Here are 10 reasons why you should go to CMA Music Festival in Nashville this summer.
Every June, country music fans from around the world travel to Nashville for CMA Music Festival, the biggest and arguably the best country music festival in the nation. The first festival, originally called "Fan Fair," was held at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium in 1972. As the number of attendees increased, the festival was moved to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. In 2001, the festival moved to downtown Nashville and in 2004, the festival was named "CMA Music Festival." The four-day event has become a dream vacation for country music fans around the world.
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10. Free Stuff
CMA has many partners who have exhibits, stages, and activations at the festival. In previous years, there was free swag everywhere. Attendees can play games in the convention center to win Gildan and Carhartt shirts, or you can refresh yourself with samples of Blue Bell.
9. Meet your favorite stars
You never know who you'll meet at CMA Music Festival. With a four-day pass, country fans have the opportunity to meet their favorite artists.
8. Hang out with country fans from all over the world
Imagine people traveling from all over the world to celebrate country music? That's CMA Fest.
7. Attend fan club parties
If you're a member of your favorite artist's fan club, they most likely have their annual fan club during CMA Fest. Here's a look at Carrie Underwood's fan club party.
6. Experience Nashville
While you're in town, tour the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame, Belle Meade Plantation and the Parthenon.
5. 24/7 Music
There's no shortage of music in Music City, especially during CMA Fest.
4. Support music education
The performers at CMA Fest perform for free, which allows the CMA Foundation to support music education programs throughout the country. By attending the festival, you can feel good knowing you're supporting music education.
3. Southern Cooking
Nashville has some of the best southern food around. From Loveless Cafe to Edley's Bar-B-Que, you won't go hungry in Music City.
2. It's the perfect excuse to wear cowboy boots
Make sure to pack your cowboy boots! If you don't own any, no worries. There are plenty of deals on Broadway.
1. See the best country music show four nights in a row
Each day of the festival ends with a concert at LP Field. This year's lineup includes Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, and many more.