“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

The Black Cat Ball at Westminster Hall

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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, plus:

  • 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!

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.



Westminster Hall 519 W. Fayette Street Baltimore, MD