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May 3, 2019





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.

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Happening on April 5

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

17 Market Square More Details
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. 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 April 5, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild Quilt Show 2019. Exhibited quilts are all made by Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild members using traditional means and featuring a modern aesthetic.

Framing the Scene: Seeing the Situation by Tom Owens & Marianne Woodside. This exhibit represents the hope of photographers Owens and Woodside to extend the images beyond the moment and the frame.

Judy Overholt Wheeler: Putting the Pieces Together. Mosaic art exhibition.

Pam Hamilton: The Woman Within. This partial collection of paintings by Pam Hamilton is a celebration of women and the strength that comes from within. The exhibition features acrylic and mixed media paintings on canvas.

YARDAGE by Emily Doane, Melissa Everett, Ashley Beals Pace, Sarah Shebaro, Megan Stair, and Coral Grace Turner. In this exhibition, six artists, coming from different disciplines and training, each create their own yardage using techniques such as screen printing, digital printing, shibori, and resist. 

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
Art Market Gallery

The Art Market Gallery will host an opening reception on April 5 featuring painting and wood working by artist Nelson Ziegler. The evening includes complimentary refreshments and live music beginning at 5:30pm. You’ll also find original art and fine crafts from more than 60 East TN artists. 

422 S Gay St (865) 525-5265 More Details
UT Downtown Gallery

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present an opening reception for I’m Only Here to Leave, a solo exhibition of photo and video work by Tommy Kha. The April 5 event is free and open to the public. 5-9pm.

106 S Gay St (865) 673-0802 More Details
Art in Public Places

Explore the NEW 2019-2020 exhibit of Dogwood Arts Art in Public Places! You’ll find beautiful installations of this year-round exhibition of large-scale sculptures in and around Krutch Park and at the corner of Gay St and Summit Hill Dr. Great photo ops for your First Friday ArtWalk evening. 

523 S Gay St More Details
Dogwood Arts

Dogwood Arts will host the Limited Edition Print Artist Exhibition & Spring Celebration Preview Party. 5:30-8:30pm.

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details
Pretentious Glass Co

Pretentious Glass Co. is hosting the 2nd annual Forms and Flora Exhibition with opening on April 5. The event’s goal is to push the boundaries of a traditional vase of flowers. Local Artists and Floral Designers collaborate to create interesting visual vignettes. Ceramic, glass, wood, metal, and macrame pieces will be featured and sold through the month of April. Floral arrangements can also be purchased separately on opening night and/or while they are still fresh. Live glassblowing demonstrations will be open to the public, and customers will also have the opportunity to make their own glass (check venue MYO reservations and pricing).

133 S Central St (865) 249-8677 More Details

Rala is pleased to invite you to the opening of the Dolly Art Contest on April 5. The show features original paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other visual handmade art centered around Dolly, her spirit, and her legacy in Tennessee.. 6-9pm. Awards announced at 7pm.

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details
Cafe Vicolo

Drop by Cafe Vicolo on April 5 for an evening of art, food, live music, and brews. They’ll be hosting artist Anna House featuring abstract pieces in acrylic combining stark blacks and whites with bright colors. Plus A Paulo and The Astronauts will be playing acoustic rock and folk covers throughout the evening. 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
Bijou Theatre Art Gallery

The Bijou Theatre Art Gallery will host an opening featuring the work of Bearden Elementary Students on April 5. Step into the incredible and bright imaginations of these talanted kids by seeing the art they've been working on. 5:30-7:30pm. Free and open to the public.

803 S Gay St (865) 522-0832 More Details
Awaken Coffee

Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception on April 5 featuring local photographer Elle Colquitt. Colquitt is fascinated with reflections and their odd juxtapositions and layered imagery, suggesting that nothing is ever what it appears to be. In her photography series, Reflecting on Knoxville, she challenges the viewer to look closely for hidden components that lie just beneath the surface. Stop by for great art and great coffee! 6-9pm.

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details
Theatre Knoxville - NEW LOCATION

It’s their first show in the NEW location at 800 S. Central St at Theatre Knoxville. And it’s opening night of Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

800 S Central St (865) 544-1999 More Details
Downtown Wine + Spirits

Downtown Wine + Spirits will be hosting a free wine tasting on April 5 and sampling Grenache wines from France, Spain and Chile. 5:30-7:30pm. That's art everyone can appreciate! 21+

407 S Gay St (865) 525-7575 More Details
Knoxville Convention Center

You’ll find The Art of Recycling’ Sculpture Exhibition at the Knoxville Convention Center (Clinch Concourse) through April 21 during regular Knoxville Convention Center hours. This sculpture exhibition celebrating April’s National Recycling Month features original artworks by University of Tennessee Sculpture Program students inspired by and incorporating scrap metal. It's free and open to the public.

701 Henley St (865) 522-5669 More Details
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes will be hosting local artist Suzanne Fisher and her art line called Pebble & Brush on April 5 including hand painted bags, acrylics, and watercolors. Drop by to see these beautiful handmade pieces.

445 S Gay St (865) 329-8868 More Details
Bistro at the Bijou

The Bistro at the Bijou hosts an evening of jazz with Stina Nesbit on April 5. Drop by for culinary creations and live music. No cover. Music from 9-11pm.

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 More Details
BarberMcMurry Architects

Join BarberMcMurry Architects for a First Friday ArtWalk on April 5 featuring the work of students from Sacred Heart Cathedral SchoolBarberMcMurry’s office is located above Urban Outfitters on Market Square. Founded in 1915, BarberMcMurry Architects is one of the most experienced design firms in Tennessee, specializing in innovative planning, beautiful architecture and interior design.

505 Market St (865) 934-1915 More Details
Jacks of Knoxville

Join Jacks of Knoxville for a new product launch with ScruffyKnox! Elizabeth will be set up at Jacks with new Knoxville tea towels, two new t-shirt designs, jewelry, art prints, and original art pieces. 5-9pm.

133 S Gay St (865) 394-6352 More Details
Knoxville Visitors Center

The Knoxville Visitors Center will feature local artist Gayla Seale on April 5. The exhibit will include a broad selection of Seale's watercolor cityscapes and landscapes in prints and notecards. Plus live music. 5-7pm.  

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details
PostModern Spirits

On April 5 at PostModern Spirits you'll find an opeing exhibit for artist Carole Quin. And, as always, artistic cocktails. Drop by!

205 W Jackson Ave (865) 437-3190 More Details
Knoxville Soap Candles & Gifts

Join Nan Citty of the Center For Peace for a Native Nurturing Drumming Circle at Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts on April 5. This introduction to drumming circles will focus on hand drums, singing, and directional chants and is a family-friendly event. Drums will be available for use…or bring your own. 5-7pm.

714 S Gay St (865) 689-6545 More Details
Knoxville Chocolate Co

On April 5 Knoxville Chocolate Co will be featuring precious products for gifting and deskware by Allie Biddle and showcasing Allie's work inspired by mixing patterns, line work, environmental mindfulness, and human interaction. And...there's chocolate!

29 Market Square (865) 394-6349 More Details
Maple Hall Bowling Lanes

Maple Hall will welcome Kara Lockmiller on April 5. Drop by for the exhibit of Lockmiller's musician portraits, meet the artist, and stay for some spirited bowling. 7-9pm.

414 S Gay St (865) 249-8454 More Details
Downtown Grill & Brewery

Downtown Grill & Brewery will be showcasing the reflection photography of artist Kevin L Bridge. Happening in the Woodruff Gallery on April 5, 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
Knoxville Museum of Art

Alive After Five is happening at the Knoxville Museum of Art on April 5 with the classic Motown R&B and Memphis Soul of Soul Connection. Enjoy live music, dancing, food, cocktails, and exploring the museum's art galleries. 6-8:30pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices. (FYI - the museum is open six days a week and admission is free!)

1050 Worlds Fair Park Dr (865) 525-6101 More Details
Casual Pint

On April 5 Casual Pint will be hosting singer/songwriter duo Redd & Ryan. Drop by for a night of great music and find your favorite beer by the pint, flight, half pour, growler or crowler. 7:30-10pm.

421 Union Ave (865) 951-2160 More Details
Eddie's Health Shoppe

Eddie's Health Shoppe will be featuring artist Jane Rahnema on April 5. Drop by for a visit!

455 Union Ave (865) 633-6533 More Details
Tennessee Theatre

On April 5 at the Tennessee Theatre, the Black Jacket Symphony returns to perform Journey's 'Escape' in its entirety! Check venue for details and ticket information.

604 Gay St (865) 684-1200 More Details
Pour Taproom

You'll find Mikki Norwood Band at Pour Taproom on April 5. Plus experience the art of tasting, with more than 68 different taps of beer plus ciders, mead, wine, and kegged cocktails...all available by the ounce. 9pm to midnight. No cover. 

207 W Jackson Ave (865) 337-5726 More Details
Culture Hair Studio

Culture Hair Studio will be featuring the works of Kelly M. Hinder on April 5. 6-9pm.

115 S Gay St (865) 622-7677 More Details
WDVX First Friday Live

Drop by WDVX for First Friday Live. Colonel Williams House Band will be on stage from 6-7pm. 

301 S Gay St (865) 544-1029 More Details
Preservation Pub

On April 5 you'll find Badlands at Preservation Pub. Starts at 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

28 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details
Boyd's Jig & Reel

On April 5 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
Coffee & Chocolate

On April 5 Coffee and Chocolate will be featuring Marcus Story. Plus a case full of chocolate art...and coffee!

327 Union Ave (865) 688-9244 More Details
Painting With a Twist

Celebrate Spring and release your inner artist during the First Friday ArtWalk on April 5 at Painting with a Twist. There's a 7pm class titled Paris is Springtime with Flowers. Check venue for details, reservations, and pricing. 

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

The Great Affairs will be at Preservation Pub on April 5. Starts at 10pm. But wait...there's more. Every Mothers Nightmare is on stage starting at 11:45pm. 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

Explore STORIES, 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. Snap a few photos and share your experience at #knoxstories.

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Pilot Light

At the Pilot Light on April 5 you'll find Messer Chups (St. Petersburg, Russia) with Appalachian Surf Team. 9:30pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices. 18+

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