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CMA Fest celebrates 50 years of Fan Fairs in Nashville

by Cass Teague
Darius Rucker performs at a recent CMA Fest.  (courtesy cmafest.com)

CMA Fest is the longest-running Country Music festival in the world. Country fans can choose from a variety of ticketing options, from the complete CMA Fest four-day pass to attending the free outdoor, daytime stages without any tickets. CMA Fest hosts numerous stages filled with throwback tunes, up-and-coming acts, today’s biggest stars, and much more.

Your attendance allows CMA to give back, as a portion of proceeds from CMA Fest will support the CMA Foundation and their mission to shape the next generation through high-quality music education. Every child deserves the opportunity to participate in music, and your pass or ticket can make a difference in a child’s life.

CMA Fest will celebrate its milestone 50th anniversary on June 8-11, 2023, in downtown Nashville. “CMA Fest,” the Music Event of Summer, airs Wednesday, July 19 at 8/7c on ABC. The three-hour primetime concert special, which is set to film in Nashville during CMA Fest’s milestone 50th anniversary later this week, is hosted by Dierks Bentley, Elle King and Lainey Wilson. An original documentary film that tells the story of the world’s largest and longest-running country music festival debuts on Hulu Wednesday, July 5.

“CMA Fest: 50 Years of Fan Fair” marks CMA’s first feature-length film. The documentary covers the festival’s beginnings as Fan Fair in 1972, which drew 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium, its move to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in 1982, and then to downtown Nashville in 2001, which now draws 80,000 fans a day across four days.

The 75-minute documentary features exclusive interviews with (listed alphabetically): Bill Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, BRELAND, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Shy Carter, Luke Combs, Vince Gill, Valerie Ellis Hawkins, Wynonna Judd, Miranda Lambert, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Mark Miller, Craig Morgan, Lorrie Morgan, Dolly Parton, Carly Pearce, Jeannie Seely, Blake Shelton, Frankie Staton, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Lainey Wilson, Trisha Yearwood, and Chris Young.

Located inside Music City Center on Level 3, Fan Fair X is where you truly live the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience – all in the relief of air conditioning. Discover everything from indoor stages with acoustic performances and interviews, games, shopping, comfortable seating and so much more.

Fan Fair X hosts indoor stages where you can get up close and personal with your favorite Country artists and celebrities at the CMA Close Up Stage. This stage hosts live, interactive interviews, acoustic performances, and more. Discover new favorite artists at the Spotlight Stage, where more than 50 emerging artists perform acoustic sets and host meet & greets.

Fan Fair X admission is included with the CMA Fest Four-Night Stadium Pass, so all you have to do is show your mobile pass to gain entry. Or, you can purchase a four-day or single-day Fan Fair X ticket.

Babies and children under age 2 are admitted to Fan Fair X, and all CMA Fest locations, for free. For more information about bringing babies and children under age 2, visit CMAfest.com/FAQs.

All daytime, outdoor stages, plus Broadway and Fan Alley (which open at 10 AM daily), are free and open to the public. Plus, participate in games, activities, giveaways, and more on-site from CMA Fest’s official partners. Learn more about each of CMA Fest’s stages on the official website: https://cmafest.com/

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