CMA Fest to Kick Off Fan Fair X With Dolly Parton

ET's Rachel Smith will host a special conversation with the country music icon.

CMA Fest has announced a star-studded lineup for its upcoming Fan Fair X, with living legend Dolly Parton set to kick things off. 

The 2024 celebration runs from Thursday, June 6, to Sunday, June 9, featuring panels, performances, meet-and-greets, partner activations and vendors inside Music City Center in Nashville. 

On Thursday, June 6, Parton will get the party started with a conversation hosted by ET's Rachel Smith on the CMA Close Up Stage alongside the opening of her All Access! Pop Up Experience. 

Cody Johnson, Thomas Rhett and Lainey Wilson will serve as featured artists of the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. 

Fans can purchase tickets and view the schedule now on the CMA Fest's Fan Fair X website

Last month, the Country Music Association announced the lineup of performers for this year's 51st annual music festival. The massive event includes performers on 10 stages over the course of four days. 

Performing on the main stage at Nissan Stadium throughout the event are artists like Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, HARDY, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ashley McBryde, Parker McCollum, Megan Moroney, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, The War And Treaty, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, Lainey Wilson, Jordan Davis and Bailey Zimmerman.

Tickets are now on sale.

DOLLY PARTON'S PET GALA, a variety special featuring musical performances and a one-of-a-kind runway, airs Wednesday, Feb. 21 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs)*. - Jon Morgan/CBS via Getty Images

ET was with Parton earlier this year for her pet gala variety special, where she opened up about her 78th birthday celebrations. 

"I worked all day long," she shared. "I'm working on my Broadway musical that's gonna come out in '25, so I spent all day workin' on that with the girl I'm writing the script with, and then I sat down for supper and had a glass of champagne."

Parton also dished on starting her new line of frozen foods, and her favorite meal to whip up for date nights with her husband, Carl Dean. 

"I stay in and cook some stuff he likes the best," she said. "The one I've always loved is chicken and dumplings."