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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 Crashing because Pete Holmes and Jamie Lee are joining us at the Bentzen Ball this year. Tickets are on sale NOW!


• 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:

• We drove to four different liquor stores so we could rank every White Claw flavor from most D.C. to least D.C. You’re welcome.

• Watching Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova at the US Open was just as amazing as it sounds.

Astrology apps are ruining our lives. They’re like mean fortune cookies for the soul.

• Our D.C. Hiking Guide is a good read for this long weekend.

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.

• Vampire Weekend brings their Father of the Bride tour to Merriweather Post Pavilion. Come back to BYT next week for photos of the well dressed band.

• Quick! Read The Refugees as fast as you can and join the Phillips Collection for their monthly book club.

• Popular (listen, it’s on twice a weekend and there’s not a lot of good radio on the weekend so we listen every week) radio show/podcast Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me records tonight and Friday at Wolf Trap.

• Silence in the Snow, Thief, Aertex and Bound are all at The Pie Shop.

Showtime is hosting a rummage sale. Fill your empty life / apartment with more stuff!

202Creates kicks off at Eaton with performances by Black Alley, Pedro Night and DJ Biggs, plus art installations and dance activations.

• Winona Forever and PineWalls are at Songbyrd.

• Author Olga Grjasnowa talks about her book City of Jasmine at Goethe-Institut.

• Head to DC9 for happy hour and stay for KINDO, Sirintip, Adrian Bellue and Del Florida.

FREE PICK: Kick back on the LAWN at the National Building Museum and watch The Goonies.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Catch Shy Glizzy at Fillmore Silver Spring before he’s playing 9:30 Club (or even the Capital One Arena).

• No Scrubs, D.C.’s favorite 90’s dance party, is back at the 9:30 Club.

• Or dive into a different decade at DC9‘s 2000 themed dance party.

• Another 2000s themed dance party is less than a mile away from DC9 at Black Cat. D.C. sure does like to dance to music made in previous decades.

• Or or, you can learn how to dance (and drink French wine) at the Embassy of France.

• Head to Slash Run to catch a show with Piranha Rama, Thee Deluxe and Herschel Hoover.

• Watch The Great Beauty and sip on amaros from Don Ciccio & Figli at Suns Cinema.

• Learn how to make your own cold brew with the help of professionals at A Baked Joint.

• Flowergirls is hosting an event for womxn who smoke at Dwell DC.

• It’s Margaritaville Night at Nat’s Park. You know what to do.

FREE PICK: Pre-game the National Book Festival with a little party at Loyalty Books with bookstagramer Lupita Reads.


Do some daytime stuff:

• The National Book Festival is back! Go show off your love of reading.

• The 18th Annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival begins at the Kennedy Center and runs all weekend.

• Last chance to check out the AMERICA IS … Artists Explore, Ask and Answer: What is America today? exhibit at the Touchstone Gallery.

• Swing by Hysteria Brewing Company in Columbia, Maryland for their second anniversary party.

• Learn about when bison roamed the National Mall at the Smithsonian Castle.


• We like Garbagefest 4, a Food Not Bombs benefit, at Black Cat.

Lost Origins Gallery is hosting an opening for Tom Kim’s Milk Relics exhibition.

• Relive your worst years at Emo Night Brooklyn at U Street Music Hall.

• Q ▼ W ▼ E ▼ R ▼ T ▼ Y featuring Summer Camp and Claudia is at TRADE.

• King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at 9:30 Club is only sold out if you let it be sold out.

• Drink good beer and listen to good metal at Atlas Brew Works. YATRA, Seasick Gladiator and local band Gaurd will be there.

Cold Hart and Horse Head play MilkBoy ArtHouse.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Head to the National Gallery of Art to watch Sleepless Night Stories.

+ 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?

• I don’t not want to go to Slipknot’s Knotfest Roadshow at Jiffy Lube Live.

• Knife Wife play Jackie Lee’s. Best band name of the weekend. Second is Slipknot.

• Brad Williams wraps up his weekend at DC Improv.

• It’s Free Community Day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

• Go see the insanely beautiful movie Soy Cuba at Suns Cinema.

• Set Mo plays Songbyrd.

FREE PICK: Since you don’t work Monday you can spend Sunday screaming songs at DC9’s Indie Rock Karaoke. Or you could just scream about Eugene Mirman.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…


• It’s Labor Day. Come back to BYT tomorrow for our Vegetarian Labor Day Brunch Guide.

• Last chance to see Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

• In Series Theatre present “Stormy Weather” on the Millennium Stage.

• Monday Night Raw is at Royal Farms Arena. Happy Labor Day, Baltimore!

• Jam out to some good sax at Rhizome.

FREE PICK: It’s your last chance to swim in a D.C. public pool in 2019. Your dog will have a chance after Monday but you, a human, will not. Don’t cry.

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: