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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. As your theme: QUEER EYE guys, since the countdown is ON for Season 2. Plus, Pride Month is around the corner (do you have your Earth, Wind, Glitter and Fire tickets yet?) and JVN is coming to BENTZEN BALL! So much to be excited about (!!!!!)


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

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

• OCTOBER 25-28! Get ready for the 2018 edition of Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – curated by Tig Notaro, produced by us, enjoyed by all of you. Phoebe Robinson! Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher! Amanda Seales! Michelle Buteau! Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness! Get your Lincoln Pass here (only a handful of these left!). Tig tickets go on sale whenever ticketfly is working again!

Stay in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram. Use #BYThings too. Get excited!

All sorts of great stuff:

• Our 2018 edition of FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT GUIDE is here. Pair it with our FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE GUIDE. And the POOL GUIDE.

• We remember Stewart Lupton with this BYT LIVE SESSION, filmed almost a decade a go on a porch in Columbia Heights

• The prestige TV we’re obsessed with this week is Killing Eve. Read our recap of the season one finale.

Color and Learn at The Phillips’ New Campus.

We had a chat with the writer of Saw, Insidious, Upgrade and more, Leigh Whannell.

• If you just skimmed over the upcoming events section you may have missed Dine-N-Dash. We’re giving away tickets to Dine-N-Dash.

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.



• We’re in the midst of SAVOR, a massive eleven-year-old beer fest that draws over 80 breweries. Tonight’s SAVOR pick is Maui Brewing’s Incoming Beerlistic Beverage Apocalypse at Jack Rose. For other options and recommendations, consult our comprehensive SAVOR guide.

• The Smile Project carnival kicks off today at RFK Festival Grounds and runs through Sunday.

• Go to the Tosser release show at Bathtub Republic.

We loved Girlfriend at the Signature Theatre. So does everyone else. It’s been extended for 6 more performances.

• Looking forward to Black Moth Super Rainbow at Black Cat.

• Idris Khan gives an artist talk at the Hirshhorn.

• Watch some shorts at The Capitol Hill Film Classic is at Miracle Theatre.

• Flight Facilities play 9:30 Club.

• Go see First Reformed. It’s our highest rated movie of the year.

Listen to our radio show! BYT Radio hosted by Brandon Wetherbee streams at noon. Listen live. Subcribe in iTunes.

FREE PICK: Happy 5th birthday, Showtime! You’re a great bar!

BALTIMORE PICK: Watch people do stuff you can’t do at the UniverSoul Circus.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

•June means it’s time for Pride. Tonight is Invoke Your Pride: A Night at the African Art Museum.

• You, Me, Them, Everybody returns to The Wonderland Ballroom with guests Samir Meghelli  from Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Al Goldberg from Mess Hall and artist Rose Jaffe.

• Capital Jazz Fest kicks off at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

• Another excellent outdoor music option is John Prine and Margo Price at Wolf Trap.

• The big SAVOR event at the National Building Museum is tonight and tomorrow.

DanceAfrica begins their mainstage performances tonight.

• Anthony Jeselnik says mean but apt funny things at Warner Theatre.

• Dirty Projectors play 9:30 Club.

Take a Boozy Tropical Vacation at Barrel’s PoliTiki.

• Listen to some jazz in a garden at Jazz In The Garden in the Sculpture Garden.

• The first Friday of the month means it’s time for the First Friday Art Walk Around Dupont Circle.

FREE PICK: Most outdoor movie nights begin in June. Friday is June 1. Golden Cinema in Farragut Square kicks off their season with a screening of The Post.

BALTIMORE PICK: Super Art Fight has their 10th (!!!) Anniversary Show at Ottobar. Good for them!

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

Do some daytime stuff:

• Today’s SAVOR pick is The 7th Annual Brewer’s Brunch at Birch & Barley.

• Today’s Pride pick is the SUBMERGE: Pre-Pride Pool Party at the Embassy Row Hotel.

• Check out DanceAfrica’s free outdoor stage.

The Patio at W Washington hosts a Yappy Hour for the Humane Rescue Alliance. Make a dog friend!

Milk Bar opens its first flagship location today in Logan Circle. Christina Tosi kicks off the Classroom programming by hosting a Birthday Cake + Truffles Class! Bake like Christina! What you make won’t look like what she makes!

• Get all the supplies you need for tonight:


• The Gay Men’s Choir of Washington performs Trans*America at The Lincoln Theatre.

• The Adult Carnival and Concert of The Smile Project is, you guessed it, adults only at the RFK Festival Grounds.

• Inside RFK Stadium will be the biggest rugby game in D.C. in years: Wales vs. South Africa.

• Kid Congo Powers returns to DJ for one night only at Showtime.

• Sunflower Beam plays Rock & Roll Hotel. Read our interview with Sunflower Beam.

• The Caps play their first ever Stanley Cup Finals game in the Capital One Arena. Go, banks!

• Night 2 of the huge SAVOR event at the National Building Museum.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Stroll around the first annual Petworth Arts Fest

BALTIMORE PICK: Eat some food from other places at the 7th Annual Taste of 3 Cities.

+ 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?

• One of our favorite food events of the year, New Kitchens on the Block, has two sessions at Mess Hall. It’s the first chance to try some of D.C.’s most anticipated restaurants.

• If you’d prefer the taste of Peru rather than the taste of some of D.C.’s most anticipated restaurants, go to Taste of Peru.

• All of June Estadio celebrates Juniotónico: a Gintonic Festival. Estadio is a great place to drink, especially at the bar. Do that tonight at the kickoff party.

• Last chance to see Waitress at National Theatre.

• Ari Shaffir ends his weekend run at the DC Improv.

• Lea Michele and Darren Criss from Glee are touring together and performing together and their press photo is odd because it’s kinda sultry, kinda like two people in their 30s that look like they might still be in their 20s but when they were in their 20s they were playing teens. Anyway, they’re at the Kennedy Center tonight.

• See Eyes Wide Shut at E Street Cinema at 10:30 a.m., you know, the best time to see a Kubrick film.

• Wake up early for the Girls on the Run Spring 5K.

• SAVOR is technically over. There are still lots of SAVOR related programming today. Our pick is the Post-SAVOR Pizza Party with Crux & Port City at All Purpose.

FREE PICK: The Nats are on the road but Nats Park will be open for their first ever farmer’s market. This is a great idea that every ballpark could do. Begins at 10 a.m. Screech will be there.

BALTIMORE PICK: Frank Turner plays the MECU Pavilion.

+ 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