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First Friday ArtWalk

Art. Music. Food. Fun. Community.

On the first Friday of each month, the streets of Downtown Knoxville come alive for one of our favorite events! A casual evening of connecting with friends and family—and 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 Knoxville. So come take a walk through our vibrant main streets and side streets, and experience the warmth and community of the neighborhood. Here's how to get started and tips on parking.

🎨 Exhibits Open Throughout the Month 

Be on the lookout for the "🎨" and "🎭" emojis in the lists below for exhibits and shows throughout the month. Exhibits and times vary from place to place, so check back before each First Friday for updated schedules. 

Attention Artists + Makers

If you're interested in exhibiting your work in Downtown Knoxville, find a list of venues looking for artists and information on how to connect.

Share your ArtWalk photos with #FirstFridayKnox!

September 2 – Exhibits

Paris Woodhull Illustrations

It's a Grand Opening + First Friday at Paris Woodhull Illustrations! Local illustrator Paris Woodhull is opening a print and production studio with a retail shop on the 100 Block of Gay Street! It's bound to be a good time. 5:30-8:00 PM.

121 S Gay St Venue Details >
🎨 Emporium Center

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in Downtown Knoxville from September 2- October 1, 2022. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, September 2, from 5-9 PM.

Jan Burleson: Things Pile Up. During the haunting disruption and isolation of the year, Jan found good use for the many magazines that had long piled up. She has used cut and torn images from those accumulated magazines, now history pieces in themselves, in collage as exploratory process.

Risa Hricovsky: Stranger Things. Risa Hricovsky is a post-discipline/installation artist. Her work pushes the boundaries between painting and sculpture and between art, design and craft.

Greg Lach: Paint and Pixels. Greg created "Pixel Portraits and Landscapes" using digital photography and pixel painting. The combinayion of brush strokes and digital manipulation produces a one-of-a-kind image.

Larry Cole: Figures, Faces & Fantasy. Intense color, abstract shapes, and a sensation of mystery combine to establish the overall mood of this new exhibition by Larry Cole.

Tom Owens & Marianne Woodside: Capturing People, Recording Environments. In this exhibition of 50 images, Tom Owens and Marianne Woodside share many of their favorite photographs which represent a variety of photographic styles that create images to highlight subjects, establish mood, and offer alternate views of traditional subjects. The artists show images from global and local environments, including pre-pandemic and pandemic times, as well as solo photographic works and images they created in tandem during joint photo shoots.

100 S Gay St (865) 523-7543 Venue Details >
Pretentious Glass Co

It's going to be an amazing night at Pretentious Glass with a beautiful exhibition titled 'Faded and Laced' featuring resident artist Joseph Alexander Ward. Ward's work celebrates process, technique, and intent through meticulous application of color, texture, and shape. His exhibition focuses on two glass techniques in particular, lacing and fading, both of which add pops of color and texture to challenge and please the eye. Glass blowing demos, beer, and great vibes! Demo 6-9 PM.

133 S Central St (865) 249-8677 Venue Details >
🎨 Dogwood Arts

Dogwood Arts is hosting a reception of 'Two Sides' by Carl Gombert on First Friday. Gombert was born in Brimfield, Ohio and started painting lessons at the age of 14 with money he earned delivering newspapers. He has exhibited widely and his work is in numerous public and corporate collections. Plus, there will be live music from Pistol Creek Catch of the Day. 5-8 PM.

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 Venue Details >
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

Bliss and Tori Mason Shoes will host Liz Long Adkins of LA Ceramics on Sept 2. Liz is a Nashville-based maker focusing on unique, functional pieces. Drop by to shop Liz's unique collection.

445 S Gay St (865) 329-8868 Venue Details >
🎨 Knox Brew Hub

Pints & Art! Make plans to visit Knox Brew Hub to view the new art on display and to sample craft beer! Artist Oliver Loveday will have work on display throughout the month of September.

421 Union Ave (865) 454-9688 Venue Details >
🎨 Maker Exchange

Grab a cocktail or dinner and check out New Artwork by Local Makers in the Curio. The Curio is an ever-changing, shoppable display of Knoxville-made sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and much more! New pieces from Robin Surber, Douglas Lawrence, Garrett Durland, Sam Chumley, Diahn Ott, Brigid Oesterling, Diane Fox, and John Phillips are on display now. First Friday at Maker Exchange is hosted by Dogwood Arts. 5-8 PM. Plus free valet parking if you drink or dine in the tavern or coffee shop. 

710 Clinch Ave (865) 637-4561 Venue Details >
Able Trade

Located in Downtown Knoxville's Jackson Terminal, Able Trade is a fully-equipped maker co-working space focused on woodwork, metalwork, and industrial craftsmanship. During September's First Friday reception see the Arrowmont School Artist-in-Residence Group Show from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. 

203 W Jackson Ave (865) 296-0832 Venue Details >
🎨 Awaken Coffee

Art, Music and Coffee! Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for artist Reem Arnouk on September 2. View her paintings and hear live music performed by Brooks Coker while enjoying a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. 

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 Venue Details >
Hyatt Place

You’ll find Amanda Scribbles Art at Hyatt Place on First Friday. Drop by for art and Picasso cocktails in the beautiful Lobby Bar on September 2 from 5:30-8 PM. 

530 S Gay St (865) 544-9977 Venue Details >
🎨 Christopher Robin Arts

Visit Christopher Robin Arts to see the work of Christopher and Robin Rohwer, husband-and-wife artist duo. Their gallery is located in the Phoenix Building on the 400 block of Gay Street. Stop by from 5-9 PM on First Friday to meet the artists and to view their paintings and photography!

418 S Gay St Venue Details >
Art in Public Places

Take a stroll and explore Dogwood Arts' installation of Art in Public Places, a large-scale sculpture installation in and around Krutch Park. Great photo ops for your First Friday ArtWalk evening. Share your photos to Instagram with #FirstFridayKnox!

Between Gay St and Market Square Venue Details >

September 2 – Theatre, Music, + More

🎭 Theatre Knoxville

Theatre Knoxville presents, "The Savannah Sipping Society," from Sept 2 through Sept 18! In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten and directed by Jill Bergeron.Tickets on Sale Now!

800 S Central St (865) 544-1999 Venue Details >
Merchants of Beer

Craft beer and live music and a beautiful outdoor patio! Singer, Songwriter Lauren Arp and band will be performing at Merchants of Beer on First Friday! Starts at 8 PM. No cover.

137 S Central St (865) 247-5503 Venue Details >
The Tea Bar

The Tea Bar will be hosting Boston baker Irena Spassova of Reeberry Bakes offering free samples of clementine cakes artistically topped with tea-infused icing paired with free samples of cold brewed oolong tea. Drop by! Open until 9 PM on First Friday, Sept 2.

126 S Gay St Venue Details >
Two Bikes

Two Bikes is hosting fiddler Evie Andrus for their very first First Friday. Music starts at 7:30 PM.

118 S Central St (865) 566-4876 Venue Details >
Boyd's Jig & Reel

Late night live music and drinks! Well Drinkers will be playing at Jig & Reel on First Friday! No cover and must be 21+. Starts at 9 PM.

101 S Central St (865) 247-7066 Venue Details >
Scruffy City Hall

Asheville, NC based gritty, funky Grateful Dead tribute band, the Dirty Dead is performing at Scruffy City Hall on First Friday! Cash cover at the door. 

32 Market Square (865) 524-2224 Venue Details >
Knoxville Visitors Center

Celebrate First Friday each month with free live music from 6-7 PM at WDVX’s studio inside the Knoxville Visitors Center. Performances are hosted by Evie Andrus and include artists from around the region as well as nationally touring acts. From toe taps to beer taps, you’ll find it all!

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 Venue Details >
Bistro at the Bijou

Enjoy a delicious dinner and a show at the Bistro at the Bijou. Hear live music from the Kevin Krapf Trio on First Friday starting at 8 PM. 

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 Venue Details >
Preservation Pub

Ready to dance? Knoxville band Saucy Llama is taking the stage at Preservation Pub on First Friday! The show starts at 8 PM. Cash cover at the door. 

28 Market Square (865) 524-2224 Venue Details >
Bernadette's Crystal Gardens

Dance the night away at Bernadette's Quartz Lounge. DJ Night presented by Knoxturnal Entertainment starts at 9 PM on First Friday.

26 Market Square (865) 524-2224 Venue 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 >
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 Venue Details >