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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 Cannes! That bougie film festival kicked off this week, so get ready for a BWB filled with past Palme d’Or winners!


May 31: BYT & Capital Pride team up at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to kick-off a month of Pride celebrations with COUNTDOWN! Open bars, an iconic location and a midnight ball drop. Now with 100% more Aquaria and other amazing talent by MGM National Harbor.

• 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:

Aquaria is DJing our Pride party! Get your tickets now to party with the first drag queen to walk the Met Gala red carpet.

• It’s a good time to revisit our interview with NARAL’s Kaylie Hanson Long.

• You know it’s summer when AFI DOCS and free outdoor movies are back.

• We hit up Tayla Parx to talk about Ariana Grande, Babyface and being a rebel.

• Quitting your nine to five to travel around the world with José Andrés is always an option.

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.

ZooFari! The most delicious food event at the zoo! Fun for not all ages since it’s just for adults!

• The Congressional Cemetery is hosting a book talk / poetry piece / art performance for Janaka Stucky’s Ascend Ascend. It’s the witchiest thing to do on a Thursday.

• Celebrate World Chartreuse Day at The Passenger. Wildly specific fake holidays are the best holidays.

• Catch a casual and low key screening of High Fidelity with John Cusack at the Warner Theatre.

• Eat pizza and jam out at the Bars of Gold, Infant Island and Spring Silver show at Comet Ping Pong.

• My Brightest Diamond is at Rock & Roll Hotel.

DC Brau is throwing a release party for what sounds like the most summer-y beer of all time: Lavender Lemonade Berliner Weisse.

• Head to Transformer’s Transceiver Radio for a free happy hour.

• Live out your teen dream at Suns Cinema‘s screening of Angst.

FREE PICK: Dance to Elena & Los Fulanos at the Monroe Street Market.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

Jazz in the Garden is back. Summer is here.

• SAVOR, one of the best series of beer events, a series we previewed, is at the National Building Museum.

• We also like Juice Wrld at The Anthem. This has nothing to do with liquid.

• Sarah Koenig talks all things Serial at Maryland Hall in Annapolis. Go check out Ka-chunk Records before the show.

• Swing by Compass Coffee Georgetown for their Rent the Runway takeover! There’s going to be free coffee, fashion giveaways, and plenty of opportunity to take Instagrams that will make your friends jealous.

• PUP plays a sold-out Black Cat.

ACLU100 brings interactive exhibitions about civil rights, prison reform and immigration to the District.

• See Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs at the Mel Brooks retrospective at the National Museum of American History.

• All American Nick Waterhouse is at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Dance your weekday woes away at Showtime’s Boogaloo Basura.

FREE PICK: Stay in and listen to Carly Rae’s Dedicated on repeat. It’s the only sustenance you need.


Do some daytime stuff:

Preakness. You know if the horses are for you.

• Skip the mimosas and kick off your Saturday with a fitness crawl. SweatCon is back.

• Or you could do the exact opposite and eat all the things at Taste of Dupont.

Quarterfest (AKA Taste of Arlington) is also happening in Virginia. It’s a good weekend for eating.

The Caribbean Crawl brings eight straight hours of drinking and dancing to U Street.

• Go on a chill bike ride with thousands of your closest friends at the DC Bike Ride.

• And don’t forget to grab some free coffee at Compass Coffee‘s Rent the Runway pop-up.

• Go home and watch a movie.


• Check out Pow! Wow!‘s final walking tour. Art! It’s all around you!

• Eddie Izzard’s Wunderbar show comes to Warner Theatre. See Izzard whenever you can.

Black Cat hosts a very quality three act bill: Cursive, Mewithoutyou, and The Appleseed Cast.

• We’re intrigued with Funland @ HOLE IN THE SKY. Go for yourself and see if it lives up to the fun hype.

• Songbyrd is giving you a great excuse to nerd out about Mariah Carey.

• Sweat at Peach Pit at DC9.

• Jim James is at 9:30 Club. Do you think he’ll play My Morning Jacket?

• A Flower Moon Forest Bathing sounds like the most soothing thing you can do on a Saturday night.

Freer Sackler is screening the acclaimed Korean film Burning.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: It’s a good day for arts and crafts. Learn how to make zines and comics at Lost Origins Gallery.

+ 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?

• Lizzo plays an extremely sold-out 9:30 Club.

• Nod along in agreement at Pod Tours America at The Anthem.

Republic Restoratives is celebrating their third anniversary with food and t-shirts and all of the drinks.

• Another good show at Black Cat with Warpaint.

• Get drunk off of new whiskey at One Eight Distilling‘s release party.

• Chromeo, a band that usually has people on their feet for the entire set, plays Lincoln Theatre.

• Hit up the National Building Museum for a private architecture and history tour.

• Tacocat is at U Hall. Sunday might have the best shows of the weekend.

• Drink sherry and talk about Agatha Christie at Loyalty Books. Bring your grandma.

FREE PICK: Tom Morello is DJing at Wild Days (AKA Eaton’s rooftop). Do you think he will play Rage Against the Machine?

+ 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: