We all know that the CMA Fest is one of the biggest country music festivals in the world, attracting more than 80,000 locals and tourists to Nashville. Scheduled for June 6-9 this year, the festival is once again anticipated to cast an electrifying atmosphere over Music City, with a stellar lineup and interactive experiences, all to unite fans and artists in celebration of country music. But the performances at Nissan Stadium aren’t the only excitement happening in early June. Here are some other goodies to check out while you are visiting Nashville for the CMA Fest.

CMA Fest and Beyond

Free Finds at CMA

Couldn’t get tickets to the main stage? No worries Nissan Stadium isn’t the only place where you can feel the electrifying excitement of the CMA Fest.

The Chevy Riverfront Stage is the largest daytime stage at the CMA Fest, and you know what makes it even better? It’s completely free to the public! Enjoy the must-see lineup on the bank of the Cumberland River with a picnic blanket and some hot chicken from Hattie B’s, and make it the ultimate Nashville experience.

Just across from the Riverfront Stage is the Hard Rock Stage. Located in the heart of Downtown Nashville, the Hard Rock Stage will feature day time performances from Thursday to Sunday, and night time performances from Thursday to Saturday. The stage will be free to the public!

A short 10 minute walk from the Hard Rock Stage down Broadway will take you to the Chevy Vibes Stage at Walk of Fame Park. Here, you can enjoy free day time performances, or check out the Music City Walk of Fame and look for your favorite artist’s star for a photo op.

Across the street behind the infamous Bridgestone Arena, you will find the Good Molecules Reverb Stage. Here, with the neon lights of Broadway setting the mood, you will get to listen to live performances by some of the most promising rising stars of the Country Music scene!

Last but not least, head back to the Cumberland River where the Dr.Pepper Amp Stage is. Located just behind the Ascend Amphitheater, the stage will present performances from popular rising starts and crowd favorites – again, all for free!

Musicians Corner Spring Series

If you’re in the mood to explore something other than the CMA Fest line up while you are in the area, make sure to stop by the Musicians Corner Concert Series at Centennial Park. A free, annual Nashville tradition, Musicians Corner offers visitors more than just music. Food vendors, local artisans, a kids’ area, and a Musicians Corner Pub with beer, wine, and cocktails are just some of the features you can enjoy at this family-friendly, dog-friendly event.

  • Thursday, June 6 from 5PM to 8:30PM
  • Friday, June 7 from 5PM to 9PM
  • Saturday, June 8 from 12PM to 6PM

Music In The Vines

The more music the better! Why not attend as many live performance as you can while you are in Music City? Take a short 30 min road trip to Arrington Vineyards, and listen to bluegrass bands for free while enjoying delicious food. No reservations are required to enjoy the beautiful vineyard views and tasty food! Music in the Vines happens every Saturday and Sunday, so you might even consider getting to Nashville a little earlier or stay another week after the CMA Fest to really appreciate the full range of music the city offers.

Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist

Want to give your ears a break over the weekend? Visit the Edgar Degas exhibition at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens and admire the works by the iconic French artist. An exclusive chance to explore Degas’ works from his private collection, the exhibition also includes a selection of works by other great artists, including Paul Hexane and Pierre-George Jeanniot. After a rave at the CMA Fest, delight your eyes at the exhibition, relax with the breathtaking flora at Cheekwood Gardens, and leave Nashville pleasantly inspired.

  • Exhibition ends June 16, 2024

Lit & Fit Yoga

Give your dancing muscles a stretch at Lit & Fit Yoga at the Flamingo Cocktail Club.  After doing the Cowboy Chacha at the CMA Fest on Saturday night, commit to a refresh sesh with Sunday morning yoga featuring mimosas and coffee. Then, enjoy the last day of the CMA Fest feeling restored and refreshed!

  • Sunday, June 9 at 9:30AM

Soul Brunch

Fill your belly and soul at Acme Feed & Seed, with their weekly Saturday Soul Brunch. Featuring Nashville’s legendary soul singer Charles “Wigg” Walker, the mornin’ brunch will give you an authentic Nashville experience. Taste their crispy Chicken n’ Waffles, or tend to last night’s drinks with an order of the Hangover Cure. The R&B rhythms are bound to make the good food even better.

  • Saturday July 6 from 11:30AM to 2:15PM

Where to Stay

Close to all these happenings should be your Nashville accommodation. Prime location, convenient amenities, and comfortable sleeping arrangements are musts. This is where we come in. Take your pick – from simple 1 bedrooms to extravagant 3 story homes, GoodNight stay has it all.

Your group could stay at Haven Heights, a 4-bedroom unit located just 4 mins away from Nissan Stadium, boasting Nashville-inspired furnishings and hotel-style amenities. Traveling alone? Book a stay at Neon Jukebox, a 1-bedroom 1-bathroom unit equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. No matter where you choose to stay, make sure to use our exclusive CMA Fest discount code CMAFEST2024 for 10% off reservations between June 4th – June 10th.

Now, pack up your favorite cowboy boots and head over to Nashville!