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.

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

Happening on August 2

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. 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 Aug 2, the opening reception features flamenco dancing by local group Tinadre at 7pm and the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

Terina Gillette: Discovery: An Exploration of the Nuances of Life. Discovery is a celebration in acrylic, pastel, and mixed media of all the small things that work together to bring joy, happiness, peace, or puzzlement. 

Broadway Studios & Gallery: Rare Combinations. Rare Combinations features an eclectic mix of work in various media by ten artists based in Broadway Studios and Gallery. The uniquely talented artists create original sculpture, paintings, pysanky, jewelry, photography, collage, and fine craft.

Adam Newman: delusionary /dəˈloZHənerē/. delusionary is an investigation. A collection of introspective works presented through mixed media panels.

Michelle Barillaro: Travel. This new exhibition features abstract paintings with acrylic, charcoal, and graphite. Barillaro's paintings are abstract in nature with a multi-textural, often ethereal feel.

League of Scruffy Photographers: Observing Knoxville. The League intends to document all aspects of Knoxville beginning with its neighborhoods and moving on to its people and what they do for work and leisure to lifestyles, education, transportation, music, food and drink to government. 

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 >
Shakespeare on the Square

A live outdoor performance of Shakespeare...that's art!! Shakespeare on the Square, performed by Tennessee Stage Company, happens every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through August 11. On Aug 2 you'll find 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' beginning at 7pm. The performance is free with donations suggested and appreciated.

60 Market Sq. More Details >
Dogwood Arts

Dogwood Arts will be hosting the opening reception for ‘Pieced’ on Aug 2, 5:30-8:30pm. The exhibit is a collaboration of artwork by Melissa Everett and Nick DeFord. Each of Everett's dyed, painted or printed textile, a unique work of art in itself, is cut and deconstructed to then be reconciled into a larger quilted piece. DeFord’s work represents an exploration of mapping and the metaphoric properties of gaming and escapism. By embellishing the already decorative surfaces of game boards. The exhibition will be on display throughout the month of August.

Alongside the opening receiption for 'Pieced', Dogwood Arts is hosting an Open Mic Night showcasing Knoxville’s budding musical talent. The open mic night is available for music talents of all levels. Register online at and reserve a slot in advance. Come out, support your friends, and enjoy the music of our great city! 5:30-8:30pm.

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details >
Art Market Gallery

The Art Market Gallery will feature recent works by painter Lynnda Tenpenny and animal sculpture artist Mary Saylor on Aug 2. 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 >
Bistro at the Bijou

Enjoy jazz at the Bistro! On August 2 you'll find live jazz with Rusty Holloway 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 >
Blühen Botanicals

Blühen Botanicals will be hosting jewelry artist Tory Legg on Aug 2. Tory's work is organic and stylish, utilizing both semi-precious stones and beads of all kinds in concert with sterling silver, copper, and 14k gold wire and findings. 5-9pm.

111 E Jackson Ave (865) 999-3153 More Details >
Bijou Theatre Art Gallery

The Bijou Theatre Art Gallery will host an opening for featured artist Tyty Nkongolo.  Nkongolo, born in Central Africa, is an acrylic artist whose paintings are inspired by the women of Africa and the African landscape. The exhibit will include painting on canvas, along with African hand-made crafts. 6-8pm. Free and open to the public.

803 S Gay St (865) 522-0832 More Details >
Pretentious Beer Co

It's an exciting night at Pretentious Beer. They will be revealing the finished beer garden mural on Aug 2! Stop by 6-9pm for an artists meet and greet. Cheers!

131 S Central St (865) 851-7693 More Details >
Downtown Grill & Brewery

On Aug 2 Downtown Grill & Brewery will feature original work from painter Jessica Gosney in the Woodruff Gallery from 6-10pm. The Gallery is located to the left of the main entrance. And as always, happy hour drink and appetizer specials until 10pm. 

424 S Gay St (865) 633-8111 More Details >
Merchants of Beer

Jewelry Making + Beer Drinking! Not something you find everyday. On Aug 2 Merchants of Beer will be hosting Makes Cents Jewelry and Black Abbey Brews for a jewelry-making beer drinking session from 6-8pm. You’ll get step-by-step instructions and all materials needed to make a pair of earrings or necklace, enjoy a Black Abbey draft beer, and take home a souvenir glass. Check venue for details and ticket prices. Plus starting at 9pm, you’ll find live music from Chris Morel on the patio. No cover.

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

Rala will be featuring the pop-art paintings of Jon Pemberton on Aug 2. Drop by for the show opening and meet the artist. Jon’s work will be on display for the entire month of August. 6-9pm.

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

It’s opening night for Doublewide, Texas at Theatre Knoxville. Support this local theater production in their new location at 800 S Central. Production runs through Aug 18. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

800 S Central St (865) 544-1999 More Details >
UT Downtown Gallery

On Aug 2 the UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to feature the art of Howard Hull. In 1965, Howard Hull began teaching at the UT Knoxville College of Education. During his tenure at UT, Hull’s painting, collages, and sculpture were frequently seen in various competitive Mid-South and one-person invitationals. Retiring from UT in 1999, he continues to be a productive painter and writer. 5-9pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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

Sapphire will be hosting muralist and mixed media artist Terri Misch. Misch’s major influences include Paul Gauguin’s approach to color, elements of graffiti and street art, as well as psychedelic poster art. Surfaces she covers in color consist of canvas, concrete, wood, skate decks, walls, and linens. And, as always, you'll find fine food and fancy drinks! 5-9pm.

428 S Gay St (865) 951-2066 More Details >
Maple Hall Bowling Lanes

Maple Hall will welcome Kara Lockmiller on Aug 2. Kara’s musician portraits will be located in the upstairs cocktail lounge of Maple Hall (21+). Visit with Kara from 5-7pm. Her artwork will be on display throughout the month of August. 

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

On Aug 2 Corks Wine & Spirits will be hosting a Red Eye Rye tasting. What's Red Eye Rye you ask? Coffee infused fine Rye whiskey. That's a combo you don't want to miss. 4:30pm-7:30pm. 21+

116 S Central St (865) 219-5863 More Details >
PostModern Spirits

The Tasting Room at PostModern Spirits will be showcasing the photography of Richard Jansen on Aug 2 from 5-8pm. And, as always, artistic cocktails.

205 W Jackson Ave (865) 437-3190 More Details >
Awaken Coffee

Awaken Coffee will host artist Kimberlee Rose Smith on Aug 2 from 6-9pm. Kimberlee Rose Smith is a local artist who seeks to bring hope, joy, and peace by reflecting the beauty around us. Her art will be on display for the month of July. Drop by for great art and great coffee!

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

Join the nice folks at Jacks on Aug 2 as they host local photographer George Mitchell. George will be set up at Jacks selling prints and calendars of his photographs. 6-9pm.

133 S Gay St (865) 394-6352 More Details >
Knoxville Soap Candles & Gifts

Stop by Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts on Aug 2 and join Nan Citty of the Center For Peace for a Native Nurturing Drumming Circle. This will be an introduction to drumming circles with a focus on hand drums, singing, and directional chants. Drums will be available for use or bring your own. Family-friendly event and children are welcome. 5-7pm.

714 S Gay St (865) 689-6545 More Details >
Boyd's Jig & Reel

On Aug 2 you'll find Tellios 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 >
Downtown Wine + Spirits

Downtown Wine + Spirits will be hosting a free tasting on Aug 2 including cachaça from artisanal producer Avuá, aged in casks made from exotic hardwoods found in central and southern Brazil. 5:30-7:30pm. That's art everyone can appreciate! 21+

407 S Gay St (865) 525-7575 More Details >
Knoxville Museum of Art

Alive After Five is happening at the Knoxville Museum of Art on Aug 2 with the Stacy Mitchhart Band. The Nashville based band, headed by Mitchhart who is also known as “the Blues Doctor,” is the house band for the hugely popular Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar in historic Printer’s Alley.

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 >
Scruffy City Hall

On Aug 2 you'll find Jerry Garcia B-Day Bash at Scruffy City Hall. Starts at 9pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

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

You'll have multiple chances to release your inner artist during the First Friday ArtWalk on Aug 2 at Painting with a Twist. Classes titled 'Adorned Llamas' (how cute is that!), 'A Distant Planet' and 'Bed of Blooms in Summer' are scheduled for the evening. Check venue for details, reservations, and pricing. 

121 S Gay St (865) 229-6037 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 >
Pour Taproom

Pour Taproom will be hosting Esther Sitver on Aug 2 from 6-9pm. Sitver is a Knoxville-based illustrator specializing in nostalgic views of reality. Much of her work is inspired by vintage motifs, history, and pop culture. Music by Derek Andrew from 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 >
WDVX First Friday Live

WDVX and Visit Knoxville present First Friday Live. Aug 2 features Matt Woods with host Tony Lawson at the Knoxville Visitor Center. 5-6pm.

301 S Gay St (865) 544-1029 More Details >
Downtown 211

Enjoy part of your Aug 2 evening on the rooftop at Downtown 211 overlooking Market Square. Featured artist Koby Hyde will have an exhibit of his vibrant, colorful work that includes Native Americans, Pop Culture, and East Tennessee icons.

18 Market Square #211 (865) 438-5799 More Details >
Marble City Kitchen and The Firefly

Marble City Kitchen and the Firefly will be featuring live acoustic music with Rex Gibson on Aug 2. Drop by for food, drink, and music on the patio. 7-10pm.

501 W Church St (865) 523-2300 More Details >
Tennessee Theatre

It’s Summer Movie Magic at the Tennessee Theatre with the classic Ghostbusters showing at the historic Gay Street theater on the evening of Aug 2. Prior to the show, hear the Mighty Wurlitzer organ fill the auditorium with magnificent music by house organist Freddie Brabson. A special opportunity for movie lovers to travel back in time and enjoy popcorn, cold drink, and a movie classic on the big screen! Check venue for details and ticket prices.

604 Gay St (865) 684-1200 More Details >
St John's Episcopal Cathedral

St John’s will be hosting a First Friday Drum Circle on Aug 2 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 >
Union Ave Books

Union Ave Books will be hosting Sundress Academy for the Arts on Aug 2 for a reading featuring Valentine Conaty, Luci Brown, and Brynn Martin.

517 Union Ave (865) 951-2180 More Details >
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes will feature Joanna Warren Design on Aug 2, a small batch studio in Knoxville where raw materials are hand-forged into one-of-a-kind pieces. BUILD, a collection of minimal bag bases and interchangeable hand-woven handles, will be featured throughout the month. 6-9pm.

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

On First Fridays, Pretentious Glass will showcase the latest series of glassware in the front gallery of the working studio. From 6-9pm you'll also find free demonstrations in the studio, where you can catch the artists creating anything from a specialty beer glass to a decorative vase. It's art in action! 

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

On Aug 2 you'll find Caution at Preservation Pub. Starts at 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

28 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details >
Old City Wine Bar

At Old City Wine Bar you'll find works by Kara Lockmiller on Aug 2. Kara's work will be displayed all month long. Plus happy hour! So drop by!

108 W Jackson Ave (865) 851-7676 More Details >
Pilot Light

At the Pilot Light on Aug 2 you'll find Cheer Accident with Weird Ian. 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices. 18+

106 E Jackson Ave (865) 524-8188 More Details >
Culture Hair Studio

Drop by Culture Hair Studio on Aug 2 when they'll be hosting photographer Elle Colquitt. This exhibit will feature Colquitt's work of unique perspectives of window reflection images. 

115 S Gay St (865) 622-7677 More Details >
Kindred Bridal

Kindred Bridal will be featuring the handmade jewelry line of ACF Jewelry on Aug 2. 5-7pm.

111 E Jackson Ave More Details >
Cafe Vicolo

Drop by Cafe Vicolo on Aug 2. They’ll be featuring the beautiful work of wood artist Jordan Kear. His pieces will be on display and for sale this one night only. Swing by to meet the artist and take home a fine piece of craftsmanship. 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 >

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 >

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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Urban Bar and Corner Cafe

Urban Bar will be featuring works of painter Tim Kopf on Aug 2.

109 N Central St (865) 546-2800 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 >