Nobody does the American music festival better than the jam band crowd. A gathering of bands and hippies can quickly turn into a marketplace for beads, burritos, bowls, goofballs, beers, and the finest strands of weed our country has to offer. You also won’t be judged no matter how bad of a dancer you are. Close enough to Boston, Connecticut’s Gathering of the Vibes
(July 31-Aug. 3
) was started after Jerry Garcia’s passing to celebrate the music of the Grateful Dead, and Hunter, N.Y.’s Mountain Jam
) takes place in the Catskill Mountains and features acts like Gov’t Mule, the Avett Brothers, and Bob Weir & Ratdog. Beyond the northeast, Illinois’ Summer Camp
) includes some of the best noodlers in the business, like moe., Umphrey’s McGee, and the Trey Anastasio Band, and even hosts a sunrise kickball game with members of the different bands. If for some reason you’re looking for an excuse to visit Ozark, Ark., head to Wakarusa
) and catch sets from String Cheese Incident, STS9, and more.