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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.

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 August 6

Emporium Center

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in Downtown Knoxville from August 6-27, 2021. A free reception with the artists will take place on August 6 from 5-9 pm and feature live, contemporary music by classically trained musicians who regularly perform with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Nief Norf ensemble.

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

Our favorite three "R's - Reimagining, Repurposing, and Recycling
Debbie Meritsky and Marc Rotman will present a selection of handmade jewelry, mixed media collages, and stained glass all utilizing reimagined, repurposed, and recycled components.

Creations of Love by A. D.
A. D. is a Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) bus driver who will display works featuring many subjects such as climate change, human trafficking, Harlem Renaissance culture, political and social issues, racism & classism, and more.

Donna Moore: Hope is the Thing with Feathers...
Inspired by the poem “Hope” is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson, Moore began to make postcard-size lumen prints with feathers every day during the pandemic.

Dale Mackey and Shawn Poynter: HERDCORE
Part photo series and part “Party PPE” fashion line, HERDCORE is a look at the lasting cultural effects of a global pandemic in the age of connectivity. The exhibition features portraits taken throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, embellished masks and face shields, and reflections gathered from the Knoxville community.

Kate Aubrey: From the Heart
A devoted watercolorist for over 40 years, Aubrey will showcase her figure and floral paintings. Watercolor is her first choice of media because there is a certain mischief in it. Every time she puts brush to paper, she discovers something new.

100 S Gay St (865) 523-7543 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 >
Knoxville Visitors Center

Visit Knoxville, along with WDVX, is happy to announce the return of Taps & Tunes on the Corner hosted by Evie Andrus and special guest Zack Miles, as part of the First Friday Music Series. Join them at 6pm for some live music and fun!

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

Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes will display gorgeous art by Kara Lockmiller. Lockmiller paints portraits of musicians using the colors she sees while listening to their music. Come see her new paintings and shop around the award-winning boutique!

445 S Gay St (865) 329-8868 More Details >
Tennessee Theatre

It's time for Summer Movie Magic at the Tennessee Theatre! Enjoy the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's on Friday, August 6 at 8 pm, as well as Sunday, August 8 at 3 pm. A classic movie in a historic theater enjoying some popcorn and a cold drink...sounds like a great night!

604 Gay St (865) 684-1200 More Details >
Awaken Coffee

Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for Knoxville-native artist Julie L. Rabun rom 6-8 pm. Julie is a Professor of Art at Carson-Newman University who enjoys fine-art photography, watercolor, and drawing. Stop by for amazing art, light refreshments, and of course great coffee!

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details >
Pour Taproom

Join Pour Taproom for their Four Year Anniversary Celebration August 6-7. Live music from Atomic Sound on Friday and The Deadbeat Scoundrels on Saturday starting at 9 pm. The celebration continues with comedian Miss Liz Brooks and Miss Upper Cumberland Pride BeeBee Alexander, and more!

207 W Jackson Ave (865) 337-5726 More Details >
Boyd's Jig & Reel

Boyd's Jig & Reel welcomes Brandle Rain Band to the stage for First Friday. His new album “For Edgar” is now out on all streaming platforms, so you can listen before the show! Drop by for delicious Irish & Scottish food, a selection of 1,000+ whiskies and a concert!

101 S Central St (865) 247-7066 More Details >
Dogwood Arts

Dogwood Arts is hosting an opening reception from 5-8pm to showcase traditional pen and ink drawings by Knoxville-based illustrator Esther Sitver. Her specialties are portraiture/figure drawing, editorial illustration, pattern design, plein air painting, and hand-lettering, and recently, she won 2nd place in the Dolly Show at Rala!

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details >
Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts

Head to Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts for a fun and night of Downtown Drumming with Nan Citty and the Center For Peace from 6-8 pm. This will be an introduction to drumming circles with a focus on hand drums, singing, and directional chants. Drums will be available for use!

714 S Gay St (865) 689-6545 More Details >
Painting with a Twist

Painting With a Twist is celebrating First Friday with two back-to-back classes, so come bring our your inner artist! The first is a cute Joyful Welcome Monogram painting, and the second is a fun In the Deep Jellyfish set that you paint with your best friend. 

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

Rala will host an opening reception from 6-8 pm and will feature paintings by Sarah Moore. Sarah's show, titled Yonder, will remain on display through the end of September.

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details >
Christopher Robin Arts

Stop in to visit and view artwork from husband-and-wife artist duo Christopher and Robin Rohwer at their gallery in the Phoenix Building from 5-8pm.

418 S Gay St More Details >

WDVX is happy to announce the return of Taps & Tunes on the Corner at Visit Knoxville. Hosted by Evie Andrus and with special guest Zack Miles, get ready for some live music and fun at 6pm.

301 S Gay St (865) 544-1029 More Details >
Art in Public Places

Explore Dogwood Arts brand-new installation of Art in Public Places, a large-scale sculpture installation in and around Krutch Park. New sculptures of the year-round exhibition were installed a few weeks ago, so if you haven't seen them yet, now is the time to do it. Great photo ops for your First Friday ArtWalk evening. Enjoy!

523 S Gay St More Details >
Bistro at the Bijou

Enjoy an evening of farm-to-table dinner, scrumptious dessert, craft cocktails and live jazz by Harold Nagge & Alan Wyatt. The free show will begin at 8pm.

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 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 >