CMA Music Festival, Nashville, Tennessee
Tel: 800 262 3378
Concierge.com's insider take:
The CMA Music Festival draws 200,000 country fans to Nashville—the largest gathering of its kind on the planet. During the four-day festival, held each June, the Country Music Association draws entertainers to perform and hold autograph meet and greet parties at downtown clubs and on temporary stages erected on the banks of the Cumberland River. The biggest stars—think Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney—take the stage in the evening, at nearby LP Field. Hotels are booked months in advance and locals avoid the area at all costs during the "invasion," though it does make for some fine people-watching. Hard-core fans should purchase a four-day pass, which includes access to all daytime activities, night performances at LP Field, and the autograph line; for those who want to catch a specific act, tickets to individual shows are sold separately about a month in advance. (One drawback: A single-show ticket won't get you access to the autograph line.) The four-day passes sell out quickly; they go on sale a year in advance, so plan your trip early to ensure you score a ticket.