ArtWalk in Downtown Knoxville

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

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Happening on February 7

Emporium Center

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present four new exhibitions at the Emporium Center for the month of February. An opening reception will take place on First Friday, February 7 from 5-9 pm, where you are invited to meet the artists, and view the artwork. Awards will be announced at 6 pm.

On February 7, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

National Juried Exhibition of 2020

The 14th annual National Juried Exhibition features selected works from 38 artists throughout the United States, with many from East Tennessee. The exhibition encompasses all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists working in a variety of media such as photography, acrylic, pencil, fibers, oil, paper, and more. Over $1,000 in cash awards will be announced at a brief awards ceremony.

Yumee Eun: From Within

In this exhibition, Eun connects her poetry and art as a way for her viewers to feel hopeful from the experience of chaos, heartbreak, and hardship. She sees the crackle pieces in her work as the trials and life experiences, as well as the places to explore the light within themselves. Her poetic words are there to accompany the viewer and invoke hope and calmness.

Ellen Alvarez: Driftwood Creations

Alverez's driftwood creations have been inspired by years of collecting driftwood from her home state of Vermont. The shells in her art come from Asia, where she spent over 20 years, and her daughter's unused glass and metal beads and recycled jewelry have all found their way into her work.

Josh Collins: Story of a City: East Knoxville

Collins aims to tell the Story of East Knoxville from the perspective of someone who lives within the community and wants to share the beauty of life being lived there with people on the outskirts that may hold ungrounded biases. He wants to challenge viewers to look at life in East Knoxville with dignity, adoration and kindness. He also wants viewers to reflect on moments and growth the community has experienced together.

100 S Gay St (865) 523-7543 More Details >
ArtWalk Trolley

Look for the trolley marked ArtWalk! It's FREE and 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 Museum of Art

KMA will host an opening for Beauford Delaney & James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door exhibition as a part of their Alive After Five event from 6-8:30 pm. The exhibition of 50+ paintings, works on paper, and unpublished archival material examines the 38-year relationship between painter Beauford Delaney (1901-1979) and writer James Baldwin (1924-1987), and the ways their ongoing intellectual exchange shaped one another’s creative output and worldview.

The KMA is proud to hold the world’s largest public collection of work by Knoxville native Delaney, who overcame poverty, racial discrimination, and mental illness to achieve international renown.

The roots reggae band Natti Love Joys will also perform, paying tribute to the late Bob Marley. Visit for ticket information.

1050 Worlds Fair Park Dr (865) 525-6101 More Details >
Bijou Art Gallery

An event honoring Black History Month will be held at the Bijou Art Gallery featuring the artwork from Bearden Middle School Students. Black History Month was inspired by quotes of influential people in black history and will feature portraits honoring their history. The event is from 5-7 pm.

803 S Gay St (865) 522-0832 More Details >
Jacks of Knoxville

Jacks of Knoxville is hosting their one year anniversary party on February 7! Along with the celebrations, they will also host Flora Wellness, who is serving up samples of her floral hot cocoas, and Flourish Flower Truck for a make your own bouquet bar. How fun!

133 S Gay St (865) 394-6352 More Details >
Art Market Gallery

The Art Market Gallery is hosting a Members Show called "Artists Unleash Red." Come and discover gift ideas various members created in wild and glorious red. Especially with Valentine's right around the corner! There will be an opening reception for the featured artists beginning at 5:30 pm with complimentary refreshments in the foyer. 


422 S Gay St (865) 525-5265 More Details >
Marble Alley Lofts

Marble Alley Lofts is hosting local artist Sandi Burdick for First Friday with a reception from 5-9 pm. Longtime Knoxville resident, Burdick is an accomplished gardener and abstract painter inspired by nature. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. 

300 State St (865) 351-2014 More Details >
The Casual Pint

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is presenting a First Friday Variety Show from 7-9 pm at The Casual Pint Downtown chock-full of talented musicians, poets, and comedians. This event will feature musicians Redd Daugherty and Ryan Dunaway, poets Brynn Martin and Summer Awad, and comedians Ana Tantaris, Clinton Ricks, and Emaleigh Kierstin.

There will be raffle drawings and a portion of Miller Lite draft sales will be donated to Sundress Academy for the Arts.

421 Union Ave (865) 951-2160 More Details >
UT Downtown Gallery

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present the Artist in Residence Biennial exhibition featuring the work from the last four Artists in Residence at the UT School of Art. Exhibiting artists are painter and drawer Dana Lok, and painters Fox Hysen, Tracy Thomason, and Caitlin MacBride. Join them from 5-9 pm for a reception.

106 S Gay St (865) 673-0802 More Details >
Dogwood Arts

It will be a sweet night at Dogwood Arts as they host the opening reception from 5-8pm for "Monsters Made with Love," an exhibition of ‘perfectly imperfect monsters’ curated by local artist Laurie Kay. The exhibition will include 30 local artists and makers whose fleece monsters are paired with a unique piece of art created in their individual styles and mediums.

The monsters will be a part of an online auction throughout the month of February. Proceeds will benefit youth art programs provided by Dogwood Arts + Monsters Made With Love.

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details >
Visit Knoxville

Stop by the Knoxville Visitors Center for a night of music and word! WDVX First Friday Live is a live radio show from 6-7 pm that will feature special guests Jodi Harbin and Friends with the Friday Boys and host Evie Andrus. Local author Danielle Asher will also be at the Visitors Center from 4-7 pm to sign copies of her sweet book, My Friend the Sunsphere. Plus, look around the center for Knoxville-themed gifts from local artists. 

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details >
The Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain

The Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain is hosting an exhibition in the gallery hall for photographer Tony Long. "A View from the Train" documents Long's experience of riding a steam train from Chattanooga to Georgia with his son Samuel, who’s a passionate lover of steam engines. Stop by for food, drink, and photographs from 6:30-9:30 pm 

418 S Gay St (865) 692-1603 More Details >
Bl├╝hen Botanicals

What a fun night at Blühen Botanicals as they host the "Dab Dab Dance Party" from 6-9 pm. Learn all about dabbing (the dance move and the CBD resin) while enjoying an evening of Silent Disco too! Give a $10 donation to Tailgating for a Cause, and you get a ticket to "dab" in their grow room. 21+. And dance the evening away to the Silent Disco at $5 for a headphone. Other specials available at this night of dabbing fun!

111 E Jackson Ave (865) 999-3153 More Details >
Awaken Coffee

Awaken Coffee will host painter Peyton Tolleson for First Friday with a reception from 6-9 pm. Her Bar Series will be on display for the month of February. Payton is a self-taught, local artist working primarily with acrylic paint, and she enjoys the challenge of painting reflective and translucent subjects with bold contrasts and bright colors. Join Awaken for exciting paintings, light refreshments, and of course great coffee topped off with latte art!

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details >
Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts

The sweet sounds of tropical music from Steel Drums will fill the air in Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts from 5-8 pm. Randy Kerns will demonstrate the entry level drum named Jumbie Jam, while sharing the cultural history of steel drums. And you can join in on the fun, as multiple drums will be available for you to play. Plus, browse around the store, because they have just the gifts you need to pamper your significant other for Valentine's Day!

714 S Gay St (865) 689-6545 More Details >
SkyBox Sports Bar & Grill

Visit SkyBox for their February First Friday as they host artist Matthew Israel. They will showcase his paintings, framed photography, original post cards, photos on stone, and more. Join them from 5-9 pm.

415 S Gay St (865) 200-8910 More Details >
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

For a second month, Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes is pleased to feature the funky art of artist Esther Sitver. Sitver's collection of illustrations and paintings are available for purchase throughout February, and they are full of personality. Check them out for First Friday!

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

It's a special First Friday at Rala as they host a meet-the-artist opening show for Cynthia Markert from 6-9 pm. All Markert's paintings are one of a kind and would be the perfect Valentines gift for your sweetie! Markert's work is included in the archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. This is a First Friday you don't want to miss!


112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details >
Downtown Grill & Brewery

Visit Downtown Grill & Brewery for First Friday to see the works of Adam Ochs & Alicia Seeback! Their work will be on display from 6-10 pm in the Woodruff's Gallery located to the left of their main entrance off of Gay Street.

424 S Gay St (865) 633-8111 More Details >
Old City Wine Bar

The Old City Wine Bar will have new art from Drew LaFasto, a Knoxville-based artist who uses art as a form of therapy to hopefully bring value to others. Stop by for unique art and a little wine. Cheers!

108 W Jackson Ave (865) 851-7676 More Details >
Pretentious Glass Co.

It's always awe-inspiring art time at Pretentious Glass Co! Witness live demonstrations of hand blown pint glasses, whiskey glasses, vases, decor, and so much more. Plus, see their latest works on display in store. It's a must stop if you've never been before! And if you have, a must stop to check out their newest works.

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

Boyd's Jig & Reel is hosting a FREE concert by The Bloody Tinth (Celtic) starting at 10 pm. 21+. The Bloody Tinth is a five piece, high energy Celtic rock band from Cincinnati, OH. Drop by for delicious Irish & Scottish food, a selection of over 950 whiskies and counting, and a free concert!

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

Stop by LAZ Gallery to see the first four installments of Lauren Lazarus' Old City art series, where she captures the charm and the architecture of this historic part of Downtown Knoxville. The event will be from 5-8 pm.

108 E Jackson Ave (865) 310-0261 More Details >
Maple Hall

The Upstairs Bar & Lounge at Maple Hall will host their very own, Jack Townsend, as First Friday's featured artist. Townsend is a Knoxville native whose art focuses on historical events that revolve around the LGBTQ community and will include historical figures such as Keith Haring, Alan Turing, and Harvey Milk. The venue is 21+.

414 S Gay St (865) 249-8454 More Details >
Corks Wine & Spirits

Drop by Corks for a First Friday Wine Tasting featuring artist Rebecca Muth from 5-8 pm. A night of art and wine, what else could we want?!

116 S Central St (865) 219-5863 More Details >
Bistro at the Bijou

Live Jazz at the Bistro is something special! Drop by this Friday for a great performance by Mike Baggetta from 9-11 pm. Not to mention the farm-to-table food and delicious cocktails. 

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 More Details >
Pilot Light

The Pilot Light will have a variety of live music for First Friday. Local bands Temp Job, Ex-Gold, and CAPS will perform starting at 9:30 pm. 18+. Check venue for details and ticket prices. Temp Job is an eclectic 8 piece band based in Knoxville, who perform music inspired by 70s funk, 80s New Wave, and modern hip hop.

106 E Jackson Ave (865) 524-8188 More Details >
Tennessee Theatre

The Tennessee Theatre is opening the stage for comedian Jo Koy to bring laughter to the audience during First Friday. As one of today’s premiere stand-up comics, Koy pulls inspiration from his family, especially his son, for his performances. Visit for ticket prices and availability.

604 Gay St (865) 684-1200 More Details >
Mirage Knoxville

Mirage Knoxville is hosting a night of exciting entertainment as belly-dancing artist Safiya Nawaar performs traditional Raqs Sharqi and Eastern Dance at 10:30 pm, 11:30 pm, and 12:30 am.

415 S Gay St (865) 200-8910 More Details >
Pour Taproom

Catch musician Brent Hyder at Pour Taproom from 9 pm - 12 am for some awesome jams and good times. Plus, you'll see amazing watercolors by artist Tracy Sowders. And as always, pour and pay by the ounce craft beers! 

207 W Jackson Ave (865) 337-5726 More Details >
Painting with a Twist

Bring your inner artist out during First Friday as you paint "Be You Animals" at Painting with a Twist. You have your choice of a sloth, unicorn, crab, or llama along with the words "Be Sassy," "Be Sharp," "Be Fly," or "Be Extra," all filled with personality. Check their website for tickets and availability. 

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

Union Ave Books welcomes author Jenn Shapland to Knoxville for First Friday at 6:30 pm for the release of her book My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, a new form of nonfiction that remakes the boundaries between criticism, biography, and autobiography in search of two identities.

517 Union Ave (865) 951-2180 More Details >
Preservation Pub

Big.Gene.Poole is an eight-person horn band playing music that makes people drink, dance, and sing! They'll be performing at Pres Pub starting at 10 pm. 

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

Mojo Whiskey & The Freeway Jubilee are playing at Scruffy City Hall starting 9 pm. Visit their website for ticket information.

32 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details >
Nouveau Classics

Drop by Nouveau Classics' Open House for a wonderful evening of music, wine, modern art and fun.

101 S Gay St (865) 525-4755 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

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 >

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 >
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 >