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Welcome to fall! It’s rainy and 60! It’s perfect!

Every Thursday at 9 a.m we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are similar to our Best Weekend Bets but they’re longer. Just as rainy.

ACTIVE: It’s World Gorilla Day and the National Zoo is celebrating all day with gorilla-themed activities and demonstrations in the Great Ape House.

CULTURE: DC Startup Week continues through Friday. Today it really kicks off, with over a dozen events. From panels to seminars to co-working to happy hours, if you want to meet others in the startup field, you have nearly 100 opportunities this week. Visit their DC Startup Week site for the complete schedule.

FILM: Screen Queen presents Undertow at Suns Cinema.

FOOD + DRINK: We raved about the new/old Spark at Engine Company 12 earlier this year. Then they were named for a 2019 Bib Gourmand. Take advantage of the excellent food and excellent prices at tonight’s Spark Pig Roast. $30 all you can eat and Monday Night Football.

FREE: Good show tonight on the Millennium Stage: Time Is Fire presented by Hometown Sounds.

MUSIC: Hip hop fans will be at Fillmore Silver Spring for Jay Rock.

OUTSIDE: The Friends of the National Arboretum hosts a full moon hike at the United States National Arboretum. Fingers crossed for no rain.

STAGE: Author Neal Bascomb speaks about his new book, The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War, at the International Spy Museum.

STAY IN: Season 8 of The Walking Dead is now on Netflix. We’ve stopped watching a long time ago…

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ACTIVE: It’s National Voter Registration Day. So do that. Register to vote. You probably are registered to vote but there’s nothing wrong with reminding you to register to vote.

CULTURE: Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience returns to the Capital One Arena. Winter is coming?

FILM: On Cinema Live! with Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington visits Fillmore Silver Spring.

FOOD + DRINK: Mount Desert Island Ice Cream celebrates with a grand opening party and ribbon cutting ceremony.

FREE: Celebrate the release of EdibleDC’s fall issue at The Bird. Free with a suggested donation to Together We Bake.

MUSIC: Rhizome continues their six-week series devoted to deep meditation: Experiments in Sound Meditation.

OUTSIDE: Go see one of the last Nats games of the season and visit the first every garage sale at Nats Park. Here’s your chance to get that Bryce Harper Starting Lineup! Bring back Starting Lineups!

STAGE: Pop-Up Magazine returns to Warner Theatre for their Fall Issue.


STAY IN: It’s National Comic Book Day. If you have an iPad, download Marvel Unlimited and read some comics. The app doesn’t work as well on phones.

ACTIVE: The next Daybreaker, themed “Nautical Sunrise,” is at The Watergate Hotel.

CULTURE: The District Improv Festival kicks off at The Source. Have a laugh.

FILM: New doc on Joan Jett, Bad Reputation, screens for one night only at AFI Silver Spring.

FOOD + DRINK: Mess Hall is a great venue for limited and one-off events. Learn about butchering at Some Disassembly Required – Interactive Butchery Event.

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FREE: Glue Factory, Honey and Boomseat play the final DC Punk Archive Woodridge Library rooftop show of the season.

MUSIC: Anne-Marie comes to U Hall.

OUTSIDE: Secret Garden Jazz-Gatsby Night/Jazz of the 20’s happens rain or shine at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

STAGE: Live inside a dark, fictional town at Welcome to Night Vale at Lincoln Theatre.

STAY IN: If you can’t make it out to Mess Hall watch some Bon Appetit videos and get inspired to make hot sauce and/or Twizzlers.

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.

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Feature photograph from Pop-Up Magazine