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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, with the help of our events calendar. This week’s theme is Titanic because this Friday is our final museum after hours of 2018: BYT + Nat Geo – My Party Will Go On. Let’s make it count.



• THIS FRIDAY! – BYT & Nat Geo Invite You To – My Party Will Go On – A Titanic After Hours join us for our final museum after hours event of the year – a 90s prom themed Nat Geo campus take-over, with White Ford Bronco, DJ Matt Bailer, and more. $25 Tickets are on sale now. Price goes up day of (if we don’t sell out before then…)

• OCTOBER 25-28: The 2018 edition of Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – curated by Tig Notaro, produced by us, enjoyed by all of you. Tickets are on sale now! Get them all while you can, several shows are already sold out.

• NOVEMBER 3-4: Our first true crime fest: Death Becomes Us! On sale now: PAUL HOLES! JOHN DOUGLAS! Buzzfeed Unsolved Live, Criminal, Last Podcast On The Left (will be sold out before the day is over) and Wine & Crime, Kenda Confidential!

 • 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:

• Our True Crime Festival is slowly but surely creeping forward. We maintain our excitement with an interview with the hosts of the Wine & Crime podcast.

We interviewed Sunyatta Amen, head witch and owner of Calabash Tea in Shaw.

This is how to spend 2 days in Baltimore.

• Are you watching American Horror Story: Apocalypse? We’re recapping.

• It’s the middle of September. Have Your Best September.

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.



You do.

• The event of the night is Get Out with a live score by the NSO Pops at Kennedy Center.

• Car Seat Headrest plays a second night at 9:30 Club.

• The Sally Field speaks with the Ari Shapiro at Sixth & I.

• Sunset Rollercoaster plays Black Cat.

Watch Nic Cage lose his shit in Mandy.

• LVL Up’s final tour stops at DC9.

St. Anselm is now open near Union Market. Have a glass of wine.

• Pears, Walk the Plank and Chill Parents are at The Pinch.

FREE PICK: Buy some crafts, maybe made of crystal, at the Crystal City Crafts Market.

BALTIMORE PICK: Anthony Jeselnik says true, uncomfortable things at The Modell Lyric.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• It’s our last after hours of the year and your last chance to party during the summer: BYT & Nat Geo Present: My Party Will Go On. Buy your ticket now. Prices go up day of.

• The underrated Gary Numan plays 9:30 Club. He’s more than “Cars.”

• The Nats aren’t going to make the playoffs but you can still get a pretty great Nats Oktoberfest Stein at tonight’s game against the Mets.

• Busy night at Black Cat. Early show is live podcast Mortified and late night is Dinosaur Jr. I remember tickets for their 2005? 6? 7? reunion tour were going for $100 over face value. We also like Bad Moves backstage.

• MC Lyte celebrates the 30th anniversary of Lyte As A Rock at the Kennedy Center.

• Whethan is at 9:30 Club.

• Portugal. The Man plays one of the final shows of the year at Merriweather.

• Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket plays U Hall.

• Night 1 of Elton John’s farewell tour at Capital One Arena.

FREE PICK: Seattle band Cumulus plays a free show at Songbyrd.

BALTIMORE PICK: Celebrate Oktoberfest at TrucktoberFest.


Do some daytime stuff:

• The Greenhaus Festival begins at RFK Stadium.

Bluejacket celebrates Oktoberfest with their Hill House Fest Lager debut, oompah music, liter mugs, gravity kegs and more.

• Like short dogs? Like short dogs running? You’ll like the 7th Annual Wiener 500.

• Spend the day at the Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival.

• Trillectro closes out summer at Merriweather. Headliners include SZA, 2 Chainz and RL Grime.

• The Washingtonian Taste of Georgetown is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in, you guessed it, Georgetown.

• Take a 10-minute cycling and HIIT workout at the Old Town Waterfront Fitness + Wellness Festival.

• Pick up your friends.



• BYT friends Church Night bring their love of salvation to Black Cat.

• Reese Witherspoon chats with Zoë Kravitz at The Anthem. Come back Monday to see Zoë’s dad play the same stage.

• Night 2 of Elton John’s farewell tour at Capital One Arena.

• Slow Hollows play Songbyrd. Read our interview with Slow Hollows.

• Celebrate Oktoberfest with expert lager brewer Barrett Lauer at the Heurich House Museum.

Grand Duchess has re-opened. Have a drink.

• Popular podcast Throwing Shade records at the Kennedy Center.

• Inna is at Howard Theatre.

• Russell Peters plays DAR.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: It’s Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. Get free entry to museums that usually don’t have free entry.

BALTIMORE PICK: The 17th Annual Pigtown Festival is from noon to 7 p.m. on the 700-900 blocks of Washington Blvd.

+ 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 SHINY NEW UPDATED DC BRUNCH GUIDE.  

Leaving the house?

• The National Museum of Women in the Arts hosts their MakeHER Summit today and tomorrow. It kicks off with the MakeHER Mart.

• Celebrate National Braai Day, a national holiday in South Africa, at Tyber Creek.

• Attend the DC State Fair. We are not a state. 

• Luna Honey has their live tape release at Black Cat.

We like Turn Me Loose at Arena Stage.

• Carlos Vives plays The Anthem.

• The Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival continues at National Harbor.

• Nicki Minaj is at Capital One Arena. This is the tour that’s supposed to be with Future. Future is no longer on this tour.

FREE PICK: Spend the day at the Manassas Latino Festival.

BALTIMORE PICK: Buy some records at the Baltimore Record Bazaar at The Windup Space.

+ 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, don’t forget :