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6th Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival – Sunday Events

Charlottesville, VA—Tom Tom Founders Festival announced today highlights for the last day of the 2017 Festival, which started on Monday, April 10 through today, Sunday, April 16.

Sunday Block Party, Lee Park, 2:30-8pm – Our open air block parties in Historic Downtown Charlottesville showcase the best in music, art, tech, and local food. Sunday’s block part features music by Michael Coleman, Kendall Street Company, the Will Overman Band & Chamomile and Whiskey, a Food Truck Rally, and Artisanal Tom Tom Vendors.

Public Art Bike Ride, Lee Park, 3-5pm – An annual tour of Charlottesville’s public art, including the new additions to Tom Tom’s 2017 Mural Project.

Porchella, Belmont, 7-10pm – series of free acoustic front porch concerts and jam sessions that close out Tom Tom on Sunday evening in this historic Belmont neighborhood featuring: The Blenders, The Weedeaters, Ragged Mountain String Band, Los Hombres Medicados, Gina Sobel, A University of Whales, Together SOUL, The Ragnarockers, Larkspur, Michael Coleman, and Tequila Mockingbird.


Farm to Table Restaurant Week, Various Locations, 5-11pm – Participating restaurants will feature a special dinner menu that highlights local food artisans and producers.

Craft Cocktail Competition, Various Locations, 5-11pm – Top bartenders create specialty “Tom Tom” cocktails, featuring local spirits and ingredients. Patrons will vote for their favorites throughout the week, and a panel of judges will also crown a winner.

City as Canvas: Mural Project, Various Locations – In its fourth year, Tom Tom’s 2017 Mural Project will transform underutilized spaces into public art–the embodiment of  Tom Tom’s “City as Canvas” initiative.

Office Hours Mentoring Series, During the week of Tom Tom, established professionals in a variety of industries take aspiring entrepreneurs and creative individuals out for coffee at Grit Cafe and one-on-one mentorship.


To read more about the Festival and the see the full schedule, please visit:


To register for press credentials, download approved photography and video, and see the press kit please visit:

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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. Learn more:


The Tom Tom Founders Festival is presented by the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, American Evolution, the Quantitative Foundation, and the i.Lab at UVA. It is also generously underwritten by a number of leading organizations, including the University of Virginia, Ting, C-Ville Weekly, New Belgium Brewing Company, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, City of Charlottesville, Galant Center for Entrepreneurship, the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

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