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Baltimore's Annual Edgar Allan Poe Festival

Heather Jauquet

Commemorating the 172nd anniversary of Poe’s Death with two days of music, books, and art in October

Edgar Allan Poe was the first American writer to support himself entirely by his writing. He first earned money writing by winning a newspaper contest sponsored by the Baltimore Saturday Visiter, launching his literary career.

Baltimore proudly lays claim to Poe, naming a football team after his poem "The Raven" and turning his house at the corner of North Amity Street in the Poppleton neighborhood into a museum. It is there in Baltimore, between 1833 and 1835, where Poe wrote most of his enduring works of prose

Baltimore also features a pensive, seated statue of Poe off Mount Royal Avenue, where he sits guard over the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus.

To commemorate the anniversary of his death, Baltimore hosts the International Edgar Allan Poe Festival. This year the festival will be held on October 2 and 3 to celebrate the 172nd anniversary of the writer's death. The free two-day outdoor event will feature music, books, and art. In addition to the free main stage events, there are ticketed admissions to other programs throughout the weekend. All of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. The festival will feature both virtual and in-person programs, including stage events, vendors, and tours. 

Main Stage Events—FREE

The Saturday and Sunday Main Stage events are free. From 11am to 4pm, there will be vendors, books, music, performances, and art in the shadow of Poe House at 203 N. Amity Street in Baltimore.

Poe House Tours

A National Historic Landmark, the Edgar Allan Poe House allows visitors to walk on the same floors, stairs, and wander throughout the place where the author lived with his aunt and two cousins. In addition, there will be exhibits and significant artifacts that tell the life of the author. 

Sign up for tours on October 2 and 3, offered from 11am to 4pm.  

Note: Tours of Poe House are NOT included with general festival admission.  Tickets are $20 per person for an hour tour.  

VIP Death Weekend "Poe Places" Bus Tour

Did you know that Edgar Allan Poe has two graves? You can visit them both during the 2 hour bus tour which includes four stops at important Poe Places around Baltimore. 

Note: Tour admission is not included with the general festival admission. The tours are offered October 2 and 3 at 11am and 2pm. The tour requires an ID check and proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Tickets are $59 per person for a 2-hour tour.  

Poe Funeral and Film & Fashion Exhibit

The exhibit is an interactive art installation at the historic Carroll Mansion that includes a re-enactment of the dark and sad day Poe was laid to rest. In addition, you can pay your respects at a special candle-night vigil to the legendary writer.  

In addition to the enactment, the “Poe in Film & Fashion” exhibit will be art 1840s Plaza and will explore how Poe’s life and works inspire and shape popular culture.  

The Poe Funeral will be at the Carroll Mansion, and the Film & Fashion exhibit will be at 1840s Plaza, 29 South Front Street, Baltimore, MD. The price of the tours is $20 per person.  

The Black Cat Ball--The Official Party of the International Edgar Allan Poe Festival

The Black Cat Ball is a Gothic Hollywood-themed masquerade filled with dancing, culinary delicacies, and specialty cocktails. Participants will toast the author and walk the red carpet. 

The ball is on Saturday, October 2nd, and begins at 7:30pm. Participants need to be 21+ years. There will be an ID check along with required proof of vaccination for COVID-19

For more information about the International Poe Festival, check out their webpage

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Heather Jauquet writes articles centered around the DMV and her adventures in other local communities. Follow her to get information about Montgomery County education, government, and community news. When she's not writing, she's running. Got a story to share? Email her: hjauquet@gmail.com

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