by Tom Tom Staff
From the beginning, Tom Tom’s success has relied on community engagement. After all, the festival would not succeed without hundreds of participating and supporting organizations each year. Partner events are a way for local organizations to have their free events included at the Tom Tom founders Festival and a way for us to promote some of our city’s most worthy causes and organizations.
We are Here Diversity Festival – Saturday, 10am-3pm, IX Art Park | FREE – A show of community solidarity and a celebration of local diversity through art, activism, and engagement.
Messy Democracy: From Founding Our Nation to Finding Our Way – Tuesday, 5pm-7pm, Old Met | FREE – A facilitated discussion with the presidential Precinct will draw on the expertise and perspectives of three visionary women who are leading the charge to examine and share the lessons and legacies of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and James Madison.
Charlottesville Color Run – Saturday, 2:30pm-4pm, Burnely-Moran Elementary School | Register to Run – The 2nd annual run of its kind 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!
Walk a Mile for SARA – Saturday, 11:30am-1:30pm, Downtown Mall | Register to Walk – In support of Sexual Assault Resource Agency, participants are invited to show their solidarity with the sexual assault prevention movement by marching in someone else’s shoes.
Gamecrafters of C’Ville – Sunday, 2pm-6pm, IX Art Park | FREE – Bring the family out for an afternoon of outdoor fun as we play a variety of games from Charlottesville game crafters. This event will feature several local businesses who create board, lawn, and role-playing games.
Silverchair 25th Anniversary Reception – Thursday, 5pm-7pm, Silverchair | FREE – Celebrate their 25th anniversary with a reception in
Hacking Diversity – Saturday, 8am-9pm, Jefferson School | FREE – UVA’s Hacking Diversity initiative is a UVA 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.
Group Trail Ride – Saturday, 10am-12pm, Darden Towe Park | FREE – What better way to kick off the weekend than on a bike? The ride will start and end at Darden Towe Park. afterward, join Blue Ridge Outdoors crew at the Tom Tom Block Parties at Emancipation Park. Let’s go outside and play!
“How to Fix American Democracy” – Friday, 12pm-4pm, UVA Lawn Rooms | FREE – Join for a series of discussions adapted from Richard Just’s article of the same name. Following the discussion sessions, at 2pm will be presentations and Q-&-A sessions from three keynote speakers.
Run for Autism 5K – Saturday, 7am-10am, Charlottesville High School | Register to Run – The 19th annual run 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.
Cville Gives Grant Night – Monday, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Three Notch’d
Charlottesville Identity and Design Competition – Tuesday, 6pm-8-pm, Jefferson School | FREE – The competition centers on recent events and discussions in Charlottesville regarding the role of public sculpture, memorials, and monuments. 80 applicants’ work will be exhibited throughout the festival and beyond.
Affordable Housing Series – Thursday-Saturday, Various, | FREE – Experts and leaders from all over the nation in housing, finance, and civic industries will gather for a series of five sessions to discuss and share strategies for making affordable residential projects work.
Champion Brewery Metal Showcase – Saturday, 7pm-11pm, Champion Brewing Company | FREE – Get rowdy at this 3rd annual event for a raucous night of the country’s finest thrash metal in the parking lot next to Champion.
Porchella Kick Off with Bridge PAI – Sunday, 7pm-10pm, Bridge PAI | FREE – Launch the crowd favorite with Bridge PAI. Featuring Charlottesville’s best music groups all night long, an in house cider bar, and an on site screen printer printing collectable maps of the 2018 Porchella porches. The best way to begin to close Tom Tom.
Back That Thing Up Dance Party – Friday, 10pm-1am, The Jefferson Theater | TICKETED – Thomas Dean’s popular Nasty. Dance Party is back with a new and exciting multi-media dance experience: Back That Thing Up will feature your favorite funky jams from the ‘70s-’00s and everywhere in between; accompanied by throwback TV/movie footage from JJ Cohoon.
The seventh annual workshop series started in the Fall with an open call to community leaders across all different disciplines: What skills or ideas would you like to share with the community? Months later, we have a wonderful slate of offerings, including how to roast coffee beans, songwriting, understand WordPress, 360 photo-taking, and much more.
Workshops require registration on the App, but are free to attend.
A sneak peek at our workshops this year!
Design Thinking and Talent Development: For Job-Seekers
You Knead to Learn about Good Gluten
Intro to Ethical Hacking
Hydroponics: The Future of Food Production
Spotting Sensationalized Science in the News
Most of these events are free and open to all Tom Tom attendees. However, you need register and claim your complimentary festival pass through our Schedule and Ticketing pages! Then, you can download our official Sched app, and register for all of the events you want to attend! It’s as easy as that – and you’ll automatically have your seat saved. The app also conveniently sends you daily reminders of all of the Summits and Festival events coming up for the day, so you’ll never miss out!
Want to see and do more this year at Tom Tom? Don’t have a badge or ticket yet? You still have time! Reserve your badge or ticket to a special event here, and be sure to register for the event through Sched. You’re all set!
See you soon, Charlottesville!