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Jun 7, 2019





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.

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Happening on May 3

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

17 Market Square 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
UT Downtown Gallery

The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present an opening reception for ARTSOURCEan exhibition dedicated solely to Knox County art educators. Every day Knox County art teachers devote their time and energy to cultivating creativity and critical skills in their students. This exhibit gives these same teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents. Please join us to celebrate the achievements of our art educators! 

The May 3 event is free and open to the public. 5-9pm.

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

The Emporium Center is the hub of activity for every First Friday ArtWalk. 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 May 3, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present:

Grace and Grandeur by Sam Stapleton and John Vavruska. Grace and Grandeur presents the story of two men with a common photographic grounding that has matured into expressions of widely divergent visions. 

Pairs: Work by the New Image Artists. This fiber and mixed media exhibition, curated by Trudi Van Dyke, features thirteen contemporary fiber artists who are juried members of the New Image Artists group.

Knoxville: Special Light by Allen Monsarrat. The exhibition will display oil paintings and pastels that depict iconic Knoxville scenes.

Anna Halliwell Boyd: Forget Me Not (Really). 

Rodney Yardley: Barns, Beer Joints, and Baptist Churches. A photography exhibition by self-taught photographer and local Knoxville artist.

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 host an opening reception on May 3 featuring mixed media jewelry artist Lynn Straka and landscape artist Sandy Hoeft. The evening includes complimentary refreshments and live music. You’ll also find original art and fine crafts from more than 60 East TN artists. 5-9pm.

422 S Gay St (865) 525-5265 More Details
Dogwood Arts

Join Dogwood Arts on May 3 for the opening of the 2019 Epiphone Student Guitar Design Exhibition! A partnership of Dogwood Arts and Songbirds Foundation in Chattanooga, the exhibition gives 20 high school and middle school students the chance to design guitars provided by Epiphone. Guitars will be on display from May 3-19 and then auctioned online to benefit Dogwood Arts and the Songbirds Foundation’s youth art programs. 5:30-7:30pm at Awaken Coffee.

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

Drop by Maple Hall on May 3 for a unique photography showcase. F/32 Photo will have a showcase and print sale on the patio with featured artists Heather Lynch, Jessie Morris, April Love, and Tod Sheley. Fine art prints, cards, postcards, magnets, magazine, and canvases will be available for purchase. 6-8pm. As always, the upstairs cocktail lounge & patio is 21+.

414 S Gay St (865) 249-8454 More Details
Pour Taproom

Pour Taproom will be hosting artist Nya House from 6-9pm on May 3. Stick around for music by Gas Station Sushi from 9pm-midnight. Plus experience the art of tasting, with more than 68 different taps of beer plus ciders, mead, wine, and kegged cocktails...all available by the ounce. No cover. 

207 W Jackson Ave (865) 337-5726 More Details
Art in Public Places

Explore the NEW 2019-2020 exhibit of Dogwood Arts Art in Public Places! You’ll find beautiful installations of this year-round exhibition of large-scale sculptures in and around Krutch Park and at the corner of Gay St and Summit Hill Dr. Great photo ops for your First Friday ArtWalk evening. 

523 S Gay St More Details
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes will be hosting felt florist Sydney Myers of Peek-A-Boo Petals on May 3. The artist will be in the store with a selection of beautiful handmade bows and accessories for babies and children. Plus treats from Wild Love Bake House. 

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

Rala will be hosting multi-talented singer songwriter Robinella on May 3 as she displays her abstract visual artwork along with copies of her new CD. 6-9pm. 

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details
Awaken Coffee

Drop by Awaken Coffee on May 3 for the opening of the 2019 Epiphone Student Guitar Design Exhibition! A partnership of Dogwood Arts and Songbirds Foundation in Chattanooga, the exhibition gives 20 high school and middle school students the chance to design guitars provided by Epiphone. Guitars will be on display at Awaken from May 3-19 and then auctioned online to benefit Dogwood Arts and the Songbirds Foundation’s youth art programs. Stop by for great art and great coffee! 5:30-7:30pm.

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details
Bistro at the Bijou

The Bistro at the Bijou hosts an evening of jazz with Mike Baggetta on May 3. Drop by for culinary creations and live musicNo cover. Music from 9-11pm.

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 More Details
Tennessee Theatre

On May 3 it's opening night for Jersey Boys at the Tennessee Theatre, part of the 11th Anniversary Season of Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre. Check venue for details and ticket information.

604 Gay St (865) 684-1200 More Details
Downtown Wine + Spirits

Downtown Wine + Spirits will be hosting a free wine tasting on May 3 and pouring feather-light reds. 5:30-7:30pm. That's art everyone can appreciate! 21+

407 S Gay St (865) 525-7575 More Details
Downtown Grill & Brewery

Downtown Grill & Brewery will be showcasing the beautiful artwork of Shannon Frei and the stunning photography of Kayla Bailey and Phil Savage. Happening in the Woodruff Gallery on May 3, located to the left of the main entrance. And as always, happy hour drink and appetizer specials from 4-10pm. 

424 S Gay St (865) 633-8111 More Details
Bijou Theatre Art Gallery

The Bijou Theatre Gallery will host an opening reception on May 3 for "Uncomfortably Comfortable" featuring paintings by Kayla Dean and Andy Gordon. The reception is free and open to the public . 6-8pm.

803 S Gay St (865) 522-0832 More Details
Casual Pint

On May 3 Casual Pint will be hosting singer/songwriter duo Redd & Ryan and Shayla McDaniel. Drop by for a night of great music and find your favorite beer by the pint, flight, half pour, growler or crowler. 7:30-9:30pm.

421 Union Ave (865) 951-2160 More Details
PostModern Spirits

On May 3 at PostModern Spirits you'll find an opeing exhibit for artist Nicole O'Laughlin. And, as always, artistic cocktails. Drop by!

205 W Jackson Ave (865) 437-3190 More Details
BarberMcMurry Architects

BarberMcMurry Architects will host oil painter Chelle Gunderson on May 3. A recent newcomer to Tennessee, Chelle’s oil paintings are a celebration of the lovely and the mundane, still lifes with a simple view. This exhibit includes landscapes, still lifes and florals. 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.

505 Market St (865) 934-1915 More Details
Old City Wine Bar

Old City Wine Bar will be featuring new work from Lucie Gilot on May 3. It's a special exhibit that includes a collaboration Lucie has done with her toddler son titled 'Luci + Remi'. 

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

Sapphire will be hosting a pop-up on May 3 in collaboration with John H Daniel American Tailor's. Stop in to check out JHD displays specially designed by Jeffrey Openshaw. In addition, Jeffrey has custom tailored several of the Sapphire staff members to show that JHD look! Drop by for a fun, tailored time. 5-8pm. Drink specials available.

428 S Gay St (865) 951-2066 More Details
Mark Carson English Studio

You'll find the beautiful works of Mark Carson English and Greg Macbain at Mark Carson English Studio on May 3. 6-9pm.

130 W Jackson Ave More Details
Boyd's Jig & Reel

On May 3 you'll find The Barstool Romeos 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
Mast General Store

Let’s call it the Art of Treating Yoself! Mast General Store will be hosting a Ladies’ Night of self care tips, tricks, and trends including neighbors and friends from across the Knoxville community to share their stories with you. Door prizes throughout the evening. 5-8pm.

402 S Gay St (865) 546-1336 More Details
Merchants of Beer

It looks like it's going to be a nice night on May 3 and Merchants of Beer will have Chris Morel performing on the patio. Music starts at 9pm. Plus, it's all ages now, with 21+ after 10pm.

137 S Central St (865) 247-5503 More Details
Hampton Inn & Suites

Spring is in the air in East Tennessee and you’ll find Melissa Harrell at the Hampton Inn & Suites on May 3. Harrell, an artist-designer that specializes in watercolor and acrylic painting with a love of lettering and design, is the perfect artist to represent the season. She’ll be presenting a series of Impressionist abstract floral paintings. 4:30-7:30pm.

618 W Main St (865) 522-5400 More Details
Old City MedSpa

Old City MedSpa will host featured artist Melanie "Mimi" Eicholz, a Knoxville native who does fiber art, painting on silk and more unique creations. Mimi’s subject matter ranges from landscapes to cosmic images. There also will be live demos of several medspa treatments and a raffle for some great giveaways.

104 W Summit Hill Dr (865) 247-5057 More Details
St John's Episcopal Cathedral

St John’s will be hosting a First Friday Drum Circle 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). All are welcome for this community experience of togetherness. 6pm.

413 W Cumberland Ave More Details
Kindred Bridal

You'll find a First Friday Flower Bar at Kindred Bridal. Pick the dreamiest blooms for your own bouquet with Rose Moss. Plus a sample sale preview. 6-8pm.

111 E Jackson Ave More Details
Jacks of Knoxville

Drop by Jacks for a popup event featuring their newest Maker, The Gourmet Cookie! Ashley will have cookie samples, as well as a featured decorated iced cookie. She is also bringing her collection of sweets that will be available at Jacks daily starting May 4! Plus, as always, a collection of products made by awesome people. Don't miss it, 6-9 pm.

133 S Gay St (865) 394-6352 More Details
Preservation Pub

On May 3 you'll find Wild Thing at Preservation Pub. Starts at 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

28 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details
Eddie's Health Shoppe

Eddie's Health Shoppe will be featuring abstract paintings by artist Jane Rahnema on May 3. Plus a raffle of locally made dark chocolate. Yumm! Drop by for a visit!

455 Union Ave (865) 633-6533 More Details
Painting With a Twist

Release your inner artist during the First Friday ArtWalk on May 3 at Painting with a Twist. There's a 7pm class where you can paint a personalize wreath on a wooden pallet. Check venue for details, reservations, and pricing. 

121 S Gay St (865) 229-6037 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
Cafe Vicolo

Drop by Cafe Vicolo on May 3 for a super fun and hard-hitting night. Hard Knox Roller Girls will be in the house! Meet your favorite roller girl, purchase some awesome new HKRG merch, and grab your tickets for their season opener. 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
Scruffy City Hall

Big Dog will be at Scruffy City Hall on May 3. Starts at 10pm. Check venue for details and ticket prices.

32 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details

Explore STORIES, 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. Snap a few photos and share your experience at #knoxstories.

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Knoxville Soap Candles & Gifts

Knoxville Soap Candles & Glfts will be hosting Blue Slip Winery for a complimentary wine tasting and lite bites from Frussies Deli. Live piano music and local shopping! 5-8pm.

714 S Gay St (865) 689-6545 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