Festival Grounds

RavenBeer Garden

RavenBeer

Baltimore's own RAVENBEER in a special RAVENBEER GARDEN! Must be 21+ to enter. 100% ID check. 

Stage Performances

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Program Schedule  below!

The festival grounds will include a stage area for performers and music both days of this FREE outdoor event.


Vendors

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Poe-themed art, booksellers, and more! Vendor List TBA!

Parking Options

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Free parking and street parking available, or park at the UMB Parking Garage on Poppleton and Baltimore St, just three blocks away!

Readers Tent

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NEW this year! Maryland Writers Association (MWA) presents Maryland authors for excerpts from Poe & their own works.

Lecture, Tours & Parties

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Poe Fest International is taking over Baltimore! See a list of events at outside locations festival weekend!

Main Stage Saturday

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11:00 AM Festival Open with Tim Beasley and Calixta Starr

Tim Beasley  appearing  as  E. A. Poe, Master of Ceremonies

Tim Beasley returns! His national entertainment company, Vegas Tributes, provides Variety Tribute Performances with over 100+ different “celebrity impersonations” from Music, Movies, TV, Politics, History and Literature. Celebrating 33 years of entertaining coast to coast!


Calixta Starr

Calixta Starr is an award-winning theatrical fusion artist from NY.  Her unique storytelling style has been featured in numerous stage shows, dance festivals and pop culture conventions. Don’t miss her interpretation of Masque of the Red Death.


11:15 AM The Phenomenal Animals "Morella"

Four actors bring the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe to life in this immersive performance. Morella, a story Poe wrote while in Baltimore, follows one woman’s quest to outlive herself through occult means. The title character marries the narrator and conceives a child with him, dying in childbirth. The infant lives and as she grows raises questions about whether Morella ever actually left the earth. Both sound and motion distill the inner lives of the characters in this uniquely strange series of events.

1:00 PM The Concert Truck

The Concert Truck began with a bold and rebellious vision: to take quality, live classical performances out of concert halls and into unexpected public spaces. Pianists, Nick Luby and Susan Zhang, converted a 16-foot box truck into a fully functioning mobile concert hall, complete with lights, sound system, and piano. Since then, they have performed across the country in schools, parks, shelters... anywhere you can think to park a truck. 

2:00 PM Half Light Theatre

Half Light Theatre specializes in performances in unique and often historical locations. With all new adaptations of favorite Poe stories and poems told through original music, dance and performances from their new show, “Nevermore...an Evening of Edgar Allan Poe”, the company is thrilled to bring you musical excerpts and Poe-etries from the show.  Half Light Theatre’s mission is to reflect the human condition through a medley of performing arts that challenge, entertain and resonate with live audiences.  In the process of bringing works to the public, Half Light aspires to treat Performers, Vendors, technicians and audience members with respect, integrity, and a shared sense of the essential human need for art and expression. Half light refers to the excitement and mystery felt by the audience when the house lights dim for the beginning of a performance.  

3:00 PM Poehemia

Celtic Rock and loads mair! Poehemia has been shaped by the hard rocking traditions of Baltimore and the thriving music scene in Glasgow. We wanted musicians capable of playing multiple styles at a very high level of musicianship. We loved the idea of honouring our shared Celtic heritage while still offering a variety of music. Since 2012 Poehemia has performed hundreds of high-energy electric and acoustic shows at pubs, wineries, breweries, festivals, and special events throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

3:00 - 4:00 PM Unhappy Hour in the RavenBeer Garden, benefitting Poe House and The Poe Museum

Proceeds from all  beer sales festival weekend benefit Baltimore's Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum. The final hour of the festival Saturday is the RavenBeer "Unhappy Hour" (and also, last call.) Sadly, prices are the same, but proceeds also benefit Richmond Poe Museum. Raise a pint for Poe!  

Main Stage Sunday

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11:00 AM Festival Open with Tim Beasley and The Dan Meyer Choir


Tim Beasley, appearing as Edgar Allan Poe, Master of Ceremonies


The Dan Meyer Choir

The Dan Meyer Choir is a four-part a cappella community choir which sings original songs, mostly about Baltimore history and culture. Baltimorgue concert tells the stories of notable deaths in Baltimore. Of course, we have the big ones like Edgar Allan Poe, Betsy Patterson, Chick Webb, the deaths during the Pratt Street Riot at the beginning of the Civil War and the Influenza epidemic of 1918. But we also include some lesser-known stories about people like Harriet Poole, Emily Brown, the workers who died when the Alum Chine exploded in 1913 and even Tarzan! 


11:30 AM Robert Frank a.k.a. The Dead Edgar

The exquisite poetry of Edgar Allan Poe is brought to life by Robert Frank who has ingeniously set the melancholic poetry to the romantic and haunting music of Fredric Chopin and Thomas Newman. As the late, resurrected Edgar Allan Poe, Mr. Frank introduces each poem with a relevant Poe quote, then recites the poem with the emotional drama and romantic intensity perfectly matched to each musical composition.

12:15 PM Poehemia

 Celtic Rock and loads mair! Poehemia has been shaped by the hard rocking traditions of Baltimore and the thriving music scene in Glasgow. We wanted musicians capable of playing multiple styles at a very high level of musicianship. We loved the idea of honouring our shared Celtic heritage while still offering a variety of music. Since 2012 Poehemia has performed hundreds of high-energy electric and acoustic shows at pubs, wineries, breweries, festivals, and special events throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. 

1:00 PM Stephen Mead performs The Pit and the Pendulum

Stephen Mead trained as an actor at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Besides appearing in many stage productions, he has worked as a drama adviser to Goldcrest Films UK and written for Channel4 (TV). Stephen has made a specialty of dramatic recitations from the works of DICKENS, EDGAR ALLAN POE,LEWIS CARROLL, W.S. GILBERT and other 19th-century authors. He brings poems and prose by these writers to vivid life without costume, make-up, lights or scenery. Stephen Mead’s enthralling renditions of these pieces have gripped audiences in the UK and the US since 1987.

2:00 PM Poe’s Magic Theater

Celtic Rock and loads mair! Poehemia has been shaped by the hard rocking traditions of Baltimore and the thriving music scene in Glasgow. We wanted musicians capable of playing multiple styles at a very high level of musicianship. We loved the idea of honouring our shared Celtic heritage while still offering a variety of music. Since 2012 Poehemia has performed hundreds of high-energy electric and acoustic shows at pubs, wineries, breweries, festivals, and special events throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

2:45 PM The Poe Show starring Tony Tsendeas

The exquisite poetry of Edgar Allan Poe is brought to life by Robert Frank who has ingeniously set the melancholic poetry to the romantic and haunting music of Fredric Chopin and Thomas Newman. As the late, resurrected Edgar Allan Poe, Mr. Frank introduces each poem with a relevant Poe quote, then recites the poem with the emotional drama and romantic intensity perfectly matched to each musical composition.

3:45 PM The Baltimore City Pipe Band

The Baltimore City Pipe Band will honor the eve of Poe’s Death Day and close the festival. The bagpipe and drum corps is a non-competing band made of private individuals dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of Scottish Bagpipe music. The band performs at a variety of events to include parades, dances, charitable and social functions, and community festivals in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.

MWA Readers Tent

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NEW this year! Maryland Writers Association (MWA) presents Maryland authors for excerpts from Poe & their own works.

Saturday

11:00 AM    Ted Weber

12:00 PM    Peter Pollak

1:00 PM      Leo NDelle

2:00 PM      Rissa Miller

3:00 PM      Jay Carpenter

Sunday

 

11:00 AM    Faye McRay

12:00 PM    Janis Wilson

1:00 PM      Nancy Alexander

2:00 PM      Eileen McIntire

3:00 PM      Michael Mahoney

Other Locations

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Oct 5-6 Poe Funeral Re-enactment at Carroll Mansion

Ticketed event. Location: Carroll Mansion, 800 E. Lombard St., 11AM - 4PM


Jericho Vinegar Works presents an interactive art installation at the historic Carroll Mansion, where Poe’s body and casket lie in state in a re-enactment of the dark and somber day Poe was laid to rest. More details.

Oct 5 The Black Cat Ball at Westminster Hall

Ticketed event. Location: Westminster Hall & Burying Ground, 519 W. Fayette, enter cemetery at the corner of Fayette and Greene Streets. 7:30 PM


 The official party of Poe Fest International! Join us for a fantastical masquerade of the senses and grave-side toast to Poe. More details.

Oct 5 Black Cat Ball After Party

Ticketed event. Location: Poe’s Magic Theater at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 W. Baltimore St. Mezzanine, doors open at 11:30 PM.


End the evening with a little magic and mystery with host, Vince Wilson. Visit PoesMagic.com for tickets & details.

Oct 6 E. A. Poe Society of Baltimore Annual Lecture

FREE admission. Location: Discover Auditorium at University of Maryland BioPark, 1st Floor, 801 West Baltimore Street. 2:30 PM


97th Annual Commemorative Program: “Strange Topographies: The Conundrums of Space in the Later Works of Edgar Allan Poe” presented by Joshua Lundy (Univ. of S. Carolina) Visit EAPoe.org for more details.


Poe Places

Poe Baltimore

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As host of the inaugural International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards, Poe Baltimore is proud to present a wonderful program for attendees at Poe House. Tours of the historic Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum also available both festival days (requires ticket.)

The Poe Museum

The Poe Museum, Richmond

The Poe Museum (Richmond ,Virginia) will present a history of Poe's life and loves in Richmond, Virginia. Plus, don't miss a special 1800s-style coffin-making workshop! 

The Poe Cottage

Bronx County Historical ociety

The Bronx County Historical Society is travelling from New York City! The Poe Cottage will share images of the cottage, and talk about Poe's years in New York, where he penned many tales, including "The Cask of Amontillado". 

West Point

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Did you know Edgar Allan Poe not only served in the United States Army, but he was also a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy? Representatives from West Point will share images from the collection housed there, as well as anecdotes about a young Poe's Military life.

Ticketed Options

Death Weekend Poe Places Bus Tours

Poe Places Death Weekend Tour

Explore the enduring mystery of Poe's death in Baltimore on the "Poe Places Death Weekend Tour" beginning at Poe House! This tour sold out in 2018, so be sure to get tickets early!

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The Black Cat Ball

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The Official Party of Poe Fest International is The Black Cat Ball at Westminster Hall. Dress to impress and walk the Gothic Red Carpet!

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Poe House Tours

Poe House photo, Suku Balachandran

Poe Fest International will take place in the shadow of the historic Poe House, but seeing inside requires a tour ticket. Guided tours and dramatic readings all weekend.

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Funeral & Candle-light Vigil

Funeral re-enactment and candle-light vigil at Carroll Mansion

Death weekend Bus Tours include a stop to see Poe's casket and funeral re-enactment at the Carroll Mansion. Pay your respects at a candle-light vigil for the master of horror and mystery.

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