Best Weekend Bets

Hey everyone! This week’ selection of weekend 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 Twin Peaks as a theme because IT IS BACK.

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Some really cool things on the horizon:

JUNE 16! BYT & Nat Geo’s Excellent Adventure – Explorers Festival After Hours! Oddisee DJ SET! Museum take-overs! Explorers everywhere! Tickets are on sale! Buy now! Tickets sell out every yea

Our Annual Pride Kick Off! JUNE 9! Cap Pride & BYT Present: Rainbow Resistance Opening Party

Zoofari is tonight (assuming you’re reading this on Thursday, May 18)!

We are thrilled to be media sponsoring Dine-N-Dash.

Speaking of Dine-N-Dash, you like brunch, right? Enter the RAMW & BYT’s Brunch Passport Challenge.

Enter the FotoDC Spring 2017 Competition.

Celebrate women AND nature with the new Force of Nature series.

• Plus, some BIG, MASSIVE, SUPER SHINY announcements coming up so: stay forever in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram & Pinterest. Use #BYThings too.

Can you even contain the excitement?

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

• It’s outdoor movie season! Peruse our Outdoor Movie Guide! Sit on a blanket!

• Merriweather Post Pavilion has been around for 50 years. We took a look back at 10 of the most interesting seasons, featuring performances from Jimi Hendrix to The Black Eyed Peas.

Am I Gonna Die Alone? A Chat With a Professional Matchmaker.

• We realize you’re reading this for weekend suggestions but we also have a Monday suggestion/giveaway: Eat/Drink Local.

• Is most of your wardrobe yoga pants? Startups To Start Noticing: Lorica Clothing.

• It’s May. Have Your Best May.

• Plus, we brought you our weekly FREE AND ALMOST FREE THINGS TO DO IN D.C. & SHOWS TO GET PUMPED FOR THIS WEEK & THE WEEK IN OUTSIDE & EATING OUT & HAPPY HOUR HOTLINE. USE THEM.

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

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THURSDAY

• It’s finally time for the best National Zoo event of the year! We are proud to be media sponsoring: Zoofari: Dine For Wildlife.

• Kelly Towles and Jasper Wong talk about Pow! Wow! at the Hirshhorn.

• Jack On Fire says goodbye at Black Cat.

• Coke Bust plays Slash Run in honor of the release of their 7″ split with Despise You. Loud Boyz, Bacchae and Disinfectant share the bill.

• Obituary is at Rock & Roll Hotel. Hell yeah. I’m going to listen to Obituary right now.

DC9 has their regular sing-a-long. Tonight’s theme is space.

• DMX is at Howard Theatre. DMX was an equal to Jay Z for many years.

• The Weeknd is at Verizon Center. DMX used to play arenas.

• No Doubt + AFI = Dreamcar. Dreamcar is at 9:30 Club.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff (SERIOUSLY, JUST SO MANY)

FRIDAY

• We’ll be at The Phillips Collection Contemporaries Bash at Dock 5. Come back next week for coverage.

•It’s Bike To Work Day so do that.

•Pick up some flowers at the Urban Stems pop-up flower market at the new The Darcy hotel on 1515 Rhode Island avenue. Come for the flowers, stay for a cocktail at Siren.

• It’s BBQ season. Make your meat better and learn at Barbecue Boot Camp with Pitmaster Andrew Evans at Hill Center.

Jazz in the Garden begins season 17.

• The Make-Up, Permanent Waves, and Tyvek at Black Cat is a good show.

• Hey Deadheads, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe featuring Melvin Seals is at 9:30 Club.

• Wake up early and head to Ten Tigers Parlor for breakfast. The Short Eats pop up runs through June.

• Burna Boy is at Howard Theatre.

• Dierks Bentley is at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Jenn Tisdale and I went on a metal cruise. All of the cruise staff said the metal fans were well behaved and the country fans caused the most ruckus.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

SATURDAY

Do some daytime stuff:

• Our pick of the day is POW! WOW! DC Opening Day celebration in NoMa.

• Hey, it’s time for Preakness!

• Some of us are headed to Sterling for Ocelot’s 2nd Anniversary Party.

• There’s a bocce tournament on The National Mall.

• Our Renwick Your Body Is A WONDERland Yoga session is all sold out but don’t forget to stop by and check out the WONDER Janet Echelman’s installation because this is the last weekend to do so.

THE LINE DC hotel is still a work in progress but they’re sponsoring free weekly workouts beginning this weekend. Today’s event is Run to Rock Creek Park’s Par Course with fitness trainer Graham King.

• See The Treasure at National Gallery of Art.

• It’s really warm out so you may want a new dress. For every full price dress you buy at Ann Taylor through May 24, the store is donating one dress to a woman in need to places like Living Well Black and Lydia’s House.

One Eight Distilling celebrates World Whisky Day, which is not a day we knew existed!

Go home and do some prep for the evening:

Then:

• Great art party option tonight too: we recommend the Neon Speakeasy After Party at Union Station.

• Hasan Minhaj was really great at the Correspondents Dinner. He’s at Sixth & I tonight. He’ll probably be in a bigger room next time he’s in D.C.

• For fans of rock and/or roll, we like Cloud Nothings at 9:30 Club. Whitney plays the early show at 9:30 Club but that’s sold out.

• Another good guitar option is Collider, Wildhoney, and Big Hush at Black Cat.

• See The Father at Studio Theatre. It’s very good.

Black Cat has their annual Depeche Mode dance party.

DC9 has their gay 90’s dance party Peach Pit.

• Listen to some authors explore noir at the 4th annual Noir at the Bar at The Wonderland Ballroom.

• Hey Deadheads, Gov’t Mule is at Warner Theatre.

• Swing by Transformer for their new Bloodlines exhibition.

• Jimmy Buffett is at Jiffy Lube Live. We just did a Margarita Mix Taste Test!

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff 

SUNDAY

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

For your viewing pleasure:

• Check out our Weekly BYT Guide To DVD Releases / On Demand / Instant Netflixing.

Twin Peaks season 3. We’re staying in and watching Twin Peaks season 3, episode 1.

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

Leaving the house?

• It’s your last chance to see Madame Butterfly at the Kennedy Center.

• Drink good beer at The Veil Rare Beer Feature at Churchkey.

• Garrison Keillor is at Lincoln Theatre. I have never enjoyed Garrison Keillor but a lot of people I like and respect do so we’re including it here. What’s the appeal? What am I missing?

• Skating Polly and Canker Blossom are at DC9.

• Sunday isn’t so hectic in Adams Morgan. Check our Rosario. We enjoyed it.

• Gringo Star is at Black Cat.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind screens at Suns.

• Laura Marling is at 9:30 Club.

• Learn from photographer Bill Putnam at the Leica Store.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

And just like that, the weekend is over. How do you feel about that?

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, don’t forget: