The historic Lord Baltimore Hotel is the official hotel and sponsor for Poe Fest International. Use our link to book special festival rates!
Baltimore's own RAVENBEER in a special RAVENBEER GARDEN! Must be 21+ to enter. 100% ID check.
Poe-themed art, booksellers, and more!
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 36 years of entertaining coast to coast!
Dan Meyer Choir
The Dan Meyer Choir is a 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!
The National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre will preview their upcoming show, "Edgar Allan Poe's Blood, Sweat, and Fears." They are the only theatre company in the world focusing on the adaptation and performance of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Their productions include radio drama webcasts and broadcasts, and readings, lectures and educational programs related to the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Winners of the 2021 Saturday 'Visiter' Award for "Berenice," Adaptation Category.
Poverty Ridge Brothers, Fine Funerary Services will showcase some of the techniques and practices found in a typical mid-19th Century funeral parlor, honoring traditional research and a dark sense of fun. Michael B. Fawcett appearing as the undertaker and Rusty Robinson master carpenter in historical carpentry techniques and early hand tools.
The Benn Experience ft. Sarahia Benn is led by Sarahia Benn, with over twenty years of traveling the world as a touring musician, promoter, producer and artist of multiple music styles including: R&B, jazz, gospel, rock, funk, and pop. The Benn Experience is a music collective of some of Maryland’s best talent including Rob Ax & Dom Ellis. The Benn Experience are a high energy band with hypnotic foundational grooves meted out by their leader making the audience dance and sing. Come out and enjoy The Benn Experience!!
A selection of songs from the touring musical 'Edgar Allan & Eddie Poe,' inspired by the youth and writing of Edgar Allan Poe. Katie Hartman as Eddie Poe & Nick Ryan as Edgar Allan. The Coldharts is a touring theater company based in Brooklyn, NY creating minimalist musicals inspired by the American Gothic. 2019 Saturday 'Visiter' Awards Nominee
Maryland's premiere dance project dedicated to representing narratives and original ideas through the tangible and visible art form of dance. Founded in 2019, Ballet Embody perform both classical and contemporary ballet with the intention of entertaining, educating, and inspiring audiences in the Greater Baltimore region. Ballet dancers will interpret Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart.
A symphony of darkness, Valentine Wolfe performs gothic music and dark ambient soundscapes inspired by seances, 19th century gothic literature, classical music, and of course, Edgar Allan Poe. Combining the haunting soprano of Sarah Black and the bleak maelstrom of Braxton Ballew’s solo double bass, Vincent Harris of the Greenville (SC) Journal calls them "...an eerie, pitch-black hybrid of gothic rock, heavy metal and classical music"
Directed by Missy Harris, this multi-talented, New York based troupe of actors and musicians perform at theatres, museums and historic venues across the country and are excited to bring you excerpts of their critically acclaimed show, “Nevermore...An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe”. Experience haunting passions as we explore the themes of love and loss bringing Poe classics come to life before your eyes with new perspectives and original performance adaptations of your favorite Poe stories and poems including Annabel Lee, The Oval Portrait, Lenore and more. Featuring music from composers Jan DeAngelo and Jeff Wahl and historic costumes by Faeriegoddmother Customs.
A selection of songs from the touring musical 'Edgar Allan & Eddie Poe,' inspired by the youth and writing of Edgar Allan Poe. Katie Hartman as Eddie Poe & Nick Ryan as Edgar Allan. The Coldharts is a touring theater company based in Brooklyn, NY creating minimalist musicals inspired by the American Gothic.
Stephen Smith performs dramatic recitation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum." 2022 Saturday Visiter Awards Nominee
Debbie Phillips of Richmond, Virginia, is a freelance lecturer, tour guide, and living history interpreter. Her living history repertoire ranges from mid-18th century through World War II, including several women from Edgar Allan Poe's life. Debbie appeared as Virginia Poe at the Virginia Poe Bicentennial Gothic Tea Party in August of 2022.
The Embalmers are the perfect band to celebrate the Halloween season and all things Poe! Direct from Richmond, VA, Bryan Halstead, Dave Wiskman, Greg Hopper and Jason Brown perform spooky tunes!
Returning for a fourth year, The Baltimore City Pipe Band will honor Poe’s Death Weekend 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 Baltimore / Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum
The Poe Museum (Richmond)
The Poe Cottage (Bronx County Historical Society)
The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore
The Art of Adrianne D
Half Light Theatre
Kat Art LLC
Michelle Ink Designs
The Poverty Ridge Brothers Fine Funerary Services
Red Stylo Media
The Six Degrees of Edgar Allan Poe
A Woodland Magic
The Six Degrees of Edgar Allan Poe
Balm In Gilead Natural Skincare
The National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre
Ligeia at Death Valley Junction
The Art of Adrianne D.
SATURDAY 'VISITER' AWARDS NOMINEES
(The following are the nominees participating in the festival as vendors.
Love Letters to Poe
There Goes My Hero Foundation
Virtual event. Zoom Registration.
“The Poe Society of Baltimore at 100” by Jeffrey A. Savoye. The Poe Society of Baltimore was officially organized in 1923, more than a decade before taking a lead role to save and preserve the house on Amity Street where Poe began his career as a writer of tales. The commemorative programs also began in 1923, making 2022 the 99th anniversary of the society, but the 100th instance of the annual event. The various programs offered over the last century boast many of the most prominent names in Poe studies, from Arthur Hobson Quinn and Hervey Allen to John W. Ostrom, Thomas Ollive Mabbott and Burton R. Pollin. Where has the society journeyed so far, and, perhaps more importantly, where will we be going next? More details.
Ticketed event. Location: 519 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore MD. 7:30 PM. Must be 21+
The official party of Poe Fest International! Join us for a fantastical masquerade of the senses and grave-side toast to Poe. VIP ticket includes a chance to renew (or take!) your eternal vows in the famed Westminster Catacombs. More details.
Ticketed event. Location: Westminster Hall, 519 W. Fayette Street, 12PM - 4PM
Visit an interactive art installation at Westminster Hall & Burying Ground where Poe's body and casket will lie in state in a re-enactment of the dark and somber day Poe was laid to rest. Tour the various conspiracies that plague Poe's legacy and learn how the very clothes he wore offer clues to his mysterious death. Pay your respects at a special candle-light vigil for the master of horror and mystery. Included this year: the NEW "Virginia Poe Bicentennial Death Exhibit." Presented by Poe Baltimore at Westminster Hall, the exhibit explores the hidden history of Virginia Poe, the beloved wife and muse of Edgar Allan Poe, and how she shaped her husband's work even from beyond the grave. More details.
Ticketed event. Location: MAGIC MANIA, 7938 EASTERN AVENUE, BALTIMORE, MD 21224
Edgar Allan Poe’s Blood, Sweat & Fears: Music, magic and mayhem! See three of Poe’s well-known stories of suspense come to life on stage cabaret-style, in the first-ever live production from Baltimore’s own National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre. Featuring the stories “Berenice,” “The Predicament,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Parental advisory: This show contains some adult themes, including murder. Not recommended for children under 13 years of age. More details.
See videos and content from other "Poe Places" that celebrate Poe's legacy. Coming soon: tours in Spanish & Chinese!
(More languages TBA)
See inside the historic Edgar Allan Poe House, explore a virtual exhibit at Westminster Hall, watch along with your fellow Poe fans as we celebrate all things Poe. There's evermore to discover!
Join one of our LIVE virtual tours with a Virtual Festival Pass and connect with your fellow Poe fans
Learn the mysterious circumstances of Poe's death in 1849 and how the very clothes in which he was found offer clues to the mystery of his final days. Pay respects at a candle-light vigil over Poe's body in a casket. And new this year...The Virginia Poe Bicentennial Death Exhibit!
Explore the enduring mystery surrounding Poe’s tragic death. Includes virtual stops at four important Poe Places around Baltimore, including both of Poe’s graves, 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.
See inside the historic Edgar Allan Poe House, with 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 living here.