Organizers on Tuesday released more details about Tomtoberfest, the fall run of the bi-annual Tom Tom Founders Festival. The events are free and open to the public.
Tomtoberfest will open at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 with a candidate forum at Old Metropolitan Hall on the Downtown Mall. Twelve candidates for office in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are slated to hear from prominent local entrepreneurs on what it takes to build a startup hub.
A festival-organized block party is set for 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 at the McGuffey Art Center, 201 Second St. NW. Block party highlights will include a beer garden, live music and public art.
From 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at the University of Virginia’s Open Grounds, 1400 University Ave., local technology company WillowTree Apps will sponsor Apps That Matter, a competition that will challenge developers, students and nonprofits to solve real-world problems by applying mobile technology.
The Founders Fair, a showcase of entrepreneurial ideas, is set for 4 to 8 p.m. at UVa’s McIntire Amphitheater. Jefferson Rounds -- seminars on contemporary topics led by UVa undergraduate residents of the Lawn -- will run that evening from 4 to 7.
Seven of UVa’s a cappella groups are also scheduled to give a free concert from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the amphitheater. An entrepreneurial pitch event, which runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the amphitheater, is the festival’s closing event.
Three UVa entities are the primary hosts for festival events: the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the Batten Institute at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the Galant Center for Entrepreneurship at the McIntire School of Commerce.
More information is available at tomtomfest.com.