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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 Dave Grohl as our theme because if he’s good enough to open The Anthem, he’s good enough to guide your weekend.


• OCTOBER 26-29: Bentzen Ball 2017 is coming! Tig! Amber Tamblyn! Jermaine Fowler! Jenny Slate! Podcasts! Storytelling! Some great shows are on sale. Some shows are already sold out!

• NOVEMBER 4: National Air and Space Museum + BYT Present: FOUND IN SPACE! We’re finally at the Air and Space Museum! Open bar! Moon Boots (the musical act)! Moon boots (the shoes)!

• NOVEMBER 11-19: FotoWeek returns! We’re celebrating 10 years of beauty at SPAIN Arts & Culture and the Mexican Cultural Institute! Get opening party tickets for November 10 here. 

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Can you even contain the excitement?

THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

• It’s incredibly hectic and you may need an escape. The National Arboretum’s Japanese Pavilion at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum will help calm your nerves.

• Speaking of escaping: Our Getaway Fall Sanity giveaway is one of our best giveaways we’ve ever done.

• Take a peek in the other venue opening on The Wharf: Pearl Street Warehouse.

• Behind the scenes at The Red Shoes Ballet @ Kennedy Center – gorgeous

• Look at all the pretty photos of all the pretty costumes at New York Comic Con.

• After last weekend’s All Things Go Fall Classic  and Opus 1 outdoor festival season is finally over.


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• BWB guide Dave Grohl and the rest of Foo Fighters open The Anthem.

• The rest of The Wharf is also open!

The National Museum of Women in the Arts has their opening party for Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today.

We really enjoyed The Lover and The Collection at Shakespeare Theater.

Antony and Cleopatra just began at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

• Andrew W.K. brings a sold-out party to Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Drink bourbon and eat bacon at the 5th Annual Bacon & Bourbon: A Whiskey Festival.

• Vagabon headlines Black Cat.

Hole in the Sky is showing Halloween.

Pizzeria Paradiso is in the midst of their Autumn Fest.

• DC Science Comedy presents Matthew Broussard in the DC Improv Lounge.

• Run for charity and dogs at the NYBizDB Four Legged Charity Run.



• Friday the 13th! In October! What a spooky date!

• Our show pick of the night is Against Me! and Bleached at 9:30 Club. Spooky!

• Mike Birbiglia plays Warner Theatre. Spooky!

• It’s the perfect night to visit Pub Dread. Spooky!

Suns is screening Friday the 13th. Spooky!

• Married couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill fill Capital One Arena. Spooky!

• The Denatured: Technology in the Natural World opening reception at the DCAC sounds interesting. Spooky!

• Keeper and Poppy Patica are at Luce Unplugged. Spooky!

• The Courtneys with Versing are at DC9. Spooky!

• Blind Pilot is at Lincoln Theatre. Spooky!

• Have you seen the Future of Sports? Today would be a good day to visit. The first 100 attendees today get in free. Spooky!

• For the mandatory burlesque pick of the weekend, how about Hexwork : A Spellbinding Burlesk Revue at Bier Baron? Spooky!

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• Wander around Mid City Artists today and tomorrow during their open studios.

• Go to The Good Silver for brunch.

• Speaking of brunch, we premiered Br’er’s “Brunch Is For Assholes (Mimosa Version).”

• We recommend the Ciné-Concert: Man with a Movie Camera at National Gallery of Art.

• It’s a good day to head to Baltimore to participate (drink) in Baltimore Beer Week.

• D.C.’s 1st Annual Photo/Skate Bash at 535 Penn Street NE sounds very cool.

• Opera in the Park brings some free opera to Meridian Hill Park.

• Catch the matinee of The Red Shoes at Kennedy Center.

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


• After a year of renovation, the Freer (and Sackler) Museums re-open. It’s also their Illuminasia Festival.

• Margaret Cho brings her Fresh off the Bloat tour to Warner Theatre.

• Quinn XCII is at U Hall.

• Meet the makers at Union Kitchen Meet the Makers.

• The Coven returns to Ten Tigers Parlour.

• Kaleo are in The Anthem.

We recommend The Effect at Studio Theatre.

• Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors are in 9:30 Club.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff 


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

For your viewing pleasure:

• Consult our Weekly BYT Guide To DVD Releases / On Demand / Instant Streaming.

• Spend your long weekend revisiting our always golden Murder Mystery Streaming Guide. And this MONTH APPROPRIATE Horror movie guide.

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

Leaving the house?

•Do this fun daytime CAVA party

•There are still some tickets for Trombone Shorty and Vintage Trouble at The Anthem.

• Listen to some spooky stories at Hallow-zine at Black Cat.

• Stand ups stand up Dave Attell finishes his run at DC Improv.

• Time for the Oktoberfest Edition of Owen’s Ordinary’s Bavarian Beer Garden.

• Bring the family to OktoberFRESH at Blind Whino. The family-friendly event celebrates the return of autumn (it’s so hot still, so hot) and D.C.’s locavore culture.

• Head to Himitsu for ¿Como se LLAMA? a Bolivian Pop-Up

Black Sunday screens at Suns. Timely.

Slash Run has a good show with Cinema Hearts (solo), Loi Loi, and Mr. Husband.

• The Mozart Requiem will be performed in the Washington National Cathedral.

• Leslie Odom Jr. sings at the Kennedy Center.

+ 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, keep up the good work.