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March 2, 2018


Knoxville is home to a diverse community of artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions.14 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.

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, and experience the arts, warmth, and community of Downtown Knoxville.