CMA Fest Guide for Returning Attendees


WELCOME BACK TO CMA FEST! After two years without our beloved festival, we’re just as excited as you for its epic return in downtown Nashville – the heart of Music City. Your attendance continues to directly support students nationwide! A portion of the proceeds are donated to the CMA Foundation whose mission is to give every child access to quality music education.

To help remind of you all the important details, we’ve put together a quick refresher guide below.


If you’ve already purchased the CMA Fest Four-Day pass, you’re good to go! Still considering all the options? Only going to be in Nashville for the weekend? Take a look at our Passes & Tickets page to find the best fit for you – we’ve got it all, including parking!

WE’VE GONE MOBILE! All tickets and passes (including parking) will be mobile this year for a convenient and secure experience. So, your phone is all you need! If you purchased passes or tickets in advance, they will be available in your Ticketmaster account in May 2022. Check out all the options below.


WANT TO UPGRADE YOUR EXPERIENCE? NEW this year, Riverside Retreat, located next to the Riverfront Stage at Fort Nashboro (see map), is an exclusive mini oasis for a limited number of Fest fans.
An exclusive entrance to Riverfront Park
Guaranteed admission to the Riverfront Stage
Shade and misting stations
Charging stations for your mobile devices
Discounted beer, wine and spirits
Air-conditioned restrooms
And more! Open 9AM-5:15PM each day.



The CMA Connect App is the one-stop shop for all things CMA Fest!
Lineups & stage schedules
Festival maps
Official merch & playlists
FREE STUFF with CMA Fan Access – By scanning QR codes on-site in the app, you’ll be entered for chances to win awesome prizes. The more QR codes you scan, the better prizes you’re eligible to win! Best of all, it’s totally FREE.

Download it from the Apple Store or Google Play and turn on notifications to stay up-to-date!


You’ve been to CMA Fest before, so you’re already a pro! Before you return this year, here are some exciting improvements we’ve made to make your experience even better:

Like previous years, some things are the same. These include:


In addition to your clear bag and refillable water bottle, here are some things we recommend you pack:

Phone with CMA Connect App downloaded & tickets ready!
Phone charger or external battery
Boots made for walkin’ (but, really, any comfortable shoe)
Rain coat or poncho, just in case
Photo ID for alcohol purchases


We’re doing our part to be responsible humans on Mother Earth and want to share our efforts with you. Some of these we’ve been doing for many years (and you just didn’t know it) and some will be brand new this year!

Providing water refill stations throughout the festival to encourage multiple-use containers and reduce single-use plastic
CMA Fest has partnered with RAIN to provide sustainable aluminum bottled spring water available for sale at daytime CMA Fest concessions.
Donating unused backstage catering to community organizations through Musically Fed that are comprised of at least 50% veterans and who focus on feeding the food insecure
Diverting waste to reduce garbage going to landfills, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and environmental pollution
Serving food & beverage at outdoor vendors using compostable service ware