6 Things to do During CMA Fest

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This week in Nashville CMA Festival will have a host of country music artists performing on stages across the city.

To find your favorite artist or to keep up to date, download the CMA Fest App here.

In addition to catching a live show, here are 6 things to do at CMA Fest.

1HGTV Lodge will Host A Very Brady Lodge

A Very Brady Renovation, HGTV’s highly anticipated series that features the full-scale overhaul of the world-famous Brady Bunch house in Los Angeles, has inspired the network to transform its popular CMA Fest venue into the HGTV ‘A Very Brady’ Lodge.

From Thursday, June 6, to Sunday, June 9, the HGTV ‘A Very Brady’ Lodge will offer fans the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience™ with live musical performances by top artists including Chris Young, Dierks Bentley and Old Dominion as well as by This Is Us star and singer Chrissy Metz and singer-songwriter, actress and producer Rita Wilson, who guest starred on The Brady Bunch in one of her first television roles. Stars of A Very Brady Renovation—including the legendary sitcom’s siblings Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb(Jan) and Susan Olsen (Cindy), as well as network stars Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential) and Steve Ford (Restored by the Fords)—will make special appearances throughout the festival.

Fans of The Brady Bunch will have the opportunity to chat with the famous TV family during a special Q&A session at the Lodge. In a nod to the groovy ‘70s style of The Brady Bunch, the network’s signature 3,500-square-foot venue will be decked out with sparkling disco balls, far-out beaded curtains and colorful retro furniture. Slated to premiere in September, A Very Brady Renovation will spotlight the show-stopping transformation of the Brady Bunch house.

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2Miranda Lambert Mutt Nation Walk

MuttNation Foundation, founded by Miranda Lambert and her mother, Bev Lambert, will have a paw-stomping, tail-wagging presence at next CMA Fest. The Mutt March takes place on Thursday morning at 8:30 am featuring over 1,000 dog-loving participants and their pets, parading from Nissan Stadium to Walk of Fame Park, Miranda’s MuttNation will bring some of the most adorable, adoptable pups on the planet to the floor of Xfinity Fan Fair X at Music City Center. Register for the Walk here. 

From Thursday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Xfinity Fan Fair X, Nashville Humane Association will have a steady supply of playful pups looking for their new forever families. And while there’s no shortage of amazing performances during CMA Fest – including Miranda’s Nissan Stadium show on Saturday night – few things will be as entertaining as when the adoptable dogs all strut out to the MuttNation exhibit on the Music City Center floor, each day at noon.

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3Craig Campbell Cornhole Tournament

Country music star Craig Campbell will again host the 7th Annual Celebrity Cornhole Challenge on Tuesday, June 4. Fans can bid to compete with the likes of Clay Walker, Love and Theft’s Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles, Lauren Alaina, Jerrod Niemann, Jimmie Allen and others. The star-studded event raises funds and awareness for Fight Colorectal Cancer (FIGHT CRC.) Craig has been a national spokesman for FIGHT CRC for over five years, honoring the memory of his father who passed away with colorectal cancer at age 36.

Admission is free to the public. This year’s event takes place in the Legends Ballroom of Nashville’s Omni Hotel with the tournament beginning at 1:20 to 3:30 p.m.

4Redneck Riveria Concerts with John Rich

Country music star John Rich who lives by his “work hard, play hard” motto will be raising a glass at this years CMA Music Fest in celebration of Redneck Riviera’s one year anniversary on Friday, June 7.  Fans can meet and see a performance of the singer/songwriter and entrepreneur each day at Redneck Riviera, along with his famous “friends” during CMA’s Country Music Fest.  On Saturday, June 8, John Rich will be joined by Granny Rich for a signing of the newly released Granny Rich Reserve Whiskey at Frugal MacDoogal, 701 Division Street, Nashville from 2 p – 3:30 p.

5Performances at Ole Red

If you are looking for a place to cool off or a place to escape the impending rain, Ole Red in partnership with Spotify has a lineup of artist that starts at 11 am each day during CMA Fest. The lineup includes Lauren Alaina, Hunter Hayes, Midland, Old Dominion, Tanya Tucker, Chris Young, and Lil Nas X and surprise guests – does that mean Billy Ray Cyrus will show up for a performance of “Old Town Road?”  See the complete lineup here. 

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6Fair Fan X

Inside Music City Center, fans can meet their favorite artist, watch performances on the several stages and hear from some of their favorite artist interviews with Trisha Yearwood, Chrissy Metz, Tracy Lawerence, Rita Wilson and more. Also, Kelsey Montague (best known for the Taylor Swift ME! mural in Nashville) painted an original interactive mural for the CMA Foundation that will be on display. Fans are encouraged to “lift their voice for music education,” share their photos and contribute to music education.