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Taylor Swift dance parties, tailgates and more around Tampa Bay
By Gabrielle Calise,
The Tampa run of Taylor Swift’s Eras tour is almost here. Are you ready for it?
Maybe you didn’t get tickets but want to celebrate anyway. Or perhaps you’re looking for a before- or after-party. There are plenty of social events to choose from, even weeks after the main event.
From parties to “tay-gates,” here are our top picks:
Taylor Swift Night Tampa: Eras Unofficial Pre-Tour DJ Dance Party
This high-energy dance party will last over four hours as DJ Chey spins every song off “Midnights,” plus hits from each of Taylor’s other eras. The event includes contests, giveaways and photo opportunities.
When: 9 p.m. April 14
Location: Pegasus Lounge, 14811 N Florida Ave., Tampa
Cost: $12 plus fees. Purchase via Eventbrite.
Le Petite Fete’s Tay-Gates Meet-Up in Tampa
These pre-show dance parties are open to all ages, but an adult must accompany guests under 18. Have an elaborate outfit you’ve spent weeks crafting? There will be costume contests and themed photo areas, offering the perfect place to show off.
When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 13 and 15
Location: Two Shepherds Taproom, 4813 N Grady Ave., Tampa
Cost: $20 plus fees. Purchase via Eventbrite.
Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift
Listen to Swift’s biggest hits played by the Listeso String Quartet in a dreamy, candlelit setting. The tentative set list for the 65 minute-show includes “Lavender Haze,” “Love Story,” “Cardigan,” “Blank Space” and “Enchanted.” The shows are open to guests 8 and older, though anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
In Tampa: Centro Asturiano de Tampa is hosting the performances at 6:30 and 9 p.m. April 28. Book via Fever.
In St. Petersburg: Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift takes place at the Birchwood at 6:30 and 9 p.m. May 18. Book via Fever.
Cost: $45-$55, plus fees.
Lavender Haze Ball
This all-ages event is a “passion project curated for Swifties by Swifties.” It includes 10 Taylor-themed cocktails (or mocktails) to represent 10 different eras. There will also be a Polaroid photo booth.
“As many of us didn’t survive the great war that was getting tickets to the Eras tour, I decided that it was only right to curate an event for us to dance in our nicest dresses and create friendships that will last forevermore,” the event description reads.
When: 7 to 11 p.m. July 15
Location: 510 Water St., Tampa
Cost: General admission is $50. VIP is $80 and includes early entry, a goodie bag with Lavender Haze Ball merchandise, special VIP seating, charcuterie and a five-drink punch card. Fees are not included. Book via Eventbrite.
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