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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 Pose, which features Dominique Jackson and Hailie Sahar, who both happen to be Grand Marshalls at this Saturday’s Capital Pride Parade.


• 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. Keep an eye on deathbecomesus.com for details and individual show tickets.

 • 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:

• Welcome to June. Have Your Best June.

• Did you miss our Pride kickoff party? These photos will make you regret missing out Pride kickoff party.

• The best photos on BYT this week are Surrealness @ Hirshhorn with Pussy Noir.

• We have a new volunteer guide: Reproductive Rights Volunteer Guide.

• Mark Kelner had one of the best pieces at the recent UMBRELLA. Read our profile of the bomb shelter artist.

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.

• Happy 20 years, Kojo! Celebrate WAMU’s very own at a toast to The Kojo Nnamdi Show at Howard Theatre.

• If you’d prefer another NPR approved event, head to Taste of North Capitol at the NPR headquarters.

• Loi Loi, Lotion Princess, and Stronger Sex are at Pie Shop. Get there early for Stronger Sex, stay late for Loi Loi.

• The DC Jazz Festival opening ceremony is at The Residence of the Ambassador of Denmark.

• Kweendom is coming to Black Cat for some LGBTQ comedy.

• Washingtonian’s Best of Washington party is at the National Building Museum.

• Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, discussed her new book, City of Girls at The Lincoln Theatre. Tickets include a copy of the book.

• Frenship is at 9:30 Club.

• The Purple Session: A Prince Birthday Celebration is at U Hall.

• Unique D.C. musician Marian McLaughlin plays unique D.C. venue Dupont Underground.

• Latinx Pride Dance Party: Gritando Orgullo is at The DC Eagle for its 13th anniversary.

FREE PICK: The Yards kicks off summer. Enjoy some free ice cream.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• The RIOT! Capital Pride Opening Party featuring Vanjie Mateo is at Echostage.

• Charly Bliss is at U Hall. Read our new interview with Charly Bliss.

• You, Me, Them, Everybody Live returns to The Wonderland Ballroom.

• As a nod to the first-ever Dyke March in D.C. in 1993, organizers are bringing Dyke March back and doing some fundraising for anti-displacement organizations while they’re at it.

• The Front Runners Pride Run 5K raises funds for local LGBTQ+ charities at the Congressional Cemetery.

• Dennis Lloyd is at 9:30 Club.

AfropolitanDC opens Culturefest with a clash of African and Caribbean cultures with food tastings and a dance battle.

Con Air plays at the Drive-In at Union Market.

Black Cat hosts the Booty Rex Pride Party.

FREE PICK: Stroll through some galleries participating in First Friday Dupont.


Do some daytime stuff:

• Start the day off at Capital Pride Brunch with some of Pride’s honorees and special guests at the Human Rights Campaign.

• The Capital Pride Block Party returns at 15th and P St NW.

• Pride on the Pier is extending Pride out onto The Wharf, complete with a fireworks display. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. It’s in the daytime section because the event begins at 2 p.m.

• Focus on wellness at D.C.’s first edition of Yia Mas.

• Eat some pies, some pizza pies, at Pizzeria Paradiso’s Spring Fest.

• Enjoys a free screening of The Searchers at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Movies at SAAM series.

• Happy 2nd birthday, Solace Brewing!

• Run home to get ready for the Pride Parade.


• Keep an eye on the Capital Pride Parade, making its way from Dupont Circle to the U Street Metro Station, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

• Celebrate National Rosé Day and drink some rosé.

• Pink Sweat$ is at 9:30 Club for the early show. The Mixtape Pride Party late show is sold-out.

• Step Afrika! opens its 25th anniversary of South African dance and culture at Hartke Theatre.

• The Magician is at U Hall.

• The Defiance DC Pride Dance Party is at City Winery.

• If you’re 21 or younger, join the Triumph Capital Pride Youth Dance at Hotel Palomar.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: If you need a post-Pride cool down, we like Black Cat’s Pride non-event.

+ 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?

• Spend the day at the Capital Pride and Festival Concert on Pennsylvania Ave. Todrick Hall!

• Pride at the Smithsonian American Art Museum runs all day with features of LGBTQA history and art. All day. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• We’re fans of Republic Restoratives, D.C.’s only women- and LGBTQ-owned distillery, so we’re happily recommending the Not The White House PRIDE Party.

• See Matilda at National Harbor’s Movies on the Potomac.

• Bring the kids to Black Cat and let them dance it all out at Rumpus Room.

Atlas Brew Works hosts a benefit show for Suicide Awareness Voices of Education with Croatoan Division, Death Penalty, Silence The Blind, One Slack Mind, and Akris.

• Take in a tarantula feeding at the National Museum of Natural History.

• Omaha’s Thick Paint headline Pie Shop.

• The next Profs & Pints at Bier Baron is “Cosmic Blasts”

• Corresponding quite nicely with out theme, the late show at U Hall is LIFE: Life’s a Ball.

FREE PICK: Stop by the By The People x Monochrome Art Fair at 1267 Wisconsin Ave. NW. It’s open through June 23 and well worth your time. Stop by BYT this Friday for our preview.

+ 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 smile