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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 the best cooking show that has ever existed, Good Eats, which returns this Sunday. It’s good to see you old friend.


• JUST ANNOUNCED: Our final After Hours Museum event of the year: On September 20th, End-Of-Summer Camp will turn the Smithsonian American Art into a perfect way to celebrate the last weekend of summer, with open bars, music, activations, and more. Tickets on sale NOW. (our last after hours sold out so…)

 •COMEDY FESTIVAL: October 24-27, BYT + Tig Notaro’s Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival celebrates 10 years of comedy and friendship! All access passes (there are only 20 left so get yours now!) + some fun shows just got announced at bentzenball.com!

• TRUE CRIME FESTIVAL: November 8-11, Death Becomes Us – True Crime Festival returns to D.C. ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASSES ARE ON SALE NOW SOLD OUT! More individual shows are available for sale! Throwing Shade! The Murder Squad! Amanda Knox! BuzzFeed UnsolvedCapturing the DC Sniper!

 • More announcements coming soon. Stay in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram + keep and eye out on Upcoming sBYT Event tab. Use #BYThings too & get excited.

All sorts of great stuff:

• The REACH is opening soon and we have your guide to all 16 days of 100% free fun.

• We teamed up with the Phillips Collection and Dana Jeri Maier to create this delightful Phillips flowchart. Use it forever.

• We wrote about true crime and grocery stores.

• And our updated D.C. Dog Guide is here.

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.

• Swing by Jackie Lee‘s to check out Hen House, an all women arts show. Get a beer and a shot combo.

• Everyday’s the weekend with Alex Lahey is at U Street Music Hall.

• Beck and Cage the Elephant are at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Is Beck still a scientologist?

Frass Green is playing at DC9.

Long View Gallery is hosting an opening reception for their new exhibition “Rise” by Jason Wright.

• Sip some whiskey and listen to The Countess, The People and DMV Kars at Slash Run.

• Dig into a Singaporean crab dinner at DBGB.

• Want more music options? Songbyrd is hosting Food Will Win the War, Maryjo Mattea and Sean Barna.

FREE PICK: Bohemian Rhapsody is playing at Canal Park as the finale for its outdoor movie series.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Kick your Friday off with a 9:30 a.m. talk about art, marketing and making connections with Monochrome Collective and Confidence Coach at The Line.

• Spend your night hanging out with MC Hammer (and all of his friends) at Hammer’s House Party at the Entertainment and Sports Center.

• Your old friends Ted Leo and the Pharmacists are playing the Black Cat.

• Dance your night away to Ashanti (and Kiana Ledé) at The Anthem.

• Or if that’s not your thing, check out the Drake vs. Kanye dance party at U Street Music Hall.

• Eat your way through D.C.’s best food trucks at Truckeroo.

• Tadzio and Coven Tree are hosting a split release at Rhizome with Elisa Faires and Red Rae.

FREE PICK: You know you’re going to spend at least part of Friday checking out the new Taylor Swift album. Just admit it.



Do some daytime stuff:

• It’s the 17th Street Festival! Go eat all the things, listen to all the music, buy all the trinkets, etc.

• And speaking of food, eat your weight in crabs at Brookland Pint‘s Crabfest.

• The Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library is hosting a talk on queer history.

• Swing by the Embassy of Barbados to drink, eat, dance and soak up some culture.


• Tame Impala plays a very sold out show at The Anthem.

• Brittany Howard (form Alabama Shakes) is at the 9:30 Club.

• Eighties Mayhem dance party is back at the Black Cat! Go get sweaty at the mainstage.

• Say goodbye to Buffalo Billiards forever.

The Pie Shop is hosting a Joe Strummer birthday party with Rise Defy, Swampoodle Nuns, Wanted Man, Glenmont Popes and Alison Lewis.

• Check out a free screening of Clueless at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Slipstream is hosting a workshop to teach bookbinding with two techniques: saddle and Japanese stab stitching.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The National Gallery is showing films selected from award winners of the Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival.

+ 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?

• Head to the closing party (and DASH fundraiser) of Hen House at Jackie Lee’s.

• Go hang out with Why? at U Street Music Hall.

• Get drunk on spritzes and oysters at Whaley’s.

• Stop by Suns Cinema to watch The Big City.

Haikan is hosting their fourth late night karaoke session.

Shop Made In DC is hosting a relocation sale where you get a free drink with every purchase.

FREE PICK: There’s a lecture on French art of the eighteenth century at the National Gallery as part of its Summer Sunday Lecture Series.

+ 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: