The best Baltimore-area events this week: AFRAM Festival, BronyCon and Fashion Week

AFRAM Festival

Formerly the African-American Festival (and formerly a multi-day affair), it promises, according to Mayor Catherine Pugh, a lineup of local musicians (though not the national stars of yore), plus food, vendors and a host of exhibits aimed at empowerment and self-improvement. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday at Druid Hill Park, 3001 East Drive. Free.


Gaithersburg’s own, hot on the heels of his latest album, “Everybody,” brings his Everybody’s Tour to Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. Also on the bill: Joey Bada$$ and Big Lenbo. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. $25.50-$120.

Moonrise Festival

Seems like anybody who is anybody in electronic dance music will be in Baltimore next weekend, which explains why this has become one of the nation’s premier gatherings for fans of the genre. The lineup includes Migos, Porter Robinson, Afrojack, Kaskade, Run The Jewels and Lil Uzi Vert. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday at Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave. $109.50-$169.50 per day, $174.50-$299.50 for a two-day pass (prices are scheduled to increase as the event grows closer).

Bingo After Dark

One of the most popular games at every county fair comes to Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino for a night. Put down $30, and you get to play 10 games, plus enjoy snacks and a cash bar, along with a glow party hosted by DJ Q. Proceeds benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday. 1525 Russell St. Tickets through


Fans of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” will flock to Baltimore from all over this weekend, for three days of panels, workshops, vendors and special guests, all highlighting the wonder of being a Brony. Guests includes voice actors Michelle Creber, Claire Corlett, Brynna Drummond, Maddy Peters and Cathy Weseluck, plus plenty of others. Friday-next Sunday (with scheduled activities starting at 10 a.m. each day) at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. $30-$40 daily (free for kids 5 and under), $40-$125 for all three days.

‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Live

The snarky schlockmeisters of really bad cinema go live. Enjoy (OK, maybe that’s not the right word) a showing of the 1962 anti-classic “Eegah!” (featuring teenagers and a caveman, always a sure-fire formula for success), complete with commentary, skits and even audience participation, all led by hosts Joel Hodgson and Jonah Heston, abetted (of course) by Crow, Tom Servo, Gypsy and others. A great way to enjoy the worst. 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $36-$46.

Baltimore Fashion Week

A week (through next Sunday) of events all about the fashion, including an evening of “Bowling for Education” (7 p.m. Tuesday at Mustang Alley’s Bar, Bowling and Bistro, 1300 Bank St., $20), the first annual “Sneaker Speak” (noon Saturday at Columbus Center, 701 E. Pratt St., $10) and three designer/runway fashion shows (8:10 p.m. nightly Friday-next Sunday at the Columbus Center, $30.10-$80.10). Some tickets must be bought in advance.

Stop-Loss: A benefit concert for Sarah Hughes

Talent from the Baltimore-Washington jazz community (including Lafayette Gilchrist, Gregory Thompkins, John Dierker, Luke Stewart and the Sarah Hughes Ensemble) join together raise funds for Hughes, the victim of a July carjacking who had her beloved Selmer saxophone stolen in the process. Proceeds will help replace the sax and defray medical expenses. 7 tonight at The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave. Minimum $10 donation suggested.

Lil’ Margaret’s Bluegrass Good Time Music Festival

A foot-stompin’, family-friendly good time is promised (“No drugs allowed!!! No display of alcohol in concert area!!!”), with music from Flatt Lonesome, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition, Mickey Galyean & Cullen’s Bridge, The Tyler Williams Band, Randall Hibbitts and Appalachia and others. 2 p.m.-9:50 p.m. Friday, noon-9:50 p.m. Saturday at Goddard Farm, 21810 Clay Hill Road in Leonardtown, St. Mary’s County. $30 per day, $55 for both days (free for kids under 12 with paying adult).

J. Cole

One of the biggest names in hip-hop brings his “4 Your Eyez Only” tour to Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. 8 tonight. $29.50-$125.50.

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