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 Los Espookys, which works out quite nicely since Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, Greta Titelman and Lorelei Ramirez from Los Espookys will be at this year’s Bentzen Ball.
• 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! Individual shows are available for sale! Throwing Shade! The Murder Squad! Amanda Knox! BuzzFeed Unsolved! Capturing the DC Sniper!
• It’s October. Have Your Best October.
• Related, check out Draft Picks: October’s Best Beer Events.
• Somewhat related, the Spooky Movie Film Fest is this weekend. Read our guide to the fest.
• Drink better drinks. Learn what the pros drink. Read Drink Diary: Maria Bastasch of Maydan & Compass Rose.
• Do some good. Consult our Fall Volunteer Guide.
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• THE Head And THE Heart play with THE Moondoggies at THE Anthem.
• Phillips After 5 is back at The Phillips and this time the theme is go-go.
• Loyalty Books hosts a spooky evening of mystery authors. Come hang out with John Copenhaver (Dodging and Burning), E.A. Aymar (The Unrepentant) and Angie Kim (MiracleCreek).
• Some of us will be at the Aldous Harding show at the Rock & Roll Hotel.
• The Smithsonian American Art Museum hosts a party on their sweet portico.
• Head on over to Slash Run to see No/Más, Deterioration and Needle.
• Get your fill of spooky movies at Suns Cinema‘s screening of Vampire Doll.
• Show off your love for Halloween at The Passenger‘s costume contest. They’ll be hosting one every Thursday through out the month of October.
• Get your copy of The Dutch or Commonwealth signed by Ann Patchett at Sixth & I.
• Stay at home and watch mother! on Hulu. It’s a horror movie alright.
• FREE PICK: The National Archives hosts a talk on the political history of the cigarette and it sounds fascinating.
• Let Jesus take the wheel and drive you straight to the Carrie Underwood show at the Capital One Arena.
• You, Me, Them, Everybody Live returns to The Wonderland Ballroom with guests Jenny Cavallero and Dee Ahmed. Come hang out and stand on a chair.
• It’s the first night of scares at Markoff’s Haunted Forest! Go get scared for charity.
• Built To Spill is playing Keep It Like a Secret at 9:30 Club. It’s been 20 years.
• Celebrate Allagash’s canned beer launch at Bar Deco. How convenient.
• Lost Origins Gallery hosts an opening reception for Robin Bell’s “Refractions.” We’re big fans of Robin Bell and you should be too.
• The iconic drummer Joe Chambers (of M’Boom) is at the Kennedy Center.
• Soak up some art and drink some drinks at the Hirshhorn‘s new Autumn Evenings series.
• The OSYX is throwing their record release party at Comet Ping Pong. See them play with Black Folks Don’t Swim? and The Meer.
• If you like history and photography, check out the “50 Years of Queer D.C.” photo exhibition at The Outrage.
• The Love + Solidarity Collective is screening the documentary What Happened 2 Chocolate City.
• Stay at home and watch The VVitch on Kanopy. It’s a free streaming service you can sign up for with your library card. It’s fantastic.
Do some daytime stuff:
• It’s Open Streets day in D.C. You can run down Georgia Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No cars allowed.
• It’s a nice day to check out the Georgetown Fall Market.
• Or go to Adams Morgan Porch Fest! We’ll probably be there.
• There’s also the Cumbia in Motion Festival in Columbia Heights.
• Bill Burr is at MGM National Harbor. Do some casual gambling, buy a $20 gin and tonic and then go see Bill Burr.
• There’s an emo / trap dance party at The Howard Theatre called Sad and Boujee. RIYL: Drake, My Chemical Romance, Post Malone and Panic! At The Disco.
• If you’re looking for a buzz, Flying Dog is hosting a Bags and Brats corn hole party.
• Or you could hit up Diamondback Brewing for their Stein Day / Lagerfest party.
• Bombay Bicycle Club plays the 9:30 Club. The Greeting Commitee opens.
• Fill your body with the beast meat in the world at RARE Steakhouse‘s Wagyu 101 class.
• Tunic and Taciturn play the Vinyl Lounge at Songbyrd. The alliteration feels good.
• Stay in and watch The Invitation on Netflix. If you like listening to podcasts about cults, you’ll like this.
• FREE PICK OF THE DAY: It’s the 6th annual East of the River Book Festival at THEARC. Hell yeah books.
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?
• Catch the last performance of Fleabag at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. It’s a live screening. Waller-Bridge will not be in the theatre.
• Jam out to Girl Band at Songbyrd. They’re punk rock. You’ll like them.
• TRADE is having a fall yard sale. If you’re looking to find some accoutrements for your Halloween costume, this is a great place to start.
• Swing by Rhizome to see Bottled Up, Ghostflower and Period Bomb.
• It’s Free Community Day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. You know what to do.
• And the National Building Museum is hosting a Free Community Day in honor of World Architecture Day.
• Stay in and watch The Love Witch on Amazon Prime.
• FREE PICK: Enjoy a free screening of The Craft at Slash Run!
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…