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.

Happening on June 7

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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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 >
Bob Dylan's Birthday Bash

It’s a birthday party! Join WDVX on June 7 and celebrate one of musics living legends. Local artists take the stage in Downtown Knoxville’s Market Square with the music of Bob Dylan to commemorate his birthday. The entire event is free & open to the public. 5pm-10pm.

60 Market Sq. 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 June 7, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

The Dogwood Arts Regional Art Exhibition. Fine art encompassing all styles and genres from more than 40 emerging and established artists who live within 500 miles of Knoxlle.

“Creative Storm” by Tina Brunetti, Bill Capshaw, Tina Curry, LeJean Hardin, Carlos Jones, and Jamie Price Payne. 2-D and 3-D works created by a diverse group of painters, clay artists, graphic artists, and photographers each with a distinct style and approach to their work.

Sandi Burdick: A First Exhibition. Burdick is an accomplished gardener and abstract painter who is influenced by her lifelong adventures and inspired by nature.

Kirstie Durham: Test Kit. Durham is a textile and fabric artist whose work focuses on the marriage of fine art and craft by creating contemporary quilted tapestries and appliques using traditional techniques.

Ty Crisp: Becoming Ancestor. Crisp presents Protestant iconography of the American rural church by using remnants of rural churches such as a pulpit, organ, hymn books, and more.

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 >
Dogwood Arts

Dogwood Arts will be hosting the opening of the 2019 Regional Art Exhibition on June 7 at the Emporium Center. The exhibition will feature fine art of all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists. 5:30-8pm. Awards at 7pm.

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details >
Bistro at the Bijou

Enjoy jazz at the Bistro! On June 7 you'll find live jazz with Will Boyd 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

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. Reception on June 7 from 5-9pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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

June 7 the Art Market Gallery will feature recent works by painter Kara Lockmiller and metal artist Matt Dozdall. 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

In honor of pride month, Pretentious Glass will be arranging portions of their beautiful gallery into a Glass Rainbow. 10% of any sales from the “rainbow” on June 7 will be donated to LGBTQ+ charities. And in the afternoon they will be celebrating with a special demonstration by David Wiss. Drop by and show your support!

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

On June 7 you'll find The Barstool Romeos 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 artist-designer Melissa Harrell on June 7. Harrell specializes in watercolor and acrylic painting with a love of lettering and design. Plus fine food and fancy drinks! 5-9pm.

428 S Gay St (865) 951-2066 More Details >
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes will be hosting felt florist Sydney Myers of Peek-A-Boo Petals on June 7 with a selection of beautiful handmade bows and accessories for babies and children. Plus treats from Wild Love Bake House. 

445 S Gay St (865) 329-8868 More Details >
Bl├╝hen Botanicals - NEW VENUE!

Hang out at Blühen Botanicals on June 7 and enjoy the amazing "shotz" of Keri Butcher with Hard Rock Shotz! Keri describes herself as a visual story teller of music and anything related to music. She enjoys photographing musicians and festivals, and is passionate about life & travel. Plus specials on CBD-boosted beverages and food for 18+. 5-9pm.

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

Rala is proud to host artist Steph Untz on June 7. The 100 paintings displayed are part of The 100 Day Project 2018 and explore pattern through watercolor. 6-9pm.

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

The Tasting Room at PostModern Spirits will be showcasing artist Pamela Salyer on June 7 from 5-8pm. And, as always, artistic cocktails.

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

Downtown Grill & Brewery will be showcasing the art of painter Haley Harb in the Woodruff Gallery on June 7 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. 

424 S Gay St (865) 633-8111 More Details >
Awaken Coffee

Awaken Coffee will be showcasing the musician portraits of Kara Lockmiller on June 7. Drop by to explore her art and some great coffee! 6pm-9pm.

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details >
BarberMcMurry Architects

BarberMcMurry Architects will host oil painter Chelle Gunderson on June 7. A recent newcomer to Tennessee, Chelle’s oil paintings are a celebration of the lovely and the mundane, still lifes with a simple view. This exhibit includes landscapes, still lifes and florals. Founded in 1915, BarberMcMurry is one of the most experienced design firms in Tennessee, specializing in innovating planning, beautiful architecture and interior design. The office is located above Urban Outfitters on Market Square.

505 Market St (865) 934-1915 More Details >
Downtown Wine + Spirits

Downtown Wine + Spirits will be hosting a free wine tasting on June 7 and sampling crisp, refreshing wines from Austria. 5:30-7:30pm. That's art everyone can appreciate! 21+

407 S Gay St (865) 525-7575 More Details >
Cafe Vicolo

Drop by Cafe Vicolo on June 7 when they feature the curious works of painter Andy Gordon. Plus live music throughout the evening by acoustic group The Flat Earth Astronauts. You'll also find a special First Friday menu, friendly baristas whipping up delicious espresso beverages, and a cooler stocked with an assortment of cold craft beer. 6-9pm.

625 S Gay St (865) 249-6314 More Details >
Urban Bar and Corner Cafe

Urban Bar will be hosting the Trans Empowerment Project, featuring local teams artists, with all proceeds benefitting the organization and its artists. Drop by on June 7 and show your support.

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

Join Jacks on June 7 to browse a collection of curated refinished furniture from Best Nest Home! 6-9pm.

133 S Gay St (865) 394-6352 More Details >
Coffee & Chocolate

On June 7 Coffee and Chocolate will be featuring artist Matt Higginbotham. Plus a case full of chocolate art...and coffee!

327 Union Ave (865) 688-9244 More Details >
Maple Hall Bowling Lanes

Maple Hall will be hosting artist Nya House in the upstairs bar on June 7. She'll have pieces from her Dream Collection and Truth Collection. Plus food and drink specials from 4-6:30pm.

414 S Gay St (865) 249-8454 More Details >
Knoxville Visitors Center

It’s art for dogs! Matlin Farms will be on site at Visit Knoxville with their locally made all-natural dog treats. Drop by with your four-legged friends. 4-6pm.

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 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 June 7. 7-10pm.

501 W Church St (865) 523-2300 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 new installations in and around Krutch Park. Great photo ops for your First Friday ArtWalk evening. Enjoy! 

523 S Gay St More Details >
Knoxville Soap Candles & Gifts

Stop by Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts on June 7 and enjoy the soothing sounds of quartz crystal singing bowls played by Kathy Lytle. Kathy will be on hand to answer questions and offer mini “hands-on” tutorials on how to play the bowls. Plus you’ll find Just in the Nic’ of Wine, a 1970 VW Bus converted into a vintage serving station. 5-8pm.

714 S Gay St (865) 689-6545 More Details >
Nouveau Classics

Drop by Nouveau Classics for First Friday's ArtWalk on June 7. It will be a wonderful evening of music, wine, modern art and fun.

101 S Gay St (865) 525-4755 More Details >
Pour Taproom

High energy and covering all your favorite pop, rock and alternative hits, Brent Hyder will be at Pour Taproom on June 7. 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 >

Tailgate will have Tomas Barrios of Dapper Desserts in the house on June 7. A local baker with  fantastic MACAROONS. We do love culinary art!

23 Market Square (865) 540-9995 More Details >
St John's Episcopal Cathedral

St John’s will be hosting a First Friday Drum Circle on June 7 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. 6pm.

413 W Cumberland Ave More Details >
Preservation Pub

On June 7 you'll find Downtown Abby & The Echoes at Preservation Pub. Starts at 9pm. And John Tyler & The Chase will be up at 11:45pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

28 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 June 7 at Painting with a Twist. Bring the kids early for 'Kids Choice Open Studio' from 3:30-5pm. No kids? No problem. You'll find another session from 7-9pm titled 'Twilight Beach'. Check venue for details, reservations, and pricing. 

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

On June 7 you'll find Teen Spirit - Jonathan Sexton's 90s Tribute Band at Scruffy City Hall. Starts at 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

32 Market Square (865) 524-2224 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 >