What’s Making Us Happy Today

Ding, ding, ding! Summer has arrived. Here are four ways to capture it across the U.S.

The strangest thing you never heard. What are the chances of stumbling on Bengali folk music on Spotify? You’ll have more luck on University Avenue at Palo Alto World Music Day. Marimba from Zimbabwe, a barbershop chorus, a ukulele orchestra, Yiddish jazz, and, yes, a Bangladesh band take to the city’s sidewalks during summer solstice—the battle of the world bands.

The second coming of the gourmet frank. Chicago went into mourning when Doug Sohn closed Hot Doug’s last year. Those NPR-broadcasted, Anthony Bourdain-hot-listed franks seduced stomachs nationwide. Guess what? You get a second chance to get in on the famous duck fries and sausages for a limited showing at Dog Dayz of Summer, held on Goose Island in late June. Quick, someone alert NPR.

hotdougPhoto via Flickr

A bus tour with a kayak stop. The Surf Bus ditches the old-model bus tour in favor of something a little more Aloha style. Stops are not strictly for sightseeing on Oahu’s North Shore but are for surfing and kayaking lessons. The all-day tour stops at picturesque shorelines like Turtle Beach.

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oahu-surfPhotos by Daeja Faris, courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority

Getting high at sunrise. Where? At Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert. How high? 7,000 feet above sand level. Your ride? A colorful balloon inflated with hot air right before your eyes. That’s the work of Rainbow Ryders.

Desert-balloonsPhoto by Rebecca Chatfield via Flickr

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