Fest Events

Community Gazpacho Tomato Drop off

Get involved Rumours East’s annual "Community Gazpacho"!  All you have to do is drop off tomatoes at Rumours East between July 31st and August 8th , and our chef will use them to prepare our annual Community Gazpacho that will be served on the evening of Saturday, August 9th. 

For your involvement in this neighborhood event (aka donating tomatoes), we will give you 5% off your tab the night you drop them off.

(We will be serving the FREE Community Gazpacho on Saturday night, August 9th. YUM.

CONTACT: 615.262.5346 / www.rumourseast.com

  • Rumours East (map)

Tomato Story Time

It’s tomato time in Inglewood!  Come out Wednesday, August 6th at 10:30am to the Inglewood Branch Library for an entertaining story time that celebrates the great uniter, the TOMATO!  We’ll have stories, songs, and a craft for children ages 2-5, all featuring our juicy garden friend!

Don’t miss this fruit and vegebration!  

If you have any questions, contact Mr. Andrew at 615.862.5866

  • Inglewood Library (map)

Tomato Art Fest Wine Dinner

Help kick off the Tomato Art Fest at Marche Artisan Foods. The evening’s menu features a five course tribute to the tomato with accompanying wines and beers. How does it get any better than that? 

COST: per person, $35.00 for food only, $50.00 for food and pairings (reservations are not required, but are highly recommended)
CONTACT: 615.262.1111 / info@marcheartisanfoods.com

  • Marche (map)

Kid's Tomato Art Show Opening Reception

Be sure to check out the wondrous, inventive work produced by this young group of budding tomato artists! Artwork by kids ages 3-18.

CONTACT: Leslie Gregg - 615.256.9622 ext. 72555 / lgregg@ymcamidtn.org

  • YCAP Chapel (map)

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

Cult Fiction Underground at Logue’s Black Raven Emporium will be screening the comedy horror classic, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes on Friday, August 8th, and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes 2  on Saturday, 8/9/14. Swing by after the Art & Invention preview party on Friday, or to cool off after the festival on Saturday!

WHEN:   Friday, August 8, 2014 & Saturday, August 9, 2014
TIME:  8:00pm and 10:00pm on both nights!
CONTACT; 615.562.4710 /  

  • Logue's Black Raven Emporium (map)

Bongo Java Kids Event

Start your Tomato Art Fest experience early at Bongo Java East with a fresh-brewed cup ‘o Joe and an Egg Bomb. Wake up while the children are getting a tomatoey red balloon to start their day off just right! Las Paletas will also be out front to tempt you with delicious popsicles!

Bongo East Café hours: 7:00am – 6:00pm

  • Bongo Java East (map)

Tomato Treats

With the heirloom tomatoes already overflowing in their produce department, The Turnip Truck is ready to celebrate the season! They will have a variety of tomato inspired treats for sample and for purchase.

The Turnip Truck Natural Market is East Nashville’s first locally owned, full service natural food store,  offering locally grown and produced seasonal products. Please stop in while you are exploring the festivities!

  • Turnip Truck (map)

Bike Decorating

Come to Eastside Cycles at 8:30am 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! When you get done, you will be able to ride in style in the New Orleans-Style Second Line Parade starting at 9am in front of Art & Invention Gallery.

CONTACT:615.469.1079 / bikeseastside@gmail.com

  • Eastside Cycles (map)

Family Fun at the East Branch Library

The good people at the East Branch Library will be making tomatoey felt bookmarks with the kids throughout the morning, and once they have a bookmark, those children will certainly need a book so be sure to sign up to have a library card while you are there. (Something we think kids of all ages need!) A free "ketchup on your reading" button will be given to everyone who registers for a library card!

And while you're there, pick up a new book from the "used and donated" book sale that will be ongoing throughout the day!


CONTACT: 615.862.5754 / Emily.waltenbaugh@nashville.gov

  • East Branch Library (map)


Inflatables! Water Slide! Bounce Houses! Tomato Head Hair Painting! PoPsicles!

Free fun for children of all ages!

 FREE balloons, FREE “tomato head” hair painting and a FREE kid’s craft.  Explorastory, a storytelling guild from Hendersonville, will be back this year performing Tomato Tales!

Explorastory of Rock Castle is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of the oral tradition of storytelling and bringing stories to our community and Middle Tennessee. Furthermore, it is a support group, helping storytellers shape and construct their stories for maximum impact and performance within our communities

  • East End United Methodist Church (map)

Kids Tomato Art Exhibit

Children's tomato artwork will be on display with contest placement ribbons and awards.

Hosted by YCAP, artEMBRACE

CONTACT: Leslie Gregg - 615.256.9622 ext. 72555 / lgregg@ymcamidtn.org

  • YCAP Chapel (map)

Family Fun Open House

After the Tomato Art Fest 5k run on Saturday, Aug 11th, YCAP staff and kids will be providing games & fun activities for families to enjoy INSIDE the Ann Ragsdale Recreation Center located behind the YCAP Building on Russell Street. Enjoy fun times in air-conditioned splendor! Rumor on the street is that there will also be frosty sno cones for you to enjoy

  • YMCA YCAP (map)

Tomato 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! (I 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!

  • Art and Invention Gallery (map)

Pet and Wildlife Demonstrations

5 Points Animal Hospital and Waldens Puddle have joined forces to bring you all sorts of information about your pets and local wildlife. Demonstrations will be held throughout the day with lots of cool indigenous animals to see, pet, and learn about. Fun for kids of all ages!

And if that weren’t enough fun, East C.A.N. will be on site with wonderful dogs for you to adopt…and you know you need one!

  • 5 Points Animal Hospital (map)

Tomatoes and Wine

Saunter over to Rumours East for some cool wine cocktails and a refreshing, unique tomato-inspired menu.

Enjoy food and drink specials all day long. 

  • Romours Wine Bar (map)

Art and Music at the Building

Art & music abound at The Tomato Art Fest, and the good folk at The Building are happy to add to the festivities! Enjoy a group art exhibition by Anthony Billups, Dean Tomasek, and more.

Also hang out for  live music and open mike hosted by Tom Schreck (begins at noon!)

  • The Building (map)

Giant Ice Cream Sundae Extravaganza

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?

  • Pied Piper Creamery (map)

Beautiful Tomato Contest

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!

Email today to enter yourself in this great contest! Forget to sign up? Register when you deliver your entry!

Entries must be at Alegria by 1:00 pm to be eligible

CONTACT: alegriagifts@yahoo.com / 615.227.8566

  • Alegria (map)

FREE Community Gazpacho Event

Come out and enjoy the FREE gazpacho made with tomatoes donated by the community!

Also, enjoy our Tomato Art Fest Happy Hour Specials!

CONTACT: 615.262.5346 / www.rumourseast.com

  • Rumours East (map)