Everything You Need To Know About CMA Fest 2017
Summer is coming to Nashville. The temperature is rising, the flowers are starting to bloom and, yesterday, the 1-month count-down until CMA Fest begins. Country music fans all over the country should be getting excited, because Nashville has a lot in store for them.
At Tommy’s Tours, we’re big country music fans, and in the spirit of Music City, we want to share the music that we love and encourage you to check out CMA Fest this year! This article should tell you everything you need to know.
Quick Review: What Is CMA Fest?
CMA stands for Country Music Association, which is best known for hosting the “CMA Awards” every year. If you are unfamiliar, the CMA Awards are like the country-only Grammys. This year they will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd, so mark your calendars! However, CMA Fest is coming up in the much more immediate future, and that’s what we’re here to talk about right now.
CMA Fest is the most notable country music festival in the world. Held right here in Nashville, the undisputed country music Mecca, you can expect nearly every artists who is active in the country scene to make an appearance, which leads us to our first point…
What Artists Are Playing CMA Fest?
As usual, the 2017 CMA Fest lineup is jam-packed with the best artists on the country music circuit. This year, in addition to the main Nissan Stadium stage where the bonafide country super-stars will be playing for massive crowds all weekend long, other CMA Fest stages include the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, Gildan Broadway Stage.
Performing at this year’s CMA Fest are artists such as Maren Morris, Darius Rucker, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Tracy Lawrence, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, Chris Young, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Eli Young Band, LANCO, Steve Moakler, and many more!
How To Get Tickets To CMA Fest
Tickets to CMA Fest go on sale as much as a 13 months in advance through Ticketmaster, and the hottest tickets will go fast. If you’re still looking for a luxury VIP package at this late hour, you may need to get onto StubHub or a similar website. However, there are still plenty of General Admission tickets available HERE. At this point, you should expect to pay a little more than $200, but prices are rising fast. Buy your tickets sooner rather than later to avoid even higher prices!
What’s The CMA Fest Parking Situation?
Parking for CMA Fest can be tough. Although many downtown hotels offer a shuttle service straight to the festivities, most will need to pay costly fees to get a good parking spot. The best parking can be found in the lots at Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans and the venue for CMA Fest’s main stage) but weekend parking passes will need to be purchased through Ticketmaster.
Beyond the Nissan Stadium’s parking lots, there are many parking garages and paid lots in downtown Nashville and the surrounding areas where you can pay to park. However, the rates for these garages and lots will definitely be at a premium during the weekend of CMA Fest, so you might consider parking further away and taking an Uber or a Lyft over to the festival grounds.
Oh, And WHEN Is CMA Fest?
You don’t want to get this one wrong!
Thursday, June 8th to Sunday, June 11th
Save the dates!
And if you’d like to see more Nashville while you’re in town, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and set up a tour of the city! We’d love to show you more of Music City!