Tom Tom announces the schedule for Tomtoberfest 2018, taking place this Saturday, September 29, from 12pm to 11pm at the IX Art Park. In collaboration with WTJU’s Freefall Concert Series, these events will celebrate Charlottesville based organizations, including Community and Tech Mixers, a CIC Showcase, and a Craft Cville pop-up market.

Tom Tom will also launch initiatives of the 2019 spring festival, which will focus on building better hometowns with the help of community groups (like those highlighted at Tomtoberfest) that enhance and define Charlottesville. “Tom Tom has continued to refine its program and mission around the work of building small cities, and exploring the diversity of people, industries, and disciplines that are required to make a thriving hometown,” said Tom Tom founder and executive director Paul Beyer. “Charlottesville has always been for us both a home and an inspiration in those dialogues.”

Community Mixer, IX Art Park, 12-4PM – Featuring over 40 local groups, the Community Mixer will showcase the nonprofits and companies building Charlottesville. These organizations tackle a wide range of issues from education (100 Black Men) to health and wellness (Virginia Institute for Autism) to housing (Piedmont Housing Alliance). Some groups even foster future Tech Mixer participants (Girls Develop It & We Code, Too). A complete list of participating organizations can be viewed at here.

Tech Mixer, IX Art Park, 5-8PM –  The Tech Mixer will gather over 30 of the region’s hottest firms and most innovative companies, connecting investors, entrepreneurs, and top talent. Since it began in 2015 the Tech Mixer has become one of the best networking and career meet-ups in the region, having hosted over 200 exhibitors. The Tech Mixer this fall will be co-hosted by ACAC, and will include exhibitors like CCRi, Generation 180,WillowTree,CoConstruct, i.Lab at UVA, Virginia Diodes, and more.

CIC Showcase, IX Art Park, 12-4PM – The Community Investment Collaborative will showcase their entrepreneurs thriving in our city. Founded in 2012, the CIC provides business education, mentoring, microfinancing, and networking within and across the Charlottesville community to local entrepreneurs. A list of participating organizations can be seen on the Tomtoberfest webpage.

Craft Cville, IX Art Park, 12-6PM – Browse a pop-up market of dozens of local artisan vendors, ranging from upcycled furniture, artisanal food goods, to handmade toys, crafts, and original works of fine art.

Block Party, IX Art Park, 12-11pm –  Free concerts featuring an all-Charlottesville line up will happen throughout the day:

12:15PM: Emily Julia Kresky – retro blues-rock
2:00PM: Stray Fossa – melodic garage pop
3:45PM: 100 Proof Gogo Band – jazz, funk, r&b
5:30PM: Wild Common & Atreyu Jackson – new appalachian
7:15PM: Positive Collective – reggae, ska
9:15PM: Jaewar & Vibe Riot -funk, reggae, hip hop

Craft Beer Garden and Food Truck Rally, IX Art Park, 12-11pm – Food can be purchased from local food vendors including Brasserie Saison, Wonderment, Blue Grass Creamery, Pearl Island Catering, Mochiko, Good Waffle Co, and Moes BBQ. Our beverage stations will feature craft beer and cider from our partners at New Belgium Brewing, Champion Brewing Company, Wild Wolf Brewing Company, and Buskey Hard Cider.

Cornhole Competition, IX Art Park, 3-7PM – Tomtoberfest 2018 will host the inaugural Tomtoberfest Cornhole Tournament. Entry for a team of 2 is $40 and includes 4 drink tokens and a chance to win swag and prizes. Sign up on the Tomtoberfest webpage.

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