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Hey DC! Looking for things to do this long weekend? This week’s selection of events in BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress. As your theme: Jennifer Aniston, the queer, fictional POTUS we’ve all been waiting for. The fact that she chose Tig as her FLOTUS – a bonus.


• JUST ANNOUNCED! Get ready for the 2018 edition of Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – curated by Tig Notaro, produced by us, enjoyed by all of you. Tig Notaro! Phoebe Robinson! Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher! Amanda Seales! Michelle Buteau! Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness! Get your Lincoln Pass here. If you’re interested in the fest, this is your best deal and will sell out far in advance. Individual show tickets going on sale soon.

• MAY 25 (THIS FRIDAY!): Our co-founder Svetlana Legetic will be doing the Creative Mornings May Talk, at Sixth and I. Theme is #COMMITMENT and more details and free tickets can be found here.

•JUNE 6: Dine-N-Dash 2018 is and we’re a sponsor! Buy tickets now to the funnest food event of the year!

• JUNE 8: Our annual Capital Pride weekend kick off: Earth, Wind, GLITTER & Fire – with DJ Kitty Glitter, Alex Lo, Naomi Smalls and MORE. Get tickets here.

Stay in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram. Use #BYThings too. Get excited!

All sorts of great stuff:

• Monday is Memorial Day! You might go to a BBQ. You might eat a burger. We’ve updated our massive Burger Guide!

• Also, pool season kicks off. Check out our POOL GUIDE

Laugh and Cry at The Occidental

• Choose to have Your Best May. The only thing you need to read this month (but also please keep reading the rest of our site).

RADIORADIORADIO: Listen to BYT radio! Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee, it streams every Thursday at noon. Listen live. Subscribe in iTunes. Sometimes we do toasts. 

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



• Mount Kimbie plays Black Cat. Read our interview with Mount Kimbie.

• For our sports pick of the night, we recommend The Old Pro Hole-In-One Invitational at Owen’s Ordinary.

• We’re looking forward to A Place to Bury Strangers at DC9.

• It’s the final weekend to see Rite of Spring at Dance Loft on 14.

• Leikeli47 plays a sold-out Songbyrd.

We very much enjoyed Saint Joan at the Folger.

• Flatbush Zombies are at Fillmore Silver Spring.

• Learn some stuff and drink some drinks at The Press & the Presidency: A Complicated History at The Willard InterContinental.

Read some Philip Roth.

Listen to our radio show! BYT Radio hosted by Brandon Wetherbee streams at noon. Listen live. Subcribe in iTunes.

FREE PICK: Hang out at Suns and watch some episodes of Boondocks.

BALTIMORE PICK: Maryland Deathfast is back! Put on your best unreadable band t-shirt and come kick it with your pals in Ufomammut, Bestial Evil, Torn the Fuck Apart and Gateway to Hell.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Wake up early and join us at the Creative Mornings May Talk at Sixth & I. Our very own Svetlana Legetic is the speaker.

• Rising Appalachia headlines 9:30 Club.

• Warm weather means excellent outdoor shows. Watch The Washington Ballet’s Giselle at Wolf Trap.

• DC Black Pride kicks off at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

• Shangela performs at DC Black Pride – Rock The Block. I love Trixie Mattel but Shangela was robbed in All Stars 3.

• Oshun has a record release show at Union Stage.

• The Longshot plays a sold-out Black Cat.

• Go to The Smith after Black Cat.

• Gauche, Aquarium and Knife Wife are at Slash Run.

FREE PICK: Listen to the new Chvrches album at Songbyrd.

BALTIMORE PICK: The NFL has a new no kneeling rule. The NFL sucks. Fuck the NFL. Go to an Arena League game instead! The Philadelphia Soul come to the Royal Farms Arena to take on the Baltimore Brigade.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

Do some daytime stuff:

D.C. public pools are now open!

• Eat some pupusas at Pupusa Palooza at El Tamarindo.

Have you checked out Naked Eyes at ARTECHOUSE?

The 8th Annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass and BBQ Festival should satisfy all of your farm, bluegrass and BBQ needs.

• The biggest parkour event of the year is today in Rosslyn. Now you know there are parkour events.

• Go home, freshen up before tonight:


• Live from Here with Chris Thile records an episode at Wolf Trap. We’re recommending it for guest Kacey Musgraves.

• The Barmecide Feast’s Final Scene is tonight at the National Air and Space Museum.

• Dance at Ritmos Raros: Noche de Cumbia Vol. 4 Colombia vs Peru vs Panama at Songbyrd.

• Dance at the Bae Bae K-Pop Dance Party at U Hall.

• Lissie headlines 9:30 Club.

• Final chance to see Washington National Opera’s Candide at the Kennedy Center. 

• She Wants Revenge seeks revenge plays a show at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• The last CTRL at Town is tonight. It’s also their 6th annual Tanktacular.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Catch a free screening of the documentary Beuys at NGA.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Baltimore Zoo is hosting their Brew at the Zoo event. Not to be confused with the National Zoo’s Brew at the Zoo event.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Looking for some good new brunches to try? Check out our SHINY NEW UPDATED DC BRUNCH GUIDE.

For your viewing pleasure:

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

Leaving the house?

• Willie Nelson and Sturgill Simpson co-headline a very all-American bill at The Anthem.

Jimmy Valentine’s celebrates their 11th anniversary with a lineup of slick DJs from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m.

• Laura Veirs plays a different kind of all-American show at Union Stage.

• Watch The Lego Batman Movie outside at National Harbor’s Movie on the Potomac.

• Chad Valley plays Black Cat. Get there early for NUEX.

• This year’s Pride Opening Party theme is Earth, Wind, GLITTER & Fire. Tonight Howard Theatre hosts The Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Show. Coincidence? Yes. 100%.

• OutKast is not going to reunite and release another album and do a full tour. There are OutKast tribute nights to get your André 3000 and/or Big Boi fix. Fillmore Silver Spring hosts tonight’s tribute with Black Alley.

• This Is The Kit plays DC9. Get there early for Adam Schatz. He’s the frontman of Landlady, a fantastic band.

• Memorial Day is tomorrow. Go to the National Memorial Day Concert.

FREE PICK: Corey Flood plays a free show at Songbyrd.

BALTIMORE PICK: Goth Brunch is back at Rocket to Venus.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

• Happy Memorial Day! Eat a burger.

• Happy Memorial Day! Watch the parade.

• Happy Memorial Day! Go to brunch. (again)

The Phillips Collection is free for anyone 30 and under from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

• Author of Black Panther: Who Is the Black Panther? Jesse J. Holland speaks at the Busboys and Poets at 5th and K.

• The Gaslight Anthem plays a sold-out 9:30 Club.

• Feel bad you ate at BBQs and went to shows instead of volunteering? We have a Spring Volunteer Guide to assuage your guilt.

FREE PICK: Go look at the sun? Or something?

BALTIMORE PICK: Drink $2 beers and eat $6 burgers at Parts & Labor.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

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

PHEW. THAT WAS A LOT. BUT: THERE ARE OTHER THINGS TO DO LISTED IN THE BYT CALENDAR PAGES, so use it 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