3. Great Not-so-Big Festivals
Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Telluride, Colorado

This boutique June festival high in the Rockies limits ticket sales to 10,000 a day, lending intimacy to the gathering while broadening the initial bluegrass theme to absorb jazz, Celtic, pop, folk, world, and other musical styles.

Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration
Leavenworth, Washington
The squeeze, in its many forms and variations, is king here each June.

Festival International de Louisiane
Lafayette, Louisiana

Come April, in this, the capital of Cajun country, everything French gets its due, including bands from French Africa, French Europe, and French Canada.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Held each July at Jericho Beach Park, this mellow folk and roots event complements its Strait of Georgia surroundings.

Fall Polka Festival Champion, Pennsylvania
Polka king Eddie Blazonczyk hosts and headlines this three-day oompah extravaganza in the Poconos in November.

Beale Street Music Festival
Memphis, Tennessee

Each April, state-of-the-art blues, gospel, funk, and rhythm and blues permeate this festival's locale on the banks of the river that inspired its very sounds.

Mariachi Spectacular
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Prepare to get serenaded at this four-day meeting of horns and guitars held at several locales around town each July.

D.C. Caribbean Carnival
Washington, D.C.

Local bands representing every nation in the Caribbean bust out the rhythms in June at this celebration honoring D.C.'s international heritage.