Fans of the singer-songwriter and her Eras Tour, which plays Denver on Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15, scrambled to snag tickets the moment they went on sale earlier this year, ensuring both instant sell-outs and disappointment.
But anyone can attend these parallel yet separate Swift-themed events, in which boutique hotels, promoters, bars and upscale shopping complexes cater to people coming to (and from) the shows in downtown Denver. Getting a piece of that action means meeting fans where they are. Literally.
Here’s a quick roundup of Swift-related events that are open to the public, both free and paid. Watch for The Denver Post’s photo slideshow and review of the tour’s opening night in Denver, to be posted on July 15 on denverpost.com/things-to-do/music, and check out a review and photos of her 2018 Reputation Tour show at Empower Field at bit.ly/44dZdAz.
Taylor Swift silent disco
The McGregor Square complex across from Coors Field in Lower Downtown is diving in early with a silent disco and related events on Saturday, July 8. Each $30 admission includes a silent-disco headset to hear a pair of DJs spinning Swift hits “from every era to dance and sing along to,” as well as beer or seltzer included and access to a friendship bracelet-making station, “the Eras Tour must-have accessory.”
There are, of course, Swift-inspired cocktails such as Champagne Problems and Lavender Haze, and The OG and Rally bars will also be serving Swiftie cocktails. Tickets are $30 per person, or $10 for people who book a room on the same night at the Rally Hotel on-site. eventbrite.com or therallyhotel.com
Early Taylor Swift pre-parties
Other events are popping up a week early to take advantage of the run-up to the show: the Queer Taylor Swift pre-party at Denver’s Goldspot Brewing Company welcomes Gaylors (Swifties who theorize that she’s secretly gay) and everyone else with a costume contest, friendship bracelets and flash tattoos, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 8. The event is free but donations will be collected to benefit nonprofits Khesed Wellness and The Delores Project. eventbrite.com
On July 13, the night before the first concert, Mile High Spirits is also holding a pre-party featuring “all Taylor Swift, all night long” music ($10; eventbrite.com).
Swifties at the Station
The 1-7 p.m. celebration on July 14 and 15 at Denver’s Union Station will feature DJ Chris C playing fan-favorite Taylor Swift tunes, a “face rhinestone artist” and a pop-up by LINK x LOU “to help you level up your friendship-bracelet game,” organizers wrote. You can also pose for photos in a booth and enter a Best Dressed raffle for prizes that include a one-night stay at The Crawford with a $100 Denver Union Station gift card.
“Terminal Bar will also be pouring special Taylor Swift cocktails, including the Cruel Summer, a Taylor Spritz, a Blank Space and a Lavender Haze, made with Tito’s Vodka, black tea, lavender, Butterfly Pea Syrup, lemon and soda water,” according to the press release. Anyone who buys food or drink from Terminal Bar on July 15 can also take a free TukTuk ride directly to Empower Field from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Events are free but RSVPs are encouraged via eventbrite.com. More at denverunionstation.com/events/swifties-at-the-station
“You Belong With Me” at Thompson Denver
The year-old Thompson Denver hotel is also going the lux route on July 14 and 15 with its Champagne Problems brunch, featuring specials by the bottle or glass, the Lavender Haze cocktail throughout the hotel, a “special merch stand for the ultimate friendship bracelets and temporary tattoos” (think 13 and 22, organizers said), and a “Cruel Summer” party in Reynard Social with Eras songs by Cyberkid. Note: Overnight hotel rates for these dates start at about $800. hyatt.com/thompson-hotels/denth-thompson-denver
Taylor Swift Glam Makeup Experience
LoDo’s Maven Hotel and Poka Lola Social Club joined forces at The Dairy Block for a Glam Makeup Experience on July 14 and 15, with Denver artist Makeup by Peaches “helping fans to rock Taylor’s signature red lip or add a pop of glitter and color to your already fabulous outfit,” organizers wrote. Timed slots are available 2-6 p.m. both days for $10 per person. Poka Lola will have the Champagne Problems and Lavender Haze cocktails on both days. Registration is required at eventbrite.com. More at themavenhotel.com
This elaborate tailgate party will be set up across from Empower Field along Federal Boulevard from 3 to 6 p.m. on July 14 with food and drinks, activity booths, DJs, selfie backdrops and more ($25). If you can’t go to the show, they’re also hosting a listening party during it ($25) and a 21-and-up post-concert dance party ($25). The Can’t Stop Won’t Stop bundle includes all of the events ($60). eventbrite.com
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