“Superstitious terror crept by degrees into the spirit of the old Swede, and my own soul was wrapped up in silent wonder” — Edgar Allan Poe

2023 International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards

Poe Fest International is a free, two-day outdoor event featuring Poe-themed performances, art, vendors and food, celebrating Poe’s life, works and his influence in the arts. The festival will be directly across the street from Poe House at 203 N. Amity Street in Baltimore, in the newly-built “Poe Park” at Center/West.

The festival includes Poe-themed performances, vendors, booksellers and music, plus family-friendly activities, poetry and art. Attendees will also get to 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 Historical Society, NYC)The Poe Studies Association and The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore.

General Admission to Poe Fest International is FREE. The winners of the 2023 Saturday 'Visiter' Awards will also be announced festival weekend!

October 7 & 8 is also “Death Weekend”, commemorating the 174th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death in Baltimore. Visit PoeFestInternational.org for more vendors and program details, even more TBA.

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:


Death Weekend 'Poe Places' Bus Tours

The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum Tours

Edgar Allan Poe in Comics & Poe Death Exhibits

The Red Masque Festival Pass (includes special entry to 3 VIP tents on festival grounds, plus entry to Westminster Hall)

PROM NITE at The Black Cat Ball


The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum 203 N. Amity Street Baltimore, MD 21223