CMA Fest 2024 Lineup, Tickets, and More: All Your Questions Answered

The festival brings together country music’s biggest stars and eager fans for a four-day celebration in the heart of Nashville.

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Lauren Jo Black

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January 30, 2024

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Lainey Wilson performs onstage for night 2 of the 50th CMA Fest at Nissan Stadium on June 09, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee; Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMA

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Each year, thousands of country music fans descend upon Nashville, Tennessee to attend CMA Fest. The festival showcases country artists of varying statuses, ranging from newcomers to superstars, performing on different stages around Music City. The festival features country artists of all statues, from newcomers to superstars on various stages around Music City. 

In 2023, the four-day event hosted an estimated daily attendance of over 90,000, a 12% increase from 2022, according to the Country Music Association. Additionally, the nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium saw 10% growth from 2022.

Fans at Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest 2023 in downtown Nashville; Photo by Nathan Zucker, CMA
Fans at Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest 2023 in downtown Nashville; Photo by Nathan Zucker, CMA

The festival also hosted fans from all 50 states as well as a record-breaking 51 countries.

After breaking records in 2023, CMA Fest will return in 2024 with another star-packed event. Here’s what you need to know about CMA Fest. 

When is CMA Fest in 2024? 

CMA Fest 2024 will be held in Nashville from June 6 to June 9, 2024. 

Luke Bryan performs onstage for night 4 of the 50th CMA Fest at Nissan Stadium; Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMA
Luke Bryan performs onstage for night 4 of the 50th CMA Fest at Nissan Stadium; Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMA

What artists are performing at CMA Fest in 2024?

The lineup for CMA Fest 2024 has yet to be revealed. Historically, the initial artist announcement has taken place in early March. 

How can I buy tickets for CMA Fest?

CMA Fest tickets are available for purchase now. Fans can choose to purchase four-night stadium passes, single-night stadium tickets, or tickets to gain admission to Fan Fair X.

Fans at CMA Fest 2023 in downtown Nashville; Photo by Nathan Zucker, CMA
Fans at CMA Fest 2023 in downtown Nashville; Photo by Nathan Zucker, CMA

Are there any free events or performances at CMA Fest?

Those who do not want to purchase tickets can enjoy free shows and activities throughout the festival. The free stages include the Chevy Riverfront Stage, the Dr Pepper Amp Stage, the Chevy Vibes Stage, the Reverb Stage, and the Hard Rock Stage. 

Several other unofficial CMA Fest events take place during the week in and around downtown Nashville.   

Where does CMA Fest take place in Nashville?

CMA Fest takes place all over downtown Nashville, specifically near the famous Lower Broadway. The daily concerts take place at the Chevy Riverfront Stage at Riverfront Park, the Dr Pepper Amp Stage at Ascend Park, the Chevy Vibes Stage at Walk of Fame Park, the Reverb Stage, which sits at the corner of 5th Avenue and Broadway at Bridgestone Plaza, and the Hard Rock Stage outside of Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe. Additional daytime concerts take place inside Music City Center at Fan Fair X. 

The nighttime concerts occur each evening at Nissan Stadium. These shows are highly coveted, featuring performances by the biggest names in country music every night of the festival.

In recent years, there have also been ticketed events at Ascend Amphitheater shows on select nights of CMA Fest. 

Hailey Whitters; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA
Hailey Whitters; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA

What are the best hotels near CMA Fest?

When attending CMA Fest, it’s best to stay close to downtown where all the action takes place. This will allow you to walk to to nearly every event, which will save a lot of money on parking and transportation. Some hotels that are near the downtown area include Margaritaville Hotel Nashville, Omni Nashville, The Westin Nashville, and Hilton Downtown Nashville

How do I attend fan club parties during CMA Fest? 

Some artists host annual fan club parties for members of their respective fan clubs. To obtain access to these parties, you must join the individual artist fan clubs. It’s important to note that not all artists have events for members of their fan clubs, so be sure to research before joining. 

Kylie Morgan greets fans at the CMA Merch Store during Fest 2023 inside Fan Fair X; Photo by Nathan Zucker, CMA
Kylie Morgan greets fans at the CMA Merch Store during Fest 2023 inside Fan Fair X; Photo by Nathan Zucker, CMA

How do I meet artists at CMA Fest? 

Artists appear inside Fan Fair X at Music City Center to meet with fans. These appearances and schedules are usually announced in the days leading up to CMA Fest. The information can be found by downloading the official CMA Fest app.  

Do artists get paid to perform at CMA Fest?

Starting in 2006, a portion of the earnings generated from CMA Fest has been directed towards supporting music education initiatives that benefit students in grades K-12 throughout the United States, facilitated by the CMA Foundation. Because of this, artists donate their time when they perform at CMA Fest.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.