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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 office holiday party. Drink responsibly.

• We’re hosting a winter book swap at The Phillips Collection. Bring your books! Bring your friends!

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

All sorts of great stuff:

• Time to buy gifts! Time to check out our annual gift guide!

• Time to go ice skating! Read our interview with John Connor, ice rink manager at the National Gallery of Art.

• Time to look back at the 2010s! Here are ten of our favorite band interviews of the 10s.

• Time to drink at a not douchey bar! Here are the 19 Least Douchey Bars from the 10s.

RADIORADIORADIO: Listen to BYT radio! Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee, it streams every Thursday at noon on Full Service Radio. 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.

• Author of Represent: A Woman’s Guide to Running for Office & Changing the World Kate Black chats with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley at Sixth & I. Read our interview with Black.

• Your pals at DC 101 are hosting Mumford & Sons, Cold War Kids, SHAED and White Reaper at The Anthem.

BrewLights at ZooLights is back! Go get drunk with the animals at night.

• Dance it up to Rise Defy, BOAYT and Capital Offender at Slash Run.

• Catch a screening of Monty Python’s: Life of Brian at Suns Cinema.

• NPR’s Audie Cornish interviews Margaret Cho at NPR.

• Hellogoodbye is doing a little solo show at Songbyrd. Remember “Touchdown Turnaround”?

The Cheshire is hosting a garage art party.

• Today is the last day of Dacha‘s 6th annual holiday market! Go have a beer and buy something cute.

• Celebrate 180 years of Tchaikovsky with the Russian Chamber Art Society. The man was full of bops.

FREE PICK: ArtComesFirst hosts a discussion on race and fashion at Eaton DC.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Spend your evening wandering the largest clear ice maze in the US at CityCenterDC. It’s a big year for mazes!

• Harry & The Potters bring their Yule Ball to Black Cat. $5 from each ticket will benefit the Harry Potter Alliance.

• Cautious Clay is at the 9:30 Club. You already know “Cold War” is a jam.

ChurchKey showcases The Bruery’s 12 Days Collection.

• Bentzen Ball alum Nore Davis is at Big Hunt tonight and tomorrow.

• MisterWives and Tessa Violet take over the Lincoln Theatre.

• It’s the first night of the Found Footage Festival at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse.

• Put on your worst sweater and go to Duplex Diner‘s Janky Sweater Party.

• Catch Vim & Vigor at DC9.

• Dive into color theory and the color green at Hirshhorn.

FREE PICK: Stay in and enjoy Friday the 13th.

Do some daytime stuff:

• Celebrate the holidays with us at the Smithsonian Castle for their Winter Family Festival. Storytelling, air plant ornament making, photo ops (with your traditional OR chosen family), poetry on demand and more.

• Buy some politically themed gifts at The Outrage’s holiday market.

• Buy some gifts and drink some beer at Aslin’s Snow Daze.

• Buy a refurbished bike at Big Bear.


Black Cat is hosting an 80s inspired holiday dance party.

Red Onion Records has their grand opening party at their new Hyattsville location.

• Super influential Art Ensemble of Chicago celebrates 50 years with a performance at The Kennedy Center.

• A$AP Ferg is at Fillmore Silver Spring.

• Learn something with fellow nerds at Nerd Nite at DC9.

• The raunchiest holiday party in D.C. is back. Head to DC Eagle for Naughty Snowball 11: The Nightmeow Before XXXmas.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Stay in and enjoy Friday the 13th Part 2.

+ 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. It’s useful.

Leaving the house?

• The 8th annual 3 Stars Holiday Extravaganza is Star Wars themed, or at least using Baby Yoda on the flier.

• The Reverend Horton Heat bring their holiday show to Black Cat.

• Hanson bring their holiday show to Fillmore Silver Spring.

• Keep the holiday feelings going at Bier Baron‘s Naughty Nut Christmas burlesque show. Your grandma will love it.

• Very good singer Andrea Bocelli performs at Capital One Arena.

• National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation screens at Warner Bros. Theater.

• Hampton Yount returns to D.C. with a show at Union Stage.

• Spend the early part of the evening in The REACH for their Afrofuturism event with DJs Adrian Loving and John Murph.

FREE PICK: Stay in and enjoy Friday the 13th Part III.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

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…