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PoeFest Schedule

PoeFest runs every Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM from October 7 until October 29, 2016. We will also be returning to the Rosson House Museum on Halloween, October 31st to perform 'The Raven' every twenty minutes between 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM. Please see the full schedule below.

About PoeFest

PoeFest is the eighth annual celebration of the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe held every October in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Our performances are not readings. Our actors have memorized Poe's stories and will perform them as inmates in Poe's fictional Maison de Santé Asylum.

Cast Who's who in the cast.

The actors in PoeFest are professionals. These are not readings. Our actors memorize Poe's stories and poetry and perform them in character as inmates from Poe's fictional Maison de Santé Asylum.


Those helping hands

Venues Ghost Lounge at the Hotel San Carlos

  • ADDRESS 202 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ, 85004

  • PHONE 1-888-343-4228

  • EMAIL Click for email


Venues Rosson House Museum at Heritage Square

  • ADDRESS 113 N 6th St, Phoenix, AZ, 85004

  • PHONE 1-888-343-4228

  • EMAIL Click for email


FAQ Frequently asked questions

Below you'll find answers to some frequently asked questions about PoeFest. If you do not find the answer to your question here please email us, or call us at 1-888-343-4228.

1. What is the Main Stage show?

Our main stage shows inside the Hotel San Carlos's Ghost Lounge take place every Friday and Saturday night at 8:00 PM between October 7 and October 29, 2016 and feature a rotating schedule of Poe's stories. Click here to see our full schedule of stories and poems. $22-$26

2. What is the PoeFest Séance show?

PoeFest Séance is an entertainment show that will explore the supernatural in a modern ode to the Victorian-era séance. Audiences will be chilled and thrilled by attempts to contact the spirit world, including the lost soul of Edgar Allan Poe himself. PoeFest Séance is not for young children, pregnant women, people with heart issues, health issues, or the easily frightened. $34.95

3. What is The Raven at Rosson House?

The Raven at Rosson House occurs on Halloween Night only and features The Raven performed every twenty minutes inside the grand entrance hall of the restored Gothic Victorian mansion. A tour of the lower level is included featuring the doctor's office, a cooling table, a coffin, artwork made of human hair, Victorian-era post-mortem photography, and more. $10.00

4. Are these readings of Poe's stories?

No. These are not readings. Our actors have memorized Poe's stories and will perform them in character as inmates of Poe's fictional Maison de Santé Asylum.

5. Are there reserved seats for PoeFest?

PoeFest main stage shows inside the Ghost Lounge at the Hotel San Carlos do not have assigned seating. Our seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. However, our space is intimate and every seat in the house is a good one. If you have a ticket you are guaranteed a seat to the show. If you want to use your Festival Pass you must arrive at least 30 minutes before showtime. 'The Raven' at Rosson House is standing room only and lasts roughly 15 minutes. We can accommodate wheelchairs for all performances.

6. Can I buy drinks at PoeFest?

We do not sell alcohol at PoeFest, but alcohol and soft drinks can be purchased inside the hotel at the restaurant Rice Paper and carried into PoeFest.

7. Where is the best place to park?

The Hotel San Carlos offers short-term valet parking for $10 plus tip. Parking on the street is metered until 10PM. There are cash-only lots for $5 at 324 N 1st Ave and 252 W Van Buren St. We also recommend the Wells Fargo Plaza Garage at 92 N 1st Ave. Light Rail continues to be the cheapest and most convenient alternative.

8. Can I buy tickets using cash?

We cannot accept cash for advance ticket purchases. A credit or debit card is required to buy advance tickets to PoeFest.

9. Can you accommodate wheelchairs?

PoeFest is wheelchair accessible. Please give us advance notice so we can configure our seating accordingly.

10. Do you have listening devices for the hearing impaired?

PoeFest does not currently have listening devices. With advance notice, however, we will reserve front row seating for any audience member with impaired hearing. Our scripts are also available upon request.

11. Can I take photos or video during the show?

Because of the distraction to other audience members we ask that everyone refrain from taking photos, videos, or using their cell phones in any manner during the performance. Please turn off all cell phones.

12. What happens if I arrive late?

There is no late seating at PoeFest. If you arrive after the show has started you will not be admitted.

13. Will anyone jump out and scare me?

In our Ghost Lounge shows on the main stage as well as The Raven at Rosson House, all of the horror comes from the demented mind of Edgar Allan Poe. In PoeFest Séance, we cannot control malevolent spirits and promise nothing. Do not attend PoeFest Séance if you have young children, heart issues, illness, or are easily frightened.

14. Do you have a dress code?

We do not have a dress code. Casual attire is permitted.

15. Do you offer ghost tours of the hotel?

No. The Hotel San Carlos does offer its own history tours, but we do not produce or organize them.