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Downtown Desert Deals. The next time you're trying to pick a restaurant, head downtown. From now until Aug. 11, many restaurants are offering a host of deals to try out. We're talking happy hour deals at Maynards, HighWire Lounge, HUB Restaurant, Batch Café and Bar, and Playground Bar and Lounge; $10 summer grilled margaritas at Charro Steak; a summer dinner deal for two at 47 Scott; and half off bottles of wine 4 to 10 p.m. Sundays at Cup Café. Can't decide where to go? Taste of Tucson's Historic Downtown and Downtown/ Fourth Ave. tours are discounted $5 per person when you use code TOTDSUM on their website. For details on each deal and hours/addresses, visit each restaurant's individual website.

$25 Beer Flight and Food Pairing. Who needs dinner and a show when you can grab a flight with some bites? This Friday, head over to Catalina Brewing Company, where you can sample five different beers and chow down on small plates prepared by personal chef service Chef Chic for $25. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. 6918 N. Camino Martin, #120.

Dragoon Monsooner Party at T&B North. It's monsoon season, and though the rainstorms can be intense, during this event, you may find yourself hoping to see some dark clouds on the horizon. Tap and Bottle is hosting a Dragoon Monsooner Party, featuring Monsooner Dormunder Lager, Ohhaygrrl Gose, Barrel Aged Biere del Bac and more on tap. The kicker: If it monsoons during the party, all Monsooner will be $1 off. Bring your umbrella and cross your fingers! 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. 7254 N. Oracle Road. Free entrance.

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Eastern Europe Wine Tasting. Ever been to Croatia, Austria or Slovenia? If you haven't, Maynards Market and Kitchen is giving you a chance to check visiting them (or at least trying their wine) off your bucket list. At the restaurant's monthly wine tasting, sample the region's offerings of Zinfandel, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Grigio and more. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. 400 N. Toole Ave. $12 general admission, free entry for Wine Club members.

Salsa Fiesta at Apple Annie's Orchard. Spice up your weekend and try free samples of Apple Annie's Orchard's salsas at the produce farm location. If you can take the heat, bring home any of the salsas for 20 percent off. Want to create your own salsa? Take home free salsa recipes, and stock up on salsa supplies like chili peppers, tomatoes and jalapenos for 20 percent off when you buy five pounds or more. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 4-5 and Aug. 11 and 12. 6405 W. Williams Road. Free entry.

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Fitness and Beer—Burn off a Brew. The next time you head to Borderlands Brewing Company, bring your sneakers. The brewery is joining the ranks of other bars that offer a fitness-and-drinks combo event. Its inaugural Fitness and Beer event kicks off with a class coached by Courtney Nielsen, open to all levels of fitness. Finish it up with a hard-earned brew. 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. 119 E. Toole Ave. $10 for the class and pint, or $5 for the class only.

Mead and Bacon Pairing. Celebrate National Mead Day with—what else?—mead, but here comes the unexpected part: It will be paired with bacon. The brewers at 1912 Brewing Co. are offering up a flight of three Superstition Meads with three different types of bacon. If you, like me, didn't know there were even three different types of bacon, this might be a chance to expand your palate while ringing in this quasi-holiday. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. 2045 N. Forbes Blvd., suite 105.

Rye'ld Up Beer Release. Cue the nostalgia: vintage arcade game Frogger is back in a tournament led by Harbottle Brewing Company. Do your best to cross to the other side of the road in this single-elimination, bracket-style tournament, and you might just walk away with the $50 gift card and trophy grand prize—or at least a $6 gift card if you win your bracket after the first round. Fuel up in between rounds with the brewing company's latest release, "Rye'ld Up" Rye IPA. There will also be discounts on draft beer throughout the event. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. 3820 S. Palo Verde, suite 102. Must buy one beer to enter competition and use discounts. Email mike@harbottlebrewing.com or go to brewery to secure a spot.

Vinyl Night at AZ Wine Collective. Dust off your vinyl collection and head to Arizona Wine Collective with disc in hand. The store will play records all day, so bring your favorite and enjoy while perusing a selection of local wine. Perhaps the best part of basically controlling the aux cord at a wine bar: those who bring their vinyl have a chance to win a free glass of wine. 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. 4280 N. Campbell Ave., suite 155.

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