Starts Thursday – Flowers After 5 – Flowers After 5 gets started for the season with Ban Caribe, performing a blend of Afro-Cuban, Latin, Caribbean rhythm and blues. Wine, beer, and food is available for purchase. Water Play will be running in the Children’s Garden, weather permitting. New this year, they’ve added an extra hour of music. The series runs every Thursday through Sept. 13. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. $13 adults, $11 seniors, $8 children ages 3-12, free for members and children under 3. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave.
Starts Thursday – Music in the Garden – Music in the Garden, the free concert series at the Valentine, kicks off this Thursday. The concert series is only held three Thursdays in June, check it out while you can. They pair two different kinds of music each night. This week, Wes Swing is a cellist, singer and multi-instrumentalist who performs “dream-folk.” Followed by The Legacy Band, a rhythm and blues band that does covers. There will be beer and wine for sale and Garnett’s at the Valentine will be open for food. Exhibits at the museum are free (normally, museum entrance costs a fee). 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The Valentine, 1015 East Clay Street.
Friday – Sunday – Festival of the River – One-time only festival celebrating music, art and environmentalism on Brown’s Island with performances under the Richmond Symphony’s Big Tent. It kicks off with Friday Cheers performances from No BS! Brass Band and Rhiannon Giddens, both joined by the Richmond Symphony. Be sure to check out the lighting installations on the T. Pott and 7th Street Truss bridges. On Saturday, there will be river clean-ups, oyster shucking, guided walks, performances from ICA artists and a performance by the Richmond Symphony with tap dancer extraordinaire Savion Glover in the evening. The festival wraps up Sunday with a community picnic where visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket to donate to create a mosaic quilt, while catching performances from aerial dancers Host of Sparrows and a family concert from the Richmond Symphony. Friday Cheers is $10, Saturday and Sunday events are free, but donations are encouraged.
Sunday – Robert Plant – The legendary lead singer of Led Zeppelin is coming to town with his band the Sensational Space Shifters. He’s currently on tour for his latest album, “Carry Fire.” Singer and songwriter Elle King, known for her hit “Ex’s & Oh’s,” and Seth Lakeman will open. 7 p.m. Tickets $39.25 to $129.25. Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave.