CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A night filled with free music, art and dancing brought people to Charlottesville for the 8th annual Tomtoberfest on Friday night at IX Art Park. Organizers of the Tom Tom Festival originally created the Tomtoberfest as a fun way to bring the community together, but over the years it’s expanded to much more than that.

Every year the event brings people from all over to try new food, listen to some of the best music Charlottesville has to offer and learn about the Tom Tom Festival.

Nonprofits, small businesses, and entrepreneurs also get the chance to talk about their work and connect with people in the community. Organizers say the annual tradition is a chance to celebrate and highlight the diversity in the city.

"With Tom Tom getting bigger in the spring, it has more national and a little bit more bigger focus. We really want to give back to Charlottesville and make sure that at the end of the day it’s still about Cville and our love for this town,” said Organizer, Alex Bryant.

This year's fest is being co-hosted by Three Notch'd Brewing Company. Tomtoberfest will continue on November 2 at 7 p.m. at IX Art Park with a ‘Day of the Dead’ fundraiser which will benefit Sin Barreras.