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7th Annual Tom Tom – Saturday Highlights

by Tom Tom Staff

Saturday at Tom Tom

Welcome to the weekend, Tom Tom-goers! We are so grateful for your support and for sticking with us through that amazing week of talks, workshops, panels, laughs, deep-diving, and more. Now, we turn up the fun – and the music.

An All-Access or Summit Badge grants you access to so many of our great programs. Individual tickets to specific events are fantastic alternatives, if time is not on your side. And, all you need is a complimentary Festival pass to sign up for a Community Workshop!

Thank you for your continued support. We kick off the weekend at the City Farmers Market, where we will see our local Iron Chefs try their hand at making the Charlottesville Signature Dish. Can’t wait to try them!


FREE Tom Tom Events

Run for Autism 5K, Charlottesville High School, 7:00-10:00AM – The 19th Annual Run for Autism 5K is a major event in our community, filled with fun and heart and togetherness. Every step of the way, you are supporting the Virginia Institute of Autism and helping children, adults, and families affected by autism.

Saturday Morning Market, City Market, 8:00AM-12:00PM – For the seventh year, Tom Tom partners with the Saturday market to highlight “Buying local” and having fun with your community. In addition to the local farmers, talent, chefs, designers, and entrepreneurs showcasing and selling their goods.

Iron Chef Competition, City Market, 10:00-11:00AM – The Iron Chef City Market Competition challenges four of Charlottesville’s top chefs to create their interpretation of Charlottesville’s Signature Dish. They’ll only have a budget of $60, 10 minutes to shop for ingredients in the farmer’s market, and 20 minutes to cook before presenting their version of the newly announced Cville Signature Dish to a carefully selected panel of judges.

Hacking Diversity, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 8:00AM-9:00PM – The UVA Hacking Diversity initiative is a University of Virginia Provost-funded event meant to help uproot the intentional and unintentional bias prevalent in today’s communities and society. This coding hackathon encourages participation by minority groups in order to expand diversity in software.

Affordable Housing Series, Water Street Center, 8:30-10:30AM – Conclude the three-day, seven-part Affordable Housing series with an “Action Session” discussion, featuring a speaker from The Bridge LTC, sponsored by the Urban Land Virginia Institute.

Group Trail Ride, Darden Towe Park, 10:00AM-12:00PM -What better way to kick off the weekend than on a bike? The ride will start and end at Darden Towe Park. Afterward, join the Blue Ridge Outdoors crew at the Tom Tom block party at Emancipation Park. Let’s go outside and play!

We Are Here Diversity Festival, IX Art Park, 10:00AM-3:00PM – We Are Here Diversity Festival is a show of community solidarity and a celebration of local diversity through art, activism, and engagement.

Walk a Mile for SARA, Three Notch’d Brewery, 11:30AM-1:30PM – In support of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA), participants of “Walk a Mile for SARA” are invited to show their solidarity with the sexual assault prevention movement by marching in someone else’s shoes.

McGuffey Open House, McGuffey Art Center, 12:00-4:00PM – The McGuffey Art Center is one of the oldest artist-run organizations in the US (est. 1975), featuring over 40 working studios open to the public. This all-ages event offers visitors the chance to connect with McGuffey artists one-on-one, and see first-hand what’s behind an encaustic painting, a clay sculpture, or a stained glass window.

Artisanal Tom Tom, Emancipation Park, 12:00-8:00PM – An open-air market and showcase for local and regional creativity, ranging from upcycled furniture, artisanal food goods, to handmade toys, crafts, and original works of fine art.

Artist Lunch with James Johnson and Frank Walker, Welcome Gallery, 12:30-2:00PM – Join Tom Tom Artists-In-Residents James Johnson and Frank Walker as they discuss their work during an informal artist talk at the Charlottesville’s Welcome Gallery. Bring your own lunch and learn the techniques and inspiration behind the works of a pair of local artists.

Burnley-Moran Color Run, Burnley-Moran Elementary School, 2:30-4:00PM – The second annual Charlottesville Color Run will feature color powder stations throughout the accessible one-mile loop so your complimentary race shirt will be a masterpiece by the time you cross the finish line!

Block Party

Emancipation Park, 12:30-11:00PM – Enjoy the best in music, art, tech, and local food. Discover Charlottesville with a nonstop concert series spanning all three days, a craft beer garden, tech and art showcases, a food truck rally, and fun for every age. Saturday’s lineup will feature:

  1. 12:30 PM The Front Porch Jam (Various)

  2. 1:40 PM SixFoxWhiskey (Folk)

  3. 2:50 PM Cville Allstars (Funk/Blues)

  4. 4:00 PM Becca Mancari (Americana)

  5. 5:10 PM Kwame Binea Shakedown (Soul)

  6. 6:35 PM The National Reserve (Rock)

  7. 8:00 PM The Skins (Soul/Funk/Pop)

  8. 9:15 PM Mates of State (Indie Pop/Rock)

  9. 10:45 PM ELBY BRASS (Heavy Horn Funk)


Metal, Noise, Darkwave

Champion Brewery Metal Showcase, Champion Brewery, 6:00-11:00PM – So metal, you’ll need a tetanus shot. Every year we unleash the rawest thrash with hundreds of devoted metal fans.

  1. Suppression (Mutant-Hardcore / Grind Noise)

  2. Sete Star Sept (Nuts-core Metal)

  3. God’s America (Park Villas Powerviolence)

  4. Salvaticus (Black Metal)

  5. DISINTEGRATION (Old School Grindcore).

ELBY Brass Downtown Parade and Afterparty, Emancipation Park to Zocalo, 11:00PM-2:00AM – Watch the city transform late into the night with all of the fun and music in the streets! Continue the festivities with the best brass band around as they lead a nighttime parade down the Downtown Mall to an afterparty.

Community Workshops

Telemetry Experimental MusicBridge PAI, 8:00-11:00AM

Immersive Storytelling for VR and 360 filmJefferson-Madison Regional Library 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Personal DigitizationJames-Madison Regional Library, 1:00-2:00PM

Dance Workshop with Charlottesville BalletCharlottesville Ballet, 3:00-4:30PM

Weeklong Events

Farm to Table Restaurant Week, Various Locations, 5:00-11:00pm — Participating restaurants will feature a special dinner menu that features the newly announced Cville Signature Dish, the ham biscuit, alongside seasonal produce and ingredients.

Craft Cocktail Competition, Various Locations, 5:00-11:00pm — 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.


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