What to Know About CMA Fest 2024

photo by Donna Vissman

CMA Fest 2024 takes place in Nashville from Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9.

There are many free stages and events in downtown Nashville for fans to attend, but CMA has implemented safety rules for the entire festival footprint.

ALLOWED BAGS: Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 12” x 6” are allowed. All styles of clear bags are acceptable as long as they are 12″ x 12″ x 6″ or smaller – this includes clear backsacks, clear diaper bags, fanny packs, gallon Ziploc bags, etc. In addition to a clear bag, a small clutch bag or wallet 4.5” x 6.5” or smaller is allowed. One approved size clear bag and one approved size small clutch is allowed per person. 

This year, a free clear bag, provided by Vera Bradley, will be available to all attendees while supplies last! Just visit one of two Info Booths, corner of Broadway and 1st Avenue or inside Music City Center, or go to Vera Bradley’s booth in Fan Fair X.

CMA Fest reserves the right to refuse admittance (without refund of admission) to attendees who refuse to allow inspection of their bag when entering each venue.  

The following items will NOT be permitted at any CMA Fest location. 

  • Adhesive-backed decals, stickers, bumper stickers, etc. 
  • Aerosol containers of any kind, including aerosol sunscreen. (Lotion sunscreen is recommended and is permitted in containers 8oz or smaller.) 
  • Animals (federally recognized support animals are permitted to assist guests with disabilities; comfort animals are not permitted) 
  • Any item that depicts language or imagery that violates the Code of Conduct 
  • Balls (beach balls, footballs, balloons, etc.) 
  • Bikes 
  • Cameras with a detachable lens longer than 6″
  • Camera attachments, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, etc. 
  • Chairs of any kind 
  • Confederate flag imagery of any kind 
  • Coolers, stainless steel or glass containers/canisters – For additional details on plastic bottles, aluminum cans and canisters, look at the “PLASTIC CONTAINERS/WATER BOTTLES/WATER STATIONS” section of the FAQs. 
  • Drones 
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia 
  • E-Cigarette refill cartridges  
  • Firearms, knives, other weapons or dangerous devices of any kind 
  • Fireworks 
  • Flags 
  • Frisbees and projectiles 
  • Hammocks 
  • Helium balloons 
  • Hydration packs 
  • Infant car seat carriers at nighttime venues (Nissan Stadium & Ascend Amphitheater) – For additional details, look at the “BABIES & CHILDREN UNDER AGE 2” section of the FAQS.  
  • Inflatables of any kind 
  • Laser pointers 
  • Lights (LED lights, any battery-operated lights, etc.) 
  • Noisemakers (boomboxes, horns, megaphones, whistles, or other noisemakers which disrupt event production) 
  • Non-Aerosol containers larger than 8oz 
  • Outside alcohol 
  • Outside food and beverages
  • Poles, selfie sticks, and/or sticks of any kind 
  • Scooters, including shared urban mobility devices 
  • Seat cushions 
  • Signs on poles or sticks 
  • Skateboards, rollerblades or hoverboards 
  • Strollers at nighttime venues (Nissan Stadium & Ascend Amphitheater) – For additional details, look at the “BABIES & CHILDREN UNDER AGE 2” section of the FAQS. 
  • Umbrellas and other objects that obstruct another patron’s view 
  • Video, audio and/or recording devices (including GoPros) 
  • Wagons or pull-carts 
  • Walkie-talkies 
  • Other items deemed disruptive or dangerous at the discretion of Event Management. or offensive at the discretion of CMA and the venue. Visit venue websites for additional prohibited items and restrictions before attending the Event. 

Allowable Items

Re-Entry is ALLOWED at the following locations: 

  • Fan Fair X (inside Music City Center) – during daytime operation hours (10:00AM CT – 5:00PM CT Thursday through Saturday; 10:00AM CT to 4:00PM CT on Sunday)  
  • Riverside Retreat premium area (with wristband) 
  • All outdoor, daytime stages and areas as capacity allows 

Re-Entry is NOT ALLOWED at the following locations: 

  • Nissan Stadium  
  • Ascend Amphitheater 

Water Bottle Policy

At outdoor, daytime stages (Chevy Riverfront Stage, Riverside Retreat, Dr Pepper Amp Stage at Ascend Park, Chevy Vibes Stage at Walk of Fame Park and Maui Jim Reverb Stage at Bridgestone Plaza) and Fan Fair X in Music City Center, patrons may bring: 

  • One (1) factory-sealed clear plastic bottle or aluminum can of water that is 16oz or less 
  • One (1) empty clear plastic container/canister that is 16oz or less to fill at water refill stations.  

At Nissan Stadium at night, patrons may bring: 

  • One (1) empty disposable clear soft plastic water bottle that can be filled at water fountains in the stadium. 

At Ascend Amphitheater at night, patrons may bring:  

  • One (1) factory sealed or empty reusable water bottle. All reusable water bottles must be plastic or aluminum, no glass allowed, or ones with a camelback straw. 

Staying hydrated at CMA Fest is easy with the FREE water stations and water fountains throughout the footprint including: 

  • Three locations on Broadway:  
    • On Broadway between First Avenue and Second Avenue  
    • On Broadway between Second Avenue and Third Avenue 
    • On Broadway between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue 
  • One location at Ascend Park  
  • One location inside Ascend Amphitheater 
  • One location at Riverfront Park  
  • One location at Riverside Retreat 
  • One location at Walk of Fame Park 
  • Locations in Nissan Stadium

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