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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. We just released our 2019 Outdoor Drinking Guide so, you guessed it, outdoor drinking is our theme! Take a sip!


• 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. 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 reason for the season: BYT Outdoor Drinking Guide.

• Related, sometimes you have too many drinks and think you can sing. Karaoke Tips From People Who Are Actually Good At Music might help.

• Go inside the closet of Dîner en Noir’s Aisha Keys.

• Capital Fringe is coming. Here are some of our favorite productions, based on name alone.

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.

• We’re looking forward to the opening reception of The Cheshire Warehouse, “a creative space in Adams Morgan.”

• It’s night 2 of the first DNC debates. There are multiple viewing parties. Keep it low key at Suns Cinema.

• Cate Le Bon is at Black Cat.

• Enjoy The Little Mermaid in Canal Park.

• Spend your lunch hour and maybe your happy hour at the Capital Book Fest in Woodrow Wilson Plaza.

• Head to Little Havana and have an outdoor drink.

• Or drink indoors at Showtime and rummage through their Rummagefest.

• Faye Webster headlines DC9.

FREE PICK: Visit the National Arboretum for their 2019 Summer Evenings series, featuring The Eddie Anderson Project.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• We’ll be enjoying happy hour at The Rooftop at the Embassy Row Hotel. Join us!

• Leave work early and head to the Capital Fringe Festival Preview.

• Tonight is the first of two nights of Jawbox at 9:30 Club.

• Funny person Jordan Carlos is at Bier Baron tonight and Saturday. Make sure to get there on time for opener Kevin Tit.

• Cigarette has their record release show at DC9.

• From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Freedom Plaza there’s a rally and action on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in support of sex work decriminalization.

• The NSO Pops perform “50 Years Over the Rainbow: A Judy Garland Celebration” at The Kennedy Center Friday and Saturday.

• Enjoy some metal at Atlas Brew Works with Moon Tooth, Deaf Scene, and Caustic Casanova.

• Helado Negro at U Hall is a good option.

• Head to Mikko and enjoy an outdoor drink.

FREE PICK: I enjoyed Ocean’s 8. You might enjoy it more if you watch it outdoors in Farragut Square. Maybe sneak a beer or two or three or more at the screening like Tim Riggins.


Do some daytime stuff:

• A shorter Smithsonian Folklife Festival is today and tomorrow on the National Mall. Listen to Curator and Senior Archivist of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Jeff Place on BYT Radio.

• Happy birthday, Solid State Books! Listen to Solid State Books’ Jake Cumsky-Whitlock on BYT Radio.

• If you’re into the Folklife Festival, you’ll also be interested in the One Journey Festival at the Washington National Cathedral.

• New mom? Newish mom? You might enjoy Sensual Self-Care for Mamas at Eaton House.

• Spend the afternoon in Shaw at the Broccoli City Bar Block Party.

• Little Saloon has a matinee show titled SHOW, “a celebration of DC’s creative scene, a tribute to DC post-punk legends Jawbox, and a benefit for CureSMA,” at The Showroom.

• Have a picnic.


• One of the best ways to spend the evening is at Merriweather for the Soulful Symphony’s first show: #Soulfulsetlist.

• We’re obviously recommending The DC Chapter of Abortion Access Front presents UNMASQUED: DC’s Pro-Choice Prom at Black Cat.

• See a comedy show at an unlikely comedy show venue: Dupont Underground.

• WIFIGAWD, SYBYR, Five Finger Posse, RCB, Ghostie, Space Mob, and Soulzay are at Comet Ping Pong. It’s nice to see more rap shows at Comet.

• Shaq’s Bass All Stars is at Echostage. Yes, that Shaq. It’s his ‘all-stars’ but it’s not clear if the big man will make an appearance.

• Hones Haloway headlines Songbyrd with support from Low Rose and Yesferatu.

• Head to Zeppelin and enjoy an outdoor drink.

• If you’re been wondering when the next Sicilian Ball at the Embassy of Italy would finally come around, boy do we have good news for you!

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The new/old Apple Carnegie Library hosts a 6 hour concert/block party featuring Back Yard Band, Aztec Sun, Bat Fangs and more.

+ 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?

RAMMY’s! Come back to BYT Monday for our coverage of the food and drink awards show.

• The DC Record Fair has a new home at the Eaton Workshop.

• Celebrate Independence Day a few days early at DC Polo Society’s Red, White & Brews party. BBQ, polo matches and beer in Poolesville.

• Celebrate Independence Day a few days early and listen to Elliott Smith’s “Independence Day” in headphones, in your room.

• Head to Pie Shop and enjoy an outdoor drink.

• Stop by the The Flea Market at Eastern Market and buy some old stuff that’s new to you.

FREE PICK: Attend the D.C. premiere of Punk the Capital at the Hirshhorn.

+ 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…