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

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Happening on October 4

Museum of East Tennessee History

Come out for First Friday at the East Tennessee History Center on October 4 from 5:00-7:00pm and enjoy free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History! Guests can hear live music from the History Center porch, enjoy a nice cold Mountain Dew, and tour the museum for free! First Friday guests are invited to tour the new feature exhibition, “It’ll Tickle Yore Innards!”: A Hillbilly History of Mountain Dew exploring the famous drink that was invented as a mixer for moonshine right here in Knoxville. Refreshments will be provided by Pepsi.

After seeing the “It’ll Tickle Yore Innards!” exhibition, guests are encouraged to venture out and “Dew It in Downtown Knoxville,” a community celebration of Mountain Dew’s birthplace. Visit a variety of downtown businesses for a selection of cocktails, coffees, gift items, and confections celebrating Knoxville’s own Mountain Dew! For more on how you can “Dew It in Downtown Knoxville” and the list of participating businesses, visit

601 S Gay St (865) 215-8830 More Details >
Movies on the Square

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and join hundreds of others under the stars for a night of family fun in front of the silver screen. Market Square transforms into an outdoor movie theatre featuring Toy Story (G) on October 4. Movie starts at dusk.

60 Market Sq. 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. 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 October 4, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

Townsend Artisan Guild: The Best of Us

This new exhibition features original art by 20 artists including fiber arts, charcoal, pen and ink, oils, watercolors, acrylics, photography, pottery, woodworking, and mixed media. The Guild is excited about the opportunity to present the breadth and quality of these artists who live and work in the East Tennessee area.

Barb Johnson & Anna Rykaczewska: Inside/Out

Barb Johnson and Anna Rykaczewska will display work from their perspective of what they observe in photographed images. The images include both inside and outside spaces. The quality of light as it infiltrates a setting determines how textures and color tones play a major role in their compositions.

Floral Photographs by Anthony Owsley

Anthony Owsley has pursued a variety of creative ventures including cartooning, illustration, puppeteering, animation and theater. Since relocating to Knoxville, Owsley has taken a passion for photography. His third exhibition includes a collection of floral photographs.

Bryan Wilkerson: Saddychack

In this exhibition, Wilkerson will display clever, kooky, and quirky pottery and wall art. A Tennessee native, his creative practices are focused primarily on ceramics and public art but extend into design and drawing. His work explores humor, craft, irony, and play through common symbolic references. 

Barbara West Portrait Group

This group is named in memory of the artist Barbara West, who shared her hospitality and home where people gathered to draw portraits. Members hail from throughout the United States and even other countries. By using a wide variety of media and showcasing differing art styles, they constantly explore and develop their skills. 

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 >

Rala will feature the work of Pippin Long on October 4 from 6-9pm. A Tennessee native and UT grad, Pippin experiments with various mediums and techniques with a focus on drawing and painting, specifically watercolors. Her newest work explores portraiture and the treatment of skin using watercolor and negative space.

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 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 >
PostModern Spirits

The Tasting Room at PostModern Spirits will be showcasing the works of painter Shannon Frei on October 4 from 5-8pm. Sip on a craft cocktail - art in and of itself - while enjoying the surrounding paintings.

205 W Jackson Ave (865) 437-3190 More Details >
Bl├╝hen Botanicals

Blühen Botanicals will host photographer Ashlyn Kittrell. Her project is the beginning of a celebration: of the people, of the places, and of the tenacity it takes to stay in Appalachia. You’ll also find specials on wine for the evening.

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 Robert Felker. His show, Patron Saints of Rock, is his attempt to honor the legacy and contributions of artists that have moved mountains. His works feature musicians Dolly Parton, Tom Petty, and more.

803 S Gay St (865) 522-0832 More Details >
Pilot Light

At the Pilot Light on Oct 4 you'll find C.W. Stoneking. 7pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices. 18+

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

Enjoy jazz at the Bistro! On October 4, you'll find live jazz with David Binkley 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 >
Boyd's Jig & Reel

On October 4th, you'll find the Barstool Romeos at Boyd's Jig & Reel. They're an outlaw country rock-n-roll band right here from Knoxville. Show 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 >
Awaken Coffee

Awaken Coffee will host oil and acrylic painter Rita Nabors on October 4 from 6-9pm. Her current Farm Series is painted on rusty roofing tin. Join Awaken Coffee for inspiring art, refreshments, and of course great coffee!

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details >
Art Market Gallery

The Art Market Gallery will feature recent works by painter Kate Aubrey, photographer Eileen Colquitt, mixed media artist Donna Conliffe, metal artist Patrick Deason, and wood artist Ed Lewis on October 4. 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. Come by to see the new work and meet them!


422 S Gay St (865) 525-5265 More Details >
Knoxville Visitors Center
Join Visit Knoxville on First Friday 4-6pm for some amazing scents and smells from 865 Candle Company. Their hand poured, small batch candles are "made with a funky kind of love," and get excited, because their Fall fragrance line is here!
301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details >
Knoxville Soap Candles & Gifts

Join Knoxville Soap Candle and Gifts for First Friday on October 4th between 5:30-7:30pm for live music, featuring local jazz pianist Holly Moyer. It’s their One Year Anniversary Downtown, so they’ll be offering specials across the entire store!

714 S Gay St (865) 689-6545 More Details >
Downtown Grill & Brewery

On October 4, Downtown Grill & Brewery will feature original work from artists Ryan Atkins and Kasey Beaty 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 >
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes will feature mixed media artist Terina Gillette on October 4. They'll be showcasing and offering her painted pieces, prints, and greeting cards throughout the month, including many pieces of downtown Knoxville landmarks. Stop by to meet Terina! 6-9pm.

445 S Gay St (865) 329-8868 More Details >
Jacks of Knoxville

Jacks of Knoxville is hosting local artist Emma Slaymaker, who draws and paints custom portraits of horses, pets, and people. Join them for their Fall kick-off with local art and fall drinks and snacks! Festivities are happening 6-8pm. 

133 S Gay St (865) 394-6352 More Details >
Dogwood Arts

Dogwood Arts will be hosting the opening reception for ‘Pieced’ on October 4, 5:30-8:30pm. The exhibit is a collaboration of artwork by Melissa Everett Textiles 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 October.

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 More Details >
Maple Hall

Join Maple Hall Friday for live music downstairs and a art showcase upstairs! Singer/songwriter Lauren Arp is performing at the downstairs stage starting at 8pm. Show is free. 21+ after 9pm unless accompanied by a guardian. 

At the upstairs lounge, Derrick Freeman's art will be showcased the entire month of October. Freeman is a self-taught artist diagnosed with Autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired verbal and non-verbal communication. Each painting is a powerful interpretation of his life with Autism. Take a moment to see the world through his eyes.

414 S Gay St (865) 249-8454 More Details >
UT Downtown Gallery

On October 4, the UT Downtown Gallery will present "False Calm," an installation by Sam Vernon. Her installations combine xeroxed drawings, photographs, paintings and sculptural components in an exploration of personal narrative and identity.  5-9pm. The event is free and open to the public. There will be Artist Lecture on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:30pm 

106 S Gay St (865) 673-0802 More Details >
Chesapeake's Seafood House

A Studio Music & Jazz major at the University of Tennessee, Rondo Johnson will be performing at Chesapeake's on October 4 starting at 6:30. 

600 Union Ave (865) 673-3433 More Details >
Pretentious Glass Co

It's FALL at Pretentious Glass Co for First Friday as they showcase a variety of beautiful hand blown glass pumpkins. You'll also find free demonstrations in the studio, where you can catch the artists creating anything from specialty beer glasses to decorative vases. It's art in action! 6-9pm.

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

A night full of music, find performances by Sydney Adams Music, Gone Country, and Teen Spirit at Scruffy City Hall on Friday night. Music starts at 8pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

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

A night full of music, find performances by Sydney Adams MusicGone Country, and Teen Spirit at Scruffy City Hall on Friday night. Music starts at 8pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

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

Release your inner artist during the First Friday ArtWalk on October 4 at Painting with a Twist. Paint downtown's beloved 'Gay Street' from 6-9pm. Check venue for details, reservations, and pricing. 

121 S Gay St (865) 229-6037 More Details >
Old City Wine Bar

Visit Old City Wine Bar to see new art from Lucie Gilot in collaboration with her toddler son! Check out the artwork October 4 from 5pm-midnight. The work will be showcased all month long. Happy hour from 5-7. No cover to enter.

108 W Jackson Ave (865) 851-7676 More Details >
Coffee & Chocolate

Join Coffee & Chocolate on October 4 as they feature artist Heather Finney's "Acceptance" series of paintings. And enjoy Fall-themed chocolates that are a display of artwork themselves! 

327 Union Ave (865) 688-9244 More Details >
Music Feeds

Join Commercial Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee for the 2nd Annual concert series Music Feeds at World's Fair Park! Scott Miller and the Commonwealth will perform on the lawn. Enjoy Sweet P's Barbeque and Live Music! Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 865-656-4444.

1080 World's Fair Park Drive (865) 215-2434 More Details >
Marble City Kitchen and The Firefly

Marble City Kitchen and the Firefly will have live music from 7-10pm on October 4 for Brews and Beats on the Fly, as well as a Yee Haw Brewery tap takeover. Drop by for food, drink, and music on the patio.

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

Join Union Ave Books for a First Friday, October 4th at 6:00pm with the Knoxville Writers' Guild. Hear some specific selections from KWG members Victoria Raschke, Laura Still, Melanie Sakalla, and Stewart Harris. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Knoxville Writers' Guild with a percentage of the proceeds from evening sales benefiting their various projects.

517 Union Ave (865) 951-2180 More Details >
Rebel Kitchen

Stop by Rebel Kitchen October 4 to see new work from Kara Lockmiller on display for the whole month of October.

108 W Jackson Ave (865) 851-7676 More Details >
The Gratitude Bar

Share wine, nibbles, and ideas with complete strangers for one hour discussing, "What is Art?" Seatings are on the hour from 6-9pm. 

111 N Central St (865) 455-1750 More Details >
Casual Pint

Enjoy a night of live music at The Casual Pint. They are hosting Jake Gray Music on October 4 from 7-9pm. He describes his music as the country rock sounds of the Eagles, meets the storytelling of John Hiatt, with a slice of Foo Fighters attitude.

421 Union Ave (865) 951-2160 More Details >
Culture Hair Studio

Join Culture Hair Studio for snacks and drinks to celebrate their 2nd anniversary, plus enjoy local art from Will Brady this Friday from 6-8pm.

115 S Gay St (865) 622-7677 More Details >
Church Street United Methodist

Church Street United First Friday dance is happening Friday, October 4th. Lessons are at 7:15pm with the dance beginning at 8 pm. Visit their Facebook page for admission prices. Included in admission is free snacks and a big variety of dance tunes to keep you on the floor all night long with folks who love to dance as much as you do!

900 Henley St (865) 524-3048 More Details >
Pour Taproom

Artist Aaron Sink will showcase his East Tennessee Photography from 6-9pm. 21+ after 7pm. Then, catch the country rock band from Knoxville, the Matthew Hickey Band, at Pour Taproom on October 4 starting at 9pm. 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 >
Lox Salon

Lox Salon will display the artwork of Kara Lockmiller throughout the entire month of October. Lockmiller explores the kinship between color and music with her colorful portraits. 

103 W Jackson Ave (865) 523-5569 More Details >
Merchants of Beer

Listen to live music from Stevie Jones on the Merchants of Beer patio starting at 8pm. Food service from The Pop Up Truck will be from 3pm-11pm. No cover and all ages welcome!

137 S Central St (865) 247-5503 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 >
Nouveau Classics

Drop by Nouveau Classics for First Friday's ArtWalk on October 4. It will be a wonderful evening of music, wine, modern art and fun.

101 S Gay St (865) 525-4755 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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St John's Episcopal Cathedral

St John’s will be hosting a First Friday Drum Circle on October 4 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 >
Downtown Wine + Spirits

Downtown Wine + Spirits will be hosting a free tasting on October 4 from 5:30-7:30pm. Join the community while sipping on wines from around the world! 21+

407 S Gay St (865) 525-7575 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 >