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Sip and Snack Your Way Through July with These Metro Phoenix Food Events

The first West Valley location of Someburros opens in mid-July.
The first West Valley location of Someburros opens in mid-July. Someburros
It's hot out there right now. Instead of trying to beat the heat at home on the couch, we recommend getting out to try some of these local food-filled events.

From a Harry Potter-themed tea party to a retro adult summer camp, a luau, and even an early Christmas celebration, you'll have plenty of distractions from the soaring temperatures. There's a take-home margarita club too that's sure to cool you down.

Here are 15 food and drink events to fill your July schedule.

The Jug Club
Starting Friday, July 1
Z'Tejas
Multiple Locations
www.ztejas.com
Bring Z'Tejas' famous margaritas home with you by joining The Jug Club. Beginning July 1, you can sign up for the weekly membership of 12 gallons for $500 or the annual monthly membership of $2000 for 52 gallons. If you're not ready to fully commit, pick up a gallon for $60. Each gallon serves 10 to 12 margaritas, and each comes with chips and salsa, according to the restaurant. Other fun drinks are available in 16 and 32 ounce options.
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Diego Pops' watermelon cotija salad.
Diego Pops
National Watermelon Month
Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 31
Multiple Locations

A juicy watermelon is just perfect in the summer, and you can eat and drink them all month long at these Valley restaurants. Diego Pops will have a refreshing watermelon mint margarita and watermelon cotija salad, while Eat Up Drive In is serving up a watermelon lemonade. Try the watermelon mule at The Montauk and the watermelon fresca at Salt & Lime Modern Mexican Grill. If you like drinking your cocktails out of a bucket (and who doesn't), get the THC Bucket Chick with watermelon infusions at The Hot Chick.
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You'll take home your canvas masterpiece at the end of the night.
Valley Coffee Company

Take a Gallon Off Promo
Friday, July 1 to Wednesday, August 31
Multiple Locations

The rise in gas prices has affected all of our wallets, and in an effort to help out, the owners of Ling and Louie's Asian Bar and Grill and Ling's Wok Shop are offering a special discount. Sign up for the Wokstar club, and you'll receive an email allowing you to take the average price of a gallon of gas for that day off your purchase of $40 or more. Present the email to your server, and the discount will be applied to your check.

Paint Night Event
Saturday, July 2
Valley Coffee Company
100 W. Portland Street, #108
602-734-5550
www.valley-coffee.com
Valley Coffee Company and The Painters Lounge are giving you a chance to create an artistic masterpiece over a hot cup of java, a cold beer, or a cocktail while snacking on delicious bites. An instructor will lead you through all the steps for this July Fourth-themed painting. The event costs $39 per person, and you can register online to reserve your spot.
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Skee-ball at The Hot Chick.
Benjamin Leatherman
Summer Camp
Saturday, July 2
The Hot Chick
4363 North 75th Street, Scottsdale
480-550-7507
www.thehotchickaz.com
Pretend you're a kid again at summer camp at The Hot Chick, well, adult summer camp. There's a full day of activities planned including flip cup, beer pong, a shotgun rally, and a special surprise game. Local DJs will also be playing tunes all day long.
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Beat the heat with some refreshing drinks at Lylo Swim Club's luau.
Lylo Swim Club
Lylo Luau
Sunday, July 3
Lylo Swim Club
400 West Camelback Road
480-536-8899
www.riseuptownhotel.com/phoenix_restaurants/lylo
Get a head start on your July Fourth celebrations at Lylo Swim Club with a fun luau. There will be a Hawaiian cookout with food including ribs, sides, and barbecue Huli Huli chicken plus tropical cocktails, a DJ, and festive leis. General admission is $50 per person, but you can also spring for a lounge chair or daybeds, perfect for chilling at the pool.
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Macayo's carne asada fries come topped with mixed cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and pico de gallo.
MMT Food Photography
National French Fry Day
Wednesday, July 13
Multiple Locations
We've got another national food celebration this month, and it's all about the french fries. Over at Macayo's, you can get a hearty plate of carne asada fries for $8 instead of the usual $10.59. At Fatburger, get a free order of the Fat or Skinny fries, from July 13 to 19, with any purchase made in store or online. Mention the promotion in the restaurant or use code FrenchFryDay22 online.
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It's olive oil galore at Queen Creek Olive Mill.
Queen Creek Olive Mill
Christmas in July at the Mill
Thursday, July 14 to Monday, July 25
Queen Creek Olive Mill
25062 South Meridian Road, Queen Creek
480-361-9860
www.queencreekolivemill.com
Why wait for December to celebrate Christmas when you can enjoy the festivities now at Queen Creek Olive Mill? Starting July 14, the Mill will offer daily deals on select products, announced the day before on social media. Queen Creek Olive Mill and Olivespa gift boxes will also be 15 percent off. There's a special holiday menu inspired by the monthly pairing of the Limited Edition Cranberry White Balsamic Reduction and 3 Chile Olive Oil.
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A chimi combo from Someburros.
Someburros
Anniversary Celebration
JINYA Ramen Bar
Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 31
130 South Arizona Avenue #1, Chandler
480-758-5198
www.jinyaramenbar.com

Since opening up its first location in Studio City, California in 2010, JINYA Ramen Bar has spread to many locations, including one in Chandler. To celebrate its 12 years in business, JINYA is hosting a photo challenge from July 15 to 31. Simply take a picture with your server and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #jinyasmiles. JINYA will then determine the 13 most creative snapshots, and the grand prize is a flight to Tokyo with five nights of lodging for you and a guest. Also, if you order either the Tonkotsu Original 2010 or the spicy creamy vegan ramen, you'll receive a free three-piece crispy chicken or Impossible tacos.

Grand Opening
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17
Someburros
50 North Estrella Parkway, Goodyear
623-440-6882
www.someburros.com
Someburros, the family-owned Mexican restaurant chain, is opening its first West Valley location in Goodyear this month. Join the grand opening celebration on July 16 and 17. There will be live music from a mariachi band, piñata prizes including Someburros gift cards, an appearance by the Nacho the burro mascot, good food, and more. The eatery will be offering both dine-in and drive-thru service.
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Muggles and wizards alike will love this special afternoon tea.
Drink Me! Tea Room
The Magical World of Afternoon Tea
Wednesday, June 20 to Sunday, July 31
Drink Me! Tea Room
1730 East Warner Road, Tempe, #5
602-206-5469
www.drinkmetearoom.com
Drink Me! Tea Room is celebrating its second anniversary, and with that comes a special tea party. The Magical World of Afternoon Tea is an ode to Harry Potter whose birthday is also this month, on July 31. The tea room will be transformed into Hogwarts and the potions master will be serving special tea cocktails and mocktails along with a variety of wizarding world treats and sweets. The Full Wizard's Tea is $58 per person while the Muggle's Tea is $40 per person. Visit the website to make a reservation. 
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LDV wine goes well with tasty food pairings.
Kate Peifer
Vineyard to Table Supper Club
Thursday, July 21
LDV Winery Tasting Room
7134 E. Stetson Drive, Suite B110, Scottsdale
480-664-4822
www.ldvwinery.com
LDV Winery owners Peggy and Curt Dunham are taking over both the wine and food duties for this special evening at the LDV Winery Tasting Room. The multi-course dinner will be paired with LDV wines and is limited to just 20 guests. The cost is $140 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Call Peggy to register at 480-664-4822 or email [email protected]
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Get some exercise and good drinks at Pedal Haus Brewery's Day Drinker Devil Ride.
Pedal Haus Brewery
National Tequila Day
Sunday, July 24
Multiple Locations

Drink up at Thirsty Lion Gastropub for National Tequila Day. The restaurant's signature margarita will be $7.95 all day long at all four Valley Thirsty Lion locations. Over at Macayo's Mexican Food, sip on a margarita flight for $7. Pick from flavors like prickly pear, mango, and apple for your four tastings.

Three-Course Dine Around Event
Thursday, July 28
Multiple Locations

Chula Seafood and Dapper & Stout, neighbors at Uptown Plaza in Phoenix, are coming together for a unique dining experience. The first course of billionaire bacon bao will be served at Dapper & Stout followed by a second course of grilled kingfish at Chula Seafood and dessert of a ricotta and pistachio cake back at Dapper & Stout. There will also be drinks paired with each course. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. and costs $65 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Day Drinker Devil Ride
Saturday, July 30
Pedal Haus Brewery
730 South Mill Avenue,Tempe
480-314-2337
www.pedalhausbrewery.com
Pedal Haus Brewery's Day Drinker Devil Ride is back for its second year. The 10 mile mountain bike course starts and finishes at the Tempe location of the brewery, taking advantage of the trails at Papago Park. There are two ticket levels available that must be pre-purchased — $5 tickets include a Day Drinker Light Lager at the after party and a hydration station at the halfway point while $15 tickets include both of those plus a commemorative t-shirt. There will also be happy hour specials from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a raffle drawing at 12:30 p.m.
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Julie Levin is a writer, digital specialist, and an on-air news radio anchor. When she's not behind the scenes or mid broadcast, she's trying new eateries and bars or meeting up with as many friends as possible in one day (usually socializing around food). A self-proclaimed history geek, she also enjoys reading menus and watching food shows with her fiancé. They're working on visiting every place on their master list of Arizona restaurants.