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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 January 5

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. Admission is free.

On Jan 5, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

Genevieve S. Byrd: Pour L'amour des Chevaux in the lower gallery. Genevieve S. Byrd specializes in equestrian paintings and will display artwork created with pencil, oil, watercolor and acrylic in this solo exhibition. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Gallery of Arts Tribute in the Balcony gallery. The MLK Galley of Arts Tribute is a juried exhibition developed to recognize local artists, honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and kick-off the 2018 King Week Celebration (January 10-15, 2018).

Works by Jo Marie Brotherton, Renee Mathies, and Cheryl Prose in the display case. The display includes glassworks of Brotherton, glass and metal works of Mathies, and mixed media and handmade books of Prose.

Sam Stapleton: Stilled Life on the North Wall. Stilled Life juxtaposes the ephemeral beauty of flowers with the concept of eternal beauty by freezing the flowers before they are photographed.

Carol Robin King: Jewelry For The Walls in the Atrium. King works in various mediums including watercolor, acrylics, and pastel and she recently began working in bas relief 3D art with drywall.

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

Jan 5 at the Art Market Gallery will feature fiber artist Julia Malia and artist John Fort. 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 in the foyer. 

422 S Gay St (865) 525-5265 More Details
Dogwood Arts

The Camera Club of Oak Ridge will present the best images of the 69th Annual Photographic Salon on Jan 5 at Dogwood Arts. The exhibit features 40 prints and the complete series of projected digital and student entries. Opening reception from 5:30-8:30pm.

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details
White Dog Gallery - NEW GALLERY

Don't miss this new addition to Downtown Knoxville! Drop by White Dog Gallery to find a collection of work by local artists, artisans and craftspeople! Jan 5 will feature jeweler Karen Yearwood and photographer Matthew Israel and artist Gina Hammond. Starts at 6pm.

514 W Jackson Ave (865) 936-0123 More Details
UT Downtown Gallery

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present Noctural Sun which will feature four faculty members from the UT School of Art: Emily Ward Bivens, John C. Kelley, Mary Laube, and John Douglas Powers. Reception on Jan 5 from 5-9pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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

Awaken Coffee will be hosting HALT Dance Company in the backroom on Jan 5 at 7:30. This is a FREE pop-up dance concert showcasing emerging artists and choreographers. HALT Dance Company explores modern and contemporary dance through a choreographic and self-exploratory lens. Drop by for the informal showcase and light refreshments.

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details
Pretentious Glass Co

It's going to be cold out there, so drop by Pretentious Glass on Jan 5 and warm up by the furnace. From 6-9pm you'll find free demonstrations 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
Culture Hair Studio

Drop by Culture Hair Studio on Jan 5. They'll be featuring artist Laura Barton Cottrell for the evening. 

115 S Gay St (865) 622-7677 More Details
Juice Bar Market Square

On Jan 5 you can find the Juice Bar in two locations. They'll be at the Emporium Center with tastings of juice, smoothies and food. And the Appalachian Folk Art of the Moth Flock will be at the Market Square store.

2 Market Square (865) 415-0596 More Details
PostModern Spirits

On Jan 5 PostModern Spirits will be hosting Breatstrokes showcasing Breastrokes art and their 2018 calendar. A portion of all sales for the evening will go directly to Breastrokes. So drop in and buy a calendar to support a good cause...or have a drink and support a good cause.

205 W Jackson Ave (865) 437-3190 More Details
Flower Pot

Learn the art of flower arranging. On Jan 5 let the friendly staff at The Flower Pot help you put together a sweet hand-tied bouquet that will brighten up a dark, winter night. 5-8pm.

700 S Gay St (865) 522-4825 More Details
Lox Salon

On Jan 5, Lox Salon will be featuring different works from the amazing & talented artists who work at Lox. It will be a compilation of art, bath and beauty products, and knit wearables. 6-8pm.

103 W Jackson Ave (865) 523-5569 More Details
Knoxville Museum of Art

It's Alive After Five on Jan 5. A unique live music series in the casually elegant setting of the Knoxville Museum of Art. Live band, cash bars, food from area restaurants, free parking, browsing the museum’s art galleries, and more. 6-8:30pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

1050 Worlds Fair Park Dr (865) 525-6101 More Details
Painting With a Twist

Release your inner artist during the First Friday ArtWalk on Jan 5 at Painting with a Twist. Class from 7-9pm titled 'Off the Edge'. Check venue for details, reservations, and pricing. 

121 S Gay St (865) 229-6037 More Details
Bistro at the Bijou

Enjoy jazz at the Bistro! On Jan 5 you'll find live jazz with the Stina Nesbit 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
Photos at the Peppermint Village Mural

Drop by Market Square and snap a holiday photo at the Peppermint Village Mural by artist Cody Swaggerty. The mural is up for the season through Jan 7.

60 Market Sq. 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
Downtown Grill & Brewery

Stop by Downtown Grill & Brewery on Jan 5 and check out 'Feelings' by UTK graduate Steven Gill plus happy hour specials.

424 S Gay St (865) 633-8111 More Details
Crown & Goose

On Friday Jan 5…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
Pretentious Beer Co

Pretentious Beer has been busy creating their own art! On Jan 5 you'll find seveal new releases including Oliblondro, For Lack of a Better Term IPA, Mr. Esquire, Sir Belgian IPA, and Booch Hooch. Plus the releases of a Collaboration Brew with Alliance  Brewing Company: D’Rye Irish Stout, in cask and keg.

131 S Central St (865) 851-7693 More Details
Parlor at Maple Hall

The Parlor at Maple Hall will be featuring the photography of Casey Perfetto on Jan 5. 

414 S Gay St. (865) 249-8454 More Details
Casual Pint

Is beer art? You can decide during the blind beer tasting called Craft or Crap at the Casual Pint on Jan 5. You'll be challenged to determine if a beer is a local craft brew or a macro brew with prizes for the real beer artisans.

421 Union Ave (865) 951-2160 More Details
Nouveau Classics

Drop by Nouveau Classics for First Friday's ArtWalk on Jan 5. It will be a wonderful evening of music, wine, modern art and fun.

101 S Gay St (865) 525-4755 More Details
WDVX First Friday Live

WDVX presents First Friday Live! On Jan 5 Adeem the Artist 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
Boyd's Jig & Reel

On Jan 5 you'll find Chelsea Lovitt and The Tall Boys 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 800 whiskies and counting. Drop by for some live music and liquid art!

101 S Central St (865) 247-7066 More Details
Preservation Pub

The Wolves of Chernobyl will be at Preservation Pub on Jan 5. Starts at 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

28 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details
Pilot Light

At the Pilot Light on Jan 5 you'll find Mah Kee Oh with Meob, Dead Sullivan, and Moccasin Cowboy. 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices. 18+

106 E Jackson Ave (865) 524-8188 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