After a long year and a half, the Tomato Art Fest returns with live music, multiple art vendors, contests and its “Push, Pull, and Wear Parade.” The festival is Aug. 13-14 in the Five Points neighborhood in East Nashville.
“We’re excited to be back in Five Points this year,” Good Neighbor Festivals founder Jack Davis said.
The Tomato Art Fest, which is being put together by Good Neighbor Festivals, will have live music featuring Aaron Lee Tasjan, the 650 AM WSM Jamboree with Brazilbilly, and more.
The festival will also host the Tomato Art Show, which features different mediums of art that include a tomato, fruit or vegetable. This year, Davis said there will be 225 local art and craft vendors at the festival. All artwork submitted for the show also has a chance to win cash prizes in multiple categories, including Best in Show and Festival Spirit.
Davis said this festival is bringing the East Nashville community together for the first time in over a year, during which Nashville endured a devastating tornado and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s been a very long year and a half after the tornado and the coronavirus, so we’re just excited to bring some energy back into the neighborhood,” Davis said.
The Tomato Art Fest will host a variety of events and contests, including a Bloody Mary Garden Party, a home decorating contest, a costume contest and the Tomato Art Fest Cornhole Tournament. During both days of the festival, people will line the streets of Five Points for the “Push, Pull, and Wear Parade,” in which local tomato lovers, bands and groups march through East Nashville.
This festival is free and open to the public and plans to follow Metro Nashville and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for outdoor events in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Davis asks that those who have not been vaccinated wear a mask at the festival.
The Tomato Art Fest will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, and 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14.