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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!

December 2 – Exhibits

🎨 Emporium Center

Celebrate local artists in December! The Arts & Culture Alliance presents the largest annual exhibition of Local Artists in the Greater Knoxville Area at the Emporium Center. The fresh mix of two- and three-dimensional works created within the last two years encompasses a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, fine craft, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, and more from regional artists who are all individual members of the Alliance.

A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, December 2, from 5-9 PM. During the opening reception, dancers with Circle Modern Dance will preview their upcoming production Modern Dance, Primitive Light.

100 S Gay St (865) 523-7543 More Details >
Tree of Life Salon & Spa

Make your way to Tree of Life Salon & Spa in Market Square for another chance to shop local! Artist Matthew Israel will have a pop-up from 5-8 PM on First Friday. Find a local gift for that special someone on your list. He will have downtown post cards, stone coasters, magnets, and abstract paintings. 

33 Market Square (865) 637-5149 More Details >
Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts

Stop by Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts to discover the art of makeup! On First Friday from 5-7:30 PM makeup expert Susan Bourdeau will be in store to help you pick out the foundation, blush, eyeshadow and lipstick colors that work best with your skin tone. While you are there you can also find stocking stuffers and gifts for your loved ones!

714 S Gay St (865) 689-6545 More Details >
Jacks of Knoxville

Drew Ellis of dbopdew art will have artwork on display and for sale for the month of December at Jacks of Knoxville! The opening reception will be held on First Friday from 6-8 PM. Jacks is the perfect place to warm up during the parade! They have a full coffee bar plus gifts for everyone on your shopping list. 

133 S Gay St (865) 394-6352 More Details >
🎨 Maker Exchange

Sip on a cocktail or enjoy a delicious dinner in the Tavern and view the 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 Daniel Clay, Bug Pottery, Bill Griffith, Shelagh Leutwiler, Lindsay Dawley, Valerie Pierce, and That Clay Girl Co. 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 More Details >
Pretentious Glass Co

Pretentious Glass Co is celebrating All Things Festive and Holidays on First Friday from 6-9 PM. Visit Pretentious for an evening of glassblowing demonstrations, delicious Korean fusion food from Hongs Kitchen, and amazing beers!

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

Rala will feature local artist Mike C. Berry during the month of December with an opening reception on First Friday. Drop by the store in the Old City from 6 - 8 PM.

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

Visit Addison's to peruse their book collection, sample tea and enjoy wine! The bookstore will be open until 9 PM on First Friday. 

126 S Gay St More Details >
Paris Woodhull Illustrations

If you are looking for a unique, handmade gift, head to Paris Woodhull Illustrations! Local maker Paris Woodhull's shop is the perfect place to find shirts, stickers, home decor and more. Open until 8 PM on First Friday!

121 S Gay St More Details >
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

Bliss will be hosting Lucy Lieu Company on First Friday. Shop the collection of handcrafted botanical jewelry inspired by nature and fun. 6-8 PM.

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

Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for artist Lauren Ailor from 6-8 PM. Lauren's main work consists of three-dimensional botanical art characterized by beautifully rich colors.

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details >
Bethie Lou's

Get into the holiday spirit at Bethie Lou's! You'll know you're there when you see the adorable windows painted for the season. Inside, enter a chance to win a Christmas basket full of fun and festive holiday items. Enter all day on Friday with drawing at 7:45 PM.

110 S Central St (865) 312-5003 More Details >

Visit Honeymouth in the Old City for their First Friday Holiday Card Event with Bell Portraits! Each 15 minute session includes a digital gallery of 5 edited portraits plus a finished digital card for you to email or print and share with your loved ones. Enjoy 15% off in-store purchases with booking and complimentary sips! Book online or at the shop.

125 S Central St (865) 240-3956 More Details >
Alice in Appalachia

First Friday is the perfect time to pay a visit to one of Market Square's newest additions - Alice in Appalachia! There you will find curated gifts and whimsical trinkets. Local artist Tracye Amber Sowders will be hosting a pop-up with her beautiful watercolor paintings for one night only, so don't miss it!

18 Market Square More Details >
🎨 Christopher Robin Arts

Visit Christopher Robin Arts to see the work of Christopher Rohwer 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 More 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 More Details >

December 2 – Theatre, Music + More

Boyd's Jig & Reel

Enjoy a free performance and libations at Jig & Reel! Performing live on First Friday is Hearts Gone South with Handsome and the Humbles. The show starts at 9 PM. 

101 S Central St (865) 247-7066 More Details >
Bistro at the Bijou

Warm up on First Friday at the Bistro with a cocktail and live music! Enjoy the sounds of pianist Justin Haynes, bassist Jon Hamar and Hunter Deacon as they perform jazz from starting at 8 PM. 

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 More Details >
🎭 Old City Performing Arts Center

River & Rail Theatre Company and Pellissippi State Community College present THE WOLVES by Sarah Delappe. Performances run December 2-18 and Opening Night is on First Friday! Tickets available now

111 State St (865) 407-0727 More Details >
🎭 Theatre Knoxville

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Theatre Knoxville. Their newest production is One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall, which follows eight intertwined stories in a Midwestern mall on the last day of shopping before the holiday. Tickets available now

800 S Central St (865) 544-1999 More Details >
🎭 Tennessee Theatre

In December, enjoy the production of Jesus Christ Superstar. With lyrics and music by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, this is a show for the whole family. Tickets available now.

604 S Gay St (865) 684-1200 More Details >
Knoxville Visitors Center

Celebrate First Friday each month with free live music 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 More 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 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 20 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 More Details >