Nashville’s Summer Music Festivals 2018
Summer in Nashville is all about the music. It’s not called “Music City” for nothing and this year’s events are sure to be a hit whether you are local or visiting from out of town. Because Nashville is synonymous with music, you can expect to see some big names headlining these events. People flock from all over to participate in these festivals, so make sure to grab your tickets if you want to be part of the experience!
CMA Fest 2018
June 7th – 10th, 2018
The CMA Fest is country music’s signature event, and 2018 is going to be another year to remember. If you’re new to this festival or haven’t been down in years, CMA fest is spread out across 11 stages in downtown Nashville. For four days, fans will have access to over 350 artists, 1,100 musicians, and 167 hours of music. The event is all day, and the outdoor stages are entirely FREE to the public. Each night you can expect to hear some big names, and for 2018 you’ll hear artists such as Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Chris Stapleton. To view the full lineup, you can click here. For those who are huge fans of country music, you can purchase Fan Fair tickets that will give you an opportunity to meet and greet some of your favorites. This concert series is the ultimate experience for country music lovers make sure you purchase your tickets!
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
June 7th – 10th, 2018
If you’re interested in an eclectic mix of music, then you need to check out Bonnaroo. While technically it’s not in Nashville, it’s only one and a half hours drive and completely worth it! Each year over 80,000 fans make their way to Manchester, TN to attend the concert series that spans over four days. This year, there will be more than 150 musical performances in addition to other attractions like cinema and stand-up comics. This year’s headliners include Eminem, Muse, Khalid, Sheryl Crow, The Killers, and Bon Iver. Click here for the lineup. Many attendees choose to camp to get the full experience, but if pitching a tent to hear great music isn’t for you, there are shuttle packages that you can purchase. The service will depart Nashville twice a day and offers two nightly departure times. Everyone with a shuttle pass will also receive complimentary free parking, meaning you don’t have to pay twice to get down to Manchester.
Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
September 22nd 23rd, 2018
Pilgrimage festival had its first show in 2015. In those three years, the concert series has grown in size and reputation drawing some big names in the music industry. This year is no different with performances by Jack White, Lionel Richie, and Chris Stapleton. The music is a diverse mix of Rock & Roll, Americana, Alt-Country, Bluegrass, and Jazz. The series is spread across six stages and will feature over 60 artists during its two-day run. The venue is Harlinsdale Farm, which is a 230-acre farm with rolling hills and vistas that set the most beautiful backdrop. The festival also includes other unique experiences like the Made South Makers Village featuring makers and artisans local to the area. There is also the Farm to Turn-Table a single location of food trucks and picnic tables for some local eats. If you’re looking for a family-friendly event, the Pilgrimage festival is the perfect option and has its own “lil pilgrim’s” stage featuring child-friendly entertainers, activities, and craft making. Visit their website to view the entire lineup and to purchase your tickets!
If you are heading to Nashville to participate any of these festivals, don’t forget to come and see Tommy and add to your experience with his amazing tours!