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July 4-10

WINE WARS The new Wine Wars tasting series takes place on the second Tuesday of May, June, and July with Max's wine experts holding themed, blind wine tastings. Tue., May 13 - Tue., July 8, 7pm, 4am. (2014) Max's Wine Dive, 207 San Jacinto, 512/904-0111. $30 ($25, advance), pricing excludes tax & gratuity. www.maxswinedive.com/austin-san-jacinto-blvd

ROSÉ BRUNCH Throughout our scorching summer, enjoy a refreshing $12 bottle of Rosé wine with brunch items and desserts at LaV. Sun., May 18 - Sat., Aug. 16, 11am-2:30pm. (2014) LaV, 1501 E. Seventh, 512/391-1888. www.lavaustin.com

TIKI TUESDAYS Austin's hippest hotel offers a signature house tiki cocktail and surf tunes from the Avocados every Tuesday night in July. Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress, 512/852-2360. www.sanjosehotel.com

4TH OF JULY AT TRAVAASA AUSTIN Celebrate Independence Day in the spa's restaurant with a seasonal red, white, and blue menu created by chef Ben Baker. Reservations required. Fri., July 4, 6-9pm. (2014) Travaasa, 13500 FM 2769, 877/261-7792. www.travaasa.com/blog/red-white-blue-4th-july-menu-jeans-kitchen

4TH OF JULY CASSEROLE COOK-OFF Famous for your King Ranch Chicken or tuna noodle surprise? Whip up a batch for the chance to win cash prizes! Tasting starts at 8pm, with prizes at 10pm. Register via email. Fri., July 4, 8pm. (2014) Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562. Free. eva@spiderhouseballroom.com, www.spiderhousecafe.com

CHILI COOK-OFF FUNDRAISER This cook-off benefits the Johnson City Library this year. To enter the chili ($20) or salsa ($10) competitions, contact Alan Dean at 512/567-2835. Sampling tickets are $5. Salsa judging at 11:30am; chili at 2pm plus People's Choice award for chili. Fri., July 4, 11am. (2014) Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Rd., Stonewall, 800/946-9463. www.beckervineyards.com

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PARTY Zax owners Mike Baldwin and Jeffrey Lynd always celebrate their anniversary with a party for their loyal clientele with food and drink specials and $3.50 select drafts. Fri., July 4, 4pm. (2014) Zax Restaurant & Bar, 312 Barton Springs Rd., 512/481-0100. www.zaxaustin.com

DINNER ON US Proprietors Larry Foles and Guy Villavaso invite guests to enjoy one free entrée for every entrée purchased from the regular menus at both Roaring Fork outlets and at the Salty Sow (1917 Manor Rd.) during dinner hours on Independence Day. Fri., July 4, 5-10pm. (2014) Roaring Fork, 701 Congress, 512/583-0000. www.roaringfork.com

SLICE SLAMMING CONTEST Austin's Hungry Todd Rungy hosts a slice slamming competition at the Southpark Meadows location. Ten brave eaters will wolf down a mammoth slice of Brooklyn Pie Company pizza in the fastest time possible in order to win merchandise and gift cards. Register via email. Fri., July 4, 10pm. (2014) Little Woodrow's, 9500 S. I-35, 512/282-2336. iamhungrytoddrungy@gmail.com, www.littlewoodrows.com

TRATTORIA LISINA HOSTS 4TH OF JULY Enjoy family-friendly outdoor activities such as sparklers, bocce ball, and chalk art painting along with regular menu items and slices of pizza from the mobile pizza oven. Fri., July 4, 11am-5pm. (2014) Trattoria Lisina, 13308 FM 150 W., Driftwood, 512/894-3111. www.trattorialisina.com

VINOPALOOZA WINE FEST Experience great Texas and international wines along with delicious Hill Country fare and live music at this family holiday party. Fri., July 4, 4-8pm. (2014) Flat Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery, 24912 Singleton Bend East, Marble Falls, 512/267-6310. $5-60. www.flatcreekestate.com

BURGERS N BLUES Cowboy chef Paul Petersen will be manning the grill at lunchtime during the festivities. Make necessary lunch reservations online. Sat., July 5, noon-5pm. (2014) Fall Creek Vineyards, 1820 CR 222, Tow, 325/379-5361. Free-$15. www.fcv.com

NATIONAL FRIED CHICKEN DAY In recognition of the holiday, Max's will serve their original and gluten-free fried chicken with mashed potatoes, collards, and Texas toast. Sun., July 6, 11-12mid. (2014) Max's Wine Dive, 207 San Jacinto, 512/904-0111. www.maxswinedive.com

SOCIAL SUNDAZE This new venue above Chicago House is now serving brunch complemented by mimosas, sangria, and DJ music. Sundays through July 27, noon-4pm Upstairs on Trinity, 601 Trinity. www.facebook.com/events/395951450547615

MARILYN MCCRAY BOOK SIGNING McCray will sign copies of her new book Canning, Pickling & Freezing With Irma Harding while the crowd enjoys refreshments from Princess & Moose's Sister Bakery and St. Arnold Brewing. Thu., July 10, 7pm. (2014) BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 512/472-5050. www.bookpeople.com

Ongoing

SFC DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, 512/974-6700. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

SFC SUNSET VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Toney Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones, 512/414-2096. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

BARTON CREEK FARMERS' MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/327-7040. www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org

CEDAR PARK FARMERS MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/257-8500. www.texasfarmersmarket.org/cedar-park

MUELLER FARMERS MARKET Sundays, 10am-2pm Mueller Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd. www.texasfarmersmarket.org

LONE STAR FARMERS MARKET Sundays, 10am-2pm Shops at the Galleria, Shops Parkway, off Highway 71, Bee Cave. www.lonestarfarmersmarket.com

BLUEBONNET FARMERS’ MARKET Sundays, 11am-3pm 2323 S. Lamar. www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org

HOPE FARMERS' MARKET Sundays, 11am-3pm Plaza Saltillo, 401 Comal, 512/727-8363. www.hopefarmersmarket.org

SFC EAST FARMERS' MARKET Tuesdays, 3pm-7pm Corner of MLK & Miriam. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

SFC FARMERS' MARKET AT THE TRIANGLE Wednesdays, 3-7pm Triangle Park, 4700 N. Lamar, 512/452-1404. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

BOGGY CREEK FARM FARM STAND Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8am-1pm Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons, 512/926-4650. www.boggycreekfarm.com

SPRINGDALE FARM FARM STAND Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9am-1pm Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale, 512/386-8899. www.springdalefarmaustin.com

LONGHORN BREAKFAST CLUB Bloody Mary bar and brunch menu every home game day. Complimentary party bus to tailgates. Oct. 4 & 18, Nov. 8 & 27 J Black's, 710-B W. Sixth, 512/433-6954. www.jblacks.com

TAILGATE ON THE LAWN Three hours prior to UT football kickoff time, Hotel Ella serves up food, brews, and cocktails, plus shuttle service to and from the stadium. Oct. 4 & 18, Nov. 8 Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande, 512/495-1800. $50. www.hotelella.com

JAZZ BRUNCH Live jazz, $3 mimosas, and a brunch buffet. Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Nov. 22 Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress, 512/852-2360. $24. www.sanjosehotel.com

HOLIDAY FAVORITES AT CENTRAL MARKET’S COOKING SCHOOL An array of holiday-themed cooking classes. Sun., Nov. 2, (2014) Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. centralmarket.turnstilesystems.com/LocationDetail.aspx/AustinNorthLamar

COMMUNITY TABLE AT UCHI Enter a lottery to attend a community table at Uchi. Tue., Nov. 25, (2014) Uchi, 801 S. Lamar, 512/916-4808. austin@uchirestaurants.com, uchiaustin.com

12 DAYS OF DESSERTS Each dinner features desserts themed for a day in the classic song. Through Dec. 24 LaV, 1501 E. Seventh, 512/391-1888. www.lavaustin.com

HOTEL SAN JOSE'S BAVARIAN NIGHTS Tue., Dec. 16, (2014) Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress, 512/852-2360. www.sanjosehotel.com