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2018 CMA Music Festival

Music, music and more music during country music's biggest week in Nashville!

Country music's big week is here with the CMA Music Festival filling the streets of downtown Nashville June 7 – 10. It's the most celebrated happening for country music fans across the globe. In fact, more than 90,000 country fans of all ages come to enjoy the festivities. Music lovers from all 50 states and more than 24 countries come to enjoy 350+ artists playing on 11 stages. More than 1,100 musicians play 167 hours of music! There's lots of fun to be had for you and your kids. Not a country music fan? This is the week to take that out-of-town vacation!


Festival passes, which include the big nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium, are still available fro $221  – $401.  This year's Nissan concerts include:

Thursday, June 7

Charles Esten, Dan + Shay, Darius Rucker, Brothers Osborne, Jason Aldean

Friday, June 8

Charley Pride, Brett Young, Jake Owen, Luke Combs, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood

Saturday, June 9

Lee Ann Womack, Dustin Lynch, Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban

Sunday, June 10

Ricky Skaggs, Cole Swindell, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan


Remember we said there are 11 stages of music? The other 1o are FREE on different stages in downtown Nashville, including Riverfront Park, Ascend Amphitheater, Walk of Fame Park and more. A few of the artists playing free shows include Maddie + Tae, Lee Brice, Gavin DeGraw, Hunter Hayes, Ty Herndon, Wade Hayes, Tyminski, Billy Dean and a whole lot more.

Wanna meet the stars? Grab a Fan Fair X pass ($10 per day, $25 all four; ages 8 & younger are free). It gets you into Music City Center where there’s more live music, artist Q&A panels and lots of meet-and-greet opportunities.

Want more? Consider upgrading to the Nash Pass for $50. You’ll get all four days of Fan Fair X along with admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and Ryman Auditorium, plus preferred seating at the Ascend Amphitheater concerts.


The festival rolls out new safety measures this year for the good of fans, artists and staff. Be aware of the following: • CMA will provide one FREE CMA Fest-branded clear bag to four-day pass holders. CMA Fest is now following Nissan Stadium's clear bag policy at all official festival locations. • To pick up your free clear bag, head to Music City Center, Level 2, beginning Wednesday, June 6 at 9:30 a.m. and show your four-day pass. • Photo lines will not be available this year due to increased safety measures.


Get the full CMA Music Festival lineup and tickets at You can also download the handy-dandy 2018 CMA Music Festival App from your app store.  

Featured photo: Carrie Underwood.

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