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Top 5 Reasons to Get Yourself to the Tomato Art Fest!

Love food, free events, and Nashville? Check out this "all you need to know" guide to the annual Tomato Art Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.


Tomato Art Fest

August, 8, 2014

1106 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 

A community builder, The Tomato Art Fest has steadily drawn larger crowds with each year that passes. Last year, an estimated 40,000 came to celebrate this beloved fruit/vegetable and enjoy the day’s festivities. The Tomato Art Fest was founded by Meg and Bret MacFadyen, owners of East Nashville’s Art and Invention Gallery. In 2004, the gallery hosted an art show celebrating the tomato in late summer, and planned a few neighborhood events to promote the show. The Tomato Art Fest proved so popular that it immediately turned into an annual, signature event for the hip, urban neighborhood of East Nashville. The Tomato Art Fest will return this year on Friday August 8th and Saturday August 9, 2014 for it’s 11th year! Located in Historic East Nashville’s Five Points, which has been coined byBudget Travel Magazine as “Nashville’s version of New York’s East Village,” this FREE, costume-friendly event provides a fun-filled day for all.

1. It's "Best Fest" material!

Touted in the Oxford American, and Southern Living,The Tomato Art Fest was voted “Best Festival” in the 2007, 2008, and 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Nashville Scene Reader’s Polls.

2. Events for days...

A highlight of Tomato Art Fest is the many events within Tomato Art Fest hosted by members of the community! From the traditional of crowing Tomato Royalty (the King & Queen of Tomato Art Fest who lead the parade), to a Friday night concert, to the Saturday night headliner, Tomato Art Fest has no fewer than 25 events within the event along the way.

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3. It's got everything you'll need!

With over 220 vendors, 4 stages, and several blocks of East Nashville's prime historic real estate, what more could you need in your day?! Food, music, drinks, friends, neighbors ...Tomato Art Fest has you covered, year after year.

4. Embrace the quirky!

Calling all fun-types! Tomato Art Fest is first and foremost an art festival. A welcoming bunch to all walks of life and creativity, Team Tomato encourages costumes and celebrating the tomato (and the tomato's favorite neighborhood!) with style and jazz hands! The official Tomato Art fest motto is: "A Uniter, Not A Divider. Bringing Together Fruits And Vegetables!"

5. The roots run deep.

Currently in it's 11th year, Tomato Art Fest is a tradition among residents. Hundreds of community stories on how it began and how it continues to carry the torch for tomatoes and the neighborhood that loves them are passed through the generations that call East Nashville home. Here are 10 Things You May Not Know About Tomato Art Fest!


About Kristyn Corder

Kristyn Corder has lived and loved in East Nashville since 2007. Often working with festivals and entertainment brands to define identity, enhance visibility, and create relationships, Kristyn shares her time with *repeat repeat, Apple Road, and her husband and small tribe of adored adopted animals.

Published August 3rd, 2014