6 Things to Do This Week
An outdoor pet festival, farm day fun, a theatrical homage to Edgar Allan Poe and a good excuse to order tacos.
Let’s Taco ’Bout It: Monday, Oct. 4 is National Taco Day and Taco Bamba is staging an all-day Bambathon—donating a dollar of every taco sale to Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen (up to $1,200 per store). The cult-status taqueria by Victor Albisu is also resurrecting its recent Bamba Bar Crawl roster of specialty cocktails with collectible glassware for one day only. Stop by the Ballston location and whet your whistle with This Kind of Monkey, featuring tequila, banana syrup, ancho reyes, lime and a chocolate salt rim. // Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., 4000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Ballston)
Having Their Say: Creative Cauldron’s production of Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years, opens Oct. 7. The play by Emily Mann, adapted from the book by Sarah and Amy Delaney with Amy Hill Hearth, portrays the real-life centenarian Delaney sisters as they welcome you into their home, sharing 100 years of American history. Their recollections and anecdotes impart snapshots from their rich family story and careers as pioneering African American professionals. Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test required. Tickets $35. // Oct. 7-31, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church, creativecauldron.org
Ushered In: Ready to be spooked? Synetic Theater weaves a trilogy of Edgar Allan Poe tales into one heart-pounding thriller in a performance that reimagines the theater’s 2007 hit adaptation of The Fall of the House of Usher, plus two more gothic tales from the macabre writer’s vault of horror. Choreographed by Irina Tsikurishvili and directed by Paata Tsikurishvili, The Madness of Poe also interweaves snippets of The Raven and other Poe classics. Tickets $10-$60. //Oct. 8-31, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington
Farm Fun: Bring the kids to Cherry Hill Farmhouse in Falls Church for some old-fashioned autumnal entertainment. The Farm Day festivities include a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making (bring your own long pants and a sleeved shirt for stuffing), live music, tours of the historic farmhouse and barn, blacksmith demonstrations and more. Admission is free; some activities have a small fee (cash only). // Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 312 Park Ave., Falls Church
Hit the Trail: Lace up those running shoes and head over to Bluemont Park for the 4th Annual Home Run for the Homeless, a 5K along the W&OD Trail benefiting Bridges to Independence, Community Lodgings and Homestretch—three area nonprofits that provide housing, employment and child care services to homeless families. Race registration $40 for adults; $20 for youth ages 6-17. // Oct. 9, 9-11 a.m., 329 N. Manchester St., Arlington
Dog Day: Did you welcome a new pandemic pet to your household this year? McLean Pet Fest returns to McLean Central Park with funny pet tricks, a dog agility course, a DJ, exhibitors galore, animal adoptions, a caricature artist, food truck and a pet costume contest and Pooch Parade with prizes, plus a visit from the Fairfax County K-9 Unit. Admission is free. // Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean