A password will be e-mailed to you.

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 The Great British Baking Show, because we deserve it.



• THIS WEEKEND: Leave It All Behind: A Renwick at Night Experience – SOLD OUT.

• SEPTEMBER 21 – 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. This usually sells out. See above.

• 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! (with 2 BIG SHOWS ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK) 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: Buzzfeed Unsolved Live, Criminal, Last Podcast On The Left and Wine & Crime, Kenda Confidential and more to be announced!

 • 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:

• It’s September. Have Your Best September.

• It’s September. Drink better beer.

Bringing a bag of Indian food to eat at the US Open is a baller move.

• The next entry in our Gender Bender of the Week series is Christeene.

• The next entry in our Dream Jukebox series is V.V. Lightbody.

• Zoo Uncorked is next week. We’re giving away some tickets to Zoo Uncorked.

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.



That’s right.

• GWAR Bar opens. Mark, man, you play a mean guitar, man.

• Alanis Morrissette sings powerful songs about empowerment and movie theatres at Wolf Trap.

Folger’s Macbeth opened this week. You can catch the show all weekend, but this Thursday features a pre-show talk with the director.

• If Macbeth isn’t enough theatre for you, Bethesda Row Cinema will live stream a performance of The National Theatre’s Julie, a new play based on August Strindberg’s classic Miss Julie. 

Gloria, the hilarous Pulitzer nominated play about life as an editor, opened this week at Woolly Mammoth.

• Little Sesame has re-opened. They have the best hummus in D.C.

• We like Patty, BRNDA, Proud Parents and La Roche at Slash Run.

• Visit the streets of Hong Kong without actually leaving D.C. at Tiger Fork’s night market. Food and drink stands will be set up throughout the restaurant to emulate a night in Hong Kong.

• Forget about light pollution and go stargazing with the Phillips Collection for this month’s Phillips After 5 event.

FREE PICK: Millennium Stage hosts dazzling costumes, fierce dances, and catchy rhythms at a Manacapuru festival celebrating Brazil’s Amazon.

BALTIMORE PICK: Miss Chapo Trap House at 9:30 Club? They’re at Baltimore Soundstage tonight.

+ ALL SORTS OF other stuff


Leave It All Behind: A Renwick at Night Experience is sold-out. Sorry. Buy tickets for our September 21 Nat Geo Party

• You, Me, Them, Everybody returns to The Wonderland Ballroom with guests Erik Loften, Lisa Ann Markuson, Stephanie Hasz and Haywood Turnipseed Jr.

• Some of us will be at Looks: Capitalé at Smith Public Trust to see Lucy Stoole. 

DC Shorts kicks off and runs through Sunday, September 16.

• Nothing But Thieves headline 9:30 Club.

It’s Pride Night for Signature Theatre’s Passion.

• Check out some burlesque at Black Cat.

• Check out John Lennon’s stamp collection at the Postal Museum. Yep.

• Nothing is at Rock & Roll Hotel. Their new album is one of the best of the year.

FREE PICK: The first Friday of September means it’s time for Dupont’s monthly art walk.

BALTIMORE PICK: Nick Cannon presents Wild ‘N Out at Royal Farms Arena. This guy does not stop working.


Do some daytime stuff:

• Happy 5 years Atlas Brew Works!

• Did you know that Hello Kitty is a little girl, not a cat? Anyway, if that’s your thing you can buy some merch at the Hello Kitty truck, which will be parked by Pentagon Row all day. Or just stop by and take pictures.

• If you haven’t been able to get down to City Tap Dupont for their drag brunch because your Sundays are just too busy, no fear! This week they move to Saturdays to accommodate NFL season. Hosted by D.C.’s favorite, Ba’Naka.

• City Market at O hosts Gelato Festival. $25 gets you all the gelato you can eat, the chance to learn everything you would ever need to know about gelato making, and a vote for who you think should be named “Gelato Festival World Master.”

• Petworth neighborhood’s annual community festival, Celebrate Petworth, includes live performances, a dog show, a basketball tournament, and a sampling of the local restaurants. Wish it included a dog basketball tournament.

• Refresh your look:


• Mixtape, the monthly dance party, comes to an end after 10 strong years. The final edition is at U Hall. Listen to BYT Radio this week for a chat with the producers.

• The DC Public Library and Robin Bell are teaming up for Words Ignite at The Line. Bell will be projecting on the facade to help kick off Banned Books Week. Stop by any time between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

• John Kerry chat about his new book with David Ignatius at Sixth & I.

• Lil Baby is at Fillmore Silver Spring. Just as excited for this as we are for John Kerry.

• The Questlove curated 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince at Wolf Trap should be purple and excellent.

• Suicidal Tendencies, Sick Of It All and Iron Reagan are at 9:30 Club.

• We’ll be at the Nats Cubs game. Go early for Taste of the World and the corresponding apron giveaway.

• Waxahatchee plays Miracle Theatre.

FREE PICK OF THE DAY: For those of us who just can’t get enough theatre, DC Theatre Week is kicking off with a party at Woolly Mammoth. Learn about what’s in store for the new season and mingle with some of your favorite theatre makers for free.

BALTIMORE PICK: Hampdenfest! This is obviously the best thing you could do in Baltimore Saturday.

+ 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?

• Spend Sunday with Saintseneca at Black Cat.

• The festival pick of the weekend is the 40th anniversary of Adams Morgan Day. From noon to 6 p.m. experience live music and painting, a plethora of vendors, and some local history.

• We like Ava Luna at Comet. Get there early for Crab Legs.

• Watch Chronicle of a Boy Alone at Suns Cinema.

• Still Corners and Foxes in Fiction share a bill at DC9.

• Eat from food trucks at The Capital Area Food Bank’s Food Truck Rally.

• Red Fang is at Rock & Roll Hotel.

FREE PICK: Corot: Women opens at the National Gallery of Art.

BALTIMORE PICK: Enjoy Brooks Long & The Mad Dog No Good at Metro Gallery. It’s a different kind of gallery than the NGA.

+ 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…