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 33 years of entertaining coast to coast!
Robert Frank as Deadgar Allan Poe
Robert Frank brings the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe to life with his recitations of Poe's poetry brilliantly set to the music of Frederic Chopin and Thomas Newman. Through the music and performance, Poe's poetry is beautifully delivered with depth and emotion. His Poe repertoire includes a dozen Poe poems, with a new addition, The City in the Sea, debuting at this year's festival!
Half Light Theatre is thrilled to be returning to the International Edgar Allan Poe festival with their newest production of "POE-etry in the Parlour." 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 the haunting passions of love and loss as Poe classics come to life before your eyes with a original performance adaptations of your favorite Poe stories and poems including Annabel Lee, Ligeia, The Oval Portrait, For Annie and The Raven. Featuring performances from 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.
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.
Poe’s Magic Theater features the spooky storytelling magic of Paranormalist Vince Wilson, the macabre illusions of Paul Prater, and the Gothic Magic of Vlad! Magic, myth and history combine into wonder!
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!
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 to finish off a fine festival Day 1!
Tim Beasley, appearing as Edgar Allan Poe, Master of Ceremonies
The Poverty Ridge Brothers Fine Funerary Services
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.
Additional 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.
The Evening Crane Theatre is a NYC-based theatre ensemble dedicated to the resurrection of forgotten 19th century masterworks, and the presentation of new plays in a lyrical mode. A dramatic reading of the 1827 version of Poe's "Tamerlane & Other Poems."
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.
Live Radio Drama by players from the soon-to-be established National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre. Performing The Tell-Tale Heart and other favorites. 2021 Saturday 'Visiter' Awards Nominee
Returning for a third year, The Baltimore City Pipe Band will honor the 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.
Ticketed event. Location: Carroll Mansion, 800 E. Lombard St., 12PM - 4PM
Visit an interactive art installation at the historic Carroll Mansion, 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 then pay your respects at a special candle-light vigil for the master of horror and mystery. Plus, NEW this year, the "Poe in Film & Fashion Exhibit" at 1840s Plaza. Presented by Poe Baltimore in the adjoining building at 1840s Plaza, this exhibit explores the ways in which Edgar Allan Poe's life and works continue to inspire and shape popular culture. More details.
Ticketed event. Location: 1840s Plaza, 29 S. Front Street, Baltimore MD. 7:30 PM. Must be 21+, and show proof of vaccination for COVID-19.
The official party of Poe Fest International! Join us for a fantastical masquerade of the senses and grave-side toast to Poe. More details.
Ticketed event. Location: Poe’s Magic Theater at the Holiday Inn Baltimore Downtown, 105 W Fayette St, Baltimore, MD , 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.
Annabelle Lee Tavern
Poe Baltimore / Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum
The Poe Cottage (Bronx County Historical Society)
The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore
Poe’s Magic Theater
Half Light Theater
Kat Art LLC
The Art of Adrianne D
Michelle Ink Designs
Baltimore Science Fiction Society
Jekyll Hyde Jewelry
Poisoned Rose Art LLC
Kitsch Witch Studios
Brit Austin Illustration
Louise Gorday Books
Enoch Pratt Free Library
The Peale Museum
Love Letters to Poe
The Poverty Ridge Brothers Fine Funerary Services
SATURDAY 'VISITER' AWARDS NOMINEES
(The following are the nominees participating in the festival as vendors. Click here to see the complete list of 2021 nominees.)
Ruby Ralston McCoy
U. of MD Baltimore Community Engagement Center
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 classic horror films. There's a ton going on festival weekend!
Ballet Embody Chesapeake Shakespeare Theater Coffin Building Workshop with Poverty Ridge Brothers Fine Funerary Services The Coldharts Robert Frank as "Deadgar" Allan Poe The Embalmers Enoch Pratt Free Library Half Light Theater Poe Baltimore The Poe Cottage Poe Movies Poe Studies Association Poe's Magic Theater RavenBeer Tim Beasley as Edgar Allan Poe The Saturday 'Visiter Awards' United States Military Academy at West Point More updated as the date draws near!
Baltimore City Pipe Band Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore Enoch Pratt Free Library Evening Crane Theater National Edgar Allan Poe Theater Poe Baltimore Poe Museum (Richmond) Poe Studies Association Poehemia RavenBeer Jason Strutz Illustration & Red Stylo Media Winners of the 2021 Saturday 'Visiter Awards' Westminster Hall & Burying Ground More updated as the date draws near!
Join one of our LIVE virtual tours with a Virtual Festival Pass and connect with your fellow Poe fans
These events are not streamed, but also happening festival weekend!
See the event descriptions for how to join.
FREE, Registration required
"Poe the Polymath" by Paul Grimstad. Click here to register.
The lecture will consider Poe as a writer and thinker interested in everyt...
FREE, Registration required
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. Next, explore the living arts of fashion & costume in films that adapt Poe's works. Pay respects at a candle-light vigil over Poe's body in a casket.
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.