The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience™

CMA Fest began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, which drew 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. The legendary festival has become the city’s signature Country Music event that host tens of thousands of fans from all over the world. CMA Fest features multiple stages with hundreds of artists performing – all to benefit music education. CMA Fest is a one-of-a-kind festival with artists donating their time to perform so ticket proceeds can directly benefit high-quality music programs across the United States through the CMA Foundation. CMA Fest is filmed for an ABC Television Network special that airs each summer. The festival has been filmed for television for more than 15 consecutive years, a feat no other music festival has achieved.

The Music Event of Summer

Superstars Dierks Bentley, Elle King and Lainey Wilson hosted “CMA Fest,” the Music Event of Summer! The three-hour primetime concert special brining Country Music’s Ultimate Fan Experience to a national television audience aired Wednesday, July 19 at 8/7c on ABC and is available now on Hulu.



Told through exclusive interviews with Country Music’s most notable artists and never-before-seen performances, “CMA Fest: 50 Years of Fan Fair” celebrates the festival’s humble beginnings to the four-day event that now draws over 90,000 fans daily.


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