THE BLACK CAT BALL at Westminster Hall

519 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore MD 21201

October 5, 2019, 7:30 PM

The Black Cat Ball is the Official Party for The Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards

About the Black Cat Ball

Official Party of The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival

The Black Cat Ball at Westminster Hall is the Official Party for The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards, Saturday, October 5th. Doors open 7:30 PM (VIP 7:00 PM)

Join us for a fantastical masquerade of the senses as we dance into the night, explore a garden of culinary delicacies, then raise a glass to the inimitable Edgar Allan Poe with a special grave-side toast! Guests will wander and sample delights at a dozen Chef stations, plus enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails highlighting the best food and spirits Maryland has to offer. 

Tickets are all-inclusive for food, cocktails, and entertainment.

The evening's stage program includes:

  • Special entry march on the famous Westminster church organ
  • The Raven, interpreted by Calixta Starr
  • Danse Macabre/Waltz of Death by Susan Zhang & Nick Luby (The Concert Truck)
  • Winners of the 2019 Saturday 'Visiter' Awards, presented by author Louis Bayard (The Pale Blue Eye)
  • And of course... stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe!

NOTE TO POE FESTIVAL ATTENDEES: The party takes place at a location away from festival grounds. Westminster Hall & Burying Grounds (Poe's grave!) is at 519 W. Fayette, roughly a mile from Poe House.

Black Cat Ball at Westminster Hall, Oct 5, 2019. Tickets at
Black Cat Ball at Westminster Hall, Oct 5, 2019. Tickets at

Ticket Options

General Admission is all-inclusive

General Admission

Tastings and cocktails presented by Baltimore chefs & mixologists

Edgar Allan Poe-themed performances and music 

A cognac toast at Poe’s grave commemorating the 170th anniversary of the poet’s death in Baltimore

      Dress to impress and walk our Gothic Red Carpet!


Limited Premium ticket plus private catacombs tour

Limited Premium VIP & Private Catacombs Tour

Early/Express entry & cocktails at 7:00PM

Exclusive access to VIP balcony and seated tasting, presented by Chef's Expressions

Private performance of Poe’s “Cask of Amontillado” 

in the Westminster Catacombs

Mystery Poe gift bag