Fest Flashbacks

The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience™ began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, which drew 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. The legendary CMA Fest has become the city’s signature Country Music event that hosts tens of thousands of fans from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and 37 international countries. In 2019, CMA Fest featured more than 300 performances on 11 official stages – all to benefit music education. 

Since 2006, a portion of proceeds from CMA Fest has been given to music education initiatives supporting students K-12 across the U.S. through the CMA Foundation. It’s thanks to you, our fans, as well as event partners and the generosity of our artists donating their time that we’ve been able to give back to deserving educators and students.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, CMA Fest was not held in 2020 and 2021, but is gearing up for an epic return June 9-12, 2022 in downtown Nashville, Tennessee! Sign up for emails from CMA here to receive the latest information.

Scroll through the photos below to see just a few of our favorite moments throughout the years.

1974-1979

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1980-1989

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1990-1999

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2000-2009

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2010-2019