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Hey everyone! This week’s selection of events on D.C. BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked from our awesome EVENTS HOMEPAGE and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress with JUST RANDOM HOLIDAY GIFS IN HERE to guide you through. Good luck!


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Can you even contain the excitement of things to come?

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

• The most well read feature of the year is here: Best Books of 2018 – Politics Free Edition.

• The hoppiest feature of the year is here: 2018: The Beer in Review.

• The sugariest feature of the year is here: Best Desserts in DC 2018.

A bar called Dive is opening on NYE. It’ll serve $7 PBRs and offer bottle service for $225. One again, the bar is called Dive.

SOCIAL MEDIA BONUS: tag all your Instagram stuff #BYThings (@brightestyoungthings) and get a chance to shine on OUR Instagram feed too.




• Celebrate The Line’s first anniversary with free coffee and breakfast pastries.

• A holiday tradition, A John Waters Christmas is at The Birchmere.

• Start a new holiday tradition and see Mary Poppins Returns.

• Or you could go see BYT favorite CupcakKe at The Fillmore.

• Happy National Sangria Day! It’s a day and that day is today! Drink some sangria at Boqueria.

• Enjoy Hiss Golden Messenger at 9:30 Club.

• Get closer to your plants / celebrate the solstice at Rhizome‘s Rituals of Respect.

• Field Medic is at Songbyrd. I listened to “POWERFUL LOVE” a lot this year.

• Finish your day with some more pastries (and a screening of A Christmas Story) at A Baked Joint.



• Black Cat is hosting a Krampus Ball. Proceeds go to The National Center for Children and Families. Throw on all your black leather and party for a cause.

• Ellicott City’s very own Snail Mail is at 9:30 Club.

• The National Museum of American History is screening Love Actually. A British film.

• Go back to the Black Cat to see The Max Levine Ensemble with Big Nothing and No Thank You.

Rock & Roll Hotel and Sticky Rice have teamed up to throw an ugly sweater party, if you’re into those kind of things.

• Have a laugh with Talib Babb at Arts Barn.

• Dance all night at Showtime.

• Dance between 7:30 p.m. to around 10:30 p.m. at Dwell with Yesferatu, Hoochi Coochi, Laurel Rose and Jack on Fire.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• Mrs. Claus will be at Le Diplomate? There will be face painting? And balloon animals? Is Le Diplomate a restaurant for children? What’s happening?

• Hit up that cute model train exhibition at the Botanic Gardens.

• Slurp some hot chocolate and go on a holiday bike ride with The Bike Rack.

Go home, take a nap and regroup for the best evening:


• Head to The Pie Shop to see Supreme Commander and Rise Defy.

• Hit up Grand Duchess for some dancing (and killer cocktails).

• Nothing says the holidays more than a haunted pub tour.

• If you need a reason to eat at Iron Gate, their Feast of the Seven Fishes menu is a good reason.

• Laugh with Zainab Johnson at Drafthouse Comedy.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff 


For your viewing pleasure:

• Spend your long weekend revisiting our always golden Murder Mystery Streaming Guide. Cold weather is perfect for murder.

Stream some movies that’ll remind you hell is other people.

• Not sure what to see in the theater? Check out our film section for reviews.

Leaving the house?

• The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is at the Capitol One Arena. Take your parents?

• Or go to Artechouse and check out New Nature.

• Last chance to see An Inspector Calls at Sidney Harmon Hall.

• Get fancy and have a holiday themed afternoon tea at St. Regis.

• Bring your garbage personality (and your actual garbage) to DC9’s GARBAGE BARge.

• Fried chicken and champagne night at Cork!

Espita’s Jewish Christmas will most likely not offer fried chicken and champagne.

• Hit up a free show at Pearl Street Warehouse! Free things are great!

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…


• See The Washington Ballet’s Nutcraker. It’s seasonally appropriate!

• See It’s A Wonderful Life at the National Museum of American History. It’s seasonally appropriate!

City Tap Penn Quarter and City Tap Dupont both host ugly sweater brunches.

• Enjoy the Feast of Seven Fishes at San Lorenzo.

• See a movie. Here are our 11 favorites of 2018.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…


• The Kennedy Center’s free 6 p.m. show is the All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam.

• Check out the Botanic Gardens’ Christmas trains?

• Enjoy the GLOW lights.

• See a movie. Here are our 11 favorites of 2018.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

And just like that both Christmas and the weekend is over. How do you feel about that?


19 NYE Picks for 2019

THERE ARE OTHER THINGS TO DO LISTED IN THE BYT CALENDAR PAGES, so use it (both to find out about things AND to post your own events) and if you think we may have missed something, comment away–you know you want to. NO EXCUSES.


Till next time, keep up the good work.