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 downtownknox.org/artconnect

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Happening on November 1

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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 4-9pm with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free.

On November 1, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Member Exhibition

Traditional Appalachia arts and crafts will be featured in the member exhibition, including: basket making, woodwork, quilting, weaving, pottery, mixed media and more!

Bruce Bunting: New Works in Paper

Bunting will display the wide range of papers he has made, from simple sheets to complex multi-step sheets, as well as examples of his art made with from these papers. Paper fibers include abaca, kozu, gampi, seisel, bamboo, cotton, and wood cellulose, and he also uses various vegetable related fibers from his garden. He uses dyes, inks, and pigments for color as appropriate.

Tennessee Craft-East: Connections Through Craft

The East chapter exhibition will feature both fine arts and crafts pieces as well as a public mural piece created during the recent Art in the Valley festival at Ijams Nature Center. The mural aims to demonstrate how the community may be connected through craft. 

The East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild: 20th Master Woodworkers Show

Highlighting the works of over 30 craftspeople and artists of East Tennessee and the surrounding region, this show features many types of woodworking from traditional to whimsical, including fine furniture, cabinetry, turning, sculpture and marquetry. This show only happens every other year, so you are in for a treat.

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 >
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Pretentious Beer Co

Join Pretentious Beer Co for their epic Halloween party Boos and Brews. Between pumpkin carvings, costume contests, and live music, it'll be a fun, family friendly event. But, as the night progresses, the ghoulishly adult crowd can enjoy lip sync battles and a dance party. They have more fun surprises in store for this night, so don't miss out!

131 S Central St (865) 851-7693 More Details >
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Knoxville Chocolate Co

Get in the holiday spirit at Knox Chox! They will be having a “Very Merry First Friday,” where they will launch their holiday gift collection and seasonal chocolate treats, like peppermint bark, Mint Santa Truffles, and Coconut Snowballs!

29 Market Square (865) 394-6349 More Details >
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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 >
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PostModern Spirits

The Tasting Room at PostModern Spirits will be showcasing the works of nature photographer Jessica Grant on Nov. 1 from 5-8pm. Grant hopes to instill in others a sense for the beauty of our world and the need for its conservation. Sip on a craft cocktail - art in and of itself - while browsing the photos of Mother Nature.

205 W Jackson Ave (865) 437-3190 More Details >
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Boyd's Jig & Reel

On Nov. 1, you'll find the Frazierband performing at Boyd's Jig & Reel. The band has created a new sound, developed by combining bluegrass, rock, and roots music, into what's called "Newgrass." Show starts at 10pm. 21+. Admission is free. 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 >
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Awaken Coffee

Awaken Coffee will host artist Sarah Dempsey on Nov. 1 from 6-9pm, and her paintings will be on display throughout the month of November. Sarah says, "My art seems to be a reflection from what I am feeling, of how I react to all of God’s creation.” Join Awaken Coffee for inspiring art, refreshments, and of course great coffee!

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

Join Knoxville Soap Candle and Gifts as they host glass artist Cheryl Kitchens for First Friday on Nov. 1 between 5-7 pm. Kitchens is a scientific glassblower residing in Oak Ridge, and she will have a gorgeous selection of over 50 wind chimes on display.

714 S Gay St (865) 689-6545 More Details >
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Art Market Gallery

The Art Market Gallery will feature the works of clay artist Karen Kyte, who creates spontaneous clay creations from whatever she sees in the lump of clay. Plus, see the works of painter Kate McCullough, a watercolor painter who also teaches a watercolor class at the Fountain City Art Center. 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 >
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Bl├╝hen Botanicals

Blühen Botanicals will host photographer Tod Sheley on Nov. 1 from 5-8pm. Sheley is a Knoxville based photographer known most for his reflections and architecture, while bringing an uplifting and inspiring perspective to the stories of people and places. Diagnosed with congenital rubella syndrome during infancy, Tod sees the world as a color blind artist with vision in only one eye. 

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

Rala is excited to feature the work of Brian Pittman on Nov. 1 from 6-9pm. He will also be their featured artist for the month of November. This year, Brian is mixing things up and selling original drawings in hand-sealed envelopes. Each drawing is a surprise until after you purchase. If you're giving as a gift, Pittman will be there to write any name on the envelope in his calligraphy-style.

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details >
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Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain

It'll be a fun night at the Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain with photographs from Jake Harrison Miller and music by Brady Turner. Stop by from 6-10pm for the event!

418 S Gay St (865) 692-1603 More Details >
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Knoxville Visitors Center
Join Visit Knoxville for a delicious First Friday from 4-6pm! The Tennessee Toffee company will be in the Visitors Center with exclusive locally made toffee and amazing samples. From seasonal toffee flavors like gingersnap to favorite regulars like milk chocolate; many toffees will be available for your sweet tooth.
301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details >
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UT Downtown Gallery

On Nov. 1, the UT Downtown Gallery will showcase "Collecting Histories" by artists Floyd Jones and Mary Sabol. The couple met as undergrads at UT and have been collecting artwork since their days in Knoxville. The exhibition showcases the couple's diverse collecting interests—dolls, Black Americana, Black portraiture, and images of children. Floyd was an appraiser on PBS's Antiques Roadshow for several seasons.

106 S Gay St (865) 673-0802 More Details >
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Museum of East Tennessee History

Union Ave Books is hosting an event for National Authors Day at the East Tennessee History Center. The all-day event happens throughout downtown and concludes with the keynote address from Robert Gipe, author of Tramploine and Weedeater, at 7pm.

601 S Gay St (865) 215-8830 More Details >
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Dogwood Arts

Dogwood Arts will feature work by Amanda Thompson, Lauren Karnitz, Lacey Sutton, and Colleen Thornbrugh. The exhibition will feature painting, illustration, jewelry, and ceramics. An opening reception will be held Nov. 1 from 5-8pm.

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details >
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St John's Episcopal Cathedral

St John’s will be hosting a First Friday Drum Circle on Nov. 1 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). Presented by the Center for Spiritual Practice. All are welcome for this community experience of togetherness. 6-7:30pm.

413 W Cumberland Ave More Details >
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Knoxville Museum of Art

Knoxville Museum of Art presents Alive After 5 with Mojo Tweed, a band who play a variety of blues, funk and R&B! Audience members can enjoy listening to music, dancing, and browsing the museum’s art galleries. Visit their website for ticket prices. 

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

The Bijou Theatre Art Gallery will feature photography artist Tre Jack on Nov. 1 from 6-8pm. Jack is a photographer known for his work with toys, and his approach is based upon integrating toy characters into real-life situations through the use of forced perspective in carefully crafted scenes.

803 S Gay St (865) 522-0832 More Details >
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Union Ave Books

Join Union Ave Books for a First Friday on Nov. 1, which also happens to be National Authors Day, as east Tennessee authors share their work. At 5pm, author Melanie Hutsell will share from her book The Dead Shall Rise, followed by Jim Hartsell reading from his book Pushing Back, and lastly, Devon Koren will share from her book Jack and the Dragon Man's Daughter. This is an all-day event. Check their website for more details. 

517 Union Ave (865) 951-2180 More Details >
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Jacks of Knoxville

Join Jacks of Knoxville on November 1 from 5-8 pm as they host a clothing pop up with Through & Through! They will be bringing a curated collection of thrifted clothing, home goods, and accessories.

133 S Gay St (865) 394-6352 More Details >
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Merchants of Beer

Merchants of Beer will display new art from Jessica Newman on display with live music starting at 9pm!

137 S Central St (865) 247-5503 More Details >
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The Casual Pint

Join Casual Pint for live music with Redd & Friends starting at 7pm!

421 Union Ave (865) 951-2160 More Details >
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Pour Taproom

A night of music AND art. Artist Kara Lockmiller will showcase her musician portraits on Friday, Nov. 1, while musician Aubryn will cover anything from Alanis Morissette to Lynyrd Skynyrd and perform from her most recent album "Nothin Civil." 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 >
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Citifid-O

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 >
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Theatre Knoxville

Theatre Knoxville presents Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express at 8pm on Nov. 1. The exotic Orient Express is about to go off the rails! With a locomotive full of suspects and an alibi for each one, it’s the perfect mystery for detective Hercule Poirot, n’est-ce pas? Visit their website for ticket prices and availability. 

800 S Central St (865) 544-1999 More Details >
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Pilot Light

Head over to the Pilot Light on Nov. 1 for live music by Dan Deacon, an American composer and performer in modern classical, experimental, electronic, and indietronica. Show starts at 8pm! Check venue for details and ticket prices. 18+

106 E Jackson Ave (865) 524-8188 More Details >
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Bistro at the Bijou

Jazz at the Bistro! On Nov. 1, you'll find live jazz from Kenneth Brown 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 >
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Nouveau Classics

Drop by Nouveau Classics' Open House featuring original artwork by Kelly O'Neal. It will be a wonderful evening of music, wine, modern art and fun.

101 S Gay St (865) 525-4755 More Details >
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Downtown Wine + Spirits

Downtown Wine + Spirits will be hosting a free tasting on Nov. 1 from 5:30-7:30pm. Join the community while sipping Spanish red wines! 21+

407 S Gay St (865) 525-7575 More Details >
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Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

Bliss & Tori Mason shoes hosts artist Nya House on Friday, Nov. 1 and will showcase her work throughout the months of November and December. Her two most recent acrylic paintings on canvas collections, Truth and Goddess, will be featured!

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

Maple Hall will showcase artist Adam Deal's work starting at 5pm for First Friday, Nov. 1, followed by a live show by Lauren Arp at 8pm on their downstairs stage. Arp is an emerging singer/songwriter from Tennessee with a powerful new spin on the enduring traditions of the R&B genre.

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

Join Downtown Grill & Brewery this Friday to see the beautiful work of the talented artists from the Art Galleria with special guest Rexembroidery. Art will be showcased 6-10pm at Woodruff's Gallery, located to the left of the main entrance on Gay Street.

424 S Gay St (865) 633-8111 More Details >
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Corks Wine & Spirits

Join Corks Wine & Spirits where they will be featuring a brand new art installation by visionary artist HaNa Drasmin. There will be an artist meet and greet and wine tasting from 5-6:30pm. Delight your senses and reawaken your imagination!

116 S Central St (865) 219-5863 More Details >
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Scruffy City Hall

A night full of music, find performances by Cyd Greenwood, Karate Blocks, and Travis Bigwood and The Lonesome Doves at Scruffy City Hall on Friday night, Nov. 1. Music starts at 8pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

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

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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Preservation Pub

Find live music performances by Ben Gaines Jam Night and Jon Worthy & The Bends. Music starts at 9pm on Nov. 1. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

28 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details >
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Painting With a Twist

Release your inner artist during the First Friday ArtWalk on Nov. 1! Paint a red pick-up truck carrying a Christmas tree in the holiday scene "Holiday Pick-Up" from 7-9pm. Check venue for details, reservations, and pricing. 

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