Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston

Model railroads, camellias, homemade chili, and more



  • Sunday > February 23

  • Think you know standout chili when you taste it? Home cooks will serve up their most savory concoctions, and attendees and judges will vote for their favorites at the Boston Chili Takedown at Allston’s Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Avenue, from 2 to 4 p.m. The winners walk away with cookware prizes. Tickets cost $15.

Shen Yun Performing Arts


  • Friday-Sunday > February 28-March 2

  • Inspired by 5,000 years of Chinese history and culture, Shen Yun packs classical dance, animated backdrops, Eastern-influenced music, and vivid costumes into one lavish spectacle at Boston’s Wang Theatre. Tickets start at $50. 888-974-3698;


  • Saturday > March 1

  • Mr. McGregor, foe of Peter Rabbit, is surely one of the most famous gardeners in children’s literature. Learn about Mr. McGregor’s creator, Beatrix Potter, at a free lecture about gardening and writing by author Marta McDowell. Also featured will be Amherst poet Emily Dickinson, another green thumb. At noon at the Boston Athenaeum in Beacon Hill. 617-227-0270;



  • Saturday-Sunday> March 1-2

  • Marvel at the true-to-life miniature scenes that model-train buffs have wrought at the Bay State Model Railroad Museum Open House in Roslindale next weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Open to the public just twice a year, the museum holds four operating model-railroad layouts, three based on New England landscapes and railways, and one transcontinental. Tickets cost $5. 617-327-4341;


  • Saturday-Sunday > March 1-2

  • For a dazzling break from New England’s chilly scenes of winter, head to Boylston for Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s Camellia Show. Hundreds of blossoms will be on display in bowls and on trees in the Lemon House from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 508-869-6111;

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