A note on tickets for these events: although Let Freedom Sing, Live on the Green, and Musician’s corner are free events, the other festivals require tickets or passes, which can sell out almost immediately. Follow the FAQ links for each festival to learn more and plan your festival experiences.
Nashville | September 11 – 16 | Festival wristbands: $75
Hailed as “The coolest music scene today” by The New York Times, AMERICANAFEST is a 6-day full immersion experience. With 500 events taking place at over 60 of Nashville’s hottest venues, this festival promises to be well worth the remarkably modest price.
AMERICANAFEST is the music festival for true music lovers. Although it’s important to plan ahead and make sure you’re there quite early for any events you have your heart set on, you’ll also feel invited to lose yourself in the allure of unexpected discovery as you meander from one event to the next. Ducking into a bar to recover from the heat over a beer could become a heart-stopping encounter with an artist previously unknown to you, and you might just run into one of your favorite local bands over brunch.
Artists and musical professionals will find that this event presents an unparalleled opportunity for networking. Be sure to schedule meetings and meals ahead of time with registrants you want to connect with by creating a profile with AMERICANAFEST. This will allow you to share your contact information and plan accordingly.
The lineup for 2018 includes Lee Ann Womack & Friends, John Oaks, John Carter Cash, Shook Twins, The War and Treaty. Peruse the partial lineup here, but be sure to check back; 200+ additional artists will be announced closer to the event.
AMERICANAFEST showcases artists from every strata of Americana in the most intimate of venues. Standing fifteen feet away from some of the most talented acts in the country with only 50 – 100 other people is an experience you will never forget.
Wristbands sell out quickly, so if you plan to attend AMERICANAFEST, we recommend that you do so as soon as possible.
If you have questions about the event, check out the FAQ page!
Nashville | June 7 – 10 | Four-day passes (including access to Fan Fair X): $221 – $400 | Children 8 years and younger are admitted free.
The CMA Fest raises money to fund, improve, and sustain music education throughout the United States. Since 2006, more than $20 million have been raised and donated thanks to the country music fans who gather to support CMA fest every year and the artists who donate their time.
Tickets to Fan Fair X grant holders entry to Music City Center, which is the pinnacle of the country music fan experience. Music City Center consists of two live artist stages, where you can watch and potentially meet your favorite artists. Attendees can also explore shopping, games, and much more.
Come in to Fan Fair X to ditch the heat; it’s air-conditioned, has ample seating, clean restrooms, and delicious concessions.
The lineup for this year includes Carrie Underwood, Lee Ann Womack, Keith Urban, Lonestar, Muscadine Bloodline, Love and Theft, Waterloo Revival, Sweet Tea Trio, and many more.
Tickets are SELLING OUT QUICKLY, so do grab some of the remaining seats before they’re gone by clicking here!
If you have questions about the event, check out theFAQ page.
Live On The Green
Nashville | Thursdays in August: 9, 16, 23 | FREE
Live On The Green is dedicated to the idea that everyone deserves the opportunity to experience and engage with live music FOR FREE. Regardless of socioeconomic status, the citizens of Nashville are invited to gather to celebrate our community’s intense passion for and identity with amazing music and camaraderie.
The festival remains committed to providing a showcase for both emerging local talent and beloved national icons and all artists in between.
2018 is Live On The Green’s tenth festival season. This year’s lineup will be announced on June 21st, 2018.
If you have questions about the event, check out the FAQ page.
Nashville | May, June, September, and October | FREE
Musicians Corner is a program provided by The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park. Since its inception in 2010, Musicians Corner has showcased over 1,000 artists, both emerging and legendary. Past artists have included Emmylou Harris, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Vince Gill.
When it began in 2010, Musicians Corner drew an audience of 5,000 people. In 2017, over 75,000 people attended the festival, which now includes food trucks, local artisans, Kidsville, the Musicians Corner Pub, and the Lightning 100 Acoustic Stage.
Musicians Corner presents free family-friendly music events in Nashville’s Centennial Park on Saturdays from 12 – 5 PM in May, June, September, and October. Access FAQs, and information about Kidsville and Dogville from this section. View our Calendar for dates and details about specific events.
Pilgrimage is a daytime festival like Jazz Fest and showcases a diverse range of beloved artists from the rock, indie, gospel, bluegrass, and alt-country scenes on six live stages. Every year, the festival expands its cultural offerings; this year, attendees will have access to hundreds of local artisans, incredible restaurants, and the hottest food trucks.
Pilgrimage remains dedicated to its family-friendly ethos, so children are always welcome to attend and engage with festival culture. The Lil’ Pilgrims Area is specifically designed to offer numerous age-appropriate activities, renowned artists, and high-level musical talent.
This year’s lineup includes Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Lionel Richie, Hozier, Brandi Carlile, Counting Crows, Elle King, Pete Yorn, Devon Gilfillian, and many more. Check out the full lineup here.
Tickets are available here. If you have questions about the event, check out the FAQ here.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Manchester | June 7 – 10 | $190 – $337.50 + Fees
Every year, a gorgeous 700-acre Manchester farm is transformed into the 7th-largest city in Tennessee almost overnight to host the world-famous Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. The resulting traffic is as you’d expect—jam-packed and hectic. The festival recommends ride-sharing as much as possible to reduce the impact the festival has on the surrounding community and the earth.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival features 10+ live stages showcasing over 130 diverse artists. Additionally, festival attendees can enjoy parades, yoga, the House of Yes nightclub (just as weird and wild as you’ve heard; this Brooklyn, NY venue turned travelling circus will occupy a NEW barn), the Bonnaroo Little Cinema, and Soberoo (a haven for the sober ‘Roo who wants to enjoy the festival with other sober ‘Roos).
If you have questions about the event, visit theFAQ here.
Let Freedom Sing! Music City
Nashville | July 4th | FREE
On Independence Day, head downtown to Music City to “one of the best July 4th events in the country!” Let Freedom Sing showcases an amazing lineup, including headliner Lady Antebellum, Chris Janson (new member of the Grand Ole Opry), Shannon Sanders, Lucie Silvas, and the Nashville Symphony. There’s no better way to celebrate this most patriotic of events than with a day packed with family fun, including a massive fireworks display and FREE music! Attendees are also encouraged to use downtown Nashville’s free Wi-Fi.
If you have questions about the event, visit the FAQ here.