First Friday ArtWalk

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

Happening on July 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. 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 7, the opening reception features music by Jared Hard, acoustic folk with a red dirt influence, as well as Bluegrass music previews of The WordPlayers’ upcoming production of “Bright Star”.

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

Knoxville Photo 2019. The 7th annual Knoxville Photo juried exhibition features works from 46 artists throughout the region. The exhibition encompasses photographs depicting all subjects and genres, including streetscapes, cityscapes, landscapes, environmental portraiture, portraits, abstracts, and more. Awards will be announced at 6pm. 

No Bigger Than a Breadbox: Biennial Small Works Show. An inaugural juried exhibition designed to celebrate the innovation of artists who create work on a small scale in a broad range of media and styles. The maximum size of each of the 65 works in the exhibition is 12” in any direction. Awards will be announced at 6:30pm. 

Patsy White: The Locals. Patsy Ferrell White will display a sampling from an ongoing series of portraits of Knoxville artists and creatives. Her works are acrylic on canvas. 

Dawn Hinesley Jones: Sacred Geometry. The series includes intricately designed fused glass pieces and explores a sculptural side of two-dimensional pieces.

Knoxville Community Darkroom Members Exhibition. This exhibition includes traditional film photography as well as digital and alternative processes made by members of the Knoxville Community Darkroom.

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 >
Bistro at the Bijou

Enjoy jazz at the Bistro! On July 5 you'll find live jazz with Ken Brown 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 >
UT Downtown Gallery

On July 5 the UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present the art of Carl Sublett (1919-2008) celebrating the 100th year anniversary of his birth. Over 20 regional collectors have graciously loaned works that will be on public display together for the first time. This exhibition celebrates the life and work of Knoxville's beloved painter and UT professor, Carl Sublett. 5-9pm. The event is free and open to the public.

106 S Gay St (865) 673-0802 More Details >
Art Market Gallery

The Art Market Gallery will feature recent works by clay artist Patricia Herzog and painter Carol Quinn on July 5. 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 >
Pretentious Glass Co

It’s Christmas in July at Pretentious Glass on July 5. You’ll find a wide selection of specially priced bar and signature glasses, exclusive ornament designs, and an in-house scavenger hunt. There will be live demonstrations of signature glasses, ornaments, and vases from 4-9pm. Call ahead to schedule a spot to make your own ornament.

133 S Central St (865) 249-8677 More Details >
Boyd's Jig & Reel

On July 5 you'll find Clinchfield Bluegrass Band 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 950 whiskies and counting. Drop by for some live music and liquid art!

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

Sapphire will be hosting Miami's modern graffiti artist José Diaz on July 5. Through graffiti-inspired portraits, Diaz expresses his obsession with architectual landscapes and two-point perspectives. Plus fine food and fancy drinks! 5-9pm.

428 S Gay St (865) 951-2066 More Details >
Hyatt Place

At Hyatt Place on Gay Street you'll find a special exhibit on July 5. Mark Carson English, Jim English, and Greg MacBain will have a group show you don't want to miss.

530 S Gay St (865) 544-9977 More Details >
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes will be hosting Joanna Warren Design on July 5, a small batch studio in Knoxville where raw materials are hand-forged into one-of-a-kind pieces. BUILD, a collection of minimal bag bases and interchangeable hand-woven handles, will be featured throughout the month. 6-9pm.

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

Rala loves their printmakers! So July 5 it's Print Palooza. They’ll be featuring some of the shop’s favorite printmakers for the evening. 6-9pm.

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details >
PostModern Spirits

The Tasting Room at PostModern Spirits will be showcasing the photography of  Anthony Owsley on July 5 from 5-8pm. And, as always, artistic cocktails.

205 W Jackson Ave (865) 437-3190 More Details >
Downtown Grill & Brewery

It's no secret that Knoxville has some fabulous Street Photographers. On July 5 Downtown Grill & Brewery will have a Secret Show featuring some of the best in town in the Woodruff Gallery from 6-10pm. The Gallery is located to the left of the main entrance. And as always, happy hour drink and appetizer specials from 4-10pm. 

This is a special night with a very fond farewell to photographer Khoa Dinh. We'll miss you and your breathtaking photography of Downtown Knoxville! We look forward to seeing what you do next.

424 S Gay St (865) 633-8111 More Details >
Pour Taproom

Nashville’s americana artist Aubryn – described as “a badass Allison Krauss” – who covers anything from Alanis Morissette to Lynyrd Skynyrd will be at Pour Taproom on July 5. 9pm to midnight. It's free. Plus experience the art of tasting, with more than 68 different taps of beer, ciders, mead and wine...all available by the ounce. 

207 W Jackson Ave (865) 337-5726 More Details >
Bl├╝hen Botanicals

Hang out at Blühen Botanicals on July 5 and enjoy the original works of Ryan Dickinson with Ryan Ashby Designs! Ryan is a southeastern-based artist now residing in Knoxville. Her work includes large abstract, expressionism, and realism paintings. Plus specials on CBD-boosted beverages for 18+. 5-9pm.

111 E Jackson Ave (865) 999-3153 More Details >
Corks Wine & Spirits

Corks will be celebrating on July 5 with Red White and Blue Berry Moscato Wine Tasting! (Ha...see what they did there!). Plus the Pink Petal Pusher is dropping by with a selection of extraordinary floral arrangements. 5:30-7:30pm. 

116 S Central St (865) 219-5863 More Details >
Merchants of Beer

Merchants of Beer will be hosting local textile artist Jenni B Weaves on July 5. Drop by!

137 S Central St (865) 247-5503 More Details >
Awaken Coffee

Awaken Coffee will host an opening for artist Tracye Sowders on July 5 from 6-9pm. Her art will be on display for the month of July. Drop by for great art and great coffee!

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

Downtown Wine + Spirits will be hosting a free tasting on July 5 of their favorite summer refreshments. 5:30-7:30pm. That's art everyone can appreciate! 21+

407 S Gay St (865) 525-7575 More Details >
Theatre Knoxville

You’ll find Neil Simon’s 45 Seconds from Broadway at Theatre Knoxville. Support this local theater production in their new location at 800 S Central. Production runs through July 14. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

800 S Central St (865) 544-1999 More Details >
Urban Bar and Corner Cafe

Urban Bar will be hosting artist Stephanie Vaughn on July 5.

109 N Central St (865) 546-2800 More Details >
Jacks of Knoxville

Jacks will be hosting The Golden Fern Store on July 5. Jonny and Christine will be popping up to display some of their newest posters and homegoods. Drop by from 6-9pm to meet this super talented couple and hear more about their pieces!

133 S Gay St (865) 394-6352 More Details >
Double S Wine Bar

At Double S Wine Bar on July 5 you'll find music for the duo of Flat Earth Astronauts. 7-8:30pm.

129 S Gay St (865) 244-5117 More Details >
Coffee & Chocolate

Drop by Coffee and Chocolate on July 5 for coffee, chocolate, and artwork by local graphic artist and web designer Jonathan Kitts. This mixed media exhibit features post apocalyptic street art conveying self detriment with added touches of whimsy. Plus, did we mention a case full of chocolate art...and coffee!

327 Union Ave (865) 688-9244 More Details >
Preservation Pub

On July 5 you'll find Josh Rennie-Hynes at Preservation Pub. Starts at 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

28 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details >
Knoxville Visitors Center

Author and photographer Elle Colquitt will be onsite at Visit Knoxville with her photographs and books. Drop by on July 5. 4-6pm.

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details >
Old City MedSpa

Old City MedSpa will be hosting artist Lori Paul on July 5. Paul is best known for her use of natural materials to create small, framed scenes, telling stories of love, family and friendship. You’ll also find free demonstration of services, refreshments, and some raffles for amazing prizes. 6-9pm.

104 W Summit Hill Dr (865) 247-5057 More Details >
Marble City Kitchen and The Firefly

Marble City Kitchen and the Firefly will be featuring live acoustic music with Rex Gibson on the patio July 5. 7-10pm.

501 W Church St (865) 523-2300 More Details >
Downtown 211

Downtown 211 will be open to be public on First Friday July 5 with art displayed by three unique and talanted featured artists. Drop by to enjoy the art and explore the beautiful space.

18 Market Square #211 (865) 438-5799 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. Great photo ops for your First Friday ArtWalk evening. Enjoy! 

523 S Gay St More Details >
St John's Episcopal Cathedral

St John’s will be hosting a First Friday Drum Circle on July 5 in the St. John’s Cathedral Prayer Garden. Bring a chair and a percussion instrument if you have one (they also have some to share). All are welcome for this community experience of togetherness. 6-7:30pm.

413 W Cumberland Ave More Details >
Old City Wine Bar

At Old City Wine Bar you'll find new work by Lucie Gilot on July 5. Drop by to enjoy the art, wine and dinner at Rebel Kitchen.

108 W Jackson Ave (865) 851-7676 More Details >
Scruffy City Hall

On July 5 you'll find Red Zephyr at Scruffy City Hall. Starts at 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

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

You'll have two chances to release your inner artist during the First Friday ArtWalk on July 5 at Painting with a Twist. Classes titled 'Blue Rooster' and 'A Bright Morning' are scheduled for the evening. Check venue for details, reservations, and pricing. 

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

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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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 >