Special Events in Nashville

CMA Music Festival Fan Fair
Country music lovers rejoice in Nashville's four-day music festival held each June. Spotlighting some of country music's hottest stars and most beloved artists, the music festival includes more than 150 hours of concerts, autograph signings and an abundance of exhibits. In recent years, more than 400 musicians and artists participated in the festival that began in 1972 as a fan fair. About 250,000 fans attend the event over the four-day period. The festival is presented by the Country Music Association.

Nashville Film Festival
Lights, camera, action! One of the oldest film festivals in the United States, the Nashville Film Festival showcases film features in categories such as narrative, documentary, and music, and short films in categories including narrative, animated and experimental. More than 26,000 film buffs attend the festival each year, along with dozens of celebrities and actors. The film festival shows more than 200 films and includes film panels, parties and music events. The 40-year-old festival is held in April.

Iroquois Steeplechase
With a $150,000 purse at stake, the Iroqouis Steeplechase is a coveted win for thoroughbred owners. The horse race is held on the second Saturday each May and attracts more than 25,000 spectators to the Percy Warner Park track in Nashville. Races begin at 1 p.m. and conclude with the main Iroquois race at about 4:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit Vanderbilt's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital. The race has occurred nearly unimpeded since 1941.

Country Music Marathon
Running into its second decade is the St. Jude's Country Music Marathon, part of the Rock 'N Roll Marathon family. The marathon is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon and features a variety of live music along the 26.2-mile course. A half marathon and a mini marathon for kids also are part of the event. The marathon starts in Nashville's Centennial Park and ends at the Tennessee Titan's home stadium, LP Field. About 30,000 athletes participate in the race.

CMA Awards
Nashville's place as the country music capital of the world is reinforced each year as the home to the Country Music Association's annual awards ceremony. Televised live to millions, the CMA Awards show is held at the Bridgestone Arena and honors some of country's music's brightest stars. Nominees and winners of the awards are selected by CMA members. A limited number of show tickets are available to the public.