Upcoming Edgar Allan Poe Events


If you are looking for something different to do this upcoming year, we have a couple of suggestions for you. Well, one really: go to a Poe event! We have a very special one coming up this year!

Whatever name you choose to call it – The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival or Poe Fest International – is a free community event in Baltimore and it is the Poe event of the year. The festival, lasting two days, not only strives to continue Poe’s legacy but also to honor the writers of the next generation as well. For two days there will be books, art, live performances, poetry, food, and music. What more could anyone ask for? Poe Baltimore will be celebrating Poe’s influence, life, and legacy both in Baltimore and around the world.

The festival program includes The Black Cat Ball, Poe Funeral Re-enactment, and Poe House tours. In addition, the Saturday Visiter Awards are a new way to honor Poe’s legacy by awarding prizes to writing, performance, art, and/or media which was adapted or inspired by Poe’s life or works. “The Saturday Visiter” was the name (and that’s how they spelled it, too) of a local newspaper which held a poetry and short story contest. Poe, with “MS Found in a Bottle”, won the award while living in Baltimore. The awards, keeping in-stride, are named after the paper, hope to help launch another young writer’s career. The contest opens January 19, 2019, and the winners will be announced at the festival. The festival will be held this year October fifth and sixth. Again, this is a free, family-friendly event.

A few other smaller events we found are “La Pasion de Poe“, a ballet dance tribute to Poe’s life and works. This ballet is in Glen Allen, Virginia in the last of March. “Murder by Poe” is a play put on by the Actors Guild first in Parkersburg, West Virginia in September and in Fredericksburg, Virginia in October. Then “Strange City of Edgar Allan Poe” is an interactive Halloween experience based on Poe’s life, stories, and characters. This delight happens in October in Raleigh, North Carolina. Check out your local area for Poe-related events as well. Many cities have readings and “Poe parties.”