How to Watch CMA Fest 2022 on TV and Online

CMA Fest returns to ABC for 2022 after two years away this August. The TV special features highlights from across the four-day Nashville festival, with performances from stars like Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan.

ABC will be airing these highlights in a three-hour special, hosted by Dierks Bentley and Elle King. Bentley and King will also be performing as part of a special series of duets.

The 2022 CMA (Country Music Association) Fest will not only be airing on TV this August, but will also be available to stream online shortly after the ABC broadcast has ended.

Here's how you can watch this year's festival on TV and online for free.

When Is CMA Fest 2022 Airing on ABC?

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Dierks Bentley and Elle King presenting CMA Fest 2022. The special comes to ABC and Hulu in August. Getty

The show will air on ABC on Wednesday, August 3, with the three-hour special starting at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT.

The special was filmed at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, and will feature 30 performances from across the four days of the country music festival.

Among the performers viewers will be able to watch in the 2022 festival are Wynonna Judd, Carly Pearce, Lainey Wilson, Jason Aldean, Lady A, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood.

Hosts Elle King and Dierks Bentley will duet with Ashley McBryde and Billy Ray Cyrus respectively.

How To Watch CMA Fest 2022 Online

As an ABC special, the CMA Fest 2022's streaming home will be Hulu. The three-hour show is expected to drop onto the streamer the morning after it airs on ABC, meaning it will be available to stream online from Thursday, August 4.

The fact that the CMA Fest is streaming on Hulu is good news for viewers, as it means they can stream the show for free. Hulu is among the few streamers that still offers a 30-day free trial to new subscribers, giving viewers plenty of time to watch for nothing.

As for viewers who want to watch online as the special airs on ABC, the network does offer a livestream of their channel. To access it, simply visit the ABC website or app and then click on "Live TV." Then, you have to sign up with your cable or online TV provider to unlock the livestream.

Do not have a cable provider? Many of the online TV services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTubeTV and Sling TV also offer free trials, which will allow you to enjoy the CMA Fest (and all the social media around it) as it is happening.