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.


A community builder, The Tomato Art Fest has steadily drawn larger crowds with each year that passes. Last year, an estimated 45,000 came to celebrate this beloved fruit/vegetable and enjoy the day’s festivities.

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, 2014, 2015 Nashville Scene Reader’s Polls


The Tomato Art Fest will return this year on  Friday August 12th and Saturday August 13, 2015 for it’s 13th year! 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.

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Festival Recycling provided by Green Village Recycling