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Thursday-Saturday – Historic Garden Week

Want a good look at some of your neighbor’s prize-winning gardens? This is the week you can do it — without stealthy drone flights or camouflaging yourself as a giant gnome. In all, more than 128 properties around the Ccommonwealth are open for tours. And they’re adorned with more than 2,000 world-class floral arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia volunteers. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Various locations; Richmond tours continue on Thursday. $20-$60 per tour. (804) 644-7776 or

Saturday – Ashland Train Day

Rail fans of all ages come together to celebrate their love of choo-choos. The 18th annual event features storytellers, model trains and 12-plus CSX freight trains — transforming Ashland from a whistle stop to the train center of the universe. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Various locations in downtown Ashland. Free.

Saturday and Sunday – Arts in the Park

Arts in the Park is no paint-by-numbers event — it’s an RVA institution. After a 2-two-year pause, the Byrd Park staple brings together more than 350 exhibitors to show off and compete. From painting and pottery to furniture and photography, it’s all here. Free shuttle service and parking available at City Stadium. Hours vary. Free. 1301 Blanton Ave.

Sunday – John Waters at The Byrd

Maybe you went to see “Pink Flamingos” on a first date — and lived happily ever after. Or combed through “Hairspray” just for all the dancing scenes. Fans of filmmaker, writer, actor, and artist John Waters come from all walks. “The Pope of Trash” performs his one-man, “vaudeville” show, “False Negative: An Evening with John Waters.” 7 p.m. 2908 W. Cary St. $39-$139. (804) 358-3056 or

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