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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 sharks because Shark Week comes back this Sunday. RIP the giant Silver Spring shark. You will be missed.

This weeks Best Weekend Bets is presented by Toll Brothers.

• NEW SPY MUSEUM! NEW SPY MUSEUM PARTY! On August 9, BrightestYoungThings.com + The International Spy Museum Present: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Party Protocol! 

• SAVE THE DATE: October 24-27, Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival celebrates 10 years of comedy and friendship. Keep an eye on bentzenball.com for details and tickets.

• SAVE THE DATE: 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 Unsolved!

 • 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:

• We took some very fun spy photos at the International Spy Museum! Come to our spy party.

• We threw a very good book swap and have some great reading recommendations for you.

• D.C. has a bunch of new pizza spots and we went to most of them.

• These San Diego Comic-Con photos aren’t going to look at themselves.

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.

• I like to watch YouTube on my couch sans pants, but if you like to watch YouTube fully clothed and in public, The Try Guys will be at the Warner Theatre.

• Catch Kill Paris, Freddy Todd and Ryan Farish at U Street Music Hall.

• Watch Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D at Suns Cinema.

• The folks at PAKKE are hosting a garage art party. Drink, dance and buy something local.

• Swing by Songbyrd to see Escape-ism and Too Free.

• In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the Cleveland Park Library will be hosting a panel discussion on D.C.’s queer resistance movement in 1969.

• Celebrate Yesferatu’s new EP at their release party with Tuff Lover and Weston Smith at Smith Public Trust.

• Part Time and Gary Wilson are at DC9.

Duplex Diner is celebrating their 21st birthday! I can’t believe they can drink now.

FREE PICK: The Embassy of Latvia is hosting a free screening of Baltic Tribes. Can you tell it’s a documentary?

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

If you’re into Asian pop culture and fandom, good news! Otakon returns to D.C. for the weekend.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters are playing at the Anthem.

• Or you could see Billy Joel at Camden Yards. A baseball state of mind.

Teen Mortgage, Capital Offender, The Mad Doctors and Pagan Reagan are at Pie Shop.

D.C. Swim Week is back. Do you care about bathing suits?

• Incendio plays Jazz in the Garden.

• If you’d like your slice of jazz with a slice of pizza, head to jazz pizza night at A Baked Joint.

• The National Museum of of the American Indian and the Embassy of Peru are hosting a Kaypi Peru festival. Go soak up some culture.

• Dance until you die at Showtime.

FREE PICK: Help the U.S. Botanical Garden finish this sweet mural. The only skill you need is the ability to color.


Do some daytime stuff:

The Citi Open kicks off today and single session tickets are on sale!

Yards Park is having a tropical, tiki block party, with cocktails, leis and live performances.

• Get your doc fix and see Goin’ To Chicago at the Phillips Collection.

Studio Ghibli’s Isao Takahata’s Pom Poko is playing at the National Gallery for its Animals in Japanese Cinema film program

• Wear yourself out at DC Fray‘s third annual field day. It’s like when you were a kid except much boozier.


Titus Burgess from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will be in concert at the Kennedy Center.

• Spend your day browsing through old stuff at The LINE Hotel‘s vintage pop-up.

• The National Symphony Orchestra will be live scoring the movie Coco at Wolf Trap.

• Or go to the opposite show and see Davila 666 and Los Sadicos at DC9.

• Kick off Shark Week while riding a mechanical shark at The Wharf.

• There’s a sexy sex party at balaibalan.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: See 10 Things I Hate About You and She’s the Man at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

+ 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?

• Get drunk at the annual Rickey Competition at Jack Rose.

 Then go see Drunk Moms (plus BBQT and Split Seconds) at Slash Run.

Demiser, Future Terror, Nuclear Tomb and Acquisiton are playing at Atlas Brew Works for their metal rock shows.

• It’s the last day of Otakon! It’s the most anime time of the year.

• The Red Derby is hosting their annual t-shirt printing day. Have one too many shots and order one too many t’s.

• Late night at Haikan is back! Karaoke your night away at one of the best ramen spots in D.C.

• Mix it up and enjoy some polo at DC Fray’s and the DC Polo Society’s Funbrella match. Bring an umbrella. It’s in the name.

FREE PICK: It’s the last day for the National Gallery’s Animals in Japanese Cinema film program, and they’re playing Akira Kurosawa’s Dream vignettes.

+ 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 to wait an hour before you swim after you eat.