NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The CMA Music Festival was set to officially kick off, and there's more free music and activities than ever.
Even though Thursday was set as the official start to the festival, downtown was busy since Monday with several performances and Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena - plus the concert outside.
Thursday, country music fans would get to experience more music than ever.
Eleven stages were set to be filled with country artists.
Fans could watch ten of those for free, including Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock, Belk Park Stage at Walk of Fame Park, and the Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage in Fan Alley.
Fans got to experience the taste of the CMA Music Festival early Wednesday morning. LoCash unofficially kicked everything off at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage - another free stage!
The one stage set up as pay to watch was L.P. Field, which was already sold out.
Big name country artists were scheduled to rock that stage, including Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, and Jason Aldean.
Thursday night, fans would be watching Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley.
The CMA Music Festival was scheduled to have performances from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.