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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 the idea of the force. It’s the first week of May. There’s one day in the first week of May that makes us think of the force.


May 10: Next week! We return to Nat Geo for Queens of Egypt: The Mother of All Parties! Open bars, the new Nat Geo Museum exhibition Queens of Egypt, Madame Gandhi!

May 31: BYT & Capital Pride team up at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to kick-off a month of Pride celebrations with COUNTDOWN! 

• 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:

• It’s May. Welcome to have. Have Your Best May.

• Drink better beer this month. Draft Picks will help.

• Your beer long read of the weekend: Freshly Tapped: Allagash’s Darling Ruby.

Sometimes you’re a lady looking at the water with your arms over your head.

• It’s not on BYT but Popular Mechanics wrote a good piece about true crime and it opens at our recent Death Becomes Us festival in New York.

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.

• One of the best annual outdoor art events, Pow! Wow!, kicks off this weekend.

• Missio, Blackillac and Swells share a bill at 9:30 Club.

• The DC Moth StorySLAM is at Miracle Theatre.

• Hellogoodbye is at U Hall.

• The Ursula von Rydingsvard exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts looks excellent.

• One more chance to see Ronnie Spector at Wolf Trap.

• We like SLEAZE at The Wonderland Ballroom.

• Boogie plays a sold-out Songbyrd.

• Have you seen Endgame yet? If it’s not spoiled for you yet, it’ll most likely be spoiled after this weekend.

FREE PICK: Backbeat Underground plays Luce Unplugged.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Hang out with us at You, Me, Them, Everybody at The Wonderland Ballroom.

• Burning Man comes to the Mall (sorta) at Catharsis on The Mall today, Saturday and Sunday.

• Holy Ghost! is at U Hall!

Transceiver Radio kicks off at Transformer.

• The excellent Hot Snakes are at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• The unofficial kickoff of outdoor movie season is here! Dazed and Confused screens at Union Market. Free to walk up, $15 per car.

• Vanessa Williams performs with the NSO at The Kennedy Center.

• GZA performs Liquid Swords at Howard Theatre.

• J.I.D plays a sold-out Fillmore Silver Spring.

FREE PICK: MarketSW begins their season and runs every other Friday through October 18.


Do some daytime stuff:

• It’s May the Fourth, of course we’re going to recommend the 2019 National Math Festival. It’s May the Fourth.

• One of D.C.’s best annual outdoor music fests helps welcome outdoor concert season: The 10th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival.

• Happy first year, Rocket Frog!

• Happy DC Chocolate Festival!

• The first of two excellent embassy related Saturday’s in May is today: Around the World Embassy Open House. Go around the world! Go around a bunch of embassies in D.C. and feel like you’ve gone around the world!

• Time for the tiniest annual race: Running of the Chihuahuas.

• Go home and look at a calendar.



• It’s May the Fourth. Eighties Mayhem returns to Black Cat for their Star Wars themed dance party. It’s May the Fourth.

• It’s May the Fourth. There’s an outer space themed dance party at DCA. It’s May the Fourth.

• D.C. funny person Wanda Sykes is at Warner Theatre.

• Delta Rae is at 9:30 Club.

• Have you checked out the Hedonist Buddhist exhibit?

• Very good guitarist Steve Gunn is at Songbyrd.

• Dance to Bea Miller at U Hall.

• One of the most ambitious concerts of the evening is New Orchestra of Washington’s (NOW) final performance of the 2018-2019 season, “Re(new)al,” at Church of the Epiphany.

• Shy Girls is at Rock & Roll Hotel. Shy Girls is a boy.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The cutest free event of the day is the “My Friend Wrote This Book” series  at Eaton with Christine Platt and Ian McPherson, who happens to be seven-years-old. Christine is an adult.

+ 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?

• The best worst dressed event of the weekend is the annual Sundress Fest at The Wonderland Ballroom.

• Happy Cinco de Mayo! Learn about tequila at Profs and Pints’ “Bats, Tequila’s Friends.”

• Happy Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate on the roof of Rock & Roll Hotel.

• Another daytime rooftop option is spending the afternoon listening to vinyl on DC9’s roof.

• It’s Gay Day at the Zoo.

• Winner of a Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Hale County This Morning, This Evening screens at the National Gallery of Art.

• Another good, free film screening is Wu-Tang Clan Of Mics and Men at the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

• Drink some grappa at Republic Restoratives.

• Hip hop vet MURS plays Songbyrd.

FREE PICK: Last chance to check out Disrupting Craft at Renwick.

+ 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: