1. Agave Heritage Festival El Tambo Hotel Congress

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    Tucson, AZ

    For tequila and mescal lovers—one the fastest-growing segments of the booze biz—things don’t get much better than Tucson’s Agave Heritage Festival (April 23 – May 5). The signature event—the Saturday night Agave Fiesta at the century-old Hotel Congress—includes more than 30 agave-based spirits, live music, an agave cocktail showdown—even agave art. But died-in-the-sisal fans can also attend panel discussions, documentary screenings, a live roasting demo and an all-agave expo. This year’s speakers include Rodrigo Medellín, a National Geographic Explorer at Large and senior professor of ecology at Mexico City’s Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México—as well as Tony Abou-Ganim, author of the bestselling The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails. And here’s a bonus: Festivalgoers get 20% off at the brand new Hotel McCoy, a lovingly restored mid-century bolthole where you can spend a sunny afternoon sampling local spirits by the glittering pool.