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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 great food.

Start your evening at any participating business. Then look for ArtWalk flags to help guide your way to events that are free and open to the public. 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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Happening on July 6

ArtWalk Trolley

Look for the trolley marked ArtWalk! It's FREE and will take you beween Market Square, Gay Street and the Old City. Catch it at any Green Line stop every 10 minutes.

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 artists and view the artwork from 5-9pm with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free.

On July 6, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

My Life, My Art in East Tennessee. A juried exhibition developed to recognize local artists ages 50 and up. The exhibition, sponsored by Renaissance Terrace Assisted Living, will feature fine art works of all media works by local artists reflecting the theme “My Life, My Art in East Tennessee”.

Iron Dreams. A show of hand-forged ironwork made by five metal workers in Tennessee. The show will focus on functional and sculptural ironwork for the home and garden. Featured artists include Joe Babb, Brad Greenwood, Abraham Pardee, Mike Rose, and Ryan T. Schmidt.

Work by Michelle Barillaro, Viktoria Cubbedge, and Emily Shane. A collection of works including paintings, jewelry, dolls made of air-dried clay, and art from vintage hardback book covers.

Marcia Moffett: Summer Time Fun! A collection of Moffett’s current work of vibrant colors, stylized realism, and abstract forms not seen in earlier paintings. 

Short Sleeve Pants. Socks Are Optional by Rodney Yardley. Yardley has walked the streets of Knoxville for nearly 45 years, most of the time alone, usually in short pants, and generally with no socks. The exhibition showcases his photography of Knoxville.

It’s a First Friday full of events at the Emporium Center. Don’t miss it!

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

July 6 at the Art Market Gallery will feature recent works by artist Kathy Holland and jewelry artist Lynn Straka. The show will highlight the new drawing series, “A Sea of Color,” by Kathy Holland, as well as the mixed-media jewelry of Lynn Straka, one of the Art Market Gallery’s newest artists. You'll also find original art and fine crafts from more than 60 East TN artists. Opening reception for the featured artists begins at 5:30pm with complimentary refreshments and live music by Wendel Werner in the foyer. 

422 S Gay St (865) 525-5265 More Details
Art in Public Places

Explore Dogwood Arts Art in Public Places! The year-round exhibition of large-scale sculptures are in downtown public spaces, McGhee Tyson Airport, and Oak Ridge. You’ll find beautiful installations in and around Krutch Park and the newest installation at the corner of Gay St and Summit Hill Dr. Great photo ops for your First Friday ArtWalk evening. Enjoy! 

523 S Gay St More Details
Downtown Grill & Brewery

Downtown Grill and Brewery will be hosting The Hair Museum by High Five Hannie. Learn about the iconic hairstyles that changed the world and explore the people behind the hair through a very colorful and painted lens.From 6-10pm on July 6 in the Woodruff's Gallery.

424 S Gay St (865) 633-8111 More Details
Pretentious Glass Co

Christmas in July! Would you expect anything less from Pretentious Glass? On July 6 they'll be celebrating with a Land of Misfits Glass Sale. Typically only during the holidays, this is a great opportunity to grab some pretentious glassware with minor flaws, bubbles, or handmade imperfections. Plus Make Your Own Ornaments sessions. Family-friendly event with the studio decked out in holiday decor and Christmas tree. Bring the kiddos and pretend it's cold outside!

133 S Central St (865) 249-8677 More Details
Rala

Drop by Rala on July 6 for a First Friday opening featuring landscape paintings by Sarah Moore. Shop a collection of her work and meet the artist! 6-9pm.

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details
UT Downtown Gallery

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present The Life and Art of Kimberly D. Iles. This exhibition benefits the Kimberly D. Iles Scholarship Endowment for undergraduate students in the School of Art. Reception on July 6 from 5-9pm. The event is free and open to the public.

106 S Gay St (865) 673-0802 More Details
STORIES

Explore the newest addition to Downtown Knoxville public art. STORIES is a colorful stairwell mural at the intersection of South Gay Street and West Jackson Ave. Find hidden images of Knoxville's people, places, events and ideas. And snap a few photos. #knoxstories

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Mark Carson English Gallery

You'll find a beautiful exhibit titled 'Abstracts' at the Mark Carson English Gallery on July 6. 6-9pm.

130 W Jackson Ave More Details
Knoxville Chocolate Co

Knoxville Chocolate will be hosting Emily McClenagan from Jane and Pearl on July 6. She'll have a selection of her beautiful hand-painted watercolor cards and prints. 100% of the profits are donated to nonprofits that support oppressed women and children. Go purchase with purpose.

29 Market Square (865) 394-6349 More Details
PostModern Spirits

The Tasting Room at PostModern Spirits will be featuring the photography of local musician and artist Seth Hopper. Seth will also be performing during the evening. No cover. 5-8pm. And, as always, artistic cocktails.

205 W Jackson Ave (865) 437-3190 More Details
Union Ave Books

The art of the hunt! Add to your First Friday ArtWalk with an old-fashioned Waldo Scavenger Hunt. Pick up a passport at Union Ave Books and continue the hunt through July 31. 

517 Union Ave (865) 951-2180 More Details
Awaken Coffee

Awaken Coffee will be hosting an Open Mic Ukulele Contest. So on July 6, drop by to perform or support the contestants! There will also be a display of works from commercial photographer Molly Harrell, an '86 graduate of UT where she was a photographer at the Daily Beacon. 7pm.

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details
Parlor at Maple Hall

Three of America's finest singer/songwriters come together for one unforgettable night of music upstairs at Maple Hall. Stop in and find Matt Woods, Justin Wells, and Chris Stalcup on July 6 from 7:30-9:30pm. No cover. 21+.

414 S Gay St. (865) 249-8454 More Details
Coffee & Chocolate

On July 6 Coffee and Chocolate will be featuring local photographer Lindsay Noll. Plus a case full of chocolate art!

327 Union Ave (865) 688-9244 More Details
Pour Taproom

On July 6 Pour Taproom will be featuring Brent Hyder. The high energy artist will be covering all your favorite pop, rock and alternative hits. 9pm to midnight. No cover. Plus experience the art of tasting, with more than 68 different taps of beer plus ciders, mead, wine, and kegged cocktail...all available by the ounce. 

207 W Jackson Ave (865) 337-5726 More Details
Bistro at the Bijou

Enjoy jazz at the Bistro! On July 6 you'll find live jazz with the Ben Maney Quartet 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
Lox Salon

Drop by Lox Salon on July 6 for Minor Arcana - New Pyrographic Sketches by Nick DeFord and Steph Untz. 6-8pm.

103 W Jackson Ave (865) 523-5569 More Details
Downtown 211

Explore Downtown 211 on July 6 and find featured artists Nick Kakanis and Zach Knudsen. Kakanis’ work, primarily pen and ink, is inspired by his Greek heritage, nature, mythology, animal puns, and tacos. Knudsen is an award-winning landscape photographer who captures the essence of the Great Smoky Mountains in a fresh and exciting way. 

18 Market Square #211 (865) 438-5799 More Details
Body Mind Realign + Gratitude Bar

At the Gratitude Bar, you’ll find the Knoxville debut of photographer Mitchell Ruff featuring his work on metal. Drop by on July 6 to experience Mitchell’s abiding love for the abstract and the zeal reflected in his works. 5-9pm.

111 N Central St (865) 455-1750 More Details
Good Golly Tamale

You'll find the folksy paintings on wood by Beth Meadows at Good Golly Tamale on July 6. 6-10pm.

112 S Central St (865) 337-5771 More Details
Pilot Light

At the Pilot Light on July you'll find The Spooky Oohs with Yr Lad. 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices. 18+

106 E Jackson Ave (865) 524-8188 More Details
Flower Pot

Learn the art of flower arranging. On July 6 drop by The Flower Pot and let their friendly staff help you create your own arrangement at the DIY Bouquet Bar. 5-8pm.

700 S Gay St (865) 522-4825 More Details
Marble City Kitchen and The Firefly

On First Friday...and every Friday...you'll find Beats and Brew on the outdoor patio at the Firefly. Drew Robbins is the featured musical artist for July 6. 7-10pm. 

501 W Church St (865) 523-2300 More Details
Downtown Wine + Spirits

Downtown Wine + Spirits will be hosting a free wine tasting on July 6. It's hot out there...and they'll be pouring chillable reds from 5:30-7:30pm. That's art everyone can appreciate!

407 S Gay St (865) 525-7575 More Details
Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain

You'll find the photography of Tony Long from Tweek Imaging on display at the Phoenix on July 6. Plus handcrafted ice creams, sundaes, and sodas.

418 S Gay St (865) 692-1603 More Details
Knoxville Visitors Center

Photographer Khoa Dinh will be in the Visitors Center on July 6 with his stunning prints of Knoxville. Drop by from 5-7pm. 

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details
Boyd's Jig & Reel

On July 6 you'll find Natchez Tracers at Boyd's Jig & Reel. Starts at 10pm. 21+. Admission is free. You'll also find food, an extensive Scotch selection that's one of the best in the world, and over 850 whiskies and counting. Drop by for some live music and liquid art!

101 S Central St (865) 247-7066 More Details
Citifid-O

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
Crown & Goose

On Friday July 6…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
I Love Juice Bar - Market Square

On July 6 the Juice Bar Market Square is partnering with Keep Knoxville Beautiful to learn an art skill that can make a difference. Bring your recycling and learn more about how to compost, recycle and make this world a better place! 5-7pm.

2 Market Square More Details
Painting With a Twist

Release your inner artist during the First Friday ArtWalk on July 6 at Painting with a Twist. Class from 7-9pm titled 'A Beautiful Rose'. Check venue for details, reservations, and pricing. 

121 S Gay St (865) 229-6037 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