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Hey DC! Looking for things to do this weekend? BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress. As your theme:


• JUNE 8 (THIS FRIDAY!): Our annual Capital Pride weekend kick off: Earth, Wind, GLITTER & Fire – with DJ Kitty Glitter, Alex Lo, Naomi Smalls and MORE. Get tickets here. Check out our preview here.

• OCTOBER 25-28! Get ready for the 2018 edition of Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – curated by Tig Notaro, produced by us, enjoyed by all of you. Phoebe Robinson! Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher! Amanda Seales! Michelle Buteau! Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness! Lincoln All Access Passes ARE SOLD OUT.. Tig tickets go on sale  today at 10 AM!

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

All sorts of great stuff:

We taste tested every rosé Trader Joe’s sells. We drank 29 different rosés from Trader Joe’s. Not all are good. Most are OK. We drank so much rosé.

• Our Dream Job series continues with Pia Carusone, co-founder of LGBTQ-owned Republic Restoratives.

José Andrés told us what’s in his fridge.

• Our Freshly Tapped series highlights Right Proper’s Ravaged By Wolves.

• We attended the 2018 Book Expo last weekend in NYC. Read about the 10 books what we want to read.

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

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



•Set your alarm for 10AM to buy your Bentzen Ball Tig Notaro tickets!


The Caps may win their first Stanley Cup.

• The Focus on the Story International Photo Festival begins today.

• We’re looking forward to the AIGA 50 Gala.

• Have fun at Fitz and the Tantrums at Wolf Trap.

See Botticelli in the Fire at Woolly Mammoth. We recommend it.

• The Portrait Gallery hosts their REMIX Night.

• Former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, speaks at the Spy Museum. This should be light and fun! That’s three events in a row very, very close to the Caps home arena. The game is in Vegas but the arena has become the de facto gathering place for Caps fans. This is your warning Chinatown is going to be packed.

• Head to The Coupe for the opening of the Into the Desert photo show by Jonny Grave. It also features work from BYT’s Nicholas Karlin and Clarissa Villondo.

• If for some reason you’ve been able to get this far in Best Weekend Bets and not realize it’s Pride week, it’s Pride week! Attend the Capital Pride Heroes Gala at 880 P.

• Robin Bell projects on The Line. He’ll be projecting at our party too. He’s great.

• For many, many more Pride related options, check out this week’s BYGays Best Capital Pride Weekend Bets 2018. It’s big.

FREE PICK: Play some drag bingo at Taylor Gourmet on 14th! This is a Pride related event with proceeds going to Casa Ruby, Washington’s only bilingual LGBT organization providing life-saving services and programs to the community’s most vulnerable.

BALTIMORE PICK: It’s not Pride weekend in Baltimore but Chippendales: 2018 About Last Night Tour is in town.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

BYT & Capital Pride Invite You To: Earth, Wind, GLITTER, & Fire! at Echostage.

Look at this for some outfit inspiration for Earth, Wind, GLITTER & Fire!

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture opens today at Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Come back to BYT for our preview.

• The DC Jazz Festival begins its 10 day celebration today.

Black Cat will be packed. Upstairs Ted Leo & The Pharmacists plays Hearts of Oak and downstairs is the That’s So Gay local Pride comedy show.

• Barry Manilow plays Wolf Trap.

Songbyrd hosts a Snail Mail listening party. Read our interview with Snail Mail.

Ever in the Glades has a weekend run at the Kennedy Center.

DC9 hosts Latino Gay Pride.

• Once again, for way more Pride related options, check out BYGays Best Capital Pride Weekend Bets.

• Dave Matthews Band plays Jiffy Lube Live. Another Dave option is below.

FREE PICK: Watch The Devil Wears Prada in Farragut Square.

BALTIMORE PICK: Dave Chappelle plays a very sold-out Modell Lyric.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

Do some daytime stuff:

• Spend all day at the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival.

• The Nats are celebrating National Rosé Day with their new event, Rosé All Gameday. Rosé is America’s new pastime. 

• Hang out at Crooked Run Brewing for their 2nd Annual Tacolympics.

• The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum and Potomac Bonsai Association host a fest for tiny trees! The weekend long event is all about bonsai trees.

• The Crack of Noon Pride Brunch is actually at 11:30 a.m.

• Celebrate World Ocean Day, which is a day and that day is today, at the National Museum of Natural History.

• Join &pizza as they march with the Trevor Project and raise money to combat anti-LGBTQ bias through their textline, and grab a pizza in their new limited edition #ONEOFONE box (in GOOD GUY NEWS they’re giving paid time off to employees that wish to march in their local marches)

• Get all the supplies you need for tonight:


• After spending the Pride Opening Party last year with us, Cupcakke returns to DC for Pride weekend at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Another excellent Pride option is the Mixtape Pride Party at 9:30 Club. We’ve covered this party for years and it’s always a blast. It also always sells out in advance.

Check out Little Coco’s beach bar: Coco Beach.

• D.C. artist we like Rose Jaffe has a show at The Stew.

• In addition to hosting sporting events, the Capital One Arena also hosts comedy shows, like The LIT AF Tour hosted By Martin Lawrence. 

All Stars season 3 probable winner before self-elimination, BenDeLaCreme is at the last Pride at Town.

• Last week’s Petworth Arts Fest was postponed due to rain. It’s tonight. It might rain.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Watch the Pride Parade!


+ 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?

• We’re closing the weekend at The Rammys Awards Gala. Come back to BYT Monday for coverage of the awards/plan on where to eat for the next year. 

• Learn how to make beer at Hill Center’s Lost Lagers Historic Homebrewing Class.

• Our final food pick of the night is Lamb Jam.

• Slayer says goodbye at Jiffy Lube Live. There have to be a few fans that went to DMB at the same venue the night before.

• The Caps play the Golden Knights at home to try to win the Stanley Cup. Maybe. If they win Thursday this games does not happen.

• Heather Mae headlines an all-female, all-queer, all local music bill at Black Cat.

• Last chance to see How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Kennedy Center. 

Republic Restorative hosts the Not the White House Pride Party with Obama White House alumni.

FREE PICK: Capital Pride Festival! And Concert!

BALTIMORE PICK: Polish FunFest! It’s like HONfest but Polish?

+ 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