Grand Ole Opry celebrates 97th birthday with week of shows & special events

Celebration runs Oct 4-9th

The Grand Ole Opry is set to celebrate its 97th birthday with six nights of shows October 4th-9th. The Opry will host its traditional Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night shows as well as Thursday night’s Opry Country Classics and for the special birthday week shows have just been added on Wednesday and Sunday. Additionally, a special Opry Loves The 90s Studio A live fan event featuring Deana Carter and celebrating Opry at 97 is scheduled for Saturday, October 8th.

Among those scheduled for appearances on various Opry at 97 shows are special guests Opry NextStage artist Breland, Deana Carter, and Jon Pardi plus Opry members Bill Anderson, Terri Clark, The Isaacs, Jamey Johnson, Craig Morgan, Carly Pearce, Steve Wariner, Chris Young and more.

Thursday’s Opry Country Classics on October 6th will feature spotlight artist and Opry member Chris Janson as well as performances by Opry members The Gatlin Brothers as well as Jim Lauderdale, Michael Ray, and more. The Opry at 97 Opry Country Classics will salute the Kings and Queens of Country, celebrating some of the biggest names in country music: The King of Broken Hearts, George Jones; The King of the Road, Rogers Miller; “King George,” George Strait; The King of Country Music, Roy Acuff; the Queen of Country Music, Kitty Wells, plus Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and more.

As part of the Opry’s ongoing Opry Loves The 90s, hit-maker Deana Carter will join fans in Studio A for an intimate acoustic performance, interview, and fan Q&A on Saturday, October 8th at 1:30 pm. Carter, whose signature song “Strawberry Wine,” was the 1997 Country Music Association Single of the Year, will celebrate the Opry’s 97th during this backstage event at the Opry House.

Fans are also invited to the Opry Plaza for free music celebrating the Opry’s birthday on Friday evening, October 7th, and all day Saturday, October 8th.

Fans can celebrate 97 years of the show that made country music famous with a jam-packed Opry experience with the purchase of an Opry at 97 birthday packages that includes Choice of one Opry or Opry Country Classics show from October 3-9; Opry Loves The 90s acoustic performance and interview with Deana Carter live from Studio A at the Grand Ole Opry House on October 8th; Choice of a daytime or post-show tour from October 3-9th; an Opry picnic lunch on October 8th; and a Celebrate Opry at 97 birthday poster.

Fans who have already purchased tickets for any of the shows during the Opry at 97 birthday week can upsell their tickets for the Opry at 97 birthday package.

Tickets are sale now for all shows through 2022 at (615) 871-OPRY and

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