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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 Friday Night Lights because football is back and football is problematic but Coach Taylor is not.



• JUST ANNOUNCED: Our final After Hours Museum event of the year: On September 20th, End-Of-Summer Camp will turn the Smithsonian American Art into a perfect way to celebrate the last weekend of summer, with open bars, music, activations, 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 (there are only 20 left so get yours now!) + some fun shows just got announced at bentzenball.com!

• 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 & get excited.


All sorts of great stuff:

• It’s September. Have Your Best September.

• The play of the season, 1 Henry IV at the Folger, just opened. We interviewed D.C. theater icon Edward Gero about the production.

• Our Draft Picks feature will help you choose the correct beer to drink.

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.



• Jenny Lewis released one of the best albums of the year. See her at The Anthem.

Phillips Collection hosts their Phillips After 5. It’s at the Phillips. It begins at 5.

• Another fine museum option is DC Designer Trunk Show at the American Art Museum.

Profs and Pints presents “Titanic Mistakes” about the Titanic’s mistakes.

• Very interested in the D.C. premiere of Cassandro The Exotico! at Suns Cinema.

• Jennifer Hudson performs with the NSO at Wolf Trap.

• Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Abraham Alexander share a bill at U Hall.

• I’ll be at home watching the first regular season NFL game of the season. It’s problematic.

• You can be at Merriweather watching the almost as problematic Morrissey.

FREE PICK: The Isabelle De Leon Experience plays Luce Unplugged.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


• Head to Baltimore for Dan Savage’s HUMP Film Fest.

• You, Me, Them, Everybody returns to The Wonderland Ballroom with guests Kevin Tit, Christian Escoto and Andrew Bucket.

• Hell yeah Saints Constantine & Helen of DC Greek Fest 2019. Hell yeah.

• PHANTOGRAM are at The Anthem.

• Haiti’s Boukman Eksperyans plays Tropicalia.

• The What Cheer? Brigade plays a sold-out Rhizome.

• Enjoy some death metal and thrash at Atlas.

FREE PICK: Only a few free, outdoor movies left this year. Bend It Like Beckham screens at 5th and Mass. Ave NW.


Do some daytime stuff:

• The newest part of the Kennedy Center, the REACH, opens with a massive, free festival. Consult our guide on all of the programming.

• We’ll be stopping by the La Cosecha opening concert and block party featuring Ozomatli.

• Another good, free option is the Theatre Week Kickoff Party at Arena Stage.

• Happy 6th birthday, Atlas Brew Works!

• The Rosslyn Jazz Fest is in, you guessed it, Rosslyn.

• Sneaker Con takes over the Convention Center today and Sunday.

• Celebrate (?) birds at the National Zoo’s Wildlife Migration Day.



• Last chance to see Disney’s Aladdin, the musical, not the film or the new film, at the Kennedy Center.

• Get your blood sugar up at City Market at O’s Gelato Festival.

• Some of us will be at 9:30 Club for Hot Chip.

• Some of us will lose our hearing at Black Cat for Boris.

• O.A.R. play Merriweather. You’re running out of time for outdoor shows in 2019.

• Hatchie headlines DC9.

• Hang out on Eaton’s roof for REAL friends.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: The Chuck Brown Band performs with special guest Bootsy Collins on the Millennium Stage. It’s a good chance to check out 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?

Adams Morgan Day, baby! Last year it rained. Fingers crossed for no rain.

• There’s also the DC State Fair at Gateway DC.

• Deerhunter and Dirty Projectors are a good double bill at 9:30 Club.

Bluejacket hosts the Official DC Beer Week Kick Off Party.

• Dance with the entire family at Black Cat’s Rumpus Room family dance party.

DC9 hosts the TASTEtakever, celebrating 3 years of the LGBTQ+ Latin party.

• BABYMETAL play The Anthem. I would very much like to go to this massive show.

• Stabbing Westward play Union Stage. Not as massive, maybe just as loud.

FREE PICK: Wear comfortable sandals and wander around the Takoma Park Folk Festival.

+ 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, don’t forget: