Poe's 211th Birthday Bash

January 18, 2020 @ 12:00PM — January 19, 2020 @ 12:00AM

Party for Poe with the Poe Museum! Our annual Birthday Bash is the largest birthday celebration in the world for Edgar Allan Poe, who was born on January 19, 1809. Our event will have a walled, heated tent and feature live music, tours, living history, theatrical presentations, readings, and much more! Scroll down for schedules.

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Help us celebrate Poe's 211th birthday! Walk-ups also welcome.

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.

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Yes, we're going on even in the rain! Enjoy the programming within our walled, heated tent courtesy of Party Perfect!

Parking: we have limited spaces in our parking lot, and the hourly street parking around the museum does not apply on weekends. After 3pm, additional event parking is available in the Virginia Holocaust Museum's parking lot, accessible from 21st Street and only 1.5 blocks from the Poe Museum.

This event will feature tours, live music, readings, book talks, theatrical performances, and more! We welcome local author and speaker Harry Kollatz, Jr. and Alex Zavistovich of the National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre as our emcees for the day.

Plan your day with the schedule below! The $10 admission allows you to come and go, and covers all of the experiences aside from the trolley tour, which is only $10 extra.

TENT Schedule Programs happening within and near the walled, heated tent

  • 12:00-12:30 p.m. Living History Performance by Eliza Poe, Edgar’s mother
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m. Richmond Theatre Fire presentation by Harry Kollatz, Jr.
  • 1:15-1:45 p.m. Book Talk by John Wasowicz
  • 1:45-2:00 p.m. Reading by Shirley Kagan
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m. Band - Sarah White Music
  • 3:30-3:45 p.m. Reading by Harry Kollatz, Jr.
  • 3:45-4:00 p.m. Reading by Shirley Kagan
  • 4:00-4:30 p.m. Performance by Marquis de Lafayette
  • 4:30-4:45 p.m. Reading by Debbie Phillips
  • 4:34-5:00 p.m. EDGAR ALLAN POE
  • 5:00 p.m. Birthday Cake
  • 5:10-5:30 p.m. Reading by Harry Kollatz, Jr.
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. “Edgar Allan” by The Coldharts
  • 6:30-6:50 p.m. Performance by Coalition Theater in Garden
  • 6:50-8:20 p.m. Band - The Embalmers
  • 8:20-8:45 p.m. Performance by Coalition Theater in Garden
  • 8:45-9:45 p.m. “Eddie Poe” by The Coldharts
  • 9:45-10:15 p.m. Screening of Michael Carbonaro’s performance, “The Tell-Tale Heart”
  • 10:15-10:30 p.m. Reading by Alex Zavistovich
  • 10:30-11:00 p.m. Presentation by Jarrod Henson
  • 11:00-11:15 p.m. Reading by Alex Zavistovich
  • 11:15-12:00 p.m. Band - Spiral Fracture
  • 12:00 a.m. Sparkling Wine toast in Shrine with yummy treats

Tours and More Programs happening around the site and neighborhood

  • 1:00-1:30 p.m. Curator’s Crypt in Reading Room
    • First-come, first-served
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. Walking Tour - Poe’s Youth in Richmond
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. Trolley tour of Poe’s Richmond with Poe Museum guides
    • Must have ticket (additional $10)
  • 3:15-4:15 p.m. Trolley tour of Poe’s Richmond with Poe Museum guides
    • Must have ticket (additional $10)
  • 4:00-4:30 p.m. Curator’s Crypt in Reading Room
    • First-come, first-served
  • 5:00-5:10 p.m. Birthday Cake
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Walking Tour - Poe’s Last Night in Richmond
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Trolley tour of Poe’s Richmond with Poe Museum guides
    • Must have ticket (additional $10)
  • 7:00-7:30 p.m. Curator’s Crypt in Reading Room
    • First-come, first-served
  • 7:45-8:45 p.m. Trolley tour of Poe’s Richmond with Poe Museum guides
    • Must have ticket (additional $10)
  • 9:45-10:45 p.m. Walking Tour - Poe’s Last Night in Richmond
  • 10:00-10:30 p.m. Curator’s Crypt in Reading Room
    • First-come, first-served

We are proud to partner with RVA On Wheels once again to provide trolley tours of Edgar Allan Poe's hometown.

The 2020 Birthday Bash is generously sponsored by Blue Ridge Event Production, Party Perfect, Linden Row Inn, Center of the Universe Brewing Company, Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe, Parterre Restaurant, Stump's Pig and Pint, Total Wine & More, Root Stock Provisions, and Ironclad Coffee!