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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 Sandra Bullock, because it is her birthday this week. HBD Sandy!


• JUST ANNOUNCED! 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. Get them here.

• OCTOBER 25-28: The 2018 edition of Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – curated by Tig Notaro, produced by us, enjoyed by all of you. We have Phoebe Robinson and a second Jonathan Van Ness show (!!!) going on sale Friday at 10AM! Tig, 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:

• It’s DC Burger Week so we updated our Burger Guide.

• Spend some time learning about what you drink. The newest entry in our Freshly Tapped series is about Allagash’s Little Brett.

• You may not like America much right now but you’ll probably enjoy looking at photos of America! The Game Show.

• You probably didn’t make it to San Diego Comic-Con but you’ll probably enjoy looking at photos of people that did.

•  It’s the end of July. Have Your Best end of July.

RADIORADIORADIO: Listen to BYT radio! Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee, it streams every Thursday at noon. Listen live. Subscribe in iTunes.

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You look ready.

• Since we know you love mysteries – we are helping host a preview screening of the new John Cho thriller – Searching tonight, weeks before it opens in theatres. FREE / RSVP here 

•Rather than play The Anthem once, The xx is headlining three consecutive sold-out 9:30 Club shows. Second concert is tonight.

• Group we’ve been following and reviewing and interviewing since they were playing DC9, Sylvan Esso, plays The Anthem.

• Meet Drag Race season 10 queen Blair St. Clair at Number Nine.

• Two big concerts at Nats Park this weekend. Tonight is Eagles and James Taylor.

• The Fringe Festival is wrapping up. If you’re going to see one show, we recommend Shopworn.

• Comic you know from Friday and a bunch of other films and sitcoms John Witherspoon begins a run at the DC Improv.

• Shannon and the Clams play U Hall.

• The Library of Congress Concerts on the Lawn series continues with Chelsey Green.

• Raveena and Cramer play a sold-out Songbyrd.

FREE PICK: The Art Museum of the Americas new exhibit, Art of the Americas: Collection of the Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States, opens tonight. We have never seen a listing that features the words art and America so often. 

BALTIMORE PICK: Watch Clue outside at the American Visionary Art Museum.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• Set your alarm clock for 10AM and get those Phoebe Robinson and Jonathan Van Ness (2 separate shows, but you should go to both) Bentzen Ball tickets.

• Jay-Z and Beyoncé share a bill at FedEx Field. Don’t be upset with us that Jay-Z is listed first, that’s just how it’s being promoted.

• Enjoy the soul of Raphael Saadiq at The Kennedy Center.

• GoldLink continues his very sold-out U Hall residency.

• Learn about brewing from a brewmaster at Heurich House. Tonight’s event features Atlas Brew Works.

• If you’ve read the recent Washington Post piece about interns and nightlife you might remember the interns are going to Jazz in the Garden. Say hi to the interns at Jazz in the Garden.

• Get excited about DC Field Day at the Decades rooftop happy hour.

• Tonight’s big Nats Park concert is the Zac Brown Band and OneRepublic.

• If you’re a murder mystery fan, and odds are you are since you’re reading this site, you might want to attend the ThrillHER Tour with Michele Campbell, Kelli Clare, and Susie Schnall at Politics and Prose.

FREE PICK: If it’s not raining, hanging out at the Chinatown Block Party might be nice.

BALTIMORE PICK: Some of us will be at The xx at 9:30 Club. I’ll be Royal Farms Arena to see The Smashing Pumpkins without irony or judgement or support of Alex Jones.

Do some daytime stuff:

• Spend the day at a six-year-old birthday party where it’s appropriate to imbibe: UNION 6th Anniversary Celebration & Grand Opening.

• Celebrate site we like 730DC at their birthday party at Tastemakers.

• Say goodbye to Bathtub Republic at the BFF Fest today and tomorrow.

• DC Fray’s DC Field Day is today at the RFK Stadium Grounds. Fingers crossed for no rain.

• The Citi Open begins today at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Fingers crossed for no rain.

• Go and check yourself for the rest of the day


• If you have questions about Sorry to Bother You, and if you’ve seen it you should, ask writer director Boots Riley at the 7:30 p.m. E Street Cinema screening followed by a Q&A.

• The Arctic Monkeys sing about hotels at The Anthem.

• The very talented Alan Cumming performs at The Kennedy Center. I bet he doesn’t sing about hotels or his role as Nightcrawler.

• Show we’ve recommended multiple times, Awkward Sex…And the City returns to Black Cat with their Wet Hot Awkward Summer lineup.

• Missed David Byrne a few months ago at The Anthem? See him tonight at Merriweather.

• We like Champion Sound so we’re recommending their That 70s Party at 9:30 Club.

Tropicalia hosts the 3rd annual Queen of Samba contest.

• If it’s not raining the National Symphony Orchestra performing The Best of Wagner’s Ring at Wolf Trap.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Celebrate National Dance Day at The Kennedy Center. There are a ton of free activities suited for all aged and in case it rains the action moves indoors.

BALTIMORE PICK: Missed America! The Game show in D.C.? See it tonight at Creative Alliance.

+ 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?

• See the musical, not the movie, Dave, at Arena Stage.

• Say goodbye to the Vans Warped Tour. Don’t date teenagers unless you’re a teenager.

• Yanni, the mother fucking Yanni, is at Wolf Trap.

• Paint Fumes, Spirit Plots and Brickwall Monty play a $5 show at Slash Run. That’s much more affordable than Yanni.

• Sneakerheads will be at SneakerManiaDC Summer 2018 at the Convention Center.

• It’s not a Best Weekend Bets without a yoga pick. This week’s yoga pick is Yoga in the Fun House at the National Building Museum.

FREE PICK: We told you Fringe is wrapping up. Attend the audience awards at Pearl Street Warehouse.

BALTIMORE PICK: One of our favorite DMV artists, Rico Nasty, is at Baltimore Soundstage.

+ 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.

Till next time…