10 great festivals to cure the summertime blues

"There's no more beautiful American venue than Red Rocks, high in the Rocky Mountains, so this is a great summer destination to see rising stars Vampire Weekend, Foals, TV on the Radio and Band of Horses," Fine says. Be sure to hike through Red Rocks Park and explore Dinosaur Ridge while you're in town. Dates: Sept. 13-14. monolithfestival.com

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco

Free music fests are virtually unheard of — but not in San Francisco. Fine calls this weekend event "one of the greatest under-the-radar American festivals, filled with artists from across a wide swath of American traditions, from blues and bluegrass to gospel, country, folk and R&B." Robert Earl Keen, Bonnie Prince Billy and dynamic duo Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will be belting it out. Dates: Oct. 3-5. strictlybluegrass.com

Voodoo Experience New Orleans

"As the weather starts to cool off in the Crescent City, the Voodoo festival mixes local artists and superstar acts for three days of music under the giant oak trees in City Park," Fine says. This year R.E.M., Death Cab for Cutie, Blind Boys of Alabama, Erykah Badu and New Orleans native Lil Wayne are just some of the performers on hand in the Big Easy. Don't leave town without tasting the beignets and gumbo. Dates: Oct. 24-26. thetenthritual.com

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