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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 a scary movie that actually scared us as kids because it’s Halloween weekend!


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All sorts of great stuff:

• Bentzen Ball happened! Look at all the photos!

• If you want to peruse more excellent photos, check out our coverage of the Transformer Auction and Afterparty.

• Another good photo set deserving of your time is of the 2019 High Heel Race.

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• Trick or treat! Give candy to deserving young ghouls.

• The LINE Hotel kicks off a slew of activities at 4 p.m. with some casual pumpkin painting, followed by some all ages trick r’ treating at Brothers and Sisters, followed by a rooftop bash supporting Whitman Walker (featuring performances by GAY BASH DC), followed by a full on lobby party with BLCKNLIT.

• White Reaper with Nude Party and Wombo at U Hall is a good Halloween option.

• If you’d prefer an almost nude party rather than Nude Party, you may prefer Hexwork: A Spellbinding Burlesk Revue Halloween Edition at Dew Drop Inn.

• Shaolin Jazz hosts a special spooky Can I Kick It? at Songbyrd. Swing by to watch the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Dacha is transforming into a creepy carnival in honor of Halloween. Scary!

• Badflower is at MilkBoy ArtHouse.

• Throw on your favorite pair of vampire teeth and head to Dracula’s Tower Halloween party at Whiskey Charlie. Ooooo!

• Want more vampire options? Le Diplomate is throwing a vampire masquerade and a costume contest.

• Jukebox the Ghost is throwing a HalloQueen party at 9:30 Club. Horrifying!

• Stay in and watch The Exorcist. It’s the ultimate D.C. horror movie.

FREE PICK: The Freer hosts a special Halloween screening of One Cut of the Dead.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• The National Museum of Women In the Arts is getting into the Halloween (Halloween is 10/31 but there are Halloween themed events all weekend so just go with it) spirit with their Live Dangerously after hours party.

• How about Kindness at U Street Music Hall?

• Excellent jazz players Dorado Schmitt and The Django Festival Allstars featuring Samson Schmitt, Amati Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard are at The Kennedy Center.

• You, Me, Them, Everybody Live returns to The Wonderland Ballroom with Washington Post pop culture writer Elahe Izadi. She wrote the very good sketch feature you’ve been seeing in your social media feed.

• Wear your costume for at least one more night at the Boneyard Bash to benefit the Congressional Cemetery in the Congressional Cemetery.

• Bentzen Ball alum Nick Offerman is at The Kennedy Center.

The Sporkful is a good podcast and their live episodes are hit or miss. Hopefully tonight’s show with Kwame Onwuachi at The Miracle Theatre is a hit.

Funny Human of the Week alum Monroe Martin is at Big Hunt tonight and Saturday.

• Learn about the real Dracula at a Transylvanian Evening at the Embassy of Romania.

• Swing by the queer, pan-African Halloween party Fright Night at Black Cat.

• Jam out to Triac, Exposed as Rot, Street Feet and Ixias at Slash Run.

• Go on a spooky art tour at the Hirshhorn.

FREE PICK: Enjoy The Nightmare Before Christmas at The REACH. It’s outside! Year round outdoor movies!


Do some daytime stuff:

• Can’t recommend the Day of the Dead celebration at the Mexican Cultural Institute enough. Runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Another Day of the Dead program is the American Indian Museum’s Día de los Muertos Weekend Festival today and Sunday.

• The DC Beer Fest is at Nats Park. What a week for beer loving Nats fans!

• Before you head over to the DC Beer Fest, check out the Bone Yards pet costume contest at Yards Park.

• Last chance to stroll through Markoff’s Haunted Forest.


• Go back to Yards Park for Side Yards, a spooky scary sideshow where you can hang out with aerialists and sword swallowers.

• The Cinematic Orchestra, Photay and PBDY are at 9:30 Club.

• The Washington National Opera begins their run of The Magic Flute at The Kennedy Center.

• It’s the last day to celebrate Día de los Muertos at La Cosecha. Enjoy some good food, drinks and Coco screening.

• We like Big K.R.I.T at Fillmore.

• Sacrifice your holiday cheer to the winter gods at REI‘s annual Pray 4 Snow party.

• Show off your best moves at our Drake dance party with Heineken at Union Stage.

• Sun Parade, Nah. and Lavender are at Comet Ping Pong. This music pairs well with a slice of pizza.

• Watch Winona Ryder as a taxi driver at Suns Cinema‘s screening of Night on Earth.

• Middleditch & Schwartz have a very sold out show at Warner Theatre.

The Looking Glass Lounge is hosting a Halloween dance party. On All Souls Day.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: If you didn’t like our daytime Day of the Dead picks, how about the evening Día de los Muertos program at the Portrait Gallery?

+ 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. 

Leaving the house?

• We like Eaton DC’s 3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos Benefit Festival with 100% proceeds going toward organizations helping families that have been negatively affected by the administration’s immigration policies.

• Have one last scare at El Rey’s Halloween / Día De Los Muertos happy hour.

• Have a not-exactly-Halloween but not-not-Halloween type evening with Chelsea Wolfe at 9:30 Club.

• Last chance to check out the Superfine Art Fair.

• Go see Great Grandpa at Songbyrd! Some of us will be there screaming along to the lyrics of “Favorite Show.”

• Bentzen Ball album Jenny Slate is at the Lisner talking about her new book.

• The annual DC Tweed Ride is exactly what it sounds like.

Right Proper in Brookland is hosting their very own Ren Faire.

FREE PICK: Watch the first Lithuanian color film March, March! Tra-ta-ta! at NGA.

+ 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…