What's Booming in Richmond: Trains, Civil War, and Celebrating Mom

May 3rd, 2018

The best events this week to peel you off your couch

Outdoor music season is here, and thank you Maymont for helping us kick it off with Brandi Carlile. Wednesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at Maymont Park.

What’s better than a long, leisurely springtime drive? A long, leisurely springtime train ride, of course. Hop aboard an Authentic Railroad Excursion Trip for a three-and-a-half-hour-long train ride through the rolling hills, vast landscapes, and colorful farmland of Central Virginia. Saturdays, May 12, May 19, and June 2 from the Buckingham Branch Railway Station in Dillwyn, VA. Times vary.

Civil War buffs, tear yourself away from Mercy Street long enough to geek out at the annual Fort Clifton Festival. May 12-13 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fort Clifton.


Whether you are one, have one, or just like tea parties, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday.

Pinkies out and literary hats on for the Mother’s Day Tea at Magnolia Grange. Special appearance by Edgar Allan Poe’s mom! Wednesday, May 9 from 1-3 p.m.

Relax in the flora and fauna of one of Richmond’s favorite outdoor places to be: Mother’s Day Weekend at Lewis Ginter, Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13.

Ooh and aah enviously over those unique and historic homes and gardens in the Museum District at the Mother’s Day House & Garden Tour, Sunday, May 13 from 1-6 p.m.

Pack a picnic and surround yourself with those illustrious fairytale pink flowers at Tuckahoe Plantation’s Mother’s Day Peony Picnic, Sunday May 13 from noon-4 p.m.

Or just grab a bottle and cut to the chase with Mommapalooza at James River Cellars Winery, Saturday, May 12 through Sunday, May 13.

Also, brunch.

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