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A celebration of seafood, beer and tea festivals and more on the calendar this week

The Tour de Jax, a traveling dinner series hosted by each of the three Jax Fish House locations, begins today. Chefs Sheila Lucero, Amos Watts, Kevin Grossi and Adam Watts -- along with special guest (and James Beard Award nominee) Lance Hanson of Jack Rabbit Hill Estates Winery -- have teamed up to create a five-course menu paired with cocktails and wine from Jack Rabbit Hill.

Tonight's dinner will be at the Boulder location (303-444-1811), tomorrow's will be in Denver (303-292-5767) and the Fort Collins location (970-682-2275) will cap the series off on Wednesday. The event costs $100, which includes drinks; view the menu here and call the restaurants to reserve a seat.

Tuesday, July 24:

Boulder Wine Merchant, 2690 Broadway Street in Boulder, is hosting a free Gin & Tonic tasting featuring spirits from Colorado-based Peak Distillery from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight. Call the shop at 303-443-6761 to grab a spot.

Wednesday, July 25:

It's Hump Day happy hour at Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, 1317 14th Street, from 3 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday. The beer hall features deals on "not-so-classic" craft beer and shot combinations and discounted bar snacks -- click here for the full menu.Thursday, July 26:

Bacaro Venetian Taverna, 921 Pearl Street Boulder, is hosting the first in a series of farm-to-table dinners tonight -- spearheaded by its new chef, Aaron Bennett. The dinners will feature ingredients sourced from local farms such as Haystack Mountain, Mountain Meadow Farms, Isabel Farm and Munson Farm. Seating is limited; call 303-444-4888 to RSVP.

Friday, July 27:

The annual Summer Brew Fest takes place tonight at Mile High Station, 2027 West Colfax Avenue, from 7 to 10 p.m. The festival features 125 beers from nearly fifty breweries, live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and can be purchased on the festival's website; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Swallow Hill Music Association.Saturday, July 28:

Kyle Hollingsworth -- keyboardist for the String Cheese Incident and avid homebrewer -- has partnered with Boulder Beer Company, 2880 Wilderness Place in Boulder, for a mini-beer festival and benefit concert. Patrons can enjoy 60 beers from 30 breweries while listening to tunes from the Kyle Holingsworth Band from 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets to Kyle's Brew Fest cost $25 and all proceeds will benefit the Boulder-based nonprofit Conscious Alliance.

The thirteenth annual Rocky Mountain Tea Festival will fill the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th Street in Boulder, this weekend. The two-day event features tea-related workshops and seminars, a special tea dinner, tea parties for the kids and a "Tea and Cocktails" class for the adults.The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 303-442-4993 or visit the website.

James Mazzio presents an Aussie Wine Party this evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Studio F, 1801 Wynkoop Street. Sample Australian wines from Eagle Vale Winery and food by Mazzio, who will be conducting a live cooking demonstration. View the menu and purchase tickets (which cost $29.99) here.

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