Dolly to Kick Off Fan Fair X at CMA Fest

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With CMA Fest just around the corner, this year’s Fan Fair X inside Music City Center is packed with more Country star power than ever before! From one-of-a-kind panels, special performances, meet-and-greets, partner activations and a vendor marketplace, Fan Fair X is a must-see for every Country Music fan. Fan Fair X takes place Thursday, June 6 through Saturday, June 8 (9:30 AM-5:00 PM) and Sunday, June 9 (9:30 AM-4:00 PM). Venue doors open daily at 9:30 AM.

This year, global superstar Dolly Parton will kick off Fan Fair X on Thursday morning, welcoming Country Music fans from around the world to take part in a very special conversation on the CMA Close Up Stage. Fans also won’t want to miss Parton’s ALL ACCESS! Pop Up Experience at Fan Fair X, open every day. The Experience will feature many of Parton’s global branding and merchandise items as well as sampling and demonstrations from Good Lookin’ Cookin’, the forthcoming cookbook written by Parton and her sister, Rachel Parton George. More details will be announced soon. Following an unforgettable first day, Fan Fair X will welcome some of Country’s hottest stars featured as CMA Fest Artists of the Day—Cody Johnson takes the CMA Close Up Stage on Friday, Thomas Rhett on Saturday, and Lainey Wilson on Sunday.

CMA Close Up Stage highlights include:
Thursday, June 6 Kick Off – Dolly Parton hosted by Rachel Smith
Friday, June 7 Artist of the Day – Cody Johnson hosted by Cody Alan
Saturday, June 8 Artist of the Day – Thomas Rhett on “Country Heat Weekly” LIVE
Sunday, June 9 Artist of the Day – Lainey Wilson hosted by special guest
Enlisted: Where Music Meets Military with Craig Morgan and Gary Sinise
Jake Owen: A Barefoot Blue Jean… Afternoon
“Got it from My Momma” with Lauren Akins
Old Dominion: “Good Times, Great Odies”
Sam Hunt on “Country Heat Weekly” LIVE
Latin Roots: The ‘Equis’ Factor in Country Music with Frank Ray, Angie K, Leah Turner, Louie TheSinger and Sammy Arriaga hosted by Tomás Mier
Country Central Presents: Midland, Kashus Culpepper, Maggie Antone and Tucker Wetmore
50 Years at The Opry House, hosted by Mark Wills with fellow Opry Members Jeannie Seely and Larry Gatlin & more
Idol Hour with Chayce Beckham, HunterGirl, Colin Stough and “American Idol” ’24 Winner and Runner-Up
Charles Esten: Deacon, Ward & Love Ain’t Pretty
Song Suffragettes with Alison Nichols, Callista Clark, Cyndi Thomson, Matraca Berg and Melissa Fuller
Carly Pearce on “Country Heat Weekly” LIVE
Soulcial Hour with Mickey Guyton + Friends
Nate Smith on “Country Heat Weekly” LIVE

Black Opry Presents Willie Jones, Denitia, Jett Holden, Carmen Dianne and Aaron Vance
Hitting the acoustic Spotlight Stage inside Fan Fair X from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM Thursday through Saturday and 11:00 AM-4:00 PM on Sunday are Abbie Callahan, Adam Mac, Andrew Swift, Ashley Ryan, Boomtown Saints, Cale Tyson, Camille Parker, Carson Wallace, Charly Reynolds, Conor Clemmons, Dillon James, Dzaki Sukarno, The Heels, Holdyn Barder, Ian Harrison, Jacquie Roar, Jarvis Redd, JD Shelburne, Jenny Teator, Kezia Gill, Lane Pittman, Leah Turner, Michael Warren, Nice Horse, Orlando Mendez, Remember Monday, Ryan Larkins, Sacha, Sasha McVeigh, Scoot Teasley, Taylor Moss, Taylor-Rae, Teigan Gayse, Valerie Ponzio, Veronique Medrano, Wade Forster, Wardel and Zach John King.

Fan Fair X offers fans experiences they can’t find anywhere else during CMA Fest. From legendary acts to the newest artists taking the world by storm, fans have the chance to meet many of their favorite Country artists. All programming inside Fan Fair X is first come, first served, with hundreds of sessions and performances taking place throughout the four days. Entry into Fan Fair X is included with all CMA Fest four-night stadium passes. A limited number of single day ($10) and four-day ($25) Fan Fair X tickets can be purchased now at

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