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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.

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. Schedules vary from place to place and are updated the last week of each month.

🎨 Exhibits Open Throughout the Month

Be on the lookout for the art palette emoji "🎨" in the list below! This means the exhibit opens on First Friday and is up throughout the month.

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.

Happening on October 1

Able Trade

As a part of National Architecture week, AIA East Tennessee will be displaying the curated Art Salon at Able Trade from 5-8pm on First Friday. View the vast range of original works of art created by architects and related professionals in East Tennessee. In addition, KnoxFill will be there with products and you'll be able to learn about how you can reduce single use plastics at home. Don’t miss out on this one-night only event.

203 W Jackson Ave (865) 296-0832 More Details >
Culture Hair Studio

Lights, Camera, Action! The Aaron White Project presents an avant-garde Fashion Show on the 100 block of Gay Street, right outside of Culture Hair Studio. Showtimes will be at 7:00 & 7:45 pm, so don't miss the models walking down Gay Street, their runway for one night only!

115 S Gay St (865) 622-7677 More Details >
Knoxville Visitors Center

Live Music! Taps & Tunes on The Corner returns with Host Evie Andrus and music from local band Tinca Tinca. The tunes start at 6 pm on First Friday at Knoxville Visitors Center on Gay Street. 

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details >
Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts

Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts is hosting local author, Terry Moran, for a book signing of his 2020 novel, "Meeting Elvis." In this heartwarming novel that poses the questions, "what if," an Elvis Presley fan finds himself in 1953 meeting the young superstar on the precipice of fame. The book signing will occur from 6-8 pm on First Friday.

714 S Gay St (865) 689-6545 More Details >
🎨 Awaken Coffee

Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for local photographer Cate Goen from 6-8 pm on First Friday. Cate is a graduating senior at the University of Tennessee who photographs nature and landscapes.

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details >
🎨 Rala

Rala will host an opening reception with featured artist Mr. Hopper Art from 6-8 pm on First Friday. Tim Hopper is a self-trained painter based in Nashville, who takes inspiration from cartoon art, folk art and pop surrealism. Mr. Hopper's work will be on display from October 1st through November 28th.

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details >
🎨 Christopher Robin Arts

You'll find the work of husband-and-wife artist duo Christopher and Robin Rohwer at their gallery in the Phoenix Building. Stop by from 5-8 pm on Frist Friday to meet the artists and to view their paintings!

418 S Gay St More Details >
🎨 Emporium Center

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in Downtown Knoxville from October 1-31, 2021. A free reception with the artists will take place on October 1 from 5-9 pm and features an outdoor concert by Knoxville Opera musicians.

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

The Fountain City Art Guild 
On display will be art by nearly 30 local artists including oils, watercolors, woodworking and more.

Foothills Craft Guild: Fine Crafts
Based in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the Foothill Craft Guild will showcase the work of more than 15 artists working in a variety of media such as fiber, wood, stained glass, leather and more. The artists include Kathy Seely, Pam Harris, Jo Marie Brotherton, Janet Petrell, Judi Talley, Amelia Galvas and Mickie Looslie.

Mike Lana: Beyond the Walls
Beyond the Walls is a series focused on exploring the Bible through recontextualization, modern parallels, and a playful aesthetic delivery that looks to balance material, concept, design, and stylistic juxtaposition.

Douglas Molinas Lawrence: 50 Bud Vases in 50 Days
This project was born out of a desire for change as artist Douglas Molinas Lawrence challenged himself to make 50 bud vases in 50 days.

Alex Smith: Rerouted
Native Knoxvillian Alex Smith exhibition includes paintings of New York's grit alongside East Tennessee's verdant landscapes, ranging from hyper-realism to abstracts.

100 S Gay St (865) 523-7543 More Details >
🎨 Maple Room

Sip and See! Local photographer Tod Sheley will have his framed photographs on display and for sale at the Maple Room. Tod is most known for his reflections and architecture. Inspired by his years of traveling with his band and watching the streets of Knoxville grow along with him, he brings an uplifting and inspiring perspective to the stories of people and places. Maple Room just released their brand new cocktail list, so don't miss out on their new drinks.

414 S Gay St. (865) 249-8454 More Details >
Bistro at the Bijou

Dinner and Music! Enjoy an evening of farm-to-table dinner, scrumptious dessert, craft cocktails and live music from local musicians, Daniel Shifflett, Jake Smith, Joe Jordan & Thad Brown. The free show begins at 8 pm and will last until 10:30 pm.

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 More Details >
Selfish Knoxville

Love thy Selfie! Stop by Selfish Knoxville on West Jackson for their official Grand Opening on First Friday! From 5-9 pm get exclusive access to their interactive booths to take selfies! Snacks and drinks will be served.

310 W Jackson More Details >
🎨 Old City Performing Arts Center

River & Rail Theatre Company presents Opening Night of the Knoxville premiere of Antoinette Nwandu's play Pass Over. Pass Over made its Broadway premiere in August, and River & Rail is thrilled to bring this powerful, poignant story to Knoxville audiences. Evoking heartbreak, hope and joy Pass Over crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, illuminating the unquestionable human spirit of young men looking for a way out.

The First Friday show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale now for performances October 1-3 and October 6-10!

111 State St (865) 407-0727 More Details >
The Outpost

The Outpost, Knoxville's newest music venue set to open in 2022, will host raucous Mississippi rock combo The Weeks and a hometown favorite, The Crumbsnatchers on October 1 as a part of seven-week concert series. Enjoy the sounds of live music in an outdoor setting with Downtown Knoxville as the backdrop. Doors open at 5 pm and the music will start at 7 pm. Tickets are on sale now!

808 State St (865) 410-8422 More Details >
🎨 Dogwood Arts

Dogwood Arts is hosting an opening reception from 5-8pm for "Old is New: Photographs of Knoxville's Historic Old City." The exhibition features four emerging fine art photographers, Beau Branton, Yousef Sindi, Jared Worsham and Lindsey Worthington who live and work in Knoxville.

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

Enjoy the music of long-time Knoxville favorite, Jill Andrews, while drinking locally brewed beer on the patio of Pretentious Beer Co. Tickets are on sale now and are expected to sell out! The show starts at 8 pm. 

131 S Central St (865) 851-7693 More Details >
Pretentious Glass Co

View and shop the Pumpkin Patch at Pretentious Glass Co from 12-9 pm on First Friday. Watch a live pumpkin glass blowing demonstration from 5-8 pm.

133 S Central St (865) 249-8677 More Details >
Scruffy City Hall

If you Wannabe having a rad night, don't miss Teen Spirit at Scruffy City Hall in Market Square! This high energy band plays all of the hits of the 90s and will have you dancing and singing along. Must be 21+. Tickets available at the door.

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

Ready to rock? The Dead Ringers will be playing classic 60s and 70s tunes at Preservation Pub in Market Square! This show is 21+ and tickets will be available at the door.

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

Get ready for a little honky-tonk, Knoxville! You can hear the tunes of Pat Reedy & The Longtime Goners at Boyd's Jig & Reel, starting at 9pm. Must be 21+. No ticket needed and free to attend.

101 S Central St (865) 247-7066 More Details >
Pilot Light

The Pilot Light is hosting the Punk Rock Flea Market Pre-Show on First Friday. Callous Daoboys, Good Vibes Only, Guitar Fight from Fooly Cooly, Ditch Lily, and Rat Punch will be performing. Tickets are $10 at the door.

106 E Jackson Ave (865) 524-8188 More Details >
Art in Public Places

Explore Dogwood Arts installation of Art in Public Places, a large-scale sculpture installation in and around Krutch Park. New sculptures of the year-round exhibition were installed in June, so if you haven't seen them yet, now is the time to do it. Great photo ops for your First Friday ArtWalk evening. Share your photos to Instagram and use #LoveDowntownKnox!

523 S Gay St More Details >
Tennessee Theatre

WIMZ presents The Black Jacket Symphony performing Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' live at the historic Tennessee Theatre. The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience by recreating classic albums in a live performance setting with a first class lighting and video production. Tickets are on sale now!

604 S Gay St (865) 684-1200 More Details >
Free Downtown Trolley

Hop on the Free Downtown Trolley! It 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 >
Tall Man Toys & Comics

Private meet and greet with a Power Ranger! Jason David Frank is coming to Knoxville, through this private invitation only event, you can meet him live, masked and in person. To find out more information please visit the Tall Man Toys & Comics Facebook Event

1060 World's Fair Park Dr (865) 219-1064 More Details >
🎨 PostModern Spirits

At PostModern Spirits you'll be able to see the photographs of David G. Liles. David seeks to create art through photographic imagery. While the computer is his darkroom, via software tools of digital manipulation, his images sometimes look more like paintings and less like photographs.

205 W Jackson Ave (865) 437-3190 More Details >
Pour Taproom

Catch Deadbeat Scandrels at Pour Taproom from 9 pm - 12 am for some awesome jams and good times. And as always, pour and pay by the ounce craft beers! 

207 W Jackson Ave (865) 337-5726 More Details >
Painting With a Twist

Sip, paint and relax at Painting With a Twist! On First Friday they are hosting a Pumpkin painting class from 4-6 pm. This class requires registration prior to the event.

121 S Gay St (865) 229-6037 More Details >
Regal Riviera - Movie Theater

Take your night to the big screen with the art of film at the Regal Riviera on Gay Street. Check out current blockbusters on their website!

510 S Gay St (865) 522-5160 More Details >