Tomato Art Fest
TOMATO ART FEST
The Tomato Art Fest has steadily drawn larger crowds with each year that passes. Last year, an estimated 60,000 came to celebrate this beloved fruit/vegetable and enjoy the day’s festivities. Touted in the Oxford American, and Southern Living, the festival was voted “Best Festival” in the 2007 – Nashville Scene Reader’s Polls. Located in Historic East Nashville’s Five Points, which has been coined by Budget Travel Magazine as “Nashville’s version of New York’s East Village,” this FREE, costume-friendly event provides a fun-filled day for all.
For seventeen years the Tomato Art Fest has been uniting fruits and vegetables together on the second Saturday in August. The 2020 festival will look and feel different but as a uniter the organizers want to help safely bring east Nashville back together to celebrate once more.
The wacky and beloved festival will move to a full weekend of activities taking place between Thursday, August 6th and Sunday, August 9th. Previously, the festival has been out on the streets celebrating, this year we are changing it up to keep everyone safe. Traditionally taking place in the five points area over several city blocks, this year the festival will look a little different, featuring a combination of in-person and online events.
“While we would love to have the full festival this August, we are thrilled to continue supporting our east Nashville community with a weekend of tomato-themed activities including a Tornado Relief Concert, porch parade and plenty of wacky (online) contests,” stated Jack Davis of Good Neighbor Festivals whose festival team has been managing the annual event for the past 12 years.
The Tomato Art Show kicked off the entire idea over 17 years ago. This year’s show will once again feature hundreds of fruit and vegetable themed artwork in the old Art and Invention Gallery space. The first chance to see incredible work is at the Art Show Pre-View Party on Thursday August 6th. Tickets for the event are on sale now at tomatoartfest.com.
As east Nashville continues to recover from the March 3 tornado, festival organizers are planning a Tomato Art Fest TornadoRelief Concert that will take place on Saturday, August 8th in East Park. The socially-distanced-friendly outdoor event will raise funds with 100% of proceeds after expenses going to support hospitality workers, musicians, and artists of East Nashville affected by the March Tornado. “We are looking forward to being able to give back to our community that has supported this festival. We hope this event will give East Nashvillians additional aid in the much needed continued tornado relief.”
The most noticeable changes this year will be the temporary move of our beloved contests and vendors to online. The ever-popular Bloody Mary Garden Party is coming back, but with some new safety precautions.
A percentage of proceeds benefit Friends of Shelby Parks & Bottoms, a nonprofit dedicated to help preserve, protect and enhance historic Shelby Park and Bottoms.
INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*
- Aug 13, 2021 at 05:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Fri)
- Aug 14, 2021 at 09:00 am - 07:00 pm (Sat)
11th & Woodland Streets, Nashville, TN 37206