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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. This weekend our theme is the Avengers since their final film about jewels is in theaters this weekend. We hope they find the jewels!


May 10: We return to Nat Geo for Queens of Egypt: The Mother of All Parties! Open bars, the new Nat Geo Museum exhibition Queens of Egypt, Madame Gandhi!

May 31: BYT & Capital Pride team up at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to kick-off a month of Pride celebrations with COUNTDOWN! 

• SAVE THE DATE: October 24-27, Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival celebrates 10 years of comedy and friendship. Keep an eye on bentzenball.com for details and tickets.

• SAVE THE DATE: November 8-11, Death Becomes Us – True Crime Festival returns to D.C.ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASSES ARE ON SALE NOW. Keep an eye on deathbecomesus.com for details and individual show tickets.

 • More announcements coming soon. Stay in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram. Use #BYThings too & get excited.

All sorts of great stuff:

• Pride kickoff! Tickets available!

Brunch guide! Mimosas available!

We’re recapping Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones is not about jewels. It’s about seats. It’s about one specific seat.

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.

Oh, come on.

• Broccoli City Fest is this weekend and kicks off with BroccoliCon, “two-full days of workshops + panels with corporate execs, thought leaders & creatives,” at the National Union Building.

• Cane opened earlier this week. Go. We loved it.

• Buy some stuff at the 2019 Smithsonian Craft Show, now through Sunday.

• Blue October headlines 9:30 Club.

• Dan Savage’s 14th annual Hump! Film Festival comes to Black Cat tonight, Friday and Saturday. Watch regular people star in regular short films that happen to be porn.

• Mr. Eazi is at Fillmore Silver Spring.

Broadway Center Stage: The Who’s Tommy runs at The Kennedy Center through Monday.

• We like Death at Howard Theatre. Death is a band. You might like the doc about them. About Death. The band.

Lapop is hosting an evening of immigration stories. Take someone on a political date?

• Watch Fast Times at Ridgemont High at A Baked Joint.

FREE PICK: Swing by the Renwick Gallery for a conversation with artist Dustin Farnsworth.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Awesome Con, baby! It runs all weekend at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Look at our photos from last year! They’re great!

• As a bearded man with black rimmed glasses looking for other bearded men with black rimmed glasses, I’ll most likely find some new friends at The Mountain Goats show at 9:30 Club.

• Watch a fat guy in a little coat, Tommy Boy, at Suns Cinema.

• AK is at Songbyrd.

• The Living Earth Festival kicks off at the American Indian Festival and runs through Sunday.

• Joan Baez’ farewell tour comes to Warner Theatre.

• Enjoy Anna Clendening at DC9.

• Hit up the Odd Ball drag night at Slash Run.

• Snow Patrol and We Are Scientists are at The Anthem.

• Kid Koala plays the intimate MilkBoy Arthouse.

FREE PICK: We recommended a concert at Songbyrd and we’re also recommending their free comedy show, Punkhouse Comedy, hosted by Kevin Tit.


Do some daytime stuff:

• Head out to FedEx Field for the big Broccoli City day featuring Childish Gambino, Lil Wayne, 6lack, Ella Mai and more.

• A bunch of people will be wearing seersucker and biking around the city. At the very least, it will be some good people watching.

• It’s Pups in the Park day at Nationals Park, AKA the best day to see a baseball game.

• Spend your day shopping at the Georgetown French Market.

• Then go buy a plant at the Arboretum’s Garden Fair & Plant Sale.

• The DC Author Festival comes to The Library of Congress.

• And the National Antiracist Book Festival kicks off at American University.

• On top of that, Loyalty Books is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day.

• Learn how to dry-age meat with chef Marc Hennessy at RARE Steakhouse.

• Get your hammer. Or at least try to get it.



Ritmos Raros celebrates four years of good dance parties.

Lost Origins Gallery is hosting the opening party for their exhibition Action. Reaction. Action: Visualizing Fugazi.

Barmini is teaming up with ATLAS (one of the best cocktail bars in the world) for a night of whimsical cocktail flights.

• Throw on your best goth outfit and head to Hole in the Sky for a dark art show and goth rock dance party.

• Leo Mania! continues at the Warner Bros. Theater with a screening of The Great Gatsby and a Gatsby inspired party.

• If you prefer your pop music from the previous decade, you might enjoy Hot In Herre at 9:30 Club.

• Catch Easy Action, Ravagers and Walk The Plank at Atlas Brew Works.

The Corcoran‘s NEXT exhibition features art from the graduating students of GW’s School of Arts and Design. Go see their art before they’re all famous.

• A Harry Potter bar crawl is drinking its way through Dupont.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Colony Club is holding a night of letter writing for Chelsea Manning.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


For your viewing pleasure:

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

• Looking for some good new brunches to try? Check out our DC BRUNCH GUIDE. New for 2019!

Leaving the house?

• See Girlpool at Black Cat. Read our interview with Girlpool.

• One of the best concerts this month is the Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith double bill at The Anthem.

• Health headlines Rock & Roll Hotel.

Build a tiny house! Really!

• SUNN O))) is a safe bet for the loudest show in Howard Theatre history.

• Geek out about pinball at Profs & Pints lecture series at Bier Baron.

• If you’re in the service industry, hit up Haikan for their new late night specials.

• It’s the last night to check out the Breakin’ Even Fest.

FREE PICK: Ken Burns, THE KEN BURNS, is in conversation with David M. Rubenstein at the National Gallery of Art.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

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

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.


Until next time, don’t forget: