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Today’s Forecast

100º | 10% chance of rain | Sunrise 6:34 a.m. | Sunset 8:37 p.m. | Full Weather Report | Traffic Report

Heatwave 🤝 happy hour
Watermelon slices, lime slices, and three frozen drinks topped with mint dispersed all around a wooden table with a coaster reading "Upstairs at Caroline."
You can also get $8 frozens during happy hour on Mondays at Upstairs at Caroline.|Photo by Roger Ho, via Aloft Austin
The weather may be hot in Austin, but the drinks are ice cold.

The city just hit its first triple-digit day of the year, with more on the way. Don’t sweat it — we rounded up a few deals that will have you wishing for 100º days.

Armadillo Den, 10106 Menchaca Rd. | The hotter it gets, the more you’ll save on any draft brews with this deal — take $1 off when it’s 101º, $2 off when it’s 102º, and $3 off when it’s 103º or higher from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

Three different colored lemonades on a wooden table with a blurred background.

Triple-digit days are something worth celebrating at Jo’s Coffee.


Photo by Cristina Fisher, via Jo’s Coffee

Jo’s Coffee, multiple locations | Here’s a refreshing way to beat the heat. Every time it hits 100º or more, you can get half off lemonades (including the limited edition honey lavender lemonade) and Palmers at all Jo’s Coffee locations.

Upstairs at Caroline, 109 E. 7th St. | Hot temperatures call for cold sips, so you can enjoy $8 frozen drinks (like the Tropic Thunder and Guava-Rita) every time it hits 100º in Austin.

Three frozen drinks with umbrellas and straws.

The Cavalier’s rotating frozen drink never fails to hit the spot.


Photo by ATXtoday

The Cavalier, 2400 Webberville Rd., Ste. A | Come in for $7 frozen daiquiris when it’s 100º or more, plus you can enjoy them on the patio, where you’ll find misting fans and sun shades.

Doc’s Backyard Grill, 5207 Brodie Lane, Ste. #100 | Frozen margaritas are $2 anytime the weather hits 100º or higher, but also during happy hour on Tuesdays.

Better Half, 406 Walsh St. | You don’t have to wait until the thermometer breaks to cash in on this summer special, but you do have to wait until after 3 p.m. on Slopee Sundays take half off of burgers and frozen drinks.

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Wednesday, July 3
  • Sugar Land vs. Round Rock Express | Wednesday, July 3 | 6:35 p.m. | Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock | $23-$56 | Eat snacks from the concourse while you cheer on our local baseball team.
  • The Austin Tea Party ft. The Roast of George Washington | Wednesday, July 3 | 7 p.m. | The Ballroom at Spider House, 2906 Fruth St., Austin | $13 | Get ready for Independence Day with a live music performance, stand-up comedy, and games.
Thursday, July 4
Friday, July 5
  • Float Films: Boots + Suits | Friday, July 5 | 5 p.m. | Austin Motel, 1220 S. Congress Ave., Austin | $25 | Watch an original film in the iconic motel’s pool with a themed cocktail in-hand.
  • Sarah McLachlan | Friday, July 5 | 7 p.m. | Moody Amphitheater, 1401 Trinity St., Austin | $33-$153 | The singer’s 30th anniversary tour “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy” will stop in Austin for a show under the stars.
Plan Ahead
  • Lindsey Stirling | Wednesday, July 24 | 7 p.m. | The Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin | $31-$126 | The violinist, songwriter, and dancer will also bring special guest Walk Off the Earth to the stage.
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News Notes
  • Lake Austin’s annual watercraft ban goes into effect today at sunrise and will lift at sunrise on Friday, July 5. During that time, no personal watercrafts, wet bikes, and motorized surfboards will be allowed, but kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards are still permitted.
  • The Austin Community College Board of Trustees announced a new scholarship that will pay for the last 15 credit hours toward an associate degree. The program applies to ~20,000 students who were enrolled during the spring 2024 semester and will be funded by the college’s budget.
  • Drivers along MoPac from 183 to State Highway 45 will see lane changes sometime this summer as construction continues. The 183 North Mobility project, which will expand both sides of the highway, is expected to wrap up sometime in 2026. (KVUE)
  • Goodies from Austin-based Sprinkles Cupcakes are now available in 6,000 stores nationwide. You may know the bakery from its cupcake vending machines, but the company began stocking its chocolate bars and cupcake cups in Walmart and Target stores respectively in May. (Austin Business Journal)
  • Whataburger will celebrate National French Fry Day the right way: with free fries. The offer will be available through the Whataburger app on Friday, July 12 only, and new app customers will also get an offer for a free burger.
  • Rock band HEART postponed the remainder of its “Royal Flush” Tour, including its October show at the Moody Center. Lead singer Ann Wilson announced she is undergoing chemotherapy and hopes to take the stage again in 2025. (AP)
  • The Austin-Round Rock metro area is the No. 8 most educated in the US, according to a study from WalletHub. Austin was the highest ranked Texas city on the list, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington at No. 72.
  • Cowboys quarterback Trey Lance is expected to play most of the preseason snaps this year — what does that mean for his contract? Get the biggest stories every day from the local experts of the Dallas Cowboys with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
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    🀄️ Get your head in the game
    A close-up of a Mahjong mat with the wall of tiles pushed out and several tiles face-up in the center.
    Learn how to play mahjong with a margarita in-hand during one of Claire Ryan’s games.|Photo by ATXtoday
    We’re in our mahjong era, thanks to tile-riffic instructor Claire Ryan.

    Ryan runs Mahj with Claire, a local chapter of the Oh My Mahjong network. Ryan is one of the company’s ~70 certified instructors who teaches mahjong strategy and hosts open play sessions in the community.

    The four-person game is played by drawing and trading tiles to match one of dozens of hands, similar to a game of rummy. To make it more difficult, hands change annually.

    “I’ve always loved playing games — cards, especially,” Ryan told ATXtoday. “There’s always something new to learn with mahjong.”

    City Editor Figi here. I sat in on one of Ryan’s sessions recently and having never played before, I was surprised at the games’ complexity. After watching two games, I felt like I could confidently play with friends.

    Want to play? Sign up for one of her monthly open play sessions for $30 per seat or lessons starting at $75 each.
    The Buy
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    The Wrap
    City Editor Figi poses with an adorable goat. Today’s edition by:
    From the editor
    The Fourth of July is not America’s birthday to me — it’s my mom’s birthday. Every year, we celebrate with sparklers, angel food cake, and a visit from my aunt (who is my mom’s identical twin sister).
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