Our Guide to the 2014 CMA Music Festival – What to Do & Who To See!

The countdown to the 2014 CMA Music Festival has officially begun!

With only 3 days left until the big day, CelebSecrets4U is giving you the breakdown on where you should go down in Nashville during country music’s biggest event of the year.

7 things that we feel are required to have the best CMA Fest experience are:


#1. Fan Fair X

AT&T U-verse® Fan Fair X brings the excitement of live performances, artist interactions, family fun and countless activities together under the roof of the state-of-the-art Music City Center. For details on who will be available for autographs, head over to www.cmaworld.com.


#2. Nightly Concerts at LP Field

The Nightly Concerts at LP Field have to be one of the best things CMA Music Fest has to offer! The nightly concerts brings in the biggest names in country music together for four incredible nights of music. Performers include Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, and more.


#3. City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge

Celebrating 24 years of bringing together country music’s hottest stars, their fans, and a little competition, the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge is where you want to be on Saturday morning (June 7th). This year’s lineup includes Florida Georgia Line, Dustin Lynch, Brantley Gilbert, Jamie Lynn Spears, Danielle Bradbery, Eric and Jessie James Decker, Lauren Alaina, and many more! To purchase tickets to the game, head over to http://ticketmaster.com. All proceeds from the event will be donated to City of Hope cancer research!


#4. CMT Music Awards

The CMT Music Awards is the official pre-party for CMA Fest! All of your favorite stars are under one roof for the biggest fan-voted award show in country music.  Hosted by Kristen Bell and broadcast from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, the 2014 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will include performances by Blake SheltonCarrie UnderwoodEric Church,Florida Georgia LineLuke Bryan, and Miranda Lambert.  In addition, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay, Danielle Bradbery, David Nail, Thomas Rhett and Tyler Farr will perform on the Nationwide Insurance Stage. Fans can vote online at CMT.com and on their mobile device at CMT Mobile to determine the winners. To purchase tickets to the event, visit http://ticketmaster.com.


#5. Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry is a must-see while down in Nashville—it’s what made country music famous! This year, kick off your CMA Fest experience with a special performance from Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Josh Turner, and more. Plus, the Opry Plaza Party presented by Humana starts at 5:00PM with Charlie Worsham and Chris Janson on the Plaza stage. For more information, please visit http://opry.com.


#6. Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has more than doubled in size since last year’s CMA Music Festival, making Nashville’s entertainment and cultural icon an even greater destination. During CMA Fest, fans can tour the museum; meet their favorite country artists at exclusive CD signings, and experience free live music on the CMT stage. One exhibit you must check out while in the museum is Miranda Lambert’s new “backstage access” exhibit—you won’t be disappointed! Make sure to show your CMA Fest badge when purchasing your ticket—you’ll receive $4 off your purchase!


#7. BMI Tailgate Party

Now in its third year, the BMI Tailgate Party is conveniently located at LP Field on the south lawn between the stadium’s south gate and the pedestrian bridge.  Free and open to the public, fans can catch performances from country music’s next big stars each evening of the fest before the nightly concerts at LP Field. To catch the lineup, click here.

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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