9th Annual Tomato Art Festival street closures

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East Nashville’s popular Tomato Art Festival is returning for its ninth year on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with fun events and variety of popular musical acts.

The festival will cover several blocks near East Nashville’s Five Points area. The following streets will be closed during the event: Woodland between South 10th Street and South 12th Street; South 11th Street between Russell Street and Forrest Avenue; and Clearview Avenue from South 10th Street to South 11th Street.

This east-side staple is expected to draw more than 18,000 attendees surrounding the often-debated fruit/vegetable. The day kicks-off at 9 a.m. with a New Orleans style Second Line Parade beginning in front of Bongo Java East followed by a full schedule of music on the Vietti Foods Main Stage including Elmo Buzz and the Eastside Bulldogs, Half Brass, Jessica Rae, Richard DuBois, Rock City Birdhouse and many more.

Attendees can participate in or watch a variety of fun events and contests throughout the day including the Tomato 5k, costume contests for people and pets, Tomato Art Show, bobbing for tomatoes, Bloody Mary Competition at 3 Crow Bar, Wet Burrito contest at Nuvo Burrito, Ugly Tomato contest and many more.

New this year, festival goers can enjoy food and drinks under a tent in the First Tennessee Bank VIP Area with a great view of the day’s entertainment on the Vietti Foods Main Stage. VIP tickets are limited and can be purchased online at www.tomatoartfest.com.

The Tomato Art Festival got its start in the summer of 2004 when Art and Invention Gallery owners Meg and Bret MacFadyen hosted an art show to celebrate tomatoes. It has quickly grown each year garnering more than 18,000 attendees in 2011 and adding to East Nashville’s reputation as one of the most unique, vibrant areas in Middle Tennessee.

Visit http://www.tomatoartfest.com for more information including VIP Ticket purchases, parade route and schedule of events.