2020 International Edgar Allan Poe Festival
About this event:
Poe Baltimore invites you to join fellow fans for a weekend of performances, movies, music and art, all in celebration of Edgar Allan Poe!
***COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the truly strange and remarkable events of this year, the festival committee continues to monitor the situation in Baltimore. In-person events may be limited, but LIVE performances and virtual tours will stream from Poe House in Baltimore, October 3 & 4, 2020. Many virtual events are posted. Look for more details soon about how to attend Poe Fest Int’l, in person AND/OR online!***
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 Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore and Westminster Hall & Burying Ground. The winners of the 2020 Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards will also be announced festival weekend!
October 3 & 4 is “Death Weekend”, commemorating the 171st anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death in Baltimore. Visit PoeFestInternational.org for more vendors and program details/schedule, even more TBA.
Admission to Poe Fest International is FREE. Tours of the Edgar Allan Poe House and Poe’s Baltimore are not included as part of the general festival program and require paid tickets. To be sure you get to see this precious landmark, check out the ticketed options below:
Death Weekend ‘Poe Places’ Tour
Explore the enduring mystery surrounding Poe’s tragic death on a special Death Weekend Live Virtual Tour of Poe’s Baltimore. The 1.5-hour tour ticket includes stops at four important Poe Places around Baltimore, including a tour of Poe House, Poe’s grave, and the sites where Poe was found and passed away. Tickets also include scenes from a special re-enactment of Edgar Allan Poe’s first funeral. NOTE: Death and funeral imagery (including body in an open casket), may not be suitable for young children. Viewer discretion advised.
Edgar Allan Poe House Live Virtual Tours
See inside the historic Edgar Allan Poe House, plus readings by a very special un-dead mystery guest. Each virtual session is led by a live guide who will share the history of Edgar Allan Poe’s life in Baltimore, explore the poet’s mysterious death in the city in 1849, and learn about the poems and short stories Poe wrote while residing at Poe House.
The Edgar Allan Poe Film & Fashion Exhibit (NEW for 2020!)
***In-person and virtual tickets may become available. Due to COVID-19 public safety measures, Poe Fest Int’l will update attendees regarding the status of this live event closer to October.***
Presented by Poe Baltimore at Westminster Hall & Burying Ground, this new exhibit explores the ways in which Edgar Allan Poe’s life and works continue to inspire and shape popular culture. Learn of the mysterious circumstances of Poe’s death in Baltimore in 1849 and how the very clothes in which he was found are a tantalizing clue to the mystery of his final days. Next, explore the living arts of fashion and costume in recent films that adapt Poe’s life or works, and the myriad ways Poe is interpreted for modern audiences. The exhibit includes a special sneak peek at production and costume details from 3 Days Rising, a new movie adaptation of Poe’s “Fall of the House of Usher,” starring Peter Greene, Ice-T, Mickey Roarke and Frank Whaley. NOTE: Death and funeral imagery (including body in an open casket) may not be suitable for young children. Viewer discretion advised.
- Poe Baltimore
- The Poe Museum, Richmond
- The Edgar Allan Poe Society, Baltimore
- Charles Wissinger
- Craig Cukrowski & Derek Cukrowski
- Eric Stange & Spy Pond Productions
- Thad & Season Ciechanowski, Poe Movies
- Christopher Schafer Clothier
- Ella Pritsker Couture & Maryland Fashion Institute
- Jericho Vinegar Works
- Roger Miller & The Baltimore Camera Club
This festival is made possible by grant funding from Visit Baltimore, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority & The Baltimore National Heritage Area. Sponsorship and volunteers by Poe Baltimore, La Cite LLC & Center/West, The Lord Baltimore Hotel, Poe’s Magic Theater, University of Maryland Carey Law School Westminster Hall & Burying Ground, The Poe Museum (Richmond), Carroll Museums, Susan Jaffe Tane and RavenBeer.