CMA Music Festival
2017 Dates TBD
Every summer, thousands of country music fans from all over the world move in to Nashville for four days to experience CMA Music Festival - four days of music from hundreds of artists including live concerts, meet & greets, autograph signings, celebrity sporting events, and more.
It's CMA Music Festival!
Nashville's CMA Music Festival Guide
It's The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience!
CMA Music Festival, in Nashville, is the ultimate country music fan experience! Stop by Fan Fair X to meet some of your favorite stars, witness the nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium, check out the free daily concerts happening downtown, and make sure you know about the events around town for the 2016 CMA Music Festival in Nashville.
Check out how much fun we had
Check out how much fun we had at CMA Music Festival in 2016 with our #CMAFest 2016 CMA Music Festival Facebook album, and start making plans to be here for the 2017 Festival!
The stars come out at night. Each night, Nissan Stadium lights up with Nightly Concerts from some of your favorite artists. The 2016 CMA Music Festival's lineup included:
Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels Band, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, The Oak Ridge Boys, Clint Black, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Hank Williams, Jr., Frankie Ballard, Florida Georgia Line, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, Steven Tyler, Chris Young, Marshall Tucker Band, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Exile, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, and Ray Stevens
Fan Fair X
Fan Fair X (FFX) is filled to the roof with Artist-Fan Connections, Performance Stages, Fan Fair History Walk, Shopping, Daily Entertainment, and Artist and Country Artifacts. Fan Fair X admission is included with all CMA Music Festival 4-day tickets, $10 a day, or $25 for four days.
There is so much FREE music at CMA Music Festival, you don't even need a ticket to catch some great concerts! There was seven stages throughout Downtown Nashville hosting FREE live music each day during the 2015 CMA Music Festival.
Visitor Center Stage
Step out of the heat and into the air-conditioning. The Nashville Visitor Center, inside the Bridgestone Arena. Step inside, cool off, listen to the free live music, and do a little Music City shopping!
Events around town
Come early and stay late. Music City has lots going on before, during, and after the Festival. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is typically busy with happenings all week and weekend long, the Grand Ole Opry features your favorite stars, the annual Opening Ceremonies increase the excitement, the CMT Awards honor the stars, Marty Stuart plays a Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium, and celebrities step up to the plate at the annual Celebrity Softball Challenge.
Did You Know?
- The first CMA Music Festival was called Fan Fair in 1972 and brought 5,000 fans to Municipal Auditorium. Roy Acuff, Tom T. Hall, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Minnie Pearl, Ernest Tubb and others performed.
- The 1974 Fan Fair saw the last performance together of Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner.
- What is now the Celebrity Softball Tournament began in 1975 as the Fan Fair Softball Tournament.
- Fan Fair moved to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in 1982.
- In 1996, Garth Brooks signed autographs for 23 hours with no breaks!
- Waylon Jennings' final Fan Fair appearance was in 1999.
- In 2001, Fan Fair moves to downtown Nashville.
- Fan Fair became CMA Music Festival in 2004.
- The now annual Kick-Off Parade and Block Party began in 2005.
- Artists that perform at CMA Music Festival do so free of charge. Proceeds from the event benefit Keep the Music Playing, funding school music programs. $7.6 million has been donated to date.
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