Delta Hot Tamale Festival
October 17-19 -- Greenville, Mississippi
The only thing Mississippians love more than wearing pearls to tailgates are tamales, and this three-day Latin American street party's lining the block with all kinds of steamy awesome under a husk of southern corniness. And, if your band's not performing on one of the stretch's three main stages, your best bet for winning over Miss Hot Tamale is to win over the judges at the cook-off, or, way more likely, stuff your face with masa at the tamale-eating competition.
If you're wondering what a Tamale fest's doing in the middle of Mississippi, here's the history.
Once you've digested: This other Greenville's home to wetlands with excellent opportunities to hunt, fish, and hike. Make a week of it.