Huntsville Festival of the Arts
July 4 to August 28, Huntsville
In a nutshell: Roots music meets Roots clothing.
The highlights: The indie-country duo Whitehorse, the fiddle superstar Natalie MacMaster, a two-night stand from the unerringly earnest Bruce Cockburn and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which backed Dr. John and the Black Keys at last year’s Grammys. The festival also recently started a cottage-country version of Nuit Blanche full of kooky-cool art installations and street theatre.
Who goes: Folkie moms and dads in Tilley hats and cottagers bored of playing Yahtzee.
Where to sleep: Deerhurst Resort, which scored a $2-million reno for the infamous 2010 G8 summit, has three luxe restaurants and top-notch facilities.