Hanover Tomato Festival

Hanover Tomato Festival

Held annually on the 2nd Saturday in July, (Saturday July 9th, 2016). The Hanover Tomato Festival is a free, family-oriented event with Hanover Tomatoes, live musical entertainment, rides, games, a petting zoo, over 200 vendors, delicious tomato dishes, and much more. Parking for this event is free. The festival is held at beautiful Pole Green Park, rain or shine and runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It's a traditional celebration to promote the Hanover Community and features the famous Hanover Tomato.   


8996 Pole Green Park Ln.
Mechanicsville, VA 23116    Map It


    The Tomato Festival showcases artisans that want to highlight their unique craftsmanship and food vendors that want to present savory menu items.

    Visit the vendor page for information on how to become an artisan, commercial, or food vendor. We are accepting applications now!


    The entertainment stage will have a full lineup of musicians, ceremony's and bands. Plan your visit and enjoy your day around fantastic entertainment performances. 

    • 9:00 a.m. 
      • Hanover Tomato Festival opens
      • Hanover Concert Band performs
    • 10:00 a.m. 
      • Opening ceremonies
    • 10:30 a.m. 
      • Ice cream eating contest presented by the Ice Cream Race
    • 11:00 a.m. 
      • Arise
    • 12:15 p.m. 
      • Ice Cream eating contest presented by the Ice Cream Race
    • 12:30 p.m.
      • Carlisle Avenue Diner Band
    • 1:45 p.m. 
      • Ice Cream eating contest presented by the Ice Cream Race
    • 2:00 p.m.
      • Prospect 7
    • 3:45 p.m. 
      • Ice Cream eating contest presented by the Ice Cream Race

    Children's Activities

    At the festival, children can expect: rides, games, a petting zoo and free activities and fun for all ages. 

    2016 Mater FUN Zone Vendors Include:

    • Black Creek Baptist Church
    • Bon Secours Love and Learn
    • Bricks 4 Kidz
    • Busy Bee's Kidsignment Sale - Ring toss & face painting
    • Dynamo Soccer Club - Tomato Face Painting 
    • Empress Farms
    • Engineering for Kids of Central VA & Stafford
    • Friends of Hanover Dog Parks - Bow Wow Beach / K-9 Cooling Station
    • Hanover Hounds K-9 Search and Rescue - "Tracking" Maze
    • Headliners Dance Company - Ballerina craft
    • Kids Exchange of Richmond
    • Macaroni Kid
    • Mad Science of Central Virginia
    • Martial Arts World
    • Master Cho's Tae Kwon Do
    • Richmond International Raceway - RIR Pace Car
    • Romp n' Roll
    • The Game Patrol
    • The Hanover Optimist Club / Best Dressed Tomato Contest & Tomato Walk
    • The Ice Cream Race
    • Washington and Henry Lodge #344 - Child ID's

    We are accepting applications for businesses and organizations in the "Mater FUN Zone" now! Visit the vendor page for information on how to become part of the "Mater FUN Zone". 

    Event Sponsors

    Thank you to our 2016 Hanover Tomato Festival Sponsors:

    • E.J. Wade Foundation
    • Verizon FiOS
    • Meadow Event Park / State Fair of Virginia
    • CF Sauer / Dukes 
    • Richmond Magazine
    • Hanover Optimist Club
    • Harmony Senior Services - Crossings at Hanover
    • Mechanicsville Toyota
    • The Game Patrol 
    • Le Bleu Ultra Pure Water
    • Martin's Food Markets
    • Hoober, Inc. 
      • Hanover Emergency Center
      • Papa John's Pizza
      • Covenant Woods
      • Julie Whitaker Insurance Agency Inc.- State Farm
      • Carytown Burger & Fries
      • Sweet Frog
      • Macaroni Kid: Richmond
      • KnowDifferent.net
      • Delegate Chris Peace
      • Edible Arrangements 
      • Kids Exchange RVA
      • three one one productions
      • Dominion Green Power
      • Tractor Supply Company
      • Walgreens

      Photos / Video

      You can find a photo tour of the festival by visiting the Hanover Tomato Festival Facebook photo album for 2015 and 2014. A video highlight tour of the festival is also available on the Parks and Recreation YouTube channel