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Edgar Allan Poe Events


Edgar Allan Poe, the poet that created macabre tales and poems lived, died and was buried here in Baltimore. So both the and Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, Poe's grave site, put on special Edgar Allan Poe events at Halloween.

Also every year on Poe's birthday on Jan. 19 both places have special events.

Westminster Hall and Burying Ground

519 W Fayette St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
In the early hours of the morning, a solemn ritual occurs every Jan. 19 in the West Baltimore cemetery where Edgar Allan Poe is laid to rest. A cloaked visitor, known as "The Poe Toaster", drinks to the literary great in the early hours of the morning.

Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum

203 North Amity St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21223
The museum holds the "World's Largest Edgar Allan Poe Birthday Celebration" usually on the weekend closest to January 19 or at the end of January. This event often includes music, theatrical performances based on Poe's life and works, a bagpipe tribute and special exhibits of Poe artifacts.

2008 Poe Birthday Celebration

See a stage production of Poe's short story The Murders at Rue Morgue, which is considered to be the world's first detective story. Plus get the scoop on Poe from his former fiancee, Sarah Helen Whitman, and Poe will make an appearance himself. Other Poe characters will mingle with the audience as well.

Saturday, January 19, doors open 6 p.m., performance 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 20, doors open at 3:30 p.m., performance 4:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20, ages 10-17 (no one under age 10 will be admitted); $25 ages 18 and up

This year the museum is undergoing renovations so the birthday celebration will be at Westminster Hall.

Poe Birthday Celebration Tickets

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