"The Communikey Festival of Digital Arts, in Boulder, is a new festival that kicks off the season every April. It's run by an extremely dedicated and fun group of people, with acts like Thomas Fehlmann (a Beirut favorite) and great young bands like D Numbers and No Regular Play."
In the heart of the Ozarks, 70 miles southeast of Fayetteville, 50 acoustic roots and bluegrass bands jam on the grounds of an old blueberry farm at the top of Mulberry Mountain. Expect hardcore newgrass purists among the 5,000 attendees, plus on-site fishing for stocked catfish, perch, and bass.
Don't Miss Hackensaw Boys, the Duhks, Travelin McCourys, and Hot Buttered Rum (who once played our HQ on their grease-fueled tour). Four days, $109; mulberrymountainmusic.com.
Intermission Just a mile down the road on the Mulberry River, take an eight-mile float through mellow Class III water on a beverage-laden canoe ($56; turnerbend.com).