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

Happening on September 6

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 >
Dogwood Arts – Art Slam

Dogwood Arts will be hosting Art Slam in Strong Alley on Sept 6. 5:30-8:30pm.

Some of Knoxville’s most talented artists will have 3 hours to create one-of-a-kind paintings that will be auctioned off to benefit the Art in Public Places Mural Program. 

Participating artists include Cathryn Bozone, Jennifer Brickey, Stephen Carcello, Antuco Chicaiza, Curtis Glover, Beth Meadows, Lauren Lazarus, Megan Lingerfelt, Kara Lockmiller, Chance Losher, Chris McAdoo, Sarah Moore, Gwyn Pevonka, Mary Stephens-Bogart, James Taylor, Lauryn Darby and Kayley Hall.

Watch this art in action under the lights in Strong Alley and bid on your favorites. This year, the auction will be online so you can participate even if you aren't able to attend the event. Strong Alley is located between Gay Street and Market Square (the highest-traffic and most photographed alley in town with incredible murals). You can enter from either Wall Avenue or Union Avenue. 

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 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 live music by pianist Curtis Tipton. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free.

On Sept 6 the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

Drawings and paintings by Anthony Donaldson
Anthony M. Donaldson lives in Knoxville and is a Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) bus driver. Donaldson aims to tell a story with his art. This exhibition features many subjects such as climate change, human trafficking, Harlem Renaissance culture, political and social issues, racism and classism, and more.

Brian Horais: Twisted Woodturning
Brian Horais creates non-round multi-axis works of art on the lathe. This exhibition includes various examples of Horais' twisted turnings with different finishes and approaches (full twist, half twist, embellished and carved twists, etc).

Victoria Phillips: Select Works from “An Abstract Narrative”
An Abstract Narrative is a series of paintings that reveal the vulnerability of Phillip’s spiritual ethos and expresses her personal narrative through a visceral lens.

Tennessee Artists Association: Fall Juried Show
The 45th Fall Juried Show is a new exhibition featuring work by both new and longstanding TAA members. TAA was organized in 1972 by five artists who wanted to create a “fine art” impact on the Knoxville area. The membership of the TAA is comprised of experienced artists, beginners, and all levels in between.

The University of Tennessee: The Art of Science
The exhibition aims to demonstrate the connection between science and art and consists of images produced during the course of scientific experiments that have unique aesthetic perception. Pieces for the exhibition were submitted by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, post-docs and staff who work in the scientific labs at the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Australian National University, University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute. 

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 feature recent works by photographer Dennis Sabo and glass artist Johnny Glass on Sept 6. 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 Sept 6 you'll find live jazz with Anna Helms Quartet 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 >
UT Downtown Gallery

On Sept 6 the UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to feature 10 X Relay - Cat's Cradle. The exhibit includes artists Kylie Heidenheimer, Pinkney Herbert, Erick Johnson, Jackie Meier, Laura Newman, Pierre Obando, Jennifer Riley, Russell Roberts, Lisa Taliano, and Chuck Webster. It is a celebration and recognition of these artists’ indebtedness to each other as friends and painters. 5-9pm. The event is free and open to the public. Artist talks will take place at 6:30pm and 8pm.

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

Join Jacks as they host local woodworker Jason Fraker. Jason will be set up at Jacks showcasing and selling his wooden bowls and art pieces. 6-9pm.

133 S Gay St (865) 394-6352 More Details >
Downtown Wine + Spirits

Downtown Wine + Spirits will be hosting a free tasting on Sept 6 sampling co-ferments, wines made from a blend of white and red grape varieties. 5:30-7:30pm. That's art everyone can appreciate! 21+

407 S Gay St (865) 525-7575 More Details >
Awaken Coffee

Awaken Coffee will host artist Michelle Barillaro on Sept 6 from 6-9pm. Barillaro works in acrylic, oil and cold wax. Her style is abstract with a multi-textural and often ethereal feel. Drop by for great art and of course great coffee!

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details >
Union Ave Books

Union Ave Books will be hosting Jack Neely for 'The Mysteries of Union Ave’ on Sept 6. Neely will be sharing the mysteries of Union Ave including a brief walking tour. Proceeds from the evenings sales will benefit various projects of the Knoxville History Project. Starts at 6pm.

517 Union Ave (865) 951-2180 More Details >
Cafe Vicolo

Drop by Cafe Vicolo on Sept 6. They’ll be featuring the beautiful works by local painter Maggie Brannon, as well as images by photographer William Tugwell. Drop by to view their collections and meet the artists. 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 >
Marble City Kitchen and The Firefly

Marble City Kitchen and the Firefly will be featuring live acoustic music with Bruce Park on Sept 6. Drop by for food, drink, and music on the patio. 7-10pm.

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

Join Rala in welcoming Ryan Blair as their featured artist on Sept 6 for an exhibit titled ‘Bout a Mile Up the Holler.‘ Blair's current work consists of paintings and mixed media pieces based on his observations and experiences of living in the south. Meet the artist and view all of the rad art he's been makin' and creatin'! 6-9pm.

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details >
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes will feature mixed media artist Terina Gillette on Sept 6. They'll be showcasing and offering her painted pieces, prints, and greeting cards throughout the month, including many pieces of downtown Knoxville landmarks. 6-9pm.

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

Drop by Pretentious Glass for a show highlighting the Makers of PBGC. The event is inspired by the Makers City Summit and the fantastic impact Makers have on our community. Meet and learn about the artists that help make up PBGC through a showcase of their most recent work. 6-9pm.

133 S Central St (865) 249-8677 More Details >
Chesapeake's Seafood House

Visit the patio at Chesapeake's on Sept 6 for live jazz with Travis Anderson Trio. A modern twist to classic jazz while honoring the great trios of the past. 6:30-9pm.

600 Union Ave (865) 673-3433 More Details >
Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain

The Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain will host a gallery opening for photographers David Luttrell and Nolan Sherrill. The show will include pieces from their ongoing series titled Art from the Hills. Plus, you'll find art from the fountain with sundaes, shakes, floats, and more. 

418 S Gay St (865) 692-1603 More Details >
Merchants of Beer
Celebrate the new patio at Merchants of Beer. They'll be serving local, fresh food provided by the very talented Chef Amber Sue Reed in the Pop Up Food Truck. Plus music on the patio starting at 9pm, and new art displayed inside the bar. Patio opens at 3pm.
137 S Central St (865) 247-5503 More Details >
Knoxville Visitors Center

Stop in to chat with Christinea of Makes Cents Jewelry at Knoxville Visitors Center on Sept 6. Christinea uses repurposed guitar string, pennies and other items to create bracelets and necklaces, and every item has a story. September is Mental Health Awareness month and proceeds will be donated to promote mental health awareness. Plus live music. 4-6pm.

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details >
Bijou Theatre Art Gallery

The Bijou Theatre Art Gallery will host an opening featuring the work of R2R Studio and their 15 years of creating. R2R Studio is home to a collaborative, energetic, and creative group of architects and designers. Join them in celebrating through a gallery of their local design work and it’s supporting architecture. 5-7pm. Free and open to the public.

803 S Gay St (865) 522-0832 More Details >
PostModern Spirits

The Tasting Room at PostModern Spirits will be showcasing the works of painter Lynda Best on Sept 6 from 5-8pm. And, as always, artistic cocktails.

205 W Jackson Ave (865) 437-3190 More Details >
Lauderdale Design Group

The Lauderdale Design Group will be hosting an ArtWalk event featuring artist Jerry Hagaman. Drop by to see them on Sept 6. 5-8pm.

108 S Gay St (865) 249-7713 More Details >
Scruffy City Hall

Scruffy City Hall will be hosting the 15-Year Anniversary Show of The Vibraslaps. Check venue for details and pricing. Starts at 10pm.

32 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details >
Coffee & Chocolate

Drop by Coffee and Chocolate on Sept 6 for coffee, chocolate, and artwork by Heather Finney with a collection titled 'Acceptance.' Plus, did we mention a case full of chocolate art...and coffee!

327 Union Ave (865) 688-9244 More Details >
Boyd's Jig & Reel

On Sept 6 you'll find Big Country's Empty Bottle 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 >
BarberMcMurry Architects

BarberMcMurry Architects will showcase the artistic talents of its architects and interior designers on Sept 6. Featuring the paintings, sculptures, sketches, graphic design and multimedia art of ten designers, the exhibit will highlight the beautiful in the everyday. Founded in 1915, BarberMcMurry is one of the most experienced design firms in Tennessee, specializing in innovating planning, beautiful architecture and interior design. The office is located above Urban Outfitters on Market Square. 5:30-7:30pm. 

505 Market St (865) 934-1915 More Details >

Sapphire will be hosting jewelry artist Kristen Morelli. And, as always, you'll find fine food and fancy drinks! 5-9pm.

428 S Gay St (865) 951-2066 More Details >
Bijou Theatre

Comedian Henry Cho will be at the Bijou Theatre on Sept 6. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

803 S Gay St (865) 522-0832 More Details >
Old City Wine Bar

It's a busy night at Old City Wine Bar on Sept 6. Drop by to see new work from Knoxville artist Kara Lockmiller and a special jewelry showcase from the talented J. Fenn Designs to accessorize your autumnal wardrobe. 5pm to midnight.

108 W Jackson Ave (865) 851-7676 More Details >
American Huckleberry

You’ll find lots happening at American Huckleberry on Sept 6 including an opening of vintage works by the eccentric and obsessive figure painter Herbert Art, a peak into ACF Jewelry’s new haven in the Old City, a live jewelry service with local metalsmith and designer Caroline Farris, and a pop-up with Flora Wellness and their locally foraged herbal line. 5-9:30pm.

130 W Jackson Ave 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 ArtWalk evening. Enjoy! 

523 S Gay St More Details >
Culture Hair Studio

Drop by Culture Hair Studio on Sept 6 when they'll be hosting Knoxville artist Emma Slaymaker. From a young age Emma developed a love for both animals and people. She enjoys portrait art and the personal connection she feels to animals and people when she uses her art to capture their essence.

115 S Gay St (865) 622-7677 More Details >
Knoxville Soap Candles & Gifts

Stop by Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts on Sept 6 for an Appalachian Soul Dance Party with Benji Bliss and David Chateam. Bliss is a multi-faceted musician known for his heartfelt keyboard and vocals and ability to blend genres with rich texture. You can also visit with the folks from Kava Koncoctions to learn about the calming, euphoric effects of Kava. 5-8pm.

714 S Gay St (865) 689-6545 More Details >
Clancy's Tavern & Whiskey House

Clancy's will be serving up Irish food, drinks, and more. Plus serving up rock classics with Way Sneaky Eddie. 8:30pm-midnight.

602 S Gay St (865) 219-1266 More Details >
Downtown Grill & Brewery

On Sept 6 Downtown Grill & Brewery will feature original work from artist Misty Richmond 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 >
Pilot Light

At the Pilot Light on Sept 6 you'll find Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel with Two-Way Street. 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices. 18+

106 E Jackson Ave (865) 524-8188 More Details >
Painting With a Twist

Kick off Fall and release your inner artist during the First Friday ArtWalk on Sept 6 at Painting with a Twist with 'A Witch and Wizard.' 7-9pm. Check venue for details, reservations, and pricing. 

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

Nashville’s americana artist Aubryn – described as “a badass Allison Krauss” – who covers anything from Alanis Morissette to Lynyrd Skynyrd will be at Pour Taproom on Sept 6. 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 >
Rebel Kitchen

Beginning Sept 6 new work from Dan DeRidder will be hanging all month long in the dining space at Rebel Kitchen.

108 W Jackson Ave (865) 851-7676 More Details >
Nouveau Classics

Drop by Nouveau Classics for First Friday's ArtWalk on Sept 6. It will be a wonderful evening of music, wine, modern art and fun.

101 S Gay St (865) 525-4755 More Details >
Double S Wine Bar

The Double S Wine Bar will be featuring live music by Olivia da Ponte. 6-8pm.

129 S Gay St (865) 244-5117 More Details >
Corks Wine & Spirits

Corks Wine & Spirits will be hosting a Gin, Bourbon, Whiskey tasting with H Clark Distillery on Sept 6. 5:30-7:30pm.

116 S Central St (865) 219-5863 More Details >
The Gratitude Bar

The Gratitude Bar will be hosting the Knoxville debut of Beth Free on Sept 6. Her work includes various techniques such as palette knife, acrylic pouring, mixed media and mosaic. 5-9pm.

111 N Central St (865) 455-1750 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 >
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 >