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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 is the first weekend of summer and DC Public Pools are now open every day of the week so our theme is pools. Take a dip!



• 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:

• D.C.’s best film fest, AFI Docs, has begun. Read our preview.

• It’s officially summer! Here are the songs of the summer! And summers past! Please do not steal our sunshine.

• We had a chat with the anti-fascist/Harry Potter fans Harry and the Potters.

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

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• The massive By The People arts festival continues through Sunday.

• Billie Eilish plays a very sold-out Anthem.

• Our AFI Docs pick of the night is Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am at the Navy Memorial.

• Arizona plays a sold-out 9:30 Club.

• UniverSoul Circus begins their run at the National Harbor.

• Pedal over to Red Bear Brewing for their Third Thursday BikeDC Happy (After) Hour.

The Phillips Collection honors World Refugee Day with free admission.

• Culture Abuse plays U Hall.

• Enjoy an outdoor screening of the Spider-Man film everyone can agree on at Canal Park.

• We normally would not recommend a battle of the bands, especially bands made up of lawyers, but it’s a benefit for Gifts for the Homeless so we’re recommending it.

FREE PICK: Leave work early to watch the US take on Sweden in the Women’s World Cup at the new/old Apple Carnegie Library.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• I would very much like to attend the Ariana Grande concert at Capital One Arena.

• Our AFI Docs pick of the night is A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem at E Street Cinema.

• The best loud local band, Teen Mortgage, has their EP release show at Comet Ping Pong.

• Pride continues with HARDER at U Hall.

• TI and Backyard featuring Ocean are at The Anthem.

• Luluc and Marian McLaughlin are at DC9.

• Really good outdoor double bill at Merriweather with Jason Isbell and Father John Misty.

• Sizzy Rocket headlines Rock & Roll Hotel. A former winner of The Voice opens.

• Very good local show at Pie Shop with Forgetter, OG Lullabies and Pearie Sol.

• Dido plays a sold-out Lincoln Theatre.

• Naked Girls Reading do that at DC Arts Center. This edition’s theme is mysteries.

FREE PICK: Dance to obscure 50s and 60s tunes at Black Cat’s The Hideout! Sixties Summer Solstice Edition.


Do some daytime stuff:

• Our AFI Docs pick of the day is Miles Davis: The Birth of Cool with a Q&A feauturing the filmmakers moderated by our own Alan Zilberman at E Street Cinema.

• It’s community weekend at the National Gallery of Art, celebrating The Life of Animals in Japanese Art.

• The Berliner in Georgetown hosting a Battle of the Beltway ping pong a beer tournament featuring brews by Diamondback Brewing Company and D.C.’s Right Proper Brewing Company. Ping pong is fun!

• This looks delicious: Taste the Philippines: D.C. Filipino Food Festival.

• Enjoy some Nordic jazz at the Embassy of Denmark.

National Harbor hosts a round 16 viewing party of the Women’s World Cup.

• Toss a beach ball at the pool.


• One of D.C.’s funniest folks, Kevin Tit, hosts the inaugural Punkhouse Comedy at Hole in the Sky. Stick around for Chill Parents.

We recently had gallery owner Todd Von Ammon on BYT Radio. It’s a very fun episode and worth your stream/download. We’re looking forward to tonight’s opening of the new show at the Von Ammon Co gallery, X by Jacob Kassay.

• Our AFI Docs pick of the night is Midnight Family at E Street Cinema.

We recently profiled artist Mark Kelner. It’s a good read. We’re pleased to recommend the “Cold War Dance Party” in celebration of Kelner’s exhibit Solaris: Shelter For The Next Cold War at Culture House.

• 2010s (that’s the decade we’re in!) dance party Can’t Feel My Face is at 9:30 Club.

• Phish is at Merriweather. You know if this is for you.

• Dance at the excellent Ritmos Raros Presents: Noche de Cumbia Colombia V Peru at Songbyrd.

• Happy 4th anniversary, Dew Drop Inn! Enjoy their free hot dog bar and whiskey fountain!

• Mayor Bowser’s 2nd Annual District of Pride is at The Lincoln Theatre. Free event, no ticket required, admisison is first come, first served.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: It’s Solstice Saturday so celebrate with the Smithsonian’s “Solstice Saturday” festivities and extended hours. Many of their museums will be open until midnight, definitely visit the hub at the the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building and check out their site for a comprehensive listing of activities. Events begin as early as 10 a.m.

+ 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?

• Go into Infinite Space at Artechouse.

• Our AFI Docs pick of the day is Slay the Dragon at AFI Silver.

• Phish is still at Merriweather. You know if this is for you.

• Last chance to see Falsettos at the Kennedy Center.

• Bad Books plays MilkBoy ArtHouse.

District Winery hosts for their inaugural Crab Feast.

• It’s day 2 of the 27th Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle.

FREE PICK: Spend the afternoon at the second year of Blagden Market.

+ 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…