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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 beer since we’re in the midst of DC Beer Week. Beer is cool, like LeBron James taking a photo on a flip phone of Stone Cold Steve Austin drinking beer.


• SEPTEMBER 7: Leave It All Behind: A Renwick at Night Experience – 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, Kenda Confidential more to be announced!

 • 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:

• BYT’s beer expert Phil Runco wrote the only DC Beer Week Guide you’ll need.

• He also wrote an extensive piece on Solidarity Pilsner, a lager brewed at Atlas Brew Works in collaboration with other local breweries for DC Beer Week.

We went to Norway’s Øyafestivalen. The photos of St. Vincent warrant a peek at the piece.

• Our True Crime Fest is coming so we asked Homicide Hunter’s Joe Kenda and The Last Podcast on the Left’s Marcus Parks what made them turn towards a life of true crime.

• We’re throwing a Burning Man themed party at the Renwick. So we asked Amy Morse why she goes to Burning Man.

Unlicensed Celine Dion merch is pretty good.

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 right wolf who happens to be a teen.

• Drink all the beer and kill at the kegs at the DC Beer Royale at Roofers Union.

Bentzen Ball album Kyle Kinane is at 9:30 Club.

• Blight Records may be our favorite D.C. label. We’ve premiered and written about mos of their roster. Head to Dew Drop Inn for the release show of Blight. Makes Right Volume 2.

• Popular podcast Stuff We Missed in History Class records at The Miracle Theatre.

• Enjoy the weather with Dawes at Wolf Trap.

• DC Restaurant Week is over. Alexandria Restaurant Week continues.

• Head to the basement of Hill Country for Danny Barnes.

• Take a 45 minute meditation workshop at The Phillips Collection.

• Vote for DC’s best burgers at the National Building Museum. $30 includes all the burger samples and beer you could want.

• Laugh AND cry at Drafthouse D.C. for Smiley Frown, an interview podcast featuring your favorite D.C. comics, hosted by Ross Benoit.

FREE PICK: John Waters’ films all night at Slash Run starting at 8:30 p.m.

BALTIMORE PICK: Watch Hidden Figures in the Hughes Family Outdoor Theater at the American Visionary Art Museum.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Tonight’s DC Beer Week pick is Something Blue: Kelsey & Greg’s Wedding Ale release party at Bluejacket.

• New art exhibit, Floating Islands, opens at the Embassy of Japan.

• Learn to take better Instagram shots at the Golden-Hour Smartphone Photography Workshop.

• Bill Burr has two shows at MGM National Harbor. Read our interview with Burr.

• Listen to some death metal at The Pinch with High Command, Left Cross, Enforced, and Execution Hour.

• Live in the now at Can’t Feel My Face: 2010s Dance Party at 9:30 Club.

• Live in the 60s at Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons at Wolf Trap.

• It’s punk rock karaoke night at Black Cat. Proceeds go to Girls Rock! DC.

FREE PICK: Final Jazz in the Garden of the year at the Sculpture Garden.

BALTIMORE PICK: Letitia VanSant & The Young Novelists play Creative Alliance.

Do some daytime stuff:

• Finally time for The Fast & The Fierce 5K.

• Spend the day at the 17th Street Festival.

• Some BYT staff will be at the opening day of the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Some of us will never go to Ren Fest. I am one of those. I hope you have a great time at Ren Fest.

Fireworks Pizza in Courthouse is roasting a whole pig for DC Beer Week.

• The 2018 Irish Festival is in Alexandria’s Waterfront Park.

• Definitely intrigued by the 5th Annual Capital Dragon Boat Regatta at The Wharf.

• Drink a beer quickly but make sure all of the beer is gone and if it’s not you better pick up that glass again and drink the rest of the beer!


• Kevin Tit records his first comedy album, currently titled Kevin Tit Records an Album Nobody Asked For, at Rhizome.

• The concert of the weekend is Beach House at The Anthem.

• Say hi to us at Brewers on the Block at Union Market.

• Well dressed Striking Matches is at U Hall.

• DJ Dredd’s MJ Prince Dance Party is at 9:30 Club. We like it because Robin Bell is doing the visuals.

• Some tickets still available for Arsenio Hall’s 7 p.m. DC Improv show. The other 3 shows are sold-out.

• The Washington Spirit take on the Portland Thorns FC for the first women’s soccer game at Audi Field.

.• Handsome Hound plays their farewell show at Songbyrd.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: SneakermaniaDC is at the Convention Center. $20 admission or free during the first hour.

BALTIMORE PICK: Are you a Baltimore vegan? If so, you’re in luck! Time for Vegan Soulfest, “Baltimore’s premiere celebration of veganism and culture.” Mya will be there!

+ 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?

• 311 is at Jiffy Lube Live. Come back to BYT Friday for our interview with Nick Hexum from 311.

• Buy some vinyl at the Right Proper Record Fair.

• How about A Journey Through Hindi Cinema at Wolf Trap?

• This Sunday is a full moon. Enjoy it by taking a night walk by the monuments.

• Or, if walking’s not your thing, try basking in the forest under the full moon with Friends of the National Arboretum’s Full Moon Forest Bathing.

• Sit on the Strathmore lawn and watch Wonder Woman.

• If you’re in Georgetown, we recommend checking out the brand new Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill.

This Is Not a Show Live! featuring Ed Scrader’s Music Beat is at Black Cat.

FREE PICK: Good, free theater at Shakespeare Theater Company’s Free for All Romeo and Juliet.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Reginald F. Lewis Museum hosts the screening of the doc Baltimore’s Strange Fruit: A Story of Food Apartheid and the Struggle for Sovereignty.

+ 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.