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Sep 1, 2017





Art. Music. Food. Fun. Community.

On the first Friday of each month, the streets of Downtown Knoxville come alive for a casual evening of experiencing art in all forms.

Explore galleries, studios, and artist collectives; roam through shops hosting open houses and local artist exhibits; enjoy performance art and live music in the streets and a variety of venues; drop in restaurants along the way and treat yourself to drinks and culinary pleasures.

Every month – year round – brings fresh new exhibits, performances, dining opportunities, and special events. Schedules vary from place to place and are updated the last week of each month. The thriving arts community is one of the things we love most about Downtown Knoxville. 

So come take a walk...ride a free trolley...and experience the arts, warmth and community of the neighborhood.

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ArtWalk Trolley

Look for the trolley marked ArtWalk! It's FREE and will take you beween Market Square, Gay Street and the Old City. 

301 E Church Ave (865) 637-3000 More Details
Emporium Center

The Emporium Center is the hub of activity for every First Friday ArtWalk. Start or end your evening here…just don’t skip it! Each month, you’ll find three floors of new exhibits, live music, working artist studios, and more. Opening reception to meet the artist and view the artwork from 5-9pm with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Most of the works are for sale. The reception also features live music at 7pm. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Admission is free.

On Aug 4, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present Temperance: An Expose of Emotion by Terina Gillette, a Knoxville artist who works in a variety of media such as window painting, chalk art murals, traditional wall murals, working with acrylics, papers, pencils, and face & body painting; A1LabArts: Goddess/Japan/Peace where each piece exhibited was inspired by one of these three chosen words; Mary Saylor: A Whimsical Nature, Saylor’s recent work has focused on whimsical, humorous, paper mâché sculptures and her profound love and appreciation of animals; and Dick Wills: Celebrate Color, a local multimedia artist who utilizes oil, acrylic, dye, watercolor and more.

It’s a First Friday full of events. Don’t miss it!

100 S Gay St (865) 523-7543 More Details
Art Market Gallery

Aug 4 at the Art Market Gallery will feature wheel-thrown clay forms with crystalline glazes by artist Linda Sullivan and works by master photographic composite artist Ron Sullivan, along with original art and fine crafts from more than 60 East TN artists. An opening reception for the featured artists will begin at 5:30pm with complimentary refreshments and live music in the foyer.

422 S Gay St (865) 525-5265 More Details
Shakespeare on the Square

A live outdoor performance of Shakespeare...that's art!! Shakespeare on the Square, performed by Tennessee Stage Company, happens every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through August 13. On Aug 4 you'll find 'Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)' beginning at 7pm. The performance is free with donations suggested and appreciated.

60 Market Sq. More Details
Crown & Goose

On Friday Aug 4…and every Friday…step into The Underground at the Crown & Goose and find Frog and Toad’s Dixie Quartet. Show starts at 8pm. Free. It's a mix of dixieland, latin and early jazz that would be right at home in New Orleans. With both a baritone and bass saxophone, even the instruments are art. 

123 S Central St (865) 524-2100 More Details
Dogwood Arts

On Aug 4, drop by Dogwood Arts for Bangles and Bubbles, a showcase of Knoxville's talented jewelry artists. Artists include Jessica Weiss, Wendy Seaward, Katie Dirnbauer, Karen Dwyer, Ryan-Ashley Anderson, Megan Craig, Kristine Taylor, Amanda Thompson, Alaina Smith, and Cameron Kite. Shop the pop-up shop from 4:30-9pm.

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details
Marble City Kitchen and The Firefly

Aug 4 will feature Bill Cook Jr. and his amazing sculptures. You'll also find special musical performance from Gibby and Frog. Great food and drinks throughout the evening! 5-10pm.

501 W Church St (865) 523-2300 More Details

Rala is proud to feature the wildly creative pop culture artwork of Jon Pemberton. Join them from 6-9pm for the exibit opening and to meet the artist.

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details
Boyd's Jig & Reel

On Aug 4 you'll find Kukuly and The Gypsy Fuego at Boyd's Jig & Reel. Starts at 10pm. Admission is free. You'll find music, food, an extensive Scotch selection that's one of the best in the world, and over 750 whiskies and counting. Drop by for some live music and liquid art!

101 S Central St (865) 247-7066 More Details
UT Downtown Gallery

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present "Reprocessed" an exhibition of art by three Knoxville artists who use found imagery and materials to create their unique pieces. On display will be woven work by Judi Gaston and mixed media pieces by Kelly Hider and Beth Meadows. Opening reception on Aug 4 from 5-9pm. The event is free and open to the public.

106 S Gay St (865) 673-0802 More Details
Tori Mason Shoes

Tori Mason Shoes is pleased to present graphic artist Kate Moore on Aug 4 from 6-9pm. Complimentary treats from Wild Love Bakehouse will be provided and Moore's art will be featured for the months of August and September.

29 Market Square (865) 673-6711 More Details
Parlor at Maple Hall

On Aug 4 you'll find country/folk/alt singer-songwriter Angela Easterling at The Parlor at Maple Hall. Drop in from 7-9pm. The music is free and the cocktails are special.

414 S Gay St. (865) 249-8454 More Details
Pilot Light

Hip Hop and Puppets! That's what you'll find on Aug 4 at the Pilot Light. Cattywampus Puppet Council and the Good Guy Collective will be teaming up for the evening. 9pm. Check event for details and ticket prices.

106 E Jackson Ave (865) 524-8188 More Details
Pretentious Beer Co

It's First Friday Comedy at Pretentious Beer on Aug 4. It's a great show featuring two comedians from Seattle, along with a sampling of East Tennessee favorites. PLUS some of the region's finest beers on draft in handmade glasses/works of art from Pretentious Glass Co. The show is free. 7pm.

131 S Central St (865) 851-7693 More Details

Aug 4 at Sapphire pairs local visual artist Carson Whittaker with Ocean Organic Vodka. Whittaker’s current body of work explores his interest in color theory. Ocean Vodka is from Hawaii and is made from sugarcane and deep ocean mineral deposits. Art, free tastings, and signature cocktails for the night. What a combo! 

428 S Gay St (865) 951-2066 More Details
Bistro at the Bijou

Enjoy jazz at the Bistro! On Aug 4 you'll find live jazz with Mike Baggetta at the Bistro at the Bijou. Drop by for dinner, drinks and a great show from 9-11pm. 

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 More Details
Pretentious Glass Co

On First Fridays, Pretentious Glass will showcase the latest series of glassware in the front gallery of the working studio. From 6-9pm you'll also find free demonstrations in the studio, where you can catch the artists creating anything from a specialty beer glass to a decorative vase. It's art in action! 

133 S Central St (865) 249-8677 More Details
WDVX First Friday Live

WDVX presents First Friday Live! On Aug 4 Blank Range will be performing on the WDVX stage for the WDVX First Friday Live series. It's free. 7-8pm.

301 S Gay St (865) 544-1029 More Details
Knoxville Museum of Art

Alive After Five is happening at the Knoxville Museum of Art on Aug 4 with Evelyn Jack with Keith Brown & Groove Therapy. Enjoy live music, dancing, food, cocktails, and exploring the museum's art galleries. 6-8:30pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices. (FYI - the museum is open six days a week and admission is free!)

1050 Worlds Fair Park Dr (865) 525-6101 More Details
Awaken Coffee

Stop in Awaken Coffee on Aug 4 and tour an exhibit of David Morgan photography. This exhibit features 11 men and women with body art and highlights their stories. You’ll also find Cold Brew specials. 5-10pm.

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details
Downtown Wine + Spirits

Downtown Wine + Spirits will host Palmer Mason of Craft Accommodations who will be mixing up some samples of favorite summer cocktails. 5:30-7:30pm. That's art everyone can appreciate!

407 S Gay St (865) 525-7575 More Details
Maple Hall Bowling Lanes

Jose Diaz will be the featured artist at Maple Hall on Aug 4. Drop by for the exhibit and some fun!

414 S Gay St (865) 249-8454 More Details
Museum of East Tennessee History

On Aug 4 there are two screenings of a new documentary that's an exciting and informative look at national and local social unrest in the U.S. during the Vietnam War era. It includes coverage of civil rights, college integration, women's liberation, and the heated anti-war and pro-war protests during this time period. 5:30 and 6:30pm. Event is free. Check event for more details.

601 S Gay St (865) 215-8830 More Details
Knoxville Visitors Center

The Knoxville Visitor Center will host author A.D. Asher on Aug 4. Asher is a local author who has created a children's photo storybook to help children fall in love with Knoxville. Drop by to see this brand new book and meet the author. 5:30-8pm.

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details
Downtown 211

Downtown 211 will be open to be public on First Friday Aug 7 with featured artists Michael Jackson and Masha Campbell.

18 Market Square #211 (865) 438-5799 More Details
Scruffy City Hall

It's a Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash on Aug 4 at Scruffy City Hall and Preservation Pub. 9pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

32 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details
Painting With a Twist

Early or late, you'll have two chances to release your inner artist during the First Friday ArtWalk on Aug 4 at Painting with a Twist. A 6-8pm class of 'Autumn Haze' and a 10pm-midnight Knoxville skyline titled 'Knoxville Waves of Color'. Check venue for details, reservations, and pricing. 

121 S Gay St (865) 229-6037 More Details
Tennessee Theatre

Travel back in time in a historic theater with a bag of popcorn and a great movie during the 19th Annual Summer Move Magic lineup. On Aug 4 you'll find Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin in the movie classic 'Nine to Five' at the Tennessee Theatre. Check venue for details and ticket information. 

604 Gay St (865) 684-1200 More Details

Citifid-O is the exclusive downtown gallery for Mike Taylor, local Knoxville artist, who loves dogs and paints exquisite humorous “dog art”. You'll find originals on display and for sale, as well as prints, cards and magnets. Complimentary dog snacks are available First Fridays. Human dog companions are also invited.

429 Union Ave (865) 219-5127 More Details
Preservation Pub

It's a Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash on Aug 4 at Scruffy City Hall and Preservation Pub. 9pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

28 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details
Basement Community Art Studio

Celebrate the end of summer at Basement Community Art Studio with a Rock Painting party from 5-8pm on Aug 4. Check venue for details and pricing.

105 W Jackson Ave (865) 333-5262 More Details
Regal Riveria 8 - Movie Theater

Do you like to watch your art while sitting in the dark? We have that too! Check out the current blockbusters at the Regal Riviera on Gay Street.

510 S Gay St (865) 522-5160 More Details