Poe Baltimore invites you to darken Poe’s chamber door at the fifth annual International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards, October 8 & 9, 2022. This FREE, two-day outdoor event will feature Poe-themed performances, art, vendors and food, celebrating Poe’s life, works and his influence in the arts.
The festival will take place directly across the street from Poe House at 203 N. Amity Street in Baltimore, in the newly-built “Poe Park” at Center/West. Attendees will learn about Poe’s life and works from some of the United States’ preeminent “Poe Places”, with representatives from The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum (Baltimore), The Poe Museum (Richmond, Virginia), The Poe Cottage (Bronx, NYC), The Poe Studies Association, The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore and Westminster Hall & Burying Ground. The winners of the 2022 Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards will also be announced festival weekend!
***COVID-19 UPDATE: 2022 will see the return of in-person stage, vendors and tours, all proceeds to benefit The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum in Baltimore. Public health guidance is SUBJECT TO CHANGE , and thus safety measures such as masks or proof of vaccination may be required for select ticketed events. Purchase tickets at your own risk as all sales are non-refundable. Our aim is to make this death commemoration as lively (and safe!) as possible. Please follow all safety protocol and guidelines as well as local mandates. ***
October 8 & 9 is “Death Weekend”, commemorating the 173rd anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death in Baltimore. Visit PoeFestInternational.org for more vendors and program details/schedule.
Admission to Poe Fest International is FREE. Tours inside the Edgar Allan Poe House and additional exhibits at Westminster Hall are not included as part of the general festival program and require paid tickets. To be sure you get in to see these precious landmarks, check out the ticketed options below–for those who cannot attend in-person, virtual and streaming events are also available:
Death Weekend ‘Poe Places’ Bus Tour
Explore the enduring mystery surrounding Poe’s tragic death on a special Death Weekend Live Virtual Tour of Poe’s Baltimore. The 2-hour tour ticket includes stops at four important Poe Places around Baltimore, including the sites where Poe was found and passed away, Poe’s graves at Westminster Hall & Burial Ground, and scenes from a special re-enactment of Edgar Allan Poe’s first funeral. This ticket also includes access to our NEW “Virginia Poe Bicentennial Death Exhibit” inside Westminster Hall! NOTE: Death and funeral imagery (including body in an open casket), may not be suitable for young children. Viewer discretion advised.
The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum
Crowds will gather at the International Edgar Allan Poe Festival October 8 & 9, and Poe House will only be open to visitors for timed-ticket tours. Your ticket entitles you to entry and includes a tour of the historic Edgar Allan Poe House. Additional souvenir brochure with Mobile App and Cell Phone guide to “Poe’s Baltimore” available. Masks covering nose and mouth are required to enter.
The Edgar Allan Poe Funeral Re-enactment, Candlelight Vigil, and the Virginia Poe Bicentennial Death Exhibit (NEW for 2022!)
Visit an interactive art installation at the historic Westminster Hall & Burying Ground, where Poe’s body and casket will lie in state in a re-enactment of the dark and somber day Poe was laid to rest. Tour the various conspiracies that plague Poe’s legacy and learn how the very clothes he wore offer clues to his mysterious death. Pay your respects at a special candle-light vigil for the master of horror and mystery. Included this year: the NEW “Virginia Poe Bicentennial Death Exhibit.”
Presented by Poe Baltimore at Westminster Hall, the “Virginia Poe Bicentennial” exhibit explores the hidden history of Virginia Poe, the beloved wife and muse of Edgar Allan Poe, and how she shaped her husband’s work even from beyond the grave. The exhibit also includes the morbid story of Virginia’s death and afterlife, plus a memento mori collection of mourning jewelry and sentimental art made from human hair. A mobile app and live guide are included to answer your questions!
NOTE: Death and funeral imagery (including body in an open casket), may not be suitable for young children. Viewer discretion advised. This exhibit takes place at location away from Festival Grounds; limited street parking and garage parking is available. This is a ticketed event; timed entry guarantees admission.
Exhibit presented by Poe Baltimore in cooperation with Westminster Hall & Burying Ground, The Dr. John W. Hawkins & Mark T. VerValin Collection, The Enoch Pratt Free Library, The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, The Poe Cottage at Fordham & Bronx County Historical Society, The Poe Museum (Richmond), The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore, Michael & Jaime Fawcett, Thomas Brown Woodwright, LLC, Christopher Schafer Clothier, Michael Davis, Jason Strutz Illustration, The Baltimore Camera Club and Carroll Museums. This event is made possible by a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and The Baltimore National Heritage Area, with kind assistance from the B&O Railroad Museum and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum.
NOTE TO POE FESTIVAL ATTENDEES: The exhibit is staged at a location away from festival grounds. Westminster Hall & Burying Ground is just over one mile from Poe House. Paid parking available at University of Maryland garages.
And once night descends upon the City, the cats to come out to play:
The Black Cat Ball at Westminster Hall: Til Death Do We Start
The Black Cat Ball at Westminster Hall : Til Death Do We Start is the Official Party for The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards, Saturday, October 8th. Doors open 7:30 PM (VIP 7:00 PM) Dress to impress and walk our Gothic Red Carpet!
2022 marks the 200th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe’s Beloved wife and muse, Virginia Poe. Join us for an Edgar and Virginia Wedding-themed masquerade as we dance into the night, explore a garden of culinary delicacies, then raise a glass at a grave-side toast to the eternal couple! Guests will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer & wine while they peruse the “Virginia Poe Bicentennial Death Exhibit” featuring memento mori and death tableau of Virginia and Edgar.
Tickets are all-inclusive for food, beer/ wine/ soft drinks, and entertainment, including:
- Private Viewing & Reception at The Virginia Poe Bicentennial Death Exhibit
- Winners of the 2022 Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards, presented by author Lynn Cullen
- Grave-side Cognac toast to Edgar Allan Poe and Virginia
This party is 21+ over restricted; 100% ID Check! You may be asked to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19.
LIMITED EXCLUSIVE VIP packages also available; includes early entry and wedding march played on the famed Westminster Hall organ, plus a tour and special exchange of “Eternal Vows” in the famed Westminster Catacombs! Couples, Partners, or even friends will plight their eternal troth with candle-light ceremony performed by an undead officiant. Ticket includes wedding cupcake and mini-split of champagne or cider.
VIP ticket holders take note: this ceremony is for entertainment purposes only, although you may check the Circuit Court of Baltimore City for license requirements. If you want to renew your vows or make the Black Cat Ball your wedding, we won’t stop you!
NOTE TO POE FESTIVAL ATTENDEES: The party takes place at a location away from festival grounds. Westminster Hall & Burying Ground at 519 W. Fayette Street, is just over one mile from Poe House. Paid parking available at University of Maryland garages.
For those who cannot attend the festival in person, the Poe Fest International Virtual Festival Pass includes all three of our tours and exhibits, presented LIVE online!
Virtual Festival Pass
This is your all-access pass to live virtual events festival weekend! Watch our streaming program on Facebook Live and YouTube Live for FREE. Want more? Purchase a Virtual Festival Pass and join live webinars via Zoom using your own mobile device or computer at home.
The Poe Fest Int’l Virtual Festival Pass includes three virtual tours: Virtual Tour of the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, the Edgar Allan Poe’s Death in Baltimore Virtual Tour, and the Edgar Allan Poe Film & Fashion Virtual Exhibit. These interactive webinars are guided tours led by LIVE museum docents. $25 includes ALL virtual tours, all weekend long! Join either or both days.