October is Poe-Tober in Baltimore, Maryland

October is Poe-tober in Baltimore as the city celebrates the Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe.  Coupled with its Free Fall festival, Baltimore is the hip place to be this season. Don’t believe me? Baltimore was recently dubbed Coolest City on the East Coast by Travel & Leisure, and October Poe-tober is the PERFECT time to visit.  Continue reading for more details on Free Fall Baltimore as well as Poe-tober.

Poe Baltimore

Edgar Allan Poe resting place, photo by Seth Sawyers via Flickr

From Visit Baltimore’s Press Release

Going on its 12th year, Free Fall Baltimore takes place now through October 31st, and offers hundreds of free arts & culture events citywide. The family-friendly month-long event coincides with National Arts and Humanities Month, with local attractions highlighting the importance of art through free concerts, festivals, workshops, lectures, special events and more. Last year’s event was attended by over 35,000 people, where 58 percent attended a venue for the first time.


There is no better place to experience historic haunts than in Baltimore, final resting place of the master of macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. Baltimore expertly resurrects Poe’s life and legacy during Poe-tober, a month filled with Poe-inspired experiences.

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe, image courtesy wikimedia commons

  • Walk on the same floors and wander within the original plaster walls and woodwork as Poe at the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum. The refurbished National Historic Landmark is where Poe lived from 1833 to 1835.
  • Stop by the Enoch Pratt Free Library in the heart of Baltimore’s downtown to get an exclusive look at one-of-a-kind, rarely seen artifacts – a lock of Poe’s hair, a piece of his coffin, letters and documents from the family’s private collection and more.
  • Visit Poe’s grave at Westminster Hall Burying Ground. This is where the Poe Toaster, a mysterious stranger and Poe fan, started visiting the cemetery beginning in 1949 to leave a tribute on Poe’s grave: a partial bottle of cognac and three red roses. Take a tour on the first or third Friday of October, or join the Annual Halloween Tour from 6 pm – 9 pm on Oct. 31.
  • Walk the historic cobblestone streets of Fell’s Point in Poe’s footsteps with The Original Fell’s Point Ghost Walk guided by experts on Baltimore’s best ghost stories and haunted hideouts.
  • Pay homage to the late, great poet with inspired cuisine in Apropoe’s gothic setting on Harbor East’s waterfront. Try the Poe burger, topped with Applewood smoked bacon, white cheddar, wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, tomato, Bibb lettuce and served with herbed fries.
  • Stay at the best hotel for “Dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” The largest room at Scarborough Fair is the Edgar Allan Poe Suite, inspired by the loves and works of this intriguing and romantic genius. Portraits of Edgar and his wife, Virginia, grace the walls of the room. Additional homages to Poe include the infamous bust of Pallas, from “The Raven” (1845).
Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum

Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, image courtesy Visit Baltimore

For more ways to explore Baltimore this Poe-tober, visit http://baltimore.org/article/poe-tober. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on instagramtwitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.