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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 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.

The thriving arts community is one of the things we love most about Knoxville. So come take a walk through our vibrant 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 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!

August 5 – Exhibits

🎨 Emporium Center

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at The Emporium Center in Downtown Knoxville from August 5-27, 2022. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, August 5, from 5-9 PM.

Tennessee Artists Association presents 50 Years of Artistic Excellence: From the Past into the Future.

New Work by Terra Madre: Women in Clay. Terra Madre is a juried group of women clay artists founded in the year 2000 by female ceramic artists in East Tennessee. 

Works by Sergio, Estefano and Valeria Martínez & Héctor Saldivar 

Foothills Craft Guild Fine Crafts. This new exhibition features work by more than fifteen guild members as a highlight to the upcoming fall showcase, Tennessee Showcase of Fine Artisans in November.

Jack Retterer: Languages of Art. Jack Retterer is a fine art photographer, teacher and poet who is active in the arts community in East Tennessee.

100 S Gay St (865) 523-7543 Venue Details >
🎨 Dogwood Arts

Dogwood Arts is hosting an opening reception of 'Two Sides' by Carl Gombert on First Friday from 5-8 pm. 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. Since 1993, he has taught painting, drawing and art history at Maryville College. This exhibit represents two sides to his work. According to the artist, "I am committed to the techniques of large scale, unflinching realism. But I also am strongly compelled by the mathematical complexities and opportunity for play in decorative, patterned works."

123 W Jackson Ave (865) 637-4561 Venue Details >
🎨 Jacks of Knoxville

Visit Jacks in August and you'll see artwork by local maker Robert Turner on display! The opening reception will be held on First Friday from 6-8 pm. 

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

Stop by Maker Exchange on First Friday from 5-7 pm to hear live music by Frog & Toad! Grab a cocktail or dinner, enjoy the music, and check out New Artwork by Local Makers in the Curio. First Friday at Maker Exchange is hosted by Dogwood Arts.

710 Clinch Ave (865) 637-4561 Venue Details >
🎨 Awaken Coffee

Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for artist Susan B Miller on August 5. Susan, who has won top awards in local and state competitions, primarily works in watercolor and pencil. Join them for some amazing art, light refreshments, and of course great coffee! 6-8 pm.

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 Venue Details >
🎨 Lox Salon

Lox will be celebrating the Grand Opening of Lox Spa on August 5. The art of Tracy Sowders will be on display, Katie Leverenz will be onsite offering aura photography, plus hors d’ouerves, drinks, and a chance to meet the spa estheticians. They’ll also be offering 50% off all spa services reserved during the evening. 6-8 pm.

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

Merchants of Beer will be practicing the Art of Giving. A percentage of draft sales will be donated to the GoFundMe account of the Welch family, created to help pay medical and living expenses of Kevin Welch following a hit-and-run accident just outside MOB earlier this year. There will also be photographic prints for sale by Kristi Parsons with all proceeds being donated to the fund. Drop by, have a few pints, and help out a neighbor.

137 S Central St (865) 247-5503 Venue Details >
The Holistic Connection

The Holistic Connection will be kicking off their Very First, First Friday on August 5. They’ll be hosting artist Craig Smith, plus others. Drop by and check out the dab bar, mocktails, and cannabis retail services at this new downtown business.

716 S Gay St Venue Details >
Hyatt Place

You’ll find That Clay Girl Co on First Friday at Hyatt Place. The clay accessories, handmade by owner and designer Paige Neuhauser, are wearable art that is both aesthetically pleasing to the eye and ears. Drop by on August 5 from 4-6 pm to explore the jewelery line and grab a cocktail in the beautiful lobby.

530 S Gay St (865) 544-9977 Venue Details >
Pretentious Glass Co

Pretentious Glass Co will be featuring their Color Changing Glassware, Neodymium, during First Friday. Neodymium glass has the unique quality of being able to change color under different wave lengths of light. Will it be blue? Purple? or Pink? It all depends on what time you stop by for the live demo from 6-9 pm.

133 S Central St (865) 249-8677 More Details >
Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

The contemporary, childlike, and colorful art of Blanket Fort Studio will be featured at Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes on August 5. Meet Kendra and shop her creations from 6-8 pm.

445 S Gay St (865) 329-8868 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 >
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 August's First Friday reception see the work of University of Tennessee Sculpture MFA candidate, Kyle Cottier. His interdisciplinary practice blends traditional textile and woodworking techniques spanning sculpture, installation, photography, painting, illustration, writing and performance. Plus, get your portrait taken by Kelsey Tiara Photo! Kelsey runs a photography darkroom at Whistlepig Farms where she practices handmade photographic processes, specifically wet plate collodion, AKA Tintypes. Visit during First Friday from 5-8 pm. 

203 W Jackson Ave (865) 296-0832 Venue Details >
🎨 Knox Brew Hub

Pints & Art! Make your way to Knox Brew Hub to enjoy local craft beer! Artist Amanda Grosvenor will have work on display throughout the month of August!

421 Union Ave (865) 454-9688 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 and use #LoveDowntownKnox!

Between Gay St and Market Square Venue Details >

August 5 – Theatre, Music, + More

Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts

Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts is hosting the Center For Peace for Downtown Drumming from 6-8 pm on First Friday! Join Nan Citty of the Center For Peace for a Native Nurturing Drumming Circle. This will be an introduction to drumming circles with a focus on hand drums, singing, and directional chants. This is a family event and children are welcome. Drums will be available for use or you may bring your own drums.

714 S Gay St (865) 689-6545 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 >
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center

Each month Kitchen LinK hosts 'First Friday Food' at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center in Market Square. This month's featured vendors are Hexagon Brewing Company & Pizza Hoss. Enjoy tasty sips and snacks and don't forget to spin the prize wheel! Stop by anytime on First Friday from 5-7 pm.

17 Market Square (865) 282-4322 Venue Details >
Bistro at the Bijou

Enjoy a delicious dinner and a show at the Bistro at the Bijou. Hear live jazz music from the Taber Gable Trio on First Friday starting at 8 pm. 

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 Venue Details >
🎭 Theatre Knoxville

Don't miss the last week of Suite Surrender at Theatre Knoxville! It’s 1942, and two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel — assistants, luggage, and legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance…that is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s. Tickets on sale now.

800 S Central St (865) 544-1999 Venue Details >
Boyd's Jig & Reel

Late night live music and drinks! Legbeard will be playing original tunes at Jig & Reel on First Friday! Legbeard has driving old-time Appalachian fiddle/banjo music and vocal harmony at its core, with branches into original songs from the members and a few country folk gems. No cover and must be 21+.

101 S Central St (865) 247-7066 Venue Details >
Tennessee Theatre

Summer Movie Magic continues at the Tennessee Theatre with "A Hard Day's Night," The Beatles' first feature film. Moviegoers will travel back in time and see this 1964 classic as it should be: in an historic theatre originally built as a movie palace enjoying some popcorn and a cold drink. Experience this classic on the big screen on First Friday at 8 pm. Tickets on sale now

604 S Gay St (865) 684-1200 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 >