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2020 International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards

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Poe Baltimore invites you to join fellow fans for a weekend of performances, movies, music and art, all in celebration of Edgar Allan Poe!

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***COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the truly strange and remarkable events of this year, this festival is ENTIRELY VIRTUAL in 2020. We will stream performances and virtual tours from on October 3rd & 4th, and this program is FREE to view on Facebook & Youtube Live. Many virtual events and live virtual tours are posted--see our page for tickets! We hope to see you online festival weekend!***

The festival includes Poe-themed performances, vendors, booksellers and music, plus family-friendly activities, poetry and art. Attendees will also get to learn about Poe’s life and works from some of the United States’ preeminent “Poe Places”, with representatives from The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum (Baltimore), The Poe Museum (Richmond, Virginia), The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore and Westminster Hall & Burying Ground. The winners of the 2020 Saturday 'Visiter' Awards will also be announced festival weekend!

October 3 & 4 is “Death Weekend”, commemorating the 171st anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death in Baltimore. Visit PoeFestInternational.org for more vendors and program details/schedule.

Featured Programs by: "Mystery at Poe House" presented by Alasdair Beckett-King American Culinary Federation, Greater Baltimore Chapter The Art of Adrianne D. Poe Mask Workshop with Britany Marriott-Blount (Artway Alliance) Chesapeake Shakespeare Theater City Lit Project Coffin Building Workshop with Poverty Ridge Brothers Fine Funerary Services The Cold Hearts Dan Meyer Choir Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore Enoch Pratt Free Library Evening Crane Theater Half Light Theater Love Letters to Poe National Cryptologic Museum National Edgar Allan Poe Theater Other World Theater Poe Baltimore Poe Movies Poe Museum (Richmond) Poe Studies Association Poe's Magic Theater RavenBeer Red Stylo Media Tim Beasley as Edgar Allan Poe The Poe Show starring Tony Tsendeas The Saturday 'Visiter Awards' United States Military Academy at West Point More updated as the date draws near!

Poe Fest International will be FREE to view online at PoeFestInternational.org, Facebook Live and Youtube Live. Add-on Ticketed events include Virtual Death Weekend Tours, Tours of the Edgar Allan Poe House, and the NEW Poe in Film & Fashion Exhibit. To be sure you get to see these precious landmarks, check out the ticketed options below:

Death Weekend 'Poe Places' Tour

Explore the enduring mystery surrounding Poe’s tragic death on a special Death Weekend Live Virtual Tour of Poe’s Baltimore. The 1.5-hour tour ticket includes stops at four important Poe Places around Baltimore, including a tour of Poe House, Poe’s grave, 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. NOTE: Death and funeral imagery (including body in an open casket), may not be suitable for young children. Viewer discretion advised.

Edgar Allan Poe House Live Virtual Tours

See inside the historic Edgar Allan Poe House, plus 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 residing at Poe House.

The Edgar Allan Poe Film & Fashion Virtual Exhibit (NEW for 2020!)

Presented by Poe Baltimore at Westminster Hall & Burying Ground, this new exhibit explores the ways in which Edgar Allan Poe's life and works continue to inspire and shape popular culture. Learn of the mysterious circumstances of Poe's death in Baltimore in 1849 and how the very clothes in which he was found are a tantalizing clue to the mystery of his final days. Next, explore the living arts of fashion and costume in recent films that adapt Poe's life or works, and the myriad ways Poe is interpreted for modern audiences. The exhibit includes a special sneak peek at production and costume details from 3 Days Rising, a new movie adaptation of Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher," starring Peter Greene, Ice-T, Mickey Rourke and Frank Whaley. NOTE: Death and funeral imagery (including body in an open casket) may not be suitable for young children. Viewer discretion advised.

Exhibits by:

  • Poe Baltimore
  • The Poe Museum, Richmond
  • The Edgar Allan Poe Society, Baltimore
  • Charles Wissinger
  • Craig Cukrowski & Derek Cukrowski
  • Eric Stange & Spy Pond Productions
  • Thad & Season Ciechanowski, Poe Movies
  • Christopher Schafer Clothier
  • Ella Pritsker Couture & Maryland Fashion Institute
  • Jericho Vinegar Works
  • Roger Miller & The Baltimore Camera Club

The Black Cat Ball

The official party of The International Edgar Allan Poe festival & Awards. Sadly, this in-person party is canceled this year. However, the Saturday 'Visiter' Awards ceremony and a grave-side toast to Edgar Allan Poe will still stream live, Saturday, October 3, 8PM Eastern.

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