Free Entertainment

2017 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! Daytime activities take place Thursday through Sunday from 10AM until 5PM.

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 and the legends you know and love. Located on the Cumberland River bank, the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is completely FREE! Four-day CMA Fest pass holders get early access at 9AM. Check out the full lineup.

 

CHEVROLET PARK STAGE

Located in Walk of Fame Park across from the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, the Chevrolet Park Stage is home for more free music! This packed lineup features a variety of new artists with performances beginning every day at 10:30AM.

 

BUDWEISER FOREVER COUNTRY PARK STAGE

NEW this year to the CMA Music Festival was the highly-anticipated Budweiser Forever Country Park Stage located in the park area behind Ascend Amphitheater. The stage opens each morning at 11AM and features a lineup full of some of the biggest names in Country Music from the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s.

 

GILDAN BROADWAY STAGE AT HARD ROCK CAFE

A top destination to discover new artists, the Gildan Broadway Stage can be found in the parking lot of Hard Rock Café. Stop by to hear new music and maybe even find your new favorite artist! View the full lineup.

 

MUSIC CITY STAGE

Need to cool down and take a break from the sun? Visit the Music City Stage beginning at 11AM inside the Nashville Visitor Center inside Bridgestone Arena. This stage showcases artists ranging from new talent to emerging songwriter-artists boasting publishing or record deals and recent tours with major label acts. Check out the full lineup.

 

RADIO DISNEY COUNTRY STAGE

Back for its third year, the popular Radio Disney Country Stage inside XFINITY Fan Fair X will feature some of today’s hottest artists and the brightest up-and-coming stars. Radio Disney Country personalities Betsy Spina, Kalie Shorr and Savannah Keyes will emcee the stage, for acoustic performances, artist meet-and-greets, and prize giveaways for fans throughout the four days. See the full lineup and make plans to visit this fan favorite!

 

DURANGO MUSIC SPOT

This acoustic stage located inside XFINITY Fan Fair X is a host to rising stars and legendary songwriters. The Durango Music Spot operates 11:15AM-4:20PM and is broadcast live on 650 AM WSM, WSMonline.com, and the 650 AM WSM Official Mobile App. View the full lineup and make this one of your daytime stops!

 

CMA CLOSE UP STAGE

The most anticipated experience inside XFINITY Fan Fair X is the CMA Close Up Stage where fans get up close and personal with their favorite artists. The CMA Close Up Stage is more than just music! The featured Artist of the Day will kick off the stage each morning at 11AM followed by artist Q&A, interactive panels and more. You don’t want to miss the Artists of the Day and the rest of this diverse lineup.

 

HGTV LODGE

HGTV returns this year with its 3,500 sq. ft. structure located in Fan Alley. The HGTV Lodge will include exclusive musical performances and meet and greets with their usual star-studded lineup. Fans can enter to win a chance to attend a performance by registering for CMA Fest Fan Access and submitting picks in the Ultimate Fan Experiences drawing (May 30 – June 1, 2017). Click here for more details on how to enter.

 

CRACKER BARREL COUNTRY ROADS STAGE

The free activities don’t end when the sun goes down! NEW this year, the CMA Music Festival now offers nighttime music experiences for fans without a 4-day CMA Fest pass to the Stadium concerts. Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage is FREE to the public and will hold nightly performances Thursday – Saturday at Ascend Amphitheater. Doors open to Nash Pass ticket holders at 5PM and to the public at 6PM. These themed concerts will start each night at 7PM.

Thursday – NASH Icon Night

Friday – Ladies of Country, hosted by WKRN, ABC’s Channel 2 Nashville

Saturday – SiriusXM The Highway presents Warner Sound

 

 

 

FREE ACTIVITIES

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

 

THE BUCKLE

Through three bustling blocks of Broadway, the ultimate Country Music fans know that The Buckle is where the excitement and thrills of the CMA Music Festival come together. With the backdrop of historic honkytonks on lower Broad, wall-to-wall activities at The Buckle keep you busy all day. You’ll pinball between scrumptious free food samples, one-of-a-kind giveaways, karaoke, games and more!

 

FAN ALLEY

Tucked into the area in front of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Fan Alley is filled with the popular HGTV Lodge and other free activities.

 

AROUND TOWN

Looking for even more events happening during CMA Music Festival? Visit the Around Town page to learn more about the many exhibits, restaurants and attractions all within walking distance or a short cab ride.

 

EATS ‘N’ BEATS

In the midst of all the music, Eats ‘n’ Beats is where fans can stop by for a bite to eat at one of the many food trucks lined on 5th Avenue between the Music City Center and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Food truck vendors give donations to the CMA Foundation that benefit music education efforts throughout the country.

 

SOBRO ROW

Located at Broadway and 2nd, SoBro Row is filled with the Budweiser Country Club, Catch a Chevy and more! Stop by and enjoy a cold beer or take a ride in a Chevy.

 

XFINITY FAN FAIR X

Located inside of the Music City Center, XFINITY Fan Fair X is where you can truly live the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience. XFINITY Fan Fair X is also home to three live music stages: the CMA Close Up Stage, Durango Music Spot, and the Radio Disney Country Stage.

 

BUDWEISER COUNTRY CLUB

This is where we come together to raise a cold Budweiser and celebrate the best music in the world. Stop by the Budweiser Country Club for games, photo opps, custom leather koozies, flash tatts, surprise meet and greets and more!

 

BUDWEISER DOME

Come experience Country music in an entirely new way at the never before seen Budweiser Dome! Be the first to see your favorite country stars in a 360 experience with surprise performances throughout the entire weekend. You will not want to miss this! Special performances by  Eric ChurchKip MooreDierks Bentley , Gary Allan and more. Lineup found here!

WKRN-TV

Sara Evans headlined Ladies of Country Friday. Others performing included songstresses 3 Girls Rock into a Bar featuring Kelleigh BannenRuthie Collins, and Natalie StovallDanielle BradberyKellie Pickler; and Aubrie Sellers, hosted by media partner WKRN-TV, ABC’s Channel 2 Nashville.

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