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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 Aquaria, who will be at our Pride party this Friday. You know Aquaria, she won RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10. Be a winner and see a winner this Friday


FRIDAY!!! 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:

Derek Brown’s Drink Diary is everything you want in a Drink Diary. A non-alcoholic recipe, a new spirits recommendation and a retort to the anti-spritz debacle.

• Our COUNTDOWN! photo preview should get you in the mood for Friday.

• Wish you left town last weekend? Can’t get away this weekend? Consider a staycation.

• Last week we gave away a stay at The Line. This week we’re giving away Dine-N-Dash tickets.

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.

• Watch the season 11 finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race at Duplex Diner then come to COUNTDOWN on Friday to ask Aquaria WTF happened.

• Just a few more chances to see Ballet Across America with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet at The Kennedy Center.

• The Totally 90s Film Festival begins at the Warner Bros. Theater with Fight Club.

• We like Omar Apollo at U Hall.

• The third Duke’s Grocery opens today in Foggy Bottom. Congrats, Duke’s! You’re a good place and your burgers are quite good and your 17th Street patio is quite busy. Their new Foggy Bottom location is a welcome addition to the downtown-ish lunch and dinner scene.

• Betty Who is at 9:30 Club for another sold-out night.

• The new Pop-Up Bar, Lemon Grove, opens tonight. Check out our First Look.

• David Gray and Gaby Moreno are at The Anthem.

• Terrible, Thanks for Asking, a podcast that often makes us cry, is at Sixth & I. If you like crying in public, you’ll have a great time.

• Swing by the National Gallery of Art to catch a screening of A Place to Be, a documentary about the National Gallery of Art.

FREE PICK: Watch Crazy Rich Asians at National Harbor Movie’s on the Potomac.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• If you’re not at COUNTDOWN! you should be at Pop-Up Magazine at The Lincoln Theatre for their spring issue. Think of it as a live magazine. If that doesn’t make sense, think of it as a well-curated story telling show meets concert meets slideshow presentation meets TED Talk meets short film screening.

• Looking forward to the opening of Spiritual Wanderlust at Latela Curatorial. Tonight is the public reception and the exhibit runs through July 13.

• Glad The Distillers are back and at 9:30 Club. Get there early for Starcrawler.

• The Smartest Man in the World Greg Proops is at the DC Improv tonight and Saturday for stand up and Sunday for his podcast. Really great comic and podcaster.

• Celebrate six years of reasonably priced beer at Showtime.

• J.B. Smoove fills Warner Theatre.

• Weyes Blood is at U Hall.

• Dance like it’s 2007 at DC9’s Daft Punk Is Playing At My House dance party.

• For the first time in 20 years, National Symphony Orchestra is performing a free show at the Basilica. Get ready for the hottest hits from Wagner, Debussy and more.

Long View Gallery is hosting an opening reception for Sarah Gee Miller’s “Universal Remote.”

• Soak up some art and listen to music at the Hirshhorn Shuffle.

FREE PICK: Head to the National Mall to see the entirety of The Monument Quilt.


Do some daytime stuff:

• Go to a D.C. Public Pool! They’re open on weekends until June 17 when they’re open everyday.

• Do you like tacos and/or beer and/or tequila? You might enjoy the Taco, Beer, Tequila Festival 2019 at National Harbor.

• Drink some rosé all day (actually it’s from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) at Rosé All Day at Yards Park.

• Drink some local brews at Takoma Trukgarten 2019.

• Spend the afternoon inside the Freer watching The Story of Yanxi Palace.

• It’s Glover Park Day! Go hang out at Glover Park.

• Watch The Goonies and drink beermosas at Slash Run.

• Go home then get your skinny ass back there.


• The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents “Stonewall 50” tonight and Sunday at The Lincoln Theatre.

• Soak up all the booze you drank at brunch at Northeast Eats. It’s at DC Brau. You can drink more booze if you want.

• President Lincoln would want you to drink bourbon and listen to bluegrass at his cottage.

• Marvel at Steve Aoki’s hair at Echostage.

• Become a person who makes their own bread at A Baked Joint‘s focaccia class.

• Good local bill at Black Cat with Mystery Friends, Den-Mate, and Del Florida.

• Get drunk and talk about Walt Whitman at Petworth Citizen. It’ll be just like you’re in college again.

• Kevin Morby is at 9:30 Club.

• Hideaway from the heat and watch The Treasure of the Sierra Madre at Suns Cinema.

• The Mystery Lights are at DC9.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: You may need to stretch after COUNTDOWN so we’re recommending the free Barre3 in the Park class in Meridian Hill Park.

+ 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! Really! Don’t look surprised.

Leaving the house?

• Have you been on WebMD today? This week? Ever? You may enjoy Profs & Pints: Bizarre Psychological Disorders at La Pop.

• If you’ve ever wanted to eat brunch on a Major League Baseball field while watching a team play an away game on a jumbotron, we have the event for you! Nats Park hosts Brunch on the Baselines. This sounds very cool and we hope it happens on a regular basis.

• Get inspired to begin your summer reading at the third annual Books in Bloom book festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. Two hightlights of the fest are chefs José Andrés and Kwame Onwuachi, each speaking about their books.

• Taste Peru at the Taste of Peru.

• Stuff your ears with Weedeater at Rock & Roll Hotel.

• David W. Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, lectures at the National Gallery of Art.

• Buy some records at the Silver Spring Record Fair at Denizens. Every week we recommend multiple events that aren’t beer related that happen to be in breweries. Just sayin.

• Pride continues at Black Cat’s Queer Girl Movie Night.

• Luna has an EP release show at The Pie Shop.

FREE PICK: It’s Free Community Day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

+ 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