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Making East Nashville more colorful

We think it’s safe to say decorating your house or condo or apartment for Tomato Art Fest has become a tradition. So, once again, the great satraps of tomatodom are encouraging you to up your game with a little competition. Sign up at and make sure to have your house/condo/apartment/van/ trailer/tiny house all spruced up by Monday, Aug. 6. We have some great prizes including access to the Tomato Art Fest Preview Party, Bloody Mary Garden, and up to $400 in cash.

WHERE: All over East Nashville | WHEN: Aug. 5-10


TOMATO STORY TIME AT THE INGLEWOOD LIBRARY It’s tomato time in Inglewood! The Inglewood Branch Library will host an entertaining story time celebrating the great uniter, the TOMATO! We’ll have stories, songs, and crafts for children ages 2-5, all featuring our juicy garden friend! Don’t miss this fruit and vegebration!

WHERE: Inglewood Library | 4312 Gallatin Pike TIME: 10:30 a.m. CONTACT: Mr. Andrew | 615.862.5866


TOMATO ART PREVIEW PARTY Presented by Center615 Always a popular event, the Tomato Art Preview Party offers the art lover a wonderful night of sights, sounds and flavors! Party-goers get to be the first to view this year’s tomato art while enjoying tasty tomato treats. Special thanks to the following sponsors: Music City Light, Walker Feed Co., Pickers Vodka.

WHERE: 1106 Woodland St. TIME: 6-9 p.m. COST: $30 (tickets at


Aug. 10

EAST NASHVILLE TOMATO 5K Hosted by the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA Whether you jog, walk, or run, this exciting race will take you through the heart of Historic East Nashville’s neighborhoods. It’s for a great cause, too, being as it’s a fundraising event for the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA in East Nashville. Run the race, then stay for the Tomato Art Fest and make a day of it! Registration required.

WHERE: Start/Finish area at South Seventh and Woodland Streets in East Park START TIMES: Children’s Fun Run: 7 a.m.; Tomato 5K: 7:30 a.m. CONTACT: Ronald Gooch | 615.228.5225

DECORATE YOUR BIKE FOR THE PARADE! Hosted by Shelby Ave. Bicycle Co. Visit Shelby Ave. Bicycle Co. at the start line and decorate your bike to ride in the Tomato Art Fest Parade. Just bring your favorite decorations, and we’ll have a supply of shiny, tomatoey things, too!

WHERE: South 12th and Russell Streets CONTACT:

TOMATO ART FEST “PUSH, PULL, & WEAR PARADE” Team Tomato wants you to participate by building a float that can be pushed, pulled, carried, or worn on your body. Entries for the parade are limited so sign up early.

WHERE: Start at South 12th and Russell Streets; ends in the center of Five Points. TIME: Line up starts at 8:30 a.m.; the Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. sharp.

TOMATO ART FEST VENDOR MARKETPLACE Over 200 vendors will arrive early to tempt and delight you with their wares. Come experience this wonderful collection of artists, small businesses, and fabulous food. Our vendors aim to please!

WHERE: Five Points, East Nashville TIME: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

KIDS ART SHOW + CONTEST TOMATO ART FEST ART SHOW We think there is no finer collection of tomato art to be found east of the Mississippi, and maybe even in the entire tomato-eating world! (We would say UNIVERSE, but that would just be bragging.) Now, we realize this is a bold statement, so you will just have to come out and see for yourself if you think we are right. Artist applications for the show are available at

WHERE: 1106 Woodland St. TIME: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Calling all kids! Now is the time to show off your artistic skills and become a tomato artist. Your artwork should include at least one “tomatolike” element of any kind. The rest is up to your imagination. Age Categories: 3 yrs. and under; 4-6 yrs.; 7-9 yrs.; 10-11 yrs.; 12-13 yrs. GUIDELINES: • Artwork should be two-dimensional and can be done in any media — paint, pencil, crayon, pastels, collage, etc. • Due to hanging and size constraints, please, NO canvases or framed artwork with glass. Please use paper or thin poster board. • Artwork should not exceed 12 x 18 inches or 18 x 18 inches. • One entry per artist. • Entry form available at • Artist’s name, parent’s/guardian’s name, age, phone number, address, and email address should be listed on the back of the entry in the top left corner. Judging will also include creative art awards for: Best of Show and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each category. Artwork should be dropped off at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center. Deadline for Art Submissions: Wednesday, Aug. 7

WHERE: Information Tent at Five Points TIME: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CONTACT: Debbie Flynt | 901.834.9867

EEUMC’S TOMATO ART KIDFEST 2019 Hosted by East End United Methodist Church Again this year, children of all ages are invited to the Tomato Art KIDFEST, a celebration of community fun just for kids (and their families) during the Tomato Art Fest in East Nashville. FREE activities will include inflatable fun with a water slide, FREE popsicles, FREE “tomato head” hair painting, and a FREE kid’s craft.

WHERE: Corner of South 12th and Holly Street TIME: 9 a.m. (when the Parade ends) to 2 p.m. CONTACT: Kim Kennedy | kjkennedy23@yahoo. com or 615.715.4164

BOBBING FOR TOMATOES | TOMATO TOSS Hosted by Wags & Whiskers Bobbing for (real) tomatoes, tossing (faux) tomatoes at a target, prizes, treats for the pooches, wading pools to cool hot paws. Fun for pets and those who love them!

WHERE: Wags & Whiskers (located under the Hip Zipper in the alley behind Red Door Saloon) TIME: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CONTACT: 615.228.9249

BIKE VALET: Hosted by Tomato Art Fest Why drive & struggle with parking, when you can bike to the festival? Members of Walk/Bike Nashville will park your bike while you enjoy the festival.

WHERE: Corner of Russell & South 10th Street TIME: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FAUX PAW FASHION SHOW If you like to dress up your pet, and parade it around town, then this event was made for you. The Faux Paw Fashion Show is open to pets of all species, and is a costume contest to see who can dress their dog, cat, bird, monkey, lizard, ferret, reptile, marsupial, insect, etc., in the best-looking tomato inspired outfit that can be dreamed into existence.

WHERE: The Contest Stage TIME: 10:30-11:30 a.m. COST: $10.00 entry fee. Proceeds go to support EAST C.A.N.

BLOODY MARY GARDEN PARTY Bloody Mary fans should make plans to join us in the Tomato Art Fest Bloody Mary Garden and sample up to 20 different types of Bloody Mary mixes with Pickers Vodka. Tickets are available at

WHERE: The Pavilion East | 1006 Fatherland St. TIME: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1-2:30 p.m.

TOMATO ART FEST CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT The tomato — THE uniter of all fruits and vegetables — loves to celebrate even the simple grains. With that being said, the ever popular Tomato Art Fest Cornhole Tournament returns. This fun event involves two players tossing bags of corn at a 6-inch hole 10 yards away. Sound easy? Don’t be fooled! Come show off your skills and walk away King of the Cornhole Toss. Advance registration is required and can be found at

WHERE: Eastside Cycles Parking Lot | South 11th and Woodland Streets TIME: 11 a.m. until a champion is crowned!

TOMATO FAIRY | ELF CONTEST Hosted By Fairytales Bookstore Get out the glitter, gather up your wings, hats, twinkletoed shoes, and put on your elf ears! Fairytales Bookstore is having our annual Tomato Fairy & Elf Costume Contest on the front lawn. The contest is open to all ages and genders. Judges will award grand prizes of $25 Fairytales Gift Cards to the top contestant in each of the following categories: • Best Costume (Ages 0-6) • Best Costume (Ages 7-12) • Best Costume (Ages 13 & Up) • Most Creative Costume

WHERE: Fairytales | 114 S. 11th St. TIME: 11 a.m. CONTACT: 615.915.1960

TOMATO ART FEST HAIKU CONTEST Winners will share their poetic brilliance on-stage at the Tomato Art Fest, and snag some pretty sweet prizes. The annual Tomato Haiku Contest is back! Submit tomato-related haiku in classic 5-7-5 style in these four categories: • Heirlooms (adults, ages 17 & up) • Greenhouse (youth, ages 16 & under) • Funnies (humor) • Oddities (limerick, sonnet, freeform, anything under 200 words) It’s free to enter the contest, and each person can submit up to five entries. Deadline for entries is Friday, July 26 Winners will be announced and prizes awarded during the Tomato Art Fest on the contest stage starting at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Contest Stage TIME: 11:30 a.m. CONTACT:

GIANT ICE CREAM SUNDAE EXTRAVAGANZA! Sponsored by Pied Piper Calling all kids ages 2-10 to help build the largest ice cream sundae in East Nashville. How do you get to be part of this fun event? Just SHOW UP! And what is the reward for all this “hard” work? You get to EAT the ice cream! Really, how does it get any better than that?

WHERE: Pied Piper Creamery | 114 S. 11th St. TIME: Noon CONTACT: 615.227.4114

RECIPE CONTEST Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to make the most delicious Gazpacho or Savory Tomato Pastry that ever graced a summer table. Put a fresh spin on a classic or create an entirely new recipe that will make our judges beg for more, and then enter that dish in the 2019 Tomato Art Fest recipe contest! We can’t wait to taste the magic you create, and YOU can’t wait to win all our fabulous prizes

WHERE: Lockeland Table | 1520 Woodland St. TIME: Drop off entries between 9:30-10:45 a.m. (judging starts promptly at 11:30 a.m.) CONTACT: Mike Smith |

BEAUTIFUL TOMATO CONTEST Hosted by Alegria Here is how it works: Take an ordinary tomato and dress, adorn, and decorate it as if it were an entrant in a beauty contest or headed to a costume party. (It helps to think of your tomato as a small, round person who is just ripe to get dressed up and go out on the town.) Winners receive praise and a bunch of swell prizes!

WHERE: Alegria in The Idea Hatchery | 1108 Woodland St. TIME: 1-2 p.m. (Entries must be received at Alegria by 1 p.m. to be eligible) CONTACT: | 615.227.8566

BIGGEST/ LITTLEST/ UGLIEST TOMATO CONTEST We love ugly tomatoes. That’s right, the uglier the better. We also love those big tomatoes and the teeny weenie ones, too! Enter your Ugliest Tomato, Biggest Tomato, and Littlest Tomato for a chance to win prizes.

WHERE: Information Tent at Five Points TIME: Drop off entries from 9 a.m. to noon. Winners announced between 1-1:30 p.m.

TOMATO ART FEST BLOODY MARY CONTEST Sponsored by 3 Crow Bar Who has the best Bloody Mary recipe in all the land? Stop by and find out as 10 finalists vie for the title of “Best Bloody Mary of 2019.” Who knows, if you get lucky you might just get to taste the winning entry! Emceed and judged by a panel of experts. Don’t forget, you must enter to win, so remember to sign up.

WHERE: The Contest Stage TIME: 3 p.m. CONTACT: 615.262.3345

TOMATO ART FEST REDHEAD COMPETITION Sponsored by Tomato Art Fest No registration needed, just show up with your tomato red locks. This contest is open to all redheads: men, women, boys, girls — anyone whose red hair is just unreal!

WHERE: The Contest Stage TIME: 2-3 p.m.


TOMATO ART FEST KICK-OFF CONCERT | 37206 STAGE Sit down and enjoy a delicious meal from our food vendors and cross the street for exciting performances from these talented local acts! Event area will be open from 6-11 p.m.

7:15 p.m. KK


10 a.m. 11 a.m.


Noon 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 9 p.m. 10 p.m.

Faux Paw Fashion Show hosted by East C.A.N. Tomato Haiku Contest Dancer Project Conservatory Performance Tennessee Lottery Cherry Tomato Plinko Redhead Competition

9:30 p.m. Okey Dokey TOMATO ART FEST COOKING STAGE Presented by Rocky McElhaney Law Firm

The Wild Cow Cooking Up TBA Lyra TBA Rambler Events

Bloody Mary Contest WXNA DJs

Peninsula TBA Enjoy cooking demonstrations by chefs from your favorite East Nashville restaurants


WOODLAND STAGE Presented by The Basement East

Presented by Pickers Vodka Hosted by Tomato Art Fest

MUDDY ROOTS STAGE Presented by Muddy Roots Music

Half Brass Band

Basement East Stage Entertains the Kids

Mary Richards


Southern Girls Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp


Lucas Ebert

Lady Couch

Ben Jarrell

Casey Jo & The Friday Night Dads Head Over Heals

‘Time Is Tight’ Booker T. & The M.G.’s Tribute


Jeremy Pinnell

Todd Day Wait

Bendrix Littleton

Philip Creamer & Reno Bo

Open turntables


Flight Attendant


The Tenders

Blue Cactus Jess Nolan Cordovas

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16th Annual Tomato Art Fest Events & Activities Guide  

16th Annual Tomato Art Fest Events & Activities Guide

16th Annual Tomato Art Fest Events & Activities Guide  

16th Annual Tomato Art Fest Events & Activities Guide