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CMA Music Festival - Unofficial Events & Charity Benefits

Top CMAfest Benefit & Charity Events


Countriest of the Country

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This annual event which is sponsored by the Billy Yates International Fan Club began nearly a decade ago and has evolved into what is considered by many to be the best Country Music show during the CMA Music Festival.

Stars for Second Harvest

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Stars for Second Harvest Concert featuring Craig Wiseman & Friends Benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is normally held at the Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday night.

R.O.P.E. Breakfast with the Stars

Photo Credit: Marty Martel
R.O.P.E. stands for the Reunion of Professional Entertainers and began one evening in May of 1983 when forty-three folks in the music industry got together to discuss the idea of having an organization that would keep them united in fellowship, camaraderie and friendship. Every year during the CMAfest week, this organization hosts their Annual R.O.P.E. Event, normally a day or two before of the official CMAfest kick-off.

Honkytonk Hitman's Indie Outlaw Show

Photo Courtesy of Mike Rodgers
If you've yet to attend this annual CMAfest event, you can be sure that you've been missing some of Nashville's Best Independent artists to say the least as the Honkytonk Hitman always has a great lineup of artists set to perform.

CMT Music Awards

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Country music's only fan-voted awards show, the CMT Music Awards, takes place every year, live from Nashville, during the CMA Music Festival Week. The event normally includes awards, performances, and red carpet.

Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam

Marty Stuart Copyright Jan Duke
Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam is normally held at the Ryman Auditorium on the eve of CMAfest (Wednesday Night) This annual event benefits Musicares, an organization that provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.

Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction

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Come bid on one-of-a-kind guitars from some of Country Music's Biggest Stars at the Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction. The event is open to the public, and all proceeds from the auction will benefit the Opry Trust Fund, which assists members of the country music community in need.

NRA Country Kegs & Eggs

Courtesy Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
NRA Country Kegs & Eggs is being held at Margaritaville and will showcase Craig Campbell,Josh Thompson,and Sunny Sweeney. This is a Free Event for NRA Country members, includes breakfast buffet, acoustic performances, and a few special take home goodies.

Your Road to Nashville

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Over 150 Artists perform on the Hard Rock Entertainment Stages with non-stop country music all day long. Performances normally run from 10:00am to 8:00pm each day.

Great American Country Breakfast Series

Great American Country, the network that delivers original lifestyle programming celebrating the best of American living and country music, is hosting the first-ever Great American Country Breakfast Series at Fan Fair X inside Music City Center during CMA Music Festival, June 5-8.

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