Knoxville First Friday
Knoxville is home to a diverse community of artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions. 13 years ago, the community came together on the First Friday of every month in downtown Knoxville. Over recent years, the celebration has extended throughout the city, encouraging people to venture out and enjoy great art and great company throughout all of Knoxville.
A growing number of galleries and venues throughout the city feature a variety of artists’ displays and live music. Downtown anchors include The Art Market, The Emporium and the downtown Visitors Center, home of the WDVX Blue Plate Special – all conveniently located on Gay Street. Stroll, sip and shop throughout the evening! Meander over to Market Square and the Old City for additional art, entertainment and dining options.
Support Knoxville’s local artists and enjoy a night on the town… this coming month… at First Friday. Check out Visit Knoxville’s Calendar of Events here!
Downtown Knox First Friday ArtWalk
Art, music, food, fun…on the first Friday of each month the streets of Downtown Knoxville come alive for a casual evening of creative 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 culinary pleasures.
Every month – year round – brings fresh new exhibits, performances, dining opportunities, and special events. Schedules vary from place to place. Plan your evening at downtownknoxville.org/firstfriday, and experience the arts, warmth, and community of Downtown Knoxville.
The Emporium Center
Enjoy the culture and spirit of downtown Knoxville every First Friday of the month! Thousands of residents and visitors tour art galleries, venues, and related spaces, celebrating the work of local artists, musicians, culinary food vendors, and more! The Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in the heart of the Arts District, is always a hotspot of activity, hosting new exhibitions each month, live jazz music, flamenco dancing, darkroom demonstrations, chocolate fondue, and working artist studios. Join us on First Fridays from 5:00-9:00 PM. Admission is always free! More info here!
First Fridays at The Emporium Center are hosted by the Arts & Culture Alliance.
The Art Market Gallery
The Gallery is a cooperative of more than sixty East Tennessee artists dedicated to providing a vibrant marketplace for original art and fine crafts. Located in the heart of downtown at 422 S. Gay Street, the gallery has convenient parking on Gay Street , the Promenade Garage or State Street Garage. Admission is free. The gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday and Saturdays 11 AM to 6 PM. It’s open from 11 – 9 PM on Fridays and 1-6 on Sundays. The gallery is closed on New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Visit their website here!
WDVX and Visit Knoxville present First Friday Live! It’s a radio show featuring artists from around the region or nationally touring acts. Play your part in the radio show and be in the audience for the FREE show at 7 p.m. at WDVX’s studio inside the Knoxville Visitor Center, listen to the broadcast on 89.9 in East Tennessee or on the wdvx.com live stream. Nelson Gullett, one of WDVX’s resident Americana music experts, sets the stage by inviting his musical guests to perform, talk, and get comfortable.
The UT Downtown Gallery
The UT Downtown Gallery is located next to the Historic Emporium Building at 106 S. Gay Street in Downtown Knoxville. We are a part of the University of Tennessee’s School of Art and host monthly art exhibitions of professional Contemporary Artists from across the country. Many of our invited artists visit Knoxville and conduct lectures, talks and workshops that coincide with their downtown exhibit. The UT Downtown Gallery opens each new exhibition on the FIRST FRIDAY of every month from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. The exhibits are FREE and open to the public. The gallery serves to educate our students and community and stands as an attestation to the University of Tennessee’s commitment to the betterment of Knoxville’s cultural environment.
The gallery hours are Wednesday – Friday 11am – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm. The gallery closes in observance of national holidays and between exhibitions.
Dogwood Arts First Friday
Dogwood Arts promotes and celebrates our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty. Dogwood Art’s First Friday events and exhibitions highlight our 15 unique programs and support the creativity of local and regional artists. Our doors are open, and we welcome you to join us as we showcase and celebrate artists and art lovers at our new office located at 123 W. Jackson Ave in Knoxville’s Old City.
The Historic Old City
Kick off every First Friday in Knoxville’s Historic Old City! The Old City hosts free live concerts on the First Friday of every month (March – October) from 6-8pm. You’ll find tons of free, covered parking under the James White Parkway, just steps away from The Old City! Come celebrate with us as local businesses host First Friday specials including food and drink specials alongside great shows by local artists and musicians.
To find out more about First Friday’s in the old city, follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OldCityKnoxville/.