Sept. 10, 2013
Fall is almost here and that means it's will soon be time for the Tomtoberfest. This year, organizers are hoping to include University of Virginia students and faculty.
The three-day festival kicks off on September 25th and will include concerts, talks, block parties and more.
They're hoping to bring everyone together and spark new ideas about community and commerce.
"I think Charlottesville hits way above its weight class period and we just have amazing things happening here and we just need signature events that expose people to what's happening because a lot just goes under the radar and you just need things that bring everyone together," said Paul Beyer, Director, Tom Tom Festival.
Tomtoberfest is part of the Tom Tom Festival.
Most of the festival events will take place on UVa grounds.
Scheduled events are:
- Wednesday, September 25
Candidate Forum - The Politics of Innovation: Twelve candidates in Charlottesville and Albemarle hear prominent local entrepreneurs present what it takes to build a startup hub. 7pm to 9pm, Old Metropolitan Hall, 101 East Main St.
- Friday, September 27
McGuffey Block Party: Thousands of locals and students shut down the streets in front of the historic Art Center for live music, public art, and food trucks. This year will feature a New Belgium / Wild Wolf beer garden, plus a mural workshop with Colectivo Tomate, a group of
young Mexican artists. Hosted in part by 106.1 The Corner and the McGuffey Artists. 5pm to 10pm, McGuffey Art Center, 201 2nd St NW.
- Saturday, September 28
Apps That Matter: This WillowTreesponsored competition hosted by U.Va. OpenGrounds challenges developers, students, and nonprofits to solve realworld problems through mobile technology. 3pm to 5pm, U.Va. OpenGrounds, 1400 University Avenue.
Founders Fair: An unprecedented showcase of all that’s cutting edge on Grounds and off, with pitch competitions, presentations, and tabling by Cville’s most innovative companies and student groups, alongside acapella concerts, a local food fair, and more. 4pm to 8pm, U.Va. Amphitheater, 262 McCormick Road.
Jefferson Rounds: Reviving a Jeffersonian tradition, Lawnies lead flash seminars on contemporary topics from their historic rooms. “Lawnies” are UVA undergraduates chosen to live in Jefferson’s original residence halls for their outstanding academic and civic contributions. 4pm to 7pm, the Lawn, 114 McCormick Road.
Acapella in the Amphitheater: Seven of U.Va.’s awardwinning
acapella groups give a free concert alongside the Founders Fair, Jefferson Rounds, and Pitch. 4:30pm to 5:30pm, U.Va. Amphitheater, 262 McCormick Road.
Pitch: An afternoon of entrepreneurial panels, performances, and competitions. 4:30pm to 7:30pm, U.Va. Amphitheater, 262 McCormick Road.