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 January 3

Emporium Center

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center for the month of January. An opening reception will take place on First Friday, January 3, from 5-9 pm, where you are invited to meet the artists, view the artwork, and listen to live music by Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project.

On January 3, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Gallery of Arts Tribute

This sixth-annual exhibition will kick off the 2020 King Week Celebration. Local artists reflect on the theme, “Let Freedom Ring: Through Social Justice, Economic Empowerment, Love, Peace, and Unity”. Works in the exhibitions will also be a reflection of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Big Camera! and A1LabArts: Camera Obscura II

The Big Camera! is a modified enclosed cargo trailer that functions as an extra-large (6’x10’) format camera as well as a portable classroom and community outreach vehicle for A1LabArts. It's mission is to share the magic of photography through making its principles hands-on, allowing photography to come alive in a new way for many who encounter it. The artwork features photo and time-based media such as collage, mixed-media, darkroom work, digital manipulation, historic processes and more by local and regional artists.

Regina Tullock: Cityscapes, Landscapes & Waterscapes

Through combining photography, graphic art and an artist’s eye for texture, color and composition, Tullock creates photographic prints that take on the look and character of oil paintings. Her work blends both a photographic realism with an artistic interpretation, creating a medium that uniquely engages the viewer to experience a deeper truth behind what meets the eye.

The Art of Stephen R. Hicks

Hicks works in several genres including sculpting clay, driftwood carving, exotic leather and acrylic painting. His clay sculptures are inspired by ancient prehistoric art, and his driftwood carvings increase awareness of recycling through use of organic material from local lakes and rivers. He loves that art has no limits.

Gale Stryker: RavenzWould

Stryker decided to abandon the brush, in large part relying on a potter’s best tool: the hands. There is very little brush work in her paintings, as she relies on instinct, color saturation, mass, texture and a creative energy born of turbulence. She hopes the viewer finds a bit of themselves, a memory, a feeling, or a chuckle in her work; there is no wrong answer.

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 >
Holiday Mural on Market Square

Drop by Market Square and snap some photos in front of this year's beautiful holiday mural by artist Megan Lingerfelt. The mural is up for the season through Jan 5.

60 Market Sq. More Details >
UT Downtown Gallery

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present recent work by Knoxville artist and gallery owner, David Wolff. David was born in San Francisco, CA and received his BFA from University of Tennessee. He has exhibited work all across the country including the Knoxville Museum of Art. His work deals with surreal gestural subtractions created from methodically pulling oil paint across paper. Join him on January 3rd from 5-9 pm for a reception.

106 S Gay St (865) 673-0802 More Details >
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes is pleased to host artist Esther Sitver in store Friday, January 3rd from 6-9pm. Her collection of illustrations and paintings will be available for purchase throughout the months of January and February. 

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

Spend First Friday at Blühen Botanicals with their very own Matthew DeBardelaben as he presents his homespun paintings, "Symbols From the Future Past." Matthew is the Director of Farming Operations and International Partnerships at Blühen Botanicals. You will also find specials throughout the night. 

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

It will be another fun First Friday at Rala with a variety of artists. They will feature art from four of their artists: Mike Ham, Cynthia Markert, Pippin Long and Brian Pittman on January 3 from 6-9 pm. This Art Collective is one you don't want to miss! 

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details >
Jacks of Knoxville

Join Jacks of Knoxville on First Friday for an exhibit of artwork by local artist, Kara Lockmiller. Hang out from 5-8 pm to enjoy Lockmiller's collection of pop culture paintings, drinks by Highline Coffee, and lots of handmade goodies to shop!

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

Art Market Gallery will feature photographer Robert Conliffe and metal artist Patrick Deason for the First Friday of the year. Most of Conliffe's works are built from layers with a variety of colors, patterns, and images, while Deason's work concentrates on coastal wildlife in steel. There will be an opening reception for the featured artists begins at 5:30 pm with complimentary refreshments in the foyer. 

422 S Gay St (865) 525-5265 More Details >
Boyd's Jig & Reel

On January 3, see a FREE concert by The Reflectors at Boyd's Jig and Reel. The Reflectors are a Rhythm and Blues group featuring horns and B-3 organ sounds of the 1950’s on. They play rare, older R&B tunes responsible for the influences on Rock & Roll legends. Show starts at 10pm. 21+. You'll also find Irish & Scottish food and a selection of over 950 whiskies and counting. Drop by for some live music and liquid art!

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

It's a win-win at Merchants of Beer for First Friday as they feature new artwork from local artists, as well as music on the patio starting at 9 pm. The Pop Up Truck will serve food starting at 5 pm.

137 S Central St (865) 247-5503 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 >
Pilot Light

The Pilot Light will have a variety of live music on Friday, January 3rd. Manas, a duo comprised of a guitarist and drummer will perform, along with Knoxville locals Lower Interiors, Deadbody, and Eric Lee. Check venue for details and ticket prices. 

106 E Jackson Ave (865) 524-8188 More Details >
Pour Taproom

It's a great night of music, art, and of course, beer at Pour Taproom. They'll display work by artist Adam Clarke, and musician Brent Hyder will perform.

207 W Jackson Ave (865) 337-5726 More Details >
Preservation Pub

Gone Country Live at Preservation Pub on Friday night will have you singing along to your favorite country hits from the '80s and '90s. Music starts at 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

28 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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Scruffy City Hall

Scruffy City Hall will have live music by Off With Your Radiohead starting at 10pm on Friday night. The band takes great pride in performing the songs of their favorite band, Radiohead. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

32 Market Square (865) 524-2224 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 >
Ruby Sunshine

First Friday can certainly start before dark! And Ruby Sunshine is starting early with Drag Kweens Brunch from 11am-2pm on Jan 3. No tickets or reservations required for this all-ages event. Just a little something to spice up your Friday brunch.

37 Market Square (865) 338-9712 More Details >
Painting with a Twist

Bring your inner artist out during First Friday as you paint "Love Surf at Sunset" at Painting with a Twist. This colorful painting will have you wishing for summer days! Check their website for tickets and availability. 

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

For a second month, Awaken Coffee will host photographer Austin Bradford on Friday, January 3 with a reception from 6-9 pm. Austin's passion is photography, and he specializes in landscapes and portraits. Join Awaken for some amazing photos, light refreshments, and of course great coffee topped off with a latte art!

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details >
Visit Knoxville

Stop by the Knoxville Visitors Center to see Knoxville from a different angle! Local photographer and drone pilot Justin Fee will showcase his exclusive local photographs. You can also purchase magnets and postcards of his photos in the gift shop. Stop by on Friday, January 3 from 4-7 pm.

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details >
Body Mind Realign Chiropractic

It's a New Year and a New Decade and Body Mind Realign is ringing it in with a First Friday Sound Bath & Sing. Every hour, on the hour, you can journey into the vibrations of crystal bowls and voices for an energetic alignment. Drop by! Walk in! No experience necessary.

111 N Central St (865) 455-1750 More Details >
Bistro at the Bijou

Live Jazz at the Bistro is something special! If you've never enjoyed dinner and jazz, drop by this Friday for great performances by Deacon, Haynes, and Mullican from 9-11 pm. 

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 More Details >
Pretentious Beer Co

Kick off the New Year with a stop at Pretentious Beer on Jan 3. They'll be releasing two new beers to enjoy while you're watching live glassblowing next door at Pretentious Glass. Cheers to 2020!

131 S Central St (865) 851-7693 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 >
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 the current blockbusters on their website!

510 S Gay St (865) 522-5160 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 >