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Do you feel that slight, subtle chill in the air? Welcome to the awkward end of summer! You won’t know how to dress for a few weeks. Should you bring a light jacket? Will you be sweating by noon? Yes and yes!

Every Thursday at 9 a.m (sometimes sooner) we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are similar to our Best Weekend Bets but longer because we pretend Thursday is a weekday.

FILM: The Washington Psychotronic Film Society is screening I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle. Can you imagine a more delightful title?

FOOD + DRINK: Dacha and Bluejacket are hosting dog happy hours for National Dog Day. Take your best friend out for a drink.

FREE: Buttercream Bakeshop is hosting a period product drive. Bring some supplies and put together some care packages while enjoying baked treats and wine.

MUSIC: Big Business and A Deer A Horse are at Comet Ping Pong. Get your pizza fill and your music fill at the same time.

OUTSIDE: A protest for the Amazon is happening outside of the Brazilian Embassy.

STAGE: Swing by Goethe for a reading of the hot German play Look Who’s Back (Er ist wieder da).

STAY IN: The US Open is back! Fill your body and mind with tennis.


CULTURE: Learn about poets (and their protests!) at Poets in Protest at Loyalty Books.

FILM: Dig into Anatomy of a Murder at a screening / Q&A at E Street Cinema.

FOOD + DRINK: Learn how to drink cider (the right way) at City Winery.

FREE: Shaolin Jazz is showing Cleopatra Jones as apart of their A+ film series Can I Kick it?

MUSIC: Dance to Easter Island and Color Palette at Songbyrd.

OUTSIDE: Take a casual ride through Tenleytown with City Bikes.

STAY IN: Designing Women is on Hulu. The 80s are back?


CULTURE: Check out the Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech walking tour in honor of its 56th anniversary.

FILM: Swing by Suns Cinema to see Chan Is Missing.

FOOD & DRINK: We’re hosting a sold out Heineken happy hour at Whaley’s. Sorry?

FREE: Karaoke your night away at Slash Run.

MUSIC: Knife Wife, The Submissives and Poppy Patica are at Jackie Lee’s.

OUTSIDE: Pull out your bike (again!) and take a ride through the Anacostia riverwalk.

STAGE: We highly recommend you check out Assassins at Signature Theatre.

STAY IN: When was the last time you watch the movie Freeway? Whatever your answer is, it’s been too long. Watch Freeway.

Come back Thursday for our Best Weekend Bets, published every week at noon. Subscribe to our Best Weekend Bets and get them at 9 a.m.