Hundreds came out to Friday night's Tomtoberfest block party held at McGuffey Art Center to celebrate innovation. The block party was part of Tomtoberfest - a weekend dedicated to the arts.
"It's free. That's one of the best things about it. They have live music and the drummers come out, it's a good time," said Keith Grooms, a vendor.
The block party featured a number of performers - including the African drum and dance group Chihamba.
"It's great, good to see the arts such support for it here," said Mollie Crosby, block party attendee.
Tomtoberfest is all about connecting arts, music, and innovation to the community.
"It really highlights creativity from across Charlottesville, across UVA, from a variety of different fields. From across technology, from art, from music - it really brings it all together in a really unique way," said Daniel Wilson, event organizer.
"My favorite part about it so far has been the connection between the community and the students because there's a surprising amount of students here," said Annesley Barndt, block party attendee.
Tomtoberfest continues throughout the weekend. Saturday's events bring a focus to students at the University of Virginia. They include a mobile app competition and even acapella in the amphitheater.
For more information about Tomtoberfest events, click here.