“Invisible things are the only realities.” — Edgar Allan Poe

The Black Cat Ball, 75th Anniversary Diamond Gala

This event takes place at 1840s Plaza, 29 S. Front Street. Diamond Gala Wine Dinner at 6PM; Gothic Dance Party at 8PM.
The Black Cat Ball event details with black cat peering into a diamond.

The Black Cat Ball is the Official Party of the International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards. This year’s Black Cat Ball is a 75th Anniversary Diamond Gala & Gothic 1840s Dance Party, featuring after-hours access to the “Poe Death Exhibit" at Carroll Mansion and a cognac toast to Edgar Allan Poe! Your most glamorous and gothic 1840s or 1940s dress encouraged.


  • Diamond Gala ticket includes a Private Reception and Vincent Price-themed wine-dinner featuring some of the star's favorite recipes, with special guest, Victoria Price. Cabaret Dance Party & Valet parking included! $250 pp
  • General Admission is a Gothic dance party in the 1840s Cabaret! Ticket includes dessert & gourmet ice cream social, beer/wine bar, and entertainment, $75 pp.


Diamond Gala doors open 6:30 PM. Dance Party doors open 8:30. 


The evening's entertainment includes:

  • Private Viewing & Reception including the "Poe Death Exhibit" at Carroll Mansion
  • Winners of the 2024 Saturday 'Visiter' Awards, presented by writer Mark Dawidziak.
  • 1840s Cabaret Dance Party
  • Cognac Toast to Edgar Allan Poe

This party is 21+ over restricted; 100% ID Check!  

NOTE TO POE FESTIVAL ATTENDEES: The party takes place at a location away from festival grounds. 1840's Plaza at 800 E. Lombard Street. Valet parking for VIP Diamond Gala ticket-holders; pay-to-park garage at two additional locations within 2 blocks of the venue.




1840s Plaza 29 S. Front Street Baltimore, Maryland