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Popular Festivals in Japan

Almost every town and city in Japan has its own matsuri (festival) celebrating the new year, changing seasons, or a historic event. Author Ruthy Kanagy gives an overview of some of Japan’s more well-known festivals.

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Beat the Heat and Have a Blast in Houston This Summer

Despite Houston’s high humidity and triple-digit temperatures, the city offers plenty of air-conditioned excitement and outdoor activities to beat the heat. Visitors can explore the extensive Museum District, discover nationally acclaimed restaurants, or play gulf-based water sports on nearby Galveston Island. Get ready for some fun in Bayou City this summer!

An A-to-Z Guide to Summer in New York City: P

Brooklyn’s largest public park is a great place for picnics and softball games, but it’s also the site of one of the city’s best free music and dance festivals, Celebrate Brooklyn! This year’s lineup includes the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra on August 3 and They Might Be Giants on August 10.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre. © Mindy Sink.

Summer in Denver: Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment

No longer just a place for business travelers or folks passing through en route to the nearby Rocky Mountains, Denver offers tourists a one-of-a-kind experience with all things local. Denver resident Mindy Sink shares the best places to shop, eat, and play in Denver this summer.

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Nightlife in Managua, Nicaragua

Dancing is a central part of the Managua experience. The music scene ranges from popular electronic to booty-shaking reggaetón, as well as plenty of salsa, merengue, and bachata. Managua has several places to learn salsa and merengue if you are in town for a longer period of time. If you prefer something more low-key, there are lots of bars and clubs with atmospheres that range from sultry to suspect, but they change on an annual basis, as Managuans flock inexorably to the newest scene.