For 17 years the Tomato Art Fest has been uniting fruits and vegetables together on the second Saturday in August. The 2020 festival will look and feel different, but as a uniter the organizers want to help safely bring East Nashville back together to celebrate once more.

The wacky and beloved festival will move to a full weekend of activities taking place between Thursday, August 7th and Sunday, August 9th. Previously, the festival has been out on the streets in the five points area. This year the festival will feature a combination of in-person and online events in an effort to keep everyone safe.

“While we would love to have the full festival this August, we are thrilled to continue supporting our east Nashville community with a weekend of tomato themed activities including a Tornado Relief Concert, porch parade and plenty of wacky (online) contests,” stated Jack Davis of Good Neighbor Festivals, whose festival team has been managing the annual event for the past 12 years.

Seventeen years ago The Tomato Art Show kicked off the entire idea. This year's show will once again feature hundreds of fruits and vegetable themed artwork in the former Art and Invention Gallery space. The first chance to see the incredible work is at the Art Show Pre-View Party on Thursday, August 6. Tickets for the event are on sale now at

As east Nashville continues to recover from the March 3 tornado, festival organizers are planning a Tomato Art Fest Tornado Relief Concert that will take place on Saturday, August 8th in East Park. The socially-distanced-friendly outdoor event will raise funds with 100% of proceeds after expenses going to support hospitality workers, musicians, and artists of East Nashville affected by the March Tornado. “We are looking forward to giving back to our Eastside community which has supported this festival since the  beginning. We hope the concert will give East Nashvillians additional aid and some wacky fun.”

The most noticeable changes this year will be the temporary move of our beloved contests and vendors into cyberspace. The ever-popular Bloody Mary Garden Party is coming back, but with some new safety precautions. Tickets for the event are on sale now at

This year to ensure everyone's well being we are changing our traditional Tomato Parade to a Porch Parade. Houses, businesses, and apartments along the parade route can register to be a part of the Porch Parade starting in July. We encourage our friends and neighbors to walk, run, bike, or drive the parade route from August 1-8.

For the most updated information on the festival, online marketplace, contests, relief concert, and more visit or download the new Tomato Art Fest app.

Businesses or organizations can register to host a Tomato Art Fest event at  Ticket information for the Tomato Art Fest Pre-View Party, Relief Concert, and Bloody Mary Garden Party is available at

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

When I was 14 years old, I surreptitiously made my way through the stacks in the local library until I came to the Psychology section. One after one, I took down the books whose titles I thought would provide an answer, went to the table of contents and, if there were any, I flipped to the pictures.

Keep reading Show less

James Mai

Many of us have made resolutions and pledged ourselves to transforming some aspect, or aspects, of our lives. For some, these resolutions will involve career, budget, home ownership, etc., but for a LOT of us, they will involve various health, exercise and fitness goals.

Often, these resolutions are vague, like “lose weight” or “exercise more”, and way too often they begin with a gym contract and end with Netflix and a bag of takeout. Getting specific can help in holding yourself accountable for these commitments, though. So we thought it might be interesting to talk with a local gay trainer, James Mai, about his fitness journey, his work as a trainer and how he keeps himself motivated, and get some of his suggestions for carrying through on this year’s fitness resolutions!

Keep reading Show less


Keep reading Show less