Jimmie Allen

Jimmie Allen gets the party started as the first act to kick off CMA Fest from the Riverfront Stage on Thursday, June 9, 2022.

Music City’s summer tourism season kicked off with two major events — CMA Fest and Let Freedom Sing! — that pumped millions of dollars into the local economy, according to a news release. CMA Fest helped push the number of hotel room nights sold in June to a record level for the city.

CMA Fest was held June 9-12 and generated $65.2 million in estimated direct visitor spending, bouncing back with modest growth from the last time it was held in 2019, when direct visitor spending was $64.9 million.

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