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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 weekend our theme is surrealism, in honor of this Saturday’s 1st Annual Hirshhorn Ball.



• 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. The first 3 shows are available for sale! Throwing Shade! The Murder Squad! Amanda Knox! BuzzFeed Unsolved on sale 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:

• The Sad Girl Taste Test returns with McDonald’s New International Menu. It’s well worth your time and happiness.

• Our Art Census continues with an excellent profile of Amir Browder.

• Another worthwhile Art Census profile is on Mark Kelner.

• It’s all about the SEO, baby! We had a chat with Parcast President Max Cutler. So many loaded questions.

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.

• Time for the new ARTECHOUSE exhibit: Infinite Space.

• We’ll be attending the Kennedy Center x Frank Brown & DC Snake People present Records on the Rooftop. If the title wasn’t clear, it’s on the rooftop of the Kennedy Center.

• The Corcoran hosts the opening party of their new exhibit about the cancellation of their old exhibit: 6.13.89: The Cancelling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition.

• Keep Pride month going with Pretty Boi Drag Presents #OpenKingNight: Pride Spectacular! at Bier Baron.

• Take your dog to a Nats game!

• Drink a beer for breakfast and see Tommy Stinson and The Lemonheads at 9:30 Club.

• Dance to your favorite gemini jams at Dodge City.

• Reach culinary nirvana at Cheesemonster Studio‘s beer and cheese pairing class.

• Lay on the grass of the Arboretum and listen to the dulcet tones of Mark Meadows & The Movement.

FREE PICK: Enjoy Crazy Rich Asians in Canal Park.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• We’re intrigued by the Senate Beer: Brand Revival Taste Test at Heurich House.

• One of the best Merriweather concerts of the summer comes early with Brandi Carlile.

• Pride month continues at Black Cat with the Pride edition of story telling show Mortified.

• The very funny Joel Kim Booster is at Drafthouse Comedy tonight and Saturday.

• Moon Hooch plays U Hall.

• Play HERstory: Love Forever, Hip Hop is in The Kennedy Center’s Family Theater tonight and Saturday.

• Spend the early part of the evening at Jazz in the Garden.

• Another good jazz option is indoors at The Anthem with Snarky Puppy.

• Jon Bellion brings his The Glory Sound Prep Tour to MGM National Harbor.

• Ari Lennox headlines a sold-out 9:30 Club.

FREE PICK: Get in the mood for tomorrow night’s Hirshhorn Ball at an Julian Rosefeldt artist talk.


Do some daytime stuff:

• Wake up early and celebrate Pride month at the next Daybreaker. This edition is at Up Top Acres.

• It’s crawfish season. Find out if it’s also bluegrass season at the 3rd Annual Bluegrass & Crawfish Boil at Rustico Ballston.

• The majority of the By The People festival begins today. If you’re in D.C., there’s programming near you.

• Stop by The Daily Show’s Trump Presidential Twitter Library. It’s a thing.

• Swing by Chinatown Park for the Chinatown Community Festival. There’s going to be food and performances and free bike repairs.

• Run home to get ready for the Ball.


• The event of the weekend is the Hirshhorn Ball. Come back to BYT next week for coverage.

• The concert of the weekend is Priests’ record release show at 9:30 Club.

• Excellent D.C. folk collective Stranger in the Alps has a single release show at Pie Shop.

• Go back in time at 90s dance party Peach Pit at DC9.

• Drink beer, hang out with other people in black rimmed glasses and sing along to Craig Finn songs at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• The DC Jazz Festival continues at The Anthem with Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

• Thomas Rhett brings his Very Hot Summer Tour to Jiffy Lube Live. Summer technically begins next weekend.

• Kim Petras will play a very hot Fillmore Silver Spring.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The Line Hotel is hosting a queer zine workshop. Go make some zines!

+ 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?

• Glad Cuco is back from the crash and at U Street Music Hall tonight and Monday.

• The DC Jazz Fest wraps up at The Kennedy Center with the massive Great Masters of Jazz, show celebrating Quincy Jones, Roy Hargrove, Nancy Wilson, and more, hosted by Nick Cannon

• The boozy folks at DC Brau are hosting their second annual Brau-B-Q.

• Lé Vie takes over the Backbar.

• Bathe yourself in the strawberry full moon. Real baths are for suckers.

• One Way Out, Soraia and Bluewreck are at DC9.

• Catch a screening of Ghost Fleet at E Street Cinema and then spend the rest of your day crying.

• Swing by Songbyrd to catch Lucy Spraggan.

• Revel in the camp that is Auntie Mame at Suns Cinema.

• Do you have a dad? Do you like your dad? Hang out with your dad.

FREE PICK: Watch the Women’s World Cup at Rock & Roll Hotel. The U.S. takes on Chile at noon.

+ 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 flush.