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Created by Eric Grissom

The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum

Poe Baltimore invites you to darken Poe’s chamber door at the 1st Annual International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards, October 6 & 7, 2018. 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 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), and The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. October 6 & 7 is also “Death Weekend”, commemorating the 169th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death in Baltimore. Visit for more vendors and program details, eben more TBA. Admission and festival parking are FREE.




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Explore the enduring mystery surrounding Poe’s tragic death on a special VIP Death Weekend Bus Tour of Poe’s Baltimore. The 2-hour tour ticket includes stops at four important Poe Places around Baltimore, including Poe House, Poe’s grave, and the sites where Poe was found and passed away. Tickets also include a special funeral ‘viewing’ at the historic Carroll Mansion on Lombard Street. Tickets and times are limited so reserve your seats now!

The Black Cat Ball aboard ‘Raven’ is the Official Festival Party, Saturday, October 6th at 7PM. Tickets include a 3-hour harbor cruise aboard the steamship yacht ‘Raven’ at Inner Harbor, dinner buffet, beer & wine, onboard entertainment, plus a “mystery” Poe gift bag and admission to Poe House! Must be 21+ over to attend. Dress to impress and walk our Gothic Red Carpet!

This festival is made possible by grant funding from Maryland Heritage Areas Authority & The Baltimore National Heritage Area. Sponsorship and volunteers by Poe Baltimore, La Cite LLC & Center/West, Carroll Mansion, and RavenBeer.

The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum

203 N. Amity Street, Baltimore MD, 21223

COVID-19 Update: Poe House is open on a limited, reservation-only basis. Walk-ins are not permitted.

Please click here to book tour tickets.

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