AFRAM, one of the largest African American festivals on the East Coast, returns to Druid Hill Park Juneteenth weekend, June 17-18. This free, family-oriented celebration of Baltimore’s African American heritage features music, entertainers, children’s activities, African drumming, carnival mask-making and more. This year’s lineup includes the Isley Brothers, Ty Dolla $ign, Kid Capri, Spinderella and Tamar Braxton. Keep reading for more details about programming and parking.
Mark your calendars for these AFRAM events and get to know this year's headliners.
Saturday, June 17
- Zo! & Tall Black Guy (featuring Deborah Bond)
- Eric Bellinger
- Spinderella (salute to 50th anniversary of hip hop)
- Ty Dolla $ign
Sunday, June 18
- Tim Bowman, Jr.
- Eric Roberson
- Tamar Braxton
- Kid Capri
- The Isley Brothers
More things to do near Druid Hill Park
Explore all this oasis has to offer while in town for AFRAM 2023.
Located in the northern part of Baltimore, Druid Hill Park is home to several popular attractions including the The Maryland Zoo, the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, a public pool, disc golf courses, tennis courts and the man-made Druid Hill Reservoir. You could spend a whole day exploring the park, giving you that rustic outdoor experience without ever leaving the city.
The nearby neighborhoods of Hampden and Remington are home to an abundance of vintage boutiques, bookstores, artisan goods, art studios, breweries and eateries. When AFRAM is over, keep the party going at Ottobar, an indie club that hosts local and national acts and themed dance parties. Or, catch a comedy show at Zissimos.
Where to eat near Druid Hill Park
Unwind with a post-festival drink or meal at one of these Baltimore eateries.
Is AFRAM free?AFRAM is free to attend; however, food and drinks are available for purchase. ATMs will not be available, so please plan accordingly.
Where can I park for AFRAM?There is free parking all around Druid Hill Park, both on the street and in small lots near the Maryland Zoo and Druid Hill Pool, among others. Parking will likely be limited and fill up quickly during AFRAM, so taking public transportation is highly encouraged.
Can I take public transportation to Druid Hill Park?Druid Hill Park is accessible via SubwayLink, Light RailLink and the CityLink bus line. If taking the SubwayLink, get off at the Mondawmin metro stop. Those taking the Light RailLink should depart at Woodberry. Most bus routes stop near Druid Hill Park. See this link to find the bus closest to your starting location.
How much is the bus fare in Baltimore?One-way bus fare for CityLink, LocalLink, Metro SubwayLink and Light RailLink is $1.90. A day pass can be purchased for $4.40. The Charm City Circulator is free to ride!
Do you have a visitor guide?Visit Baltimore produces two official Visitor Guides per year, one for fall/winter and one for spring/summer. Pick one up at one of our area hotels, view the digital version, request a free copy in the mail or call 1-877-Baltimore.
Is Baltimore safe?Like any major city, you need to be aware of your surroundings. We recommend that visitors follow best safety practices including: plan your route before you go, avoid walking alone in unlit areas and keep your valuables out of sight. Baltimore City Police Commissioner, Michael Harrison, and Visit Baltimore’s President & CEO, Al Hutchinson, talk about maximizing safety in an urban city in this short video.