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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 goths in paradise, equal parts Jimmy Buffett and goth culture, which works well since this Sunday at DC9 is our Goths in Paradise: A very goth Jimmy Buffett afternoon.


• SEPTEMBER 7: Leave It All Behind: A Renwick at Night Experience! We’re hosting the final event around the most popular exhibit of 2018: Renwick’s No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. As always, tickets are a deal/going fast and the earlier the buy, the less you’ll spend. This will be sold-out by next week’s edition of Best Weekend Bets.

• OCTOBER 25-28: The 2018 edition of Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – curated by Tig Notaro, produced by us, enjoyed by all of you. Tig, Jonathan Van Ness, Phoebe Robinson, Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher, Michelle Buteau, Amanda Seales and more tickets are on sale now! Get them all while you can.

• NOVEMBER 3-4: Our first true crime fest: Death Becomes Us! Festival passes are sold out. How Did This Get Made is sold out. On sale now: Buzzfeed Unsolved Live, Criminal, Last Podcast On The Left and Wine & Crime. Tickets are going very quickly! More announcements soon!

 • 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:

• Here’s your first look at Rick and Morty pop-up bar.

Goodbye Town, DC’s megachurch of gay nightlife.


Bill Murray’s greatest television appearance was 30 years ago this week.

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.

Calm down.

Go see Crazy Rich Asians for free, on us.

• Duo Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher, hosts of the podcast Guys We Fucked, bring their show, Sorry About Last Night, to DC Improv this weekend.

• Some of us will be at the “Escape to Iceland” New York Times event at Dupont Underground.

• We like Luna Honey, GRÜN Wasser, and Tölva at Dew Drop Inn.

• Enjoy some Broadway stars performing Disney hits with the Wolf Trap Orchestra at Wolf Trap.

• The Nats play the Braves at home. Stop at Mission Navy Yard before or after the game.

• Wiz Khalifa & Rae Sremmurd bring their Dazed & Blazed Tour to Jiffy Lube Live.

• You’ve probably seen the Fun House exhibit in your Instagram feed. The Building Museum hosts a talk about Instagram and its effects on museums titled “Do It For The ‘Gram.'”

• Celebrate free movies and strong women by watching Wonder Woman at Canal Park.

• If you’d prefer an older DC Comics outdoor movie, we like the 1978 Superman at on the Library of Congress lawn.

FREE PICK: Play some free bingo at Union Market.

BALTIMORE PICK: The Breeders play Rams Head Live. They’re doing some Pixies songs on this tour.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Otakon begins at the Convention Center and runs through the weekend.

• Kill Lincoln has a vinyl release show at Black Cat.

• Really looking forward to seeing BlacKkKlansman. Hoping MoviePass doesn’t make it permanent high pricing.

• Jason Mraz plays Wolf Trap. Wondering how many people going to this show will see BlacKkKlansman this weekend.

• The Smithsonian’s “Ultimate Garden Party: From Asia to Africa” includes late-night access to exhibits at the National Museum of African Art and the Freer and Sackler Galleries, food from different continents, and, of course, plenty of drinks.

• No Scrubs brings back the 90s at 9:30 Club.

• No Nats home game so The Bullpen hosts Truckeroo.

• Lyle Lovett plays Wolf Trap. He’s underrated.

FREE PICK: Now You See Us delves into the Muslim-American on the Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center.

BALTIMORE PICK: We like Daddy Issues at The Wind Up Space. Hop once, put your hands above your head then point to the left if you agree.

Do some daytime stuff:

• Spend the day at the Montgomery County Fair.

• Some of us will be at the Old Bust Head Anniversary Party.

Ankara Bazaar celebrates African fashion, art and culture with shopping, music, and food.

• Go to the Freer Gallery of Art for “Family Mindfulness: Connecting to Nature All around You.”

• Welcome back, English Premier League Soccer.

• Take a bus home and rest up for the evening.


• We recommend Jeremih and Teyana Taylor at 9:30 Club.

• Last chance to see Fractal Theater Collective’s debut show, Shakespeare is a White Supremacist, at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.

• Shakira, Shakira is at the Capital One Arena this weekend after postponing her El Dorado World Tour.

• Have you ever wanted to work at Six Flags during Fright Fest? Now’s your chance to find out if you have what it takes to be a spooky dancer/singer at their Fright Fest casting!

• Keith Urban is at Jiffy Lube Live.

• The 12th Annual Summer Breeze Red Carpet Extravaganza is at Nationals Park.

• Intern John’s: Look What You’ve Done is at Warner Theatre. We’re recommending it because Dee Ahmed is on the bill.

• See Dave at Arena Stage. We really enjoyed it.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: D.C. might be a bad place this weekend. Do some good and volunteer with DC Central Kitchen.

BALTIMORE PICK: The 6th Annual Muslim Food Fest runs from noon to 10 p.m. at the Islamic Society of Baltimore.

+ 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?

• There’s a rally this Sunday. You probably know about it. You may be thinking of counter-protesting. Do whatever you need to do. We recommend visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Praise Dark Lord Jimmy Buffett with us at DC9! From 3 to 7 p.m. we’ll be spinning your favorite beach/goth tunes!

• Last chance to see Cher at MGM National Harbor.

• Somewhat related, ABBA The Concert is at Wolf Trap.

• Another weekend day, another beer anniversary party. Today we like the 3 Stars Anniversary Party.

• Pardon me, but Incubus plays Fillmore Silver Spring.

• Morris Day and the Time play Prince approved funk at The Birchmere.

• See a film at the House of Sweden. Ego screens for free at 3 p.m.

• Enjoy Sub-Radio at Songbyrd.

FREE PICK: The Latin Heritage Festival at Veterans Plaza promises to be a “HUGE PARTY” from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

BALTIMORE PICK: Deakin of Animal Collective plays Parkway Theater. The Jimmys love it!

+ 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.