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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 cowboys in honor of our upcoming End-of-Summer Camp party (our final museum after hours of the year!!). Get your tickets now!


• OUR LAST MUSEUM AFTER HOURS OF THE YEAR! NEXT FRIDAY! End-Of-Summer Camp will turn the Smithsonian American Art into a cowboy inspired setting to celebrate the last weekend of the season with open bars, music (Dan Deacon!), and more. Tickets on sale NOW. Our last after hours sold out so…

 •COMEDY FESTIVAL: October 24-27, BYT + Tig Notaro’s Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival celebrates 10 years of comedy and friendship! All access passes are sold out and 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 8-11, Death Becomes Us – True Crime Festival returns to D.C. ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASSES ARE ON SALE NOW SOLD OUT! More 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. It’s what The Rock as a cowboy would do.

All sorts of great stuff:

• We’re in the mist of DC Beer Week. We have a guide for DC Beer Week.

• If you’re interested in our true crime fest, you’ll enjoy this interview with a criminal defense lawyer.

• Our End-of-Summer Camp photo shoot may pique your interest in certain kinds of camp.

So many cool photos: from the REACH opening, from the La Cosecha opening, from Adams Morgan Day, from Vampire Weekend, from Artechouse NY opening….

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.

• Happy 26th anniversary, Black Cat! Celebrate with 1/2 priced drinks all night.

• Happy DNC debate night?

• Tonight’s DC Beer Week pick is the Women in Beer! event at Red Bear Brewing.

• If you still haven’t checked out the REACH, wake up early for Daybreaker at the REACH.

• The Mehari Sequar Gallery, a new contemporary art gallery on H Street, has us intrigued.

• Wander around the zoo and enjoy some vino at Zoo Uncorked.

• Judah & The Lion headline The Anthem.

• Funny person Joe Mande is at The Miracle Theatre.

• Black Pumas play U Hall.

• Use your voice at A People’s Choir DC sing-along at DC9.

FREE PICK: If you haven’t been to the National Gallery of Art in a while, their NGA Nights After Hours is a great excuse to visit. 

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff

• It’s Friday the 13th. Watch Friday the 13th at Suns Cinema.

• Tonight’s DC Beer Week pick is our only DC Beer Week pick that’s not on land: Brau Poppin’ and Yacht Rockin’ Sunset Cruise.

• Shakey Graves and Dr. Dog co-headline The Anthem.

• Go on a lunch time nature walk through the Smithsonian Gardens.

• The Band Camino plays 9:30 Club.

• Becca Mancari and Frances Cone are at DC9.

• Angels and Airwaves searches for life not on this planet at Fillmore Silver Spring.

FREE PICK: Thievery Corporation play the REACH Plaza Mainstage. This is a very D.C. show with a very D.C. view.


Do some daytime stuff:

• We’ll be at the excellent Brewers on the Block. Drink some of the best local-ish beer from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. just outside Union Market.

• Spend the morning looking at the new animals at the National Zoo’s Breakfast at the Zoo: Look Who’s New!

• Very much looking forward to the Helmut Lang exhibit at Von Ammon Co.

• Happy 4th anniversary, Aslin Beer Co.!

• Another Saturday, another pop-up market worth your time. Today it’s Streetsense’s Streetmarket in Blagden Alley.

• Another Saturday, another neighborhood fest worth your time. Today it’s Celebrate Petworth.


• Diplo is at Echostage. He’s a cowboy. See above.

Art All Night returns to Shaw from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. It’s a good chance to check out what’s new, what’s old and walls that are usually just walls but are canvases for one night.

• Before you head to Art All Night, nerd out at Nerd Nite at DC9.

• Andrew Bird performs selections from his new album, My Finest Work Yet, at The Anthem. The album is quite good.

• Feel better about your life at Mortified at Black Cat.

• Seratones play Pearl Street Warehouse. Read our interview with Seratones.

• Watch the Washington Spirit take on the Reign FC at Audi Field.

• Marlon Wayans tells jokes in The Theater at MGM National Harbor.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: One of D.C.’s finest film series, Can I Kick It?, comes to the REACH.

+ 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.

Leaving the house?

• The show of the weekend is Burna Boy at Fillmore Silver Spring. He’s there Monday too.

• The best sports doc of the 90s, possibly all time, Hoop Dreams, screens at REACH with director Steve James.

Game of Thrones is over. The Game of Thrones live concert tour is at Jiffy Lube Live.

• The Right Proper Record Fair should satisfy your beer and record needs.

• Enjoy the calming sounds of the NSO in the calming atmosphere of the United States National Arboretum.

• The Redskins will lose to the Cowboys at FedExField.

Small Press Expo returns this weekend. Check out our coverage from last year’s SPX.

• You’re running out of chances to see Cirque Du Soleil’s Volta.

FREE PICK: Stay in and watch Ken Burns’ newest work, Country Music, premiering on PBS.

+ 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…