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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 week’s theme is Celine Dion, the Canadian songstress that sings songs about two teenagers that could have fit on one board.


• SEPTEMBER 7: Leave It All Behind: A Renwick at Night Experience – SOLD OUT. Last week we told you it’d be sold out by now. It’s sold out.

• JUST ANNOUNCED : September 21 – BYT & Nat Geo Invite You To – My Party Will Go On – A Titanic After Hours join us for our final museum after hours event of the year – a 90s prom themed Nat Geo campus take-over, with White Ford Bronco, DJ Matt Bailer, and more. $25 Tickets are on sale now. This usually sells out. See above.

• SEPTEMBER 29: We are excited to be partners in the inaugural Outessafest this year – feat. the amazing Best Coast, Lucy Dacus, Brazilian Girls, Bat Fangs, and more + amazing speakers, outdoor activities and more. Use the code FESTBYT for a limited buy-one-get-one offer on tickets. Plus, RSVP here for a little (Free) preview event we are hosting for it with our friends at REI.

• OCTOBER 25-28: The 2018 edition of Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – curated by Tig Notaro, produced by us, enjoyed by all of you. Tickets are on sale now! Get them all while you can, several shows are already sold out.

• NOVEMBER 3-4: Our first true crime fest: Death Becomes Us! On sale now: Buzzfeed Unsolved Live, Criminal, Last Podcast On The Left and Wine & Crime. Stay tuned for a big announcement Friday at 10 a.m.!

 • 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:

• We’re in the midst of Restaurant Week. These are the 18 best options for Restaurant Week.

• The newest edition in our Dream Job series is Suzan Murray, Conservation Fiend. She went from seeing Jane Goodall on TV at age five to working with Goodall.

• We threw an event that combined our love of Jimmy Buffett and Satan. This is what it looked like.

• Sports are for everyone! Bachelor in Paradise: The Bachelor Training Camp.

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.

That’s traveling.

The Rick and Morty pop-up bar opens tonight. Get in line now. 

Crazy Rich Asians is in theaters. Get your MoviePass ticket now.

Alan Jackson plays Wolf Trap. He’s got great hats. Cancelled due to illness.

• IN BETWEEN, a flower/meadow installation by arrin sutliff will be on view all weekend at A Creative DC: Brookland.

• We recommend Bat Fangs at Rock & Roll Hotel.

The Rum Day Cocktail Club concludes with day 4. The theme is De’ Lime

• Learn all about the history of American brewing at the National Museum of American History. It’s like pub trivia, but even nerdier.

Politics and Prose in Tenleytown hosts Matthew Horace of CNN and The Wall Street Journal to talk about racism in the police force.

• Learn all about Lincoln’s assassination and more at Ford Theatre’s Under 35: Museum Night.

FREE PICK: Why watch Hamlet when you could watch The Lion King? Folger Shakespeare Library shows the film at 7 p.m. at Yards Park as part of their “Bard in the Park” series. 

BALTIMORE PICK: Somewhat intrigued by the ILLUMINATED: A Surrealist Garden Party at The Peale Center.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• We recommend Mura Masa at 9:30 Club.

• We also like Tacocat at DC9.


• Get rid of some old stuff and get some new to you stuff at this Summer Swap Shop at Wunder Garten at NoMA.

• Bruce Bruce begins a run at the DC Improv.

E Street Cinema hosts a Q&A session with writer and director of the new A Midsummer Night’s Dream following a screening of the film. The session will be moderated by Robert Richmond, the resident director of the Folger Theater.

• Shake your thang at Union Stage’s Classic Hip Hop Night.

• The African Diaspora International Film Festival starts this Friday at George Washington University’s Marvin Center and runs through the weekend.

FREE PICK: Free meatballs at The Watergate Hotel.

BALTIMORE PICK: Excellent storytelling series RISK! is at Creative Alliance.

Do some daytime stuff:

• Eat all of the crabs at the Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival at National Harbor.

• Buy some clothing and wares at a vintage shop pop-up by Tariq Haqq.

• Unlimited pizza and unlimited beer at the Pizzeria Paradiso Summer Fest.

• Celebrate Indian Independence with H St. Farms from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Last day of the Montgomery County Fair!

• Yoga and plants come together Saturday morning with Practice with Love Pop Up Yoga at the U.S. Botanical Gardens.

• Build a waterpark.


• The Avett Brothers are at Wolf Trap for all your folky, bluegrass needs. Remember when they were Gap spokesmen?

• Go to Little Havana. Drink a Piña Colada out of a pineapple.

• Ra Ra Riot’s The Rhumba Line turns 10 this year. The anniversary tour hits U Hall this Saturday.

• Have you seen DC Cab? If you live in DC, you should have seen DC Cab by now. It’s been out for 35 years.

• Cake sings songs about women wearing jackets and Ben Folds sings songs about building supplies at Merriweather.

• Really great giveaway at Nats Park. It’s Game of Thrones Night and first 10,000 fans to enter the park will receive a “Defend the Wall” Michael A. Taylor Figurine.

• The DC Music Rocks Festival is at 9:30 Club with a portion of the proceeds supporting Girls Rock DC.

.• Sparta is at Rock & Roll Hotel.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Check out the Around The World Cultural Food Festival at Freedom Plaza.

BALTIMORE PICK: Drink some whiskey on the waterfront at Sagamore Spirit.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

For your viewing pleasure:

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

Or check out our summer reading list.

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

Leaving the house?

• D.C. Beer Week Kicks off just as Restaurant Week is ending. Come back to BYT later today for our extensive preview.

• Do some yoga in the outfield at Nats Park after the game.

• Before you go to the game, meet up at Mission Navy Yard.

• Ashley Shey, Jeremy Ray and AJ Thawley, and YÀNJÚ close out the In Between meadow.

• Now, this is a story all about how…City Tap Penn Quarter is having a Fresh Prince of Bel Air themed brunch complete with Philly cheesesteaks and boozy bowls of cereal.

• The Revivalists and ZZ Ward play Wolf Trap. It’s supposed to be great outside on Sunday.

• The D.C. World Reggae Fest is at RFK Stadium.

The Giz retells the Wizard of Oz at MGM National Harbor.

• Celebrate African, Asian, Caribbean and Latin-American cultures at The Coconut Market: DC’s Tropical Shopping Oasis at Studio 52.

• Last day of the Arlington County Fair!

FREE PICK: Travel back and forth between Mumbai and Chicago with Subhi on the Millennium Stage.

BALTIMORE PICK: Throat, Haan, Birth (Defects) and Gloop at Ottobar should destroy your ears.

+ 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.