Free Entertainment

2016 Overview

NO TICKET REQUIRED! Soak up the sunshine with family and friends and enjoy FREE daytime music and activities throughout downtown Nashville during CMA Fest. With seven free stages, you're certain to see a variety of artists from legends to the latest up-and-comers. Vendors line The Buckle on historic Broadway, waiting to hand out product and food samples, play games and give away freebies. Hang out all day, or come and go as you please!

FEATURED CONCERT STAGES

CHEVROLET RIVERFRONT STAGE

The Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is the epicenter of daytime music with must-see lineups featuring the newest faces of Country Music with the legends you know and love. Located on the Cumberland River bank, the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is completely FREE!

 

CHEVROLET CRUZE PARK STAGE

 

AT&T SKYVIEW STAGE AT ASCEND AMPHITHEATER

 

BUDWEISER ACOUSTIC STAGE AT ASCEND AMPHITHEATER

 

GILDAN BROADWAY STAGE AT HARD ROCK CAFE

 

MUSIC CITY STAGE

 

CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL KICK-OFF CONCERT FEATURING SIRIUSXM HIGHWAY FINDS

The day before gates opened to the 2016 CMA Music Festival, CMA threw a FREE kick-off concert on the AT&T Skyview Stage at Ascend Amphitheater to get Nashville and every fan that flocks to Music City for the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience into the spirit of the Festival.

 

HGTV LODGE

The HGTV Lodge has become a staple at the CMA Music Festival! While the Lodge is free, a wristband is required to enter. Stay connected with CMA and HGTV for chances to win wristbands to the 2017 HGTV Lodge shows!

 

CMA WORLD GLOBALIVE!

Each June, Country Music enthusiasts from around the world travel to Nashville for CMA Music Festival. But fans aren’t the only ones crossing borders to attend the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience; international Country artists also make the pilgrimage to Music City each year to perform at CMA World GlobaLive!, a free, international Country Music showcase in downtown Nashville on the Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe.

FUN ACTIVITIES FOR EVERYONE

CMA Fest is known to provide exciting activities and entertainment perfect for the whole family!

 

THE BUCKLE

Through three bustling blocks of Broadway, legions of ultimate fans know that The Buckle is where the excitement and thrills of CMA Music Festival come together. With the backdrop of historic honkytonks on lower Broad, wall-to-wall activities at The Buckle will pique your curiosity and excitement, ramping up with every single step. You’ll pinball between scrumptious free food samples, one-of-a-kind trip giveaways, killer karaoke, competitive games… and that is only scratching the surface!

 

FAN ALLEY

Tucked into the area in front of the magical Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Fan Alley welcomes its namesake (YOU, the fans!) into a warm community where memories will be shared and friendships made. Leave your real world problems at the entrance, because Fan Alley is one big Fan Party!

 

AROUND TOWN

Looking for even more events happening during CMA Music Festival? Well, look no further because Nashville offers many exhibits, restaurants and attractions all within walking distance or a short cab ride.