Hey everyone! This week’s LONG LABOR DAY 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 books as a theme because National Book Festival is this weekend. READ MORE!



Our next Nat Geo event SHARKS & RECREATION is two weeks away and tickets are ON SALE NOW! The best possible way to end a summer. Holy Ghost DJ Set! Disco Sharks! Real Live Explorers! Mouse Rat Cover Bands! Electric sharks!  Buy your ticket now. Our events sell out in advance.

Bentzen Ball 2017 is coming! Ira Glass! Al Franken! Podcasts! Tig Notaro! Amber Tamblyn! Some great shows are on sale. Some shows are already sold out! More shows will be announced soon!

FotoWeek has been announced! We’re celebrating 10 years of beauty at SPAIN arts & culture and the Mexican Cultural Institute! Get opening party tickets here and enter the annual competitions here.

A Renwick announcement is coming. Other surprises are coming. Keep your eyes peeled.

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THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTAll sorts of great stuff:

•  We stopped by D.C.’s very first winery, District Winery to taste their rosé and grab a ton of photos, You’re going to be spending a lot of time here.

• We tried 54 different hot sauces so that you’ll never have to. It was bad. Most of us cried. Some of us almost threw up.

• We went to Afropunk and took some very lovely pictures, just in case you need a dose of style inspiration.

• We updated our Trivia Guide! Is there somewhere we missed? Leave a comment. Let us know.

•  We talked to Washed Out about Portlandia and OutKast. It was fun.


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• Washed Out is at 9:30 Club tonight. Read our interview with him here. We talk about Portlandia and OutKast. It’s fun.

Dupont Underground is throwing a party featuring some of D.C.’s most talented graffiti and video artists. Everything and everyone is going to look real good.

• Go see Cher is at the MGM National Harbor. Everyone should see Cher.

The Petworth Citizen is going to break out their absinthe fountain and you don’t want to miss it. I really wish I had an absinthe fountain.

• Allie X is at Songbyrd if you’re craving some sweet pop straight from the source.

• Spend your summer evening lounging around the Hirshhorn.

•  Busboys & Poets’ RESIST art show is officially open. Stop by their multiple locations to see art related to the resistance movement.

• Drunk Education is back at Black Cat. Pound some beers and show everyone how smart you are.



• Kick off Labor Day Weekend at the DCCAH Labor Day Weekend Music Festival at Lincoln Theater

• The Museum of Science Fiction presents Escape Velocity, an all-ages science and tech festival

• Champion Sound is at 9:30 Club, along with Nag Champa and Jenna Camille.

• Head on over to Suns Cinema for a screening of Y Tu Mamá También.

• Go see Sextile and Gloop at DC9. We like those band names very much for very different reasons.

• Hang out at Songbyrd and see Lavender and Path.

Truckeroo is at the Bullpen at Nats Stadium.

• Bilal and Talib Kweli are at the Howard Theatre

• Support local businesses and listen to some great local bands at First Fridays in Petworth.

• Vanum, Couch Slut, Embra and Cemetery Piss are at Atlas Brew Works. We like Couch Slut.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Do some daytime stuff:

• The Library of Congress is hosting the National Book Festival. We love books and you should too. It is basically our favorite holiday of the year.

•It is the final Snowglobe weekend at National Harbor.

Vegfest is back! Go eat carrots like your life depends on it.

Drink the World International Beer Fest is at the Fairgrounds. It’s a great weekend to drink your way around the world.

The Page to Stage festival begins at the Kennedy Center.

• It’s your last weekend to check out Hive at the National Building Museum.

Go home and regroup for the evening:


• The DC Music Rocks Festival is at the 9:30 Club! Go see The Split Seconds, Throwing Plates, Stone Driver and more. It’s a good weekend to hang out at some of D.C.’s (usually) most crowded venues.

• Catch the final free concert in the Fort Dupont Summer Concert series.

• See the last ever Pure Disgust show at Rock & Roll Hotel. They’ll be joined by Blazing Eye, Exit Order and more. Try not to cry.

• Union Market’s Drive-In movie series continues with Days of Thunder.

• Make your way over to  St. Stephen’s to catch Quattracenta, Monotrope and Santics.

• Band of Us is collaborating with Echelon the Seeker, Calista Garcia and E-Baby at DC9.

• Laser Background, Two Inch Astronaut and My French Roommate are at Comet Ping Pong. We definitely recommend checking out Two Inch Astronaut.

• Or go to Slash Run and catch Long Neck, Keeper, Baby Grill and Dinosawh.

• The Coven and MIMSOL Entertainment are hosting a sick dance party at U Hall.

+ 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.

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

Leaving the house?

• Use our 2017 POOL GUIDE

• Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty are at Jiffy Lube because the 90’s will never end.

Syria Fest is here! Get outside and experience the art, food, music, dance and culture of Syria.

Soy Cuba is screening at Suns, and if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out.

• Zack Be is releasing their record at the Black Cat. They’ll be joined by Redline Graffiti and Dawkins. We like Dawkins.

• It’s a Christopher Nolan takeover at Air & Space – they’re showing The Dark Knight Rises and Dunkirk.

• Stop by the Capitol and check out the National Symphony Orchestra’s free Labor Day Concert.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is free today for Community Day.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

• Use this day off to take special advantage of Denizens’ all-day happy hour.

Rhizome is throwing a benefit punk show / BBQ featuring D.C. favorites Puff Pieces, Mock Identity and Psychic Subcreatures.

• The infamous Troll 2 is screening at Smoke & Barrel. If you’re not familiar with the Washington Psychotronic Film Society, this might just be the perfect introduction.

• Stop by Carifesta, a free, day-long festival highlighting the music, art, and food of 2 Caribbean nations.

• The Downtown Boys are at DC9 if you need to drink and dance.

• Stop by the cookout at Decades.

+ 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…