CMA Fest canceled for 2020, expected to return in 2021

Eric Paslay performs at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on June 8 during the 2018 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. (Courtesy Country Music Association)
Eric Paslay performs at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on June 8 during the 2018 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. (Courtesy Country Music Association)

Eric Paslay performs at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on June 8 during the 2018 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. (Courtesy Country Music Association)

Officials with the Country Music Association announced March 31 its annual CMA Fest, originally scheduled for June 4-7, will not be held this year due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the region.

"After careful deliberation, and in following the latest guidance from national, state and local authorities, we are sad to announce that CMA Fest will not take place in 2020," officials said in a statement. "Whether you planned to attend CMA Fest for the first time, or you have attended many times throughout the last 48 years, we know how special this festival is for Country Music fans around the globe and that many will be disappointed by this decision. As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and well-being of our fans, artists, staff and Country Music community."


Tickets purchased for the 2020 event will be honored for next year's festival, expected to be held June 10-13. Customers also have the option to receive a full refund.

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By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.