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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.

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. Schedules vary from place to place and are updated the last week of each month.

🎨 Exhibits Open Throughout the Month

Be on the lookout for the art palette emoji "🎨" in the list below! This means the exhibit opens on First Friday and is up throughout the month.

Attention Artists 

If you're interested in exhibiting your work in a Downtown Knoxville venue with a First Friday opening, you’ll find a list of venues looking for artists and information on how to connect at downtownknox.org/artconnect.

Happening on December 3

🎨 Dogwood Arts

If you missed the opening reception for "Voices of Appalachia," 15 wall-mounted cottonwood bark sculptures by Brian Melton, you'll have another chance to see his work in December. Stop by the Dogwood Arts Gallery on Jackson Ave from 5-9 pm on First Friday to see the exhibition! The exhibit will be on display through December 17. 

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details >
🎨 Rala

Don't miss the First Friday Double Feature at Rala! There will be a new series of Castles and Cathedrals by local artist and architect Brian Pittman, along with a curated show of tiny artworks from 20 different local and regional artists. The opening reception will be from 6-8 pm on First Friday. Both shows will remain on display until the end of January.

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details >
Pretentious Glass Co

Celebrate First Friday in the Old City at Pretentious Glass! There will be holiday themed glass demonstrations, craft beer and general cheer from 6-9 pm.

133 S Central St (865) 249-8677 More Details >
🎨 Emporium Center

The Arts & Culture Alliance proudly presents its 2021 Members Show, the largest annual exhibition of local artists in the Greater Knoxville area. The fresh mix of two- and three-dimensional works created within the last two years encompasses a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, fine craft, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, and more from regional artists who are all individual members of the Arts & Culture Alliance.

A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, December 3, from 5-9 pm.

100 S Gay St (865) 523-7543 More Details >
Able Trade

At Able Trade, Downtown Knoxville's shared wood shop and metal shop in the Old City, you'll see the work of furniture maker Aaron Wells of Cookeville, TN. Fräuleinwunder Bakery, home based bakery run by a German gal making delicious German style artisan breads including sweet brioche treats and baguettes, will have her sweet treats available! This event is one night only from 5-8 pm.

203 W Jackson Ave (865) 296-0832 More Details >
Bistro at the Bijou

Enjoy dinner while listening to live music! Anna Helms Quartet will be performing at the Bisto at the Bijou starting at 8 pm on First Friday.

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 More Details >
🎨 Theatre Knoxville

Theatre Knoxville presents A Doublewide, Texas Christmas. In this outrageously funny comedy, it’s Christmas-time in the newest—and tiniest—town in Texas. And it’s beginning to look a lot like trouble in Doublewide. Tickets available at theatreknoxville.com.

800 S Central St (865) 544-1999 More Details >
🎨 Christopher Robin Arts

Christopher and Robin Rohwer, husband-and-wife artist duo, have their work on display at their gallery in the Phoenix Building. Stop by Christopher Robin Arts on the 400 block of Gay Street from 5-8 pm on First Friday to meet the artists and to view their paintings!

418 S Gay St More Details >
Boyd's Jig & Reel

Live music, great food and spectacular Scotch. On First Friday, hear East Tennessee's own Tennessee Stifflegs. Knoxville's premier country act features time honored harmonies and high-energy swing classics. There is no cover and must be 21+! Music starts 9 pm.

101 S Central St (865) 247-7066 More Details >
Bijou Theatre

Live at the Bijou Theatre, WDVX presents Acoustic Syndicate at 8 pm. Tickets on sale now!

803 S Gay St (865) 522-0832 More Details >
Knoxville Visitors Center

Taps & Tunes with Evie Andrus welcomes special guest Erick Baker in the Visit Knoxville Visitors Center for a live reading of his new children's book Wille the Weed (which will be available for purchase and signing) and quite possibly a few holiday tunes!

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details >
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

During the month of December, stop by Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes to see paintings by Lewa Studio. Lily Elizabeth Watson Allen is an artist based out of Knoxville TN, primarily creating with acrylic paint. Lily’s works in portraiture and environment recreation reflect the often unseen yet inherent beauty within her subjects and scenes.

445 S Gay St (865) 329-8868 More Details >
Preservation Pub

One night, three bands! Live at the Preservation Pub you can see Blonde Bones, Jameron and The Deltaz starting at 8 pm. 21+, cash cover charge at the door.

28 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details >
Scruffy City Hall

Performing live at Scruffy City Hall is Asheville, NC based gritty, funky Grateful Dead tribute band, the Dirty Dead. 21+, cash cover charge at the door.

32 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details >
Free Downtown Trolley

Hop on the Free Downtown Trolley! It will take you between 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 >
Bernadette's Crystal Gardens

Ready to dance? DJ Night presented by Knoxturnal Entertainment is happening at Bernadette's Quartz Lounge on First Friday starting at 10:30 pm. 21+, Cash cover at the door.

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

On First Friday. Painting with a Twist on the 100 Block of Gay Street, is hosting two holiday paint pour classes! Sign up for the Pour Class to make your own art! In addition, several artists will have their work on display and for sale.

121 S Gay St (865) 406-4270 More Details >
Art in Public Places

Explore Dogwood Arts installation of Art in Public Places, a large-scale sculpture installation in and around Krutch Park. Great photo ops for your First Friday ArtWalk evening. Share your photos to Instagram and use #LoveDowntownKnox!

523 S Gay St More Details >
Regal Riviera - Movie Theater

Take your night to the big screen with the art of film at the Regal Riviera on Gay Street. Check out current blockbusters on their website!

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