Festival Program and Events

Festival Grounds

RavenBeer Garden

RavenBeer

Baltimore's own RAVENBEER in a special RAVENBEER GARDEN! The site will be a cordoned-off lounge area set close to the entertainment for you to linger and enjoy all the Poe Happenings. Try the 20th Anniversary Raven Lager, and even the new The Imp and the Madhouse Oyster Stout (limited!)Must be 21-and-older 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

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

Parking Options

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

Program

Saturday, October 6

Vendor Booths and Activities from 11AM to 4PM


Poe House and Bus Tours meet on the steps of Poe House at the top of each hour:

11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM

Dramatic performances by William Trevino and Robert Frank aka "The Dead Edgar"

A dramatic interpretation of The Tell-Tale Heart, Actor William Trevino is an Associate Professor of Theatre at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn and co-founder of the physical theatre company, Corporeal Arts Incorporated. He has performed his solo-adaptation of Poe’s Ligeia in several venues and festivals in New York City.


MAIN STAGE

11:15 AM  -  Festival Open

Tim Beasley, Master of Ceremonies,

Performance by Calixta Starr

Tim Beasley appearing as Edgar Allan Poe, Master of Ceremonies: Tim Beasley and his national entertainment company, Vegas Tributes TM, provides Variety Tribute Performances and Emcee Services with over 100+ different “celebrity impersonations” from Music, Movies, TV, Politics, History and Literature. Licensed and Insured since 1986, celebrating 32 years of entertaining coast to coast!


12:00 PM - The National Edgar Allan Poe Theater

Soon to be established here in Baltimore, performers from The National Edgar Allan Poe Theater will feature dramatic recitations of The Shadow, Berenice (a story Poe wrote within the very walls of Poe House), and the beloved The Raven!


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. Their mission is to share classical music with people from all walks of life and bring them together through a shared experience of great art.


2:00 PM - The Spyglass Seven, The Evening Crane Theater

Performers from The Evening Crane Theater will perform The Spyglass Seven  an eerie and darkly romantic play in which the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe is resurrected from the grave for a single night by the spirit of Beauty. Revisited by old rivals and old loves, the poet has one night to find his soul mate, before returning to the grave and eternal night. The play received the 2012 Arts NC State Creative Artist Award for Playwriting and premiered Off-Broadway last Halloween. Written & directed by Michael Seebold.


3:15 PM  - The National Edgar Allan Poe Theater

Encore


4:00 PM - 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.


4:30 PM - 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 interpretations of The Raven.

Sunday, October 7

Vendor Booths and Activities from 11AM to 4PM


Poe House and Bus Tours meet on the steps of Poe House at the top of each hour:

11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM

Dramatic performances by Stephen Mead and Robert Frank aka "The Dead Edgar"

Stephen Mead is an actor and recitalist who has made a specialty of performing of dramatic recitations (from memory) from the works of Edgar Allan Poe, including  The Raven and The Bells.


MAIN STAGE

  

11:00 AM - Sunday Open with Tim Beasley as Poe, and the Severn Jam Band

Tim Beasley, Master of Ceremonies

Severn Jam Band is an acoustic, rock cover band.


12:00 PM - The National Edgar Allan Poe Theater

Soon to be established here in Baltimore, performers from The National Edgar Allan Poe Theater will feature a radio-play of The Tell Tale Heart on the main stage. 


12:45 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. Their mission is to share classical music with people from all walks of life and bring them together through a shared experience of great art.


1:45 PM - Eli August Band

Eli August creates dark folk music to sooth the troubled soul and pull at the strings of the lovelorn heart.


2:45 PM - Violins of Baltimore

The Violins of Baltimore perform innovative arrangements of old jazz standards that highlight violins and strings in place of horns, piano, and other instruments heard more commonly in jazz. This unique ensemble blends influences from French musette and European Gypsy music with American swing, bringing new life to old standards while also shedding light on old forgotten gems.


3:30 PM - The Baltimore City Pipe Band

The Baltimore City Pipe Band will honor 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.

Poe Places

Poe Baltimore

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. 

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

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

The Black Cat Ball

The Black Cat Ball aboard Raven!

The Official Party of Poe Fest International is a mystery cruise aboard 'Raven' in Inner Harbor! 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. Crowds will gather. Skip the line! 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

 View 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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