Morgan Wallen
Morgan Wallen, Photo: Facebook

The CMT Awards takes place Wednesday, June 5th and CMA Fest is June 6-9. Before the Awards on Wednesday, there are several free events taking place in downtown Nashville. Once CMA Fest is underway, fans have even more opportunities to see great musicians play for free.

MONDAY, JUNE 3

Free Event at Draper James
Draper James, 2608 12th Ave S
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free performances by Sarah Darling, Stephanie Quayle and Rachel Wammack, make-up touchups and a braid bar, along with tasty treats and complimentary cocktails. Draper James will donate 15% of its proceeds during the event to the CMA Foundation

Ram Jam: Artists to Watch Concert
TopGolf Nashville, 500 Cowan Street

7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
RSVP HERE

Join country music’s hottest rising stars at this exclusive CMT concert at one of the city’s hottest hangouts, TopGolf. Must RSVP to attend. Event is ages 18 and up.

The following artists are scheduled to perform:

8:05 p.m.         Runaway June
8:40 p.m.         Morgan Wallen
9:15 p.m.         Jordan Davis

TUESDAY, JUNE 4

CMT Block Party, Presented by Wendy’s
Schermerhorn Symphony Center Plaza
12 – 4 p.m.

Free Frosties FOR EVERYONE! Wendy’s and CMT invite you to kick off the summer with the ultimate downtown block party, featuring live music and free food for the whole family. Festivities include performances and meet-and-greets with artists along with games, prizes and a chance to win tickets to the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night.

The following artists are scheduled to perform:

12:15 p.m.       Lainey Wilson
1:45 p.m.         Brandon Lay
3:15 p.m.         Cassadee Pope

CMT Crossroads Taping with Brooks & Dunn and Friends
5th & Broadway, outdoor stage – fans are encouraged to arrive early.
8:30 p.m.

Gates open at 7:00 p.m., first-come, first-served, standing room only.

Be a part of this iconic CMT music franchise as it tapes its next episode with Brooks & Dunn, featuring special guests Brett Young, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi, Brandon Lancaster of LANCO, Luke Combs, Midland and more. Each artist will perform tracks from Brooks & Dunn’s No, One REBOOT album.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5

CMT Sweat with Barry’s Bootcamp in the Gulch
Barry’s Nashville, 308 11th Ave S
6-9:30 a.m.
RSVP: EVENTBRITE SIGN UP HERE

Get down before the world gets up! A one-of-a-kind morning workout event, CMT Sweat is the can’t-miss kickoff to the CMT Music Awards, powered by Barry’s Bootcamp. Join Barry’s trainers for an early-morning workout, and enjoy music mixed live by DJ Anthony Batista, swag giveaways, and a free healthy breakfast as they turn your early morning into the ultimate calorie-shredding exercise session.

Classes are at 6 a.m., 7:15 a.m., and 8:30 a.m. Must RSVP to attend.

CMT Block Party, Presented by Wendy’s
Schermerhorn Symphony Center Plaza
12-4 p.m.

Another glorious day of FREE Wendy’s Frosties and grub! Wendy’s and CMT invite you to kick off the summer with the ultimate downtown block party, featuring live music and free food for the whole family. Festivities include performances and meet-and-greets with artists along with games, prizes and a chance to win tickets to the CMT Music Awards on that night!

The following artists are scheduled to perform:

12:15 p.m.     Ingrid Andress
1:45 p.m.       Rachel Wammack
3:15 p.m.       Hardy

After the CMT Awards, CMA Fest takes place June 6-9. If you aren’t purchasing a CMA Fest ticket, you can catch some free concerts at a variety of stages during the festival.

Some artists you can hear for free include:

  • Jimmie Allen
  • Lauren Alaina
  • Gavin DeGraw
  • A Thousand Horses
  • Tegan Marie
  • Deana Carter
  • Keifer Sutherland
  • Pam Tillis
  • RaeLynn
  • Walker Hayes
    and many many more!

Click here to see the complete schedule.


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