audience to have their fortunes read, and revealing their divination through custom-chosen arias sung by some of the world’s premier opera singers.

April 13

Thursday – Morning/Afternoon

Looking for inspiration?  Check out the Youth Summit, 9AM-3:15PM, The Paramount Theater. Student-planned and student-led, the Summit convenes educators, civic leaders, and students from across the state for a series of keynotes, workshops, and showcases.

 

Thursday – Evening

After dinner and a cocktail, listen to some of Charlottesville’s most talented musicians perform at bars and restaurants along the mall as part of our Downtown Concert Series, Multiple Venues, 7PM-12AM. Finish up the night by dancing to your own beat at the Silent Disco, 9:30PM-12:00AM, Old Metropolitan Hall.

April 14

Friday – Evening

Friday is packed, with the Founders Summit and the Hometown Summit starting at 9AM, and ending with the Friday Night Block Party, 5PM-8PM, Lee Park. The Hometown Summit is Tom Tom’s newest initiative, highlighting the innovative solutions being pioneered in small cities across the country.  The Founders Summit is Tom Tom’s marquee event, combining talks, competitions, and exclusive access to leading founders. Want to gain insight into launching your career? Wondering what makes successful entrepreneurs tick? This is the conference for you! Student tickets are all priced at just $29. After the Founders Summit, head over to Charlottesville’s central Park for the Friday Night Block Party, 5PM-8PM, Lee Park.. With amazing free concerts, a New Belgium Craft Beer Garden, and C’ville’s top-notch  food trucks, the first of the weekend’s block parties will be the perfect way to kickoff the weekend. Friday night’s lineup includes the Sewanee-born band Boy Named Banjo, as well as Adrian Duke and The Fritz.

April 15

Saturday – Morning

Start the morning on a bright note at the Color Run at Burnley Moran, 8AM-10AM, Burnley-Moran Elementary School. The race will feature color powder stations throughout the course, transforming your  white shirt into  a masterpiece by the time you cross the finish line. Starting at noon in the central park, join the Saturday Block Party, 12PM-11PM, Lee Park for Artisanal Tom Tom, an open-air market featuring local and regional vendors selling their vintage and hand-made jewelry, apparel, art, home goods, and furniture. Stick around  for more great free concerts, local food trucks, and some truly outstanding art events. Be sure to join local painters, illustrators, and sculptors for the Art Attack, a day of on-the-spot art-making.

Saturday – Afternoon

Stroll over to the McGuffey Open House, 12PM-4PM, McGuffey Art Center to explore downtown’s largest art space! Throughout the day, McGuffey will be hosting workshops, demos, en plein air painting, mural painting, and yoga. The open house is perfect for those who want to create, learn, or just take in the scene. Continue walking down the mall to see City Stages, 12PM-2PM, Downtown Mall a series of ad hoc public “stages” hosting a variety of musical and live art performances. It’s your chance to enjoy everything from acoustic ensembles, to a cappella groups, and dance performances.

Saturday – Evening

Circle back to the Block Party to hear another outstanding lineup of bands including The Fat Catz, Buddha Council, Bencoolen, Trongone Band, The Mantras, and Spiritual Rez. The ELBY BRASS Band will lead a Nighttime Parade down the downtown mall to an afterparty at Mono Loco restaurant.

April 16

Sunday – Afternoon/Evening

Head back over to Charlottesville’s central park for Sunday Block Party, 2:30PM-8:00PM, Lee Park. All day, we’re hosting friends and neighbors for arts and crafts, a community picnic, all-local music, a New Belgium craft beer garden, and a food truck rally. Stay for some of Charlottesville’s most beloved bands, including Michael Coleman, Will Overman, Chamomile and Whiskey, and Kendall Street Company.
Wrap up Tom Tom with the beloved Porchella, 7PM-9:15PM, Belmont, an acoustic concert series, during which  local musicians perform pop-up sets on neighborhood porches throughout the funky, historic  Belmont neighborhood.

April 10-16

All Week

View the work of Artist-in-Residence Paul Hostetler, a freelance illustrator, painter, and comic artist. Paul graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009 with his BFA in illustration, and is currently a McGuffey incubator artist. His clients include Virginia Living, Adbusters, Whurk, Utne Reader, and The Jefferson Center for Free Speech. This year’s City Art Bus competition winner, Paul will be hosting an illustration workshop during the festival. Life-Size Caricatures, 11AM-2PM, McGuffey Art Center.

Now entering its third year, the City Art Bus is a collaborative project between Tom Tom and the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT). The annual bus is a key component of Tom Tom’s City as Canvas initiative, which aims to recast shared everyday experiences into public works of art. Hostetler’s dinosaur design wraps a 35-foot clean diesel bus, transforming it into a mobile mural seen by more than 200,000 commuters throughout Charlottesville. Take the bus from Grounds to Downtown…and back again!

Check out the Airstream Storytelling project, headquartered in a revitalized Airstream camper created as part of a multi-month project by UVA student Cody Simms. Throughout the spring, the Airstream will travel around Charlottesville collecting and presenting stories from neighborhood residents. Cody and the Airstream will both make an appearance at the IX Art Park during the Community Picnic, 5PM-7PM, IX Art Park. Seasoned professionals in a variety of industries take aspiring entrepreneurs and creative individuals out for coffee and a one-on-one mentorship during the Office Hours Mentoring Series, All Week, Free.

Then, at the Friday Night Block Party, 5PM-8PM, Lee Park, Tom Tom hosts a mentor-mentee mixer. Want to talk about what to do post-graduation?  This is your big chance. Witness art-in-process during our annual City as Canvas mural project, which funds the painting of four vibrant, colorful, city-enhancing murals throughout the Charlottesville community.
Enjoy Farm-to-Table Restaurant Week menus that highlight local produce and our region’s premier chefs. Provided you’re over 21,  enjoy the concoctions of our Craft Cocktail Competition mixologists,  and get a Tom Tom Cocktail: each specialty drink features at least one local ingredient. Don’t forget to  to review the cocktail online!

Seasoned professionals in a variety of industries take aspiring entrepreneurs and creative individuals out for coffee and a one-on-one mentorship during the Office Hours Mentoring Series. Then, at the Friday Night Block Party, Tom Tom hosts a mentor-mentee mixer. Want to talk about what to do post-graduation? This is your big chance.

Witness art-in-process during our annual City as Canvas mural project, which funds the painting of four vibrant, colorful, city-enhancing murals throughout the Charlottesville community.

Lastly, make sure to enjoy Farm-to-Table Restaurant Week menus that highlight local produce and our region’s premier chefs!

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