CMA Fest: Your Guide to 2016 Fan Club Parties and Events

CMA Fest: Your Guide to 2016 Fan Club Parties and Events

CMA Fest is the one time all year that country music fans from all over the world descend upon Nashville in hopes to get close to their favorite artists. One of the things that make this festival so unique, is how close fans and artists come to communicating and hanging out with each other. From the massive fan club parties that include private performances and sometimes even meals from your favorite stars, to special events popping up all over the city, it’s no wonder country music has built such an incredible relationship with their fanbase.

With the 2016 CMA Festival right around the corner, it’s about time I started compiling that list of fan club parties and events that you absolutely do not want to miss. Check out the list below and let me know if there’s anything I’m missing! Keep checking back, I continue adding things up until the very last minute!

Want all the official CMA Fest events? Check out the official website.

See the entire Country Music Hall of Fame schedule of events and performances here.


Monday, June 6th


Blake Shelton “Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story” Kick-Off Performance – 3PM @ Country Music Hall of Fame (Tickets)

Darius Rucker and Friends Benefit Concert for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – 8PM @ Wildhorse Saloon (Tickets)


Tuesday, June 7th


City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game – 3PM @ Tennessee Park –  $25-$50 (Tickets)

Music for Miracles benefit concert for Starfish Infertility Foundation – 4PM @ Wildhorse Saloon  $10 (Tickets)

Pandora Country: Kip Moore, Tyler Farr, Cam, Brent Cobb – 6:30PM @ Marathon Music Works FREE (RSVP)

Stars for Second Harvest – 7:30PM @ The Ryman – $35-$55



Carrie Underwood – 7PM @ Opry Studio A (Info)

Gary Allen – 4PM @ Rocketown – Fan Club Members Only (Tickets)


Wednesday, June 8th 


Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam @ The Ryman $35/$45 (Tickets_

Clay Walker’s 7th Annual Chords of Hope Benefit Concert @ 3rd & Lindsley $20/$100(VIP) (Tickets)

Songwriter Session and autograph signing with Aubrie Sellers and Adam Wright – 1:30 @ CMHOF (Tickets)

Songwriter Session with Gary Allan – 3:30 @ CMHOF (Tickets)

CMA Fest Opening Ceremonies with Chris Young – 11AM @ Skyview Stage at Ascend Amphitheater – FREE

The CMT Awards – 7PM @ Bridgeston Arena (Tickets)

Craig Morgan & a Whole Lot More (Album Release Show featuring Lindsay Ell, Jillian Cardarelli, Adam Sanders and Hailey Whitters. Third Day front man Mac Powell) @ Wildhorse Saloon @ 6PM – FREE


Cassadee Pope Album Release Party – 6:30PM @ The Basement East $10 (Tickets)

Joe Nichols – 11AM @ 3rd & Lindsley – $42.50 (Tickets)

Lindsay Ell – 1:30 @ Wildhorse Saloon – $25 (Tickets)

Lonestar – 11AM @ Lonestar Fan Cave – $53 (Tickets)

Moore & Moore – 6PM @ Nashville Palace (Tickets)

Terri Clark – 11AM @ Honky Tonk Central – Fan Club Members Only (Tickets)


Thursday, June 9th


Buddy Jewell – 2PM @ El Chico Mexican Restaurant – $20 (Tickets)

Bryan White – 10AM @ The Listening Room (Tickets)

Charlie Pride – 8AM @ Inn at Opryland – $33 ( Please contact Estella Moreno at 214-350-8477, Ext 4 directly)

Chris Janson – 10AM @ Avenue (Tickets)

Cort Carpenter – 11AM – RSVP HERE

Craig Wayne Boyd – 3PM @ Karma Lounge (Tickets)

Darryl Worley – 10:45AM @ 3rd & Lindsley – $50 (Tickets)

Two Story Road – 10AM @ Bluebird Cafe $10 (Tickets)



Friday, June 10th


The Opry  @ The Grand Ole Opry House- 7PM Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, Easton Corbin, Scotty McCreery, and more to be added. (Tickets)


CMT’s Next Women of Country, including Lauren Alaina, Clare Dunn, Brooke Eden, Margo Price, and Tara Thompson. Hosted by CMT’s Leslie Fram – 12:30PM @ CMHOF (Tickets)

Song Suffragettes with Aubrey Peeples, Kalie Shorr, Katie Stevens, Megan & Liz, and Taylor Edwards – 11AM @ The Listening Room (FREE)

Girls Night Out w/ Jesse James Decker, Post Monroe, Jamie Lynn Spears, and Nicole Johnson – 7PM @ The City Winery (Tickets)



Brandly Clark – 4PM @ Avenue (Tickets)

Mark Willis – 8AM @ George Jones Museum – $40 (Tickets)

Ray Scott – 1PM @ Wildhorse Saloon – $40 (Tickets)

Scotty McCreery – 2PM @ Opry Studio A – $50 Fan Club Only (Tickets)

Vince Gill – 2PM @ Country Music Hall of Fame – $50 Fan Club Only (Tickets)

Wade Hayes – 8AM @ The Hermitage House (Tickets)


Saturday, June 11th


The Opry @ The Ryman – 3PM TBD (Tickets)

The Opry @ The Grand Ole Opry House- 7PM TBD (Tickets)

Songwriter Session and autograph signing with Rae Lynn – 11:30 @ CMHOF (Tickets)

Songwriter Session and autograph signing with Mickey Guyton – 1PM @ CMHOF (Tickets)

Songwriter Session and autograph signing with Jack Ingram – 3:30 @ CMHOF (Tickets)



Chris Young – 9AM @ Country Music Hall of Fame – $50 Fan Club Only (Tickets)

Jana Kramer – 4PM @ Avenue (Tickets)

FAN APPRECIATION with Payton Taylor, Kayla Nettles, Emily Brooke, Dallas Remington, Lily Nelsen, Mary Sarah, and Riley Bria – 5PM @ Rocketown $20 Advanced (Tickets)

The Springs – The Listening Room – Fan Club Only (Tickets)


Sunday, June 12th


Sunday Mornin’ Country with Brenda Lee @ The Opry $27 (Tickets)


Charlie Worsham (Donuts & Jam) – 10AM @ Avenue GA Free/VIP $35 (Tickets)

Phil Vassar – 9:30AM @ Country Music Hall of Fame – $26.62 Fan Club Only (Tickets)

12 Responses

  1. Luana Rizo

    This is Great look forward to getting this info. Thanks

  2. […] still planning your trip out to Nashville, put this on this list, alongside all those other events I’ve been trying to help you keep track of. Bonus points if you track me down for a hello. I’d love to meet more of you crazy CMA Fest […]

  3. Don’t forget Tuesday Night Opry double show (7 and 9:30pm) with FREE Opry Plaza Party at 5pm

    P.S. This is awesome! Thank you! Will definitely be checking back and informing you about more stuff when I think of it!

    • JukeboxMixtape

      I will be sure to add that. Thanks so much for reminding me! I’m glad this is so helpful and if you hear of anything else that I’ve missed, definitely let me know!

      • Saturday, June 11th is a fan appreciation concert at Rocketown! The headliners are Kayla Nettles, Emily Brooke (from American Idol), Dallas Remington, Lily Nelsen, Mary Sarah (will be performing at the Opry Tuesday) , Payton Taylor and Riley Bria (also American Idol). Meet and greet from 5 – 7pm! Concert 7 – 10:30pm. $20 pre-sale

        • JukeboxMixtape

          Thanks Chloe, I had this event but was missing many of these artists. I’m going to go ahead and add them now to make it more complete. I appreciate you filling me in!

  4. Kyle Mersola

    Let me add another event missing above: Lindsay Ell Fan Club Party, Thursday June 9th, 1:30-3:00pm, Wildhorse Saloon, tickets required $20 in advance/$25 at Door.

  5. Kyle Mersola

    The CMA Fest Opening Ceremonies at the Skyview Stage at Ascend Amphitheater, hosted by Chris Young, at 11am (gates at 10), Wednesday June 8th (FREE)…
    The CMT Awards on Wednesday June 8th at 7pm. Tickets start at $95.50…
    I think there’s also a CMA Fest Kickoff concert somewhere in downtown on Wednesday June 8th. Usually FREE I think…
    Cassadee Pope has an album release party on Friday June 9th at 6:30 (doors at 5:30) at The Basement East. Tickets are $10

  6. Kyle Mersola

    And though sold out, the Darius Rucker and Friends Benefit Concert for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is Monday June 6th at Wildhorse Saloon.

    Then also at Wildhorse Saloon on Tuesday June 7th from 4-6pm (doors at 3), is the Music for Miracles benefit concert for Starfish Infertility Foundation. Tickets start at $10

    • JukeboxMixtape

      Thanks so much Kyle! I’ve gone ahead and added all of these. You’re the best!

  7. Kyle Mersola

    You’re welcome! Here’s some more for ya 🙂

    – Don’t forget the Tuesday night Opry double-show (7pm and 9:30pm), featuring Carrie Underwood (her fan club party, which you have listed, spans both shows and the time in between, but is ONLY open to fan club members who apply and are accepted). There is ALSO the Opry Plaza Party starting at 5pm outside the Opry House. It’s FREE.

    – Song Suffragettes at the Listening Room Cafe on Friday 6/10 is FREE (as you have listed), but it is also a ticketed event. Just want to let you know that, in case it makes a difference. Not sure if they sell at the door on day-of or not. I can find out for you if you want. Tickets can be purchased in advance at

    – Also want to notify you of a typo. Under fan club parties on Friday, I’m guessing you meant to type BRANDY Clark, not Brandly.

    I’ll let you know as I come across additional events! Hope you don’t mind all the comments, and thanks again for doing this! It’s been very helpful for me in making my custom schedule for the week.

  8. Kyle Mersola

    Got another couple events for you, plus a correction (in addition to the events and correction/notes in my last reply).

    Diva Jam, an all-female-artist concert hosted by Olivia Lane, is going to be on Saturday June 11th from 2:30-5pm at the Listening Room Cafe. It includes artists Megan & Liz, Rachele Lynae, April Kry, Rae Solomon, Sandra Lynn, Stephanie Quayle, and Mary Sarah. As far as I know, it is free and tickets are not required (I’m inquiring into both of those things).

    “New Nashville”, another concert, will be at Wildhorse Saloon on Friday June 10th at 8pm. $10 cover charge at the door will start at 6pm. I don’t have much info on the lineup other than that Kalie Shorr will be playing.

    As for the correction, Cassadee Pope’s album release party is on FRIDAY at 6:30pm, NOT Wednesday.

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