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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 week’s theme is Maria Bamford, who kicks off 2019 Bentzen Ball in 2 weeks (!!!) at The Lincoln Theatre.

• COMEDY FESTIVAL: October 24-27, BYT + Tig Notaro’s Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival is TWO WEEKS AWAY! Tickets to Los Espookys Live and Roxanne Gay and Tig are going fast. We also just announced the DC Comedy Homecoming show featuring hometown faves Jay Pharaoh, Aparna Nancherla, Rory Scovel, Jermaine Fowler and more. Go to bentzenball.com! for all of the shows and buy your tickets while you still can!

• TRUE CRIME FESTIVAL: November 8-10, Death Becomes Us – True Crime Festival returns to D.C.! Individual shows are available for sale! Throwing Shade! The Murder Squad! Amanda Knox! BuzzFeed UnsolvedCapturing the DC Sniper!

 • More announcements coming soon. Stay in the loop and follow us on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram + keep and eye out on Upcoming BYT Event tab. Use #BYThings too.

All sorts of great stuff:

• The funniest week of the year is two weeks away. Spend the next few work weeks catching up on some Bentzen Ball performers comedy specials. Use our Bentzen Ball Mandatory Viewing Guide as your funny media map.

Potomac River Trip: Allagash Launches Cans in DC, Collaborates with ChurchKey on Birthday Blend will be the longread that makes you interested in canning.

• If you’d rather enjoy a cocktail than a craft beer, you’ll most likely find Cocktails to Convince You It’s Fall… Even When It’s 70+ Degrees quite helpful.

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 wholeheartedly endorse Kal Marks and Bethlehem Steel at Rhizome.

• The Snally Sightings continue! Before you head to Snallygaster on Saturday, stop by Red Apron in Union Market for a glass of beer from Burley Oak.

• Get your fill of journalism at the first night of the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival.

• Need more beer options? DC Brau is hosting a triple beer release event.

• D.C.’s very own SHAED sold out the 9:30 Club with Absofacto! Good for them.

• Suns Cinema has a sweet double feature of Dead Alive and Lake of Dracula.

• Get down with Sweet Pickles, Petty Indulgences and Big Like Bear at DC9.

• Salman Rushdie is at Sixth & I talking about his book Quichotte.

• And speaking of books, author Jess Moss talks about her highly relatable guide book Easy Weekend Getaways from Washington D.C.: Short Breaks in Delaware, Virginia and Maryland at East City Bookshop.

• Or you could stay in and watch the horror movie classic Rosemary’s Baby on Amazon Prime Video.

FREE PICK: Solve some mysteries at the National Gallery of Art’s NGA Nights.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• Hit up the world premiere of The Preppy Murders: Death in Central Park at the Naval Heritage Center.

Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age opens at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. If you can’t make it tonight, no big deal. It runs through January 5.

• We like Bedouine at Songbyrd.

• Head to ChurchKey to get your fill of beers from Bissell Bros, Cloudwater, Tired Hands and The Bachelorette franchise’s favorite brewery, The Veil.

• All Things Go hosts their Classic Conversations at Eaton DC ahead of the All Things Go: Fall Classic festival.

• Dance and eat pizza at Comet Ping Pong. Stolen Jars, The North Country and Mister Goblin are playing.

• Watch the very subtly named horror movie Horrors of Malformed Men at Slash Run.

• Katy Perry, Norah Jones and Mavis Staples are playing a benefit concert for the David Lynch Foundation at The Anthem. Yes, this is real.

• Eat all the prosciutto your body can handle at Pitango Gelato.

• Perpetual Groove and Kendall Street Company are at the 9:30 Club.

• Stay at home and get weird with the Nicholas Cage and Selma Blair action horror flick Mom and Dad. It’s on Hulu!

FREE PICK: If you like Tana French as much as we like Tana French, you’ll like Petworth Citizen’s In the Woods themed literary cocktails.


Do some daytime stuff:

• The beer event of the fall is today: Snallygaster. If you’re interested in enjoying some limited release beers and can’t make it to Snallygaster, check our this month’s Draft Picks for info on what you can find and where. It’s the best beer week of the year.

• The outdoor music fest event of the fall is today and tomorrow: All Things Go Fall Classic. Tonight is Chvrches, Lany, Coin and more!

• Celebrate the 5th anniversary of the DC Punk Archive at Georgetown Library.

Rhode Island Row is throwing a Bourbon, BBQ & Blues block party.

• Or you can soak up some culture and head to Bethesda’s Arts Festival.


• The D.C. Arts Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary at The Cheshire.

• In honor of Filipinx American History Month, head on over to Eaton DC to check out their SULONG! event. You might just run into some friends from BYT.

• The Black Keys play a sold-out Anthem.

• Or you could dance to Post Malone at the Capital One Arena.

Suns Cinema is screening one of the best / weirdest / wildest haunted house films, House.

• Pissed Jeans joins up with Knife Wife at U Street Music Hall. Don’t pee yourself.

• Learn how to make some sweet Oktoberfest pretzels at A Baked Joint.

• Stay at home and mix it up with the desert dusted horror anthology Southbound. It’s on Kanopy.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: Take the kids to Frager’s Fall Festival. There’s going to be pumpkin carving and cheese.

+ 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. It’s useful. Don’t just eat salads…

Leaving the house?

• We’ve recommended Oyster Wars at The Salt Line in previous years and we’re doing it again. Fingers crossed for nice weather.

• Day 2 of the All Things Go Fall Classic features Melanie Martinez, Betty Who, Léon and more.

• Another good, much smaller concert option is Marika Hackman at U Street Music Hall.

• If you’re looking for some seasonal, daytime fun the Late Harvest Festival at Calico from 1 to 7 p.m. looks ideal. It’ll feature a pop-up pumpkin patch, carving station, mini farmer’s market, hot cocktails, candied apples, oyster grilling, Oktoberfest beers, fall fare, and more. It’s all the stuff that you’d usually have to drive an hour to find but in the middle of Bladgen Alley.

• Kick it at The REACH’s Moonshot Studio. Go make something!

• The DC Blues Festival is taking over Wunder Garten for a day of sweet tunes.

• Stay at home and watch the spooky, twisty, turny, wild ride that is The Autopsy of Jane Doe. It’s on Netflix.

FREE PICK: Sip on some beer while you browse the records at the Hellbender Record Fair.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff…


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…