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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 AGENDA HOMEPAGE and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress with champagne as a theme, because, duh.


WE ARE DONE WITH MAJOR BYT EVENTS FOR THIS YEAR. However…. Stay forever in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram & Pinterest. Use #BYThings too.

Can you even contain the excitement of things to come?

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

• Resolutions begin next week. DC’s Best Desserts of 2017.

17 Best BYT Photos of 2017. This took a while to assemble. We’re still debating on photos that didn’t make the cut.

• 18 Words (and Phrases) We Hope Will Be Retired in 2018

• We interviewed Internet funny person and real live human Chris Fleming.

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




• The Roots play Fillmore Silver Spring. Is there a busier band than The Roots?

• Flosstradamus fills 9:30 Club. Dance.

• We’re recommending the Easy Buckets Comedy Show because current LA comic, recent D.C. comic Jamel Johnson hosts.

• Play some Boozy Bingo at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• SNL alum Finesse Mitchell begins a run at the DC Improv.

• Zedd does Zedd things at Echostage.

• Gary Vider tells jokes at the Kennedy Center.

• Ellie Varner is at Howard Theatre.

• There’s still time to visit the Chai-vy and Cohen-y pop-up.

• There’s still time to visit the DC9 Vodka Soda pop-up.

• NOVA Pro returns to the Annandale Fire Department. Wrestling in a fire house.



• If you enjoy people disrobing and people pretending to sing, you’ll love the Lip Sync Battle Burlesque at Black Cat.

• It’s still appropriate to see The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens at the Kennedy Center.

• 2010s dance party (That’s this decade! We’re in the 2010s!) Can’t Feel My Face is at 9:30 Club.

• Visiting parents? Take them to Les Misérables at National Theatre.

• Visiting parents? Take them to Queer Girl Movie Night at Black Cat.

• SOJA fills The Anthem. What do you think of bands with band names IN ALL CAPS? It’s not bad but the more bands that do it, I think it’s less effective.

• Hip hop legend Rakim is at The Howard Theatre.

• Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show will be at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

• Ruse de Guerre is at Rock & Roll Hotel.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• Play with toys at the Hirshhorn as part of The Million Lego Family Saturday Mornings

• If you don’t care about the quality of your skin go ice skating.

• It’s a nice, quiet weekend to visit the recently opened Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry at the National Gallery of Art.

• Last chance to freeze your face off at Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Great Adventure.

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


• Spoon play 9:30 Club. We like Spoon. You like Spoon. We all use spoons.

• Ex Hex play Black Cat. We like Ex Hex. You like Ex Hex. They are not utensils.

Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains) at Woolly Mammoth has to close this weekend.

• Dance options include Armin van Buuren at Echostage and The Throwback Party at Howard Theatre

• Punk and drag show Invazion! is in the Red Room.

• Tennis and Incredible Change will be at Comet Ping Pong. Comet had a year. They had a tough year.


• Celebrate NYE one night early at Jimmy Valentine’s End of the Year Soirée.

• The 21st Annual Hank Williams Tribute at Birchmere features Robbie Folks. He released one of 2016’s best albums.

• Maybe 2018 is the year you finally get into hockey?

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff 


• Looking for some good new brunches to try? Check out our food section.

For your viewing pleasure:

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

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

For your reading pleasure:

Leaving the house?

This is what we recommend:

If you want something more low key, this is what we recommend:

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

And just like that, the year is over!


DONT_FORGETPHEW. THAT WAS A LOT. BUT:  THERE ARE A BAJILLION OTHER THINGS TO DO LISTED IN THE BYT AGENDA PAGES, so use it (to both post your events and search for them) 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.