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Hey DC! Looking for things to do this weekend? This week’s selection of events in BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress. As your theme: bikes since this Friday is Bike-to-Work day and this Saturday is DC Bike Ride. PLEASE WEAR A HELMET.


•MAY 19 (THIS SATURDAY): We are excited to partner with the DC Bike Ride yet again. 20 miles of car free streets, plus a cool after-the-ride-festival with Trouble Funk headlinng = a perfect way to celebrate National Bike Month. Details on how to register here.

• MAY 25: Our co-founder Svetlana Legetic will be doing the Creative Mornings May Talk, at Sixth and I. Theme is #COMMITMENT and more details and free tickets can be found here.

•JUNE 6: Dine-N-Dash 2018 is and we’re a sponsor! Buy tickets now to the funnest food event of the year!

•JUNE 8: Our annual Capital Pride weekend kick off: Earth, Wind, GLITTER & Fire – with DJ Kitty Glitter, Alex Lo, Naomi Smalls and MORE. Get tickets here.

• 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:

• Choose to have Your Best May. The only thing you need to read this month (but also please keep reading the rest of our site).

• We did our annual OUTDOOR FREE MOVIE GUIDE – this is very useful.

We met the red pandas at the Smithsonian National Zoo. They poop glitter.

We stayed up all night with Sloppy Mama’s. We smelled like smoke.

We revisited our Veggie Burger Guide. We ate not meat.

We went inside ARTECHOUSE for their new exhibit: Naked Eyes.

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

SOCIAL MEDIA BONUS: tag all your Instagram stuff #BYThings (@brightestyoungthings) and get a chance to shine on OUR Instagram feed too.



• Our favorite National Zoo event of the year is finally here: ZooFari!

• If you’re not going to ZooFari, we recommend the 10th Annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge. Come back next week for our coverage.

• Opening day for the new Artechouse exhibit: Nonotak’s Naked Eyes.

• Art is beautiful and isn’t a contest. But competition is also good so we like Art Battle at Republic Restoratives. Order the American Trilogy. It’s fantastic.

We very much enjoyed Girlfriend at the Signature Theatre.

• Jukebox The Ghost dresses well and plays 9:30 Club.

• Jonathan Davis of Korn brings his solo tour to Fillmore Silver Spring. Get there early for Technophobia.

• Watch some short films from East Germany at the Goethe-Institut.

• The excellent The Sea and Cake are at Rock & Roll Hotel.

•  Listen to our radio show! BYT Radio hosted by Brandon Wetherbee streams at noon. Listen live. Subcribe in iTunes. Our last episode with guest Robin Bell is very good.

FREE PICK: The Caps play Tampa Bay at home in game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Watch at home.

BALTIMORE PICK: If you missed BJ the Chicago Kid’s D.C. show, see him tonight at Baltimore Soundstage.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• It’s Bike To Work Day! So do that.

Lewis Black is in the midst of his The Joke’s on Us Tour Warner Theatre tour stops.

• Fleet Foxes bring their calming, beautiful sound to The Anthem.

Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, and LANCO bring their not calming, country sounds to Merriweather Post Pavillion.

• Nice weather means eating food outside. The Saint Sophia’s Greek Festival begins tonight and runs through Sunday.

• Nav plays a sold-out 9:30 Club.

• There are Bernstein Centennial concert at the Library of Congress.

• The Femme Fatale DC Launch Party is at 4620 Wisconsin Ave NW.

The Nats play the Dodgers at home. Fingers crossed for no rain.

• Jazz in the Garden returns to the Sculpture Garden. Fingers crossed for no rain.

FREE PICK: Explore the Golden Triangle and tour the large-scale outdoor sculptures featured in No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick. Fingers crossed for no rain.

BALTIMORE PICK: It’s Black-Eyed Susan day at Preakness! That means something to some people but it means nothing to me and I don’t want to find out what it means so in my mind it’s a celebration of actual black eyed peas and the pre-Fergie Black Eyed Peas.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

Do some daytime stuff:

• Wake up early and watch a Suits co-star get married.

DC Bike Ride! Ride in the middle of the street and don’t worry about getting hit by a car!

• Head to the burbs for the Gaithersburg Book Festival.

• D.C. is a great place for free films in museums. Today’s pick is Days of Heaven at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

• We’re very intrigued with “Dancing Through The Flames: How DC’s Dance Culture Survived 1968” at the Anacostia Community Museum.

• Celebrate trains at the Train Day Celebration at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Did you know there’s a train day celebration? Did you know there’s a postal museum? Now you know both of these things are things!

• Go home, do some positive reaffirmations before tonight:


• Margaret Cho plays two sold out shows at DC Improv. She played two last night too.

• We recommend SOBxRBE at U Street Music Hall.

• Pretend it’s another decade at Peach Pit at DC9.

• We 100% recommend the Break Loose Dance Party at Showtime. Former D.C. DJ/current San Fran DJ Michael Saretsky triumphantly returns to playing really good music in D.C.

• Liam Gallaher plays The Lincoln Theatre. This won’t be confrontational.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Outdoor movie season began this week. See The Lion King in Alexandria.

BALTIMORE PICK: Post Malone headlines the Preakness concert.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Looking for some good new brunches to try? Check out our SHINY NEW UPDATED DC BRUNCH GUIDE.

For your viewing pleasure:

• Not sure what to see in the theater? Check out our film section for reviews.

Leaving the house?

• The concert of the weekend is GHOST at Warner Theatre. They put on a show-show.

• The feel good concert of the weekend is Andrew WK at 9:30 Club. Never give up.

• Curious to find out how Arlington tastes? Find out at the Taste of Arlington!

• If you like the music of Kiefer Sutherland, you’re in luck! He’s at the Birchmere tonight.

• Brandi Carlile plays The Anthem. Saturday night’s Brandi Carlile show at The Anthem is sold out.

• Learn about Union Station with Atlas Obscura Society’s Hidden Union Station event.

Homosuperior plays queercore punk rock at DC9.

FREE PICK: You know about hip-hop in America. Learn about hip-hop in Africa at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

BALTIMORE PICK: We’ve recommended two days of Preakness. Horse racing destroys grass. Now fix some grass and surrounding grounds at Charm City Farms Collective Work Day.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…

And just like that, the weekend is over. How do you feel about that?

PHEW. THAT WAS A LOT. BUT: 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.

Till next time, keep up the good work