Taylor Swift is bringing her phenomenal Eras Tour to Melbourne Cricket Ground from February 16 to 18. And this city is truly feeling the love. On top of the mad rush for tickets, Melbourne is getting hyped up for the concert with a whole range of things to do for Taylor Swift fans. Put on your Red lipstick and have an Enchanted time, with afterparties, bottomless brunches, drag performances, academic discussions and much more! Whether you were lucky enough to get tickets, or you’re experiencing a Cruel Summer, there’s lots of things to do that’s all about celebrating the powerhouse that is Taylor Swift.
1. Listen to Taylor Sheesh at Fed Square
Dress up and party with the help of Filipino drag queen Taylor Sheesh. She has impersonated Taylor Swift since 2017, and will make her first major public appearance in Australia at Fed Square, alongside other performers from The House of Diesal, Body Electric and more. It’s free to attend, and there will be prizes on the night. Check it out on Friday February 16 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
📍Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
2. Attend Swiftposium Presents: Taylor Swift, Feminism and the Music Industry
Scholars from universities across Australia and New Zealand will discuss Taylor Swift and her influence on contemporary life at the hybrid academic conference, Swiftposium. While this conference isn’t open to the public, you can get a taste of the event at a special panel discussion in Fed Square. Listen to a group of experts examine Swift’s influence as a feminist, artist and businesswoman. Swiftposium Presents: Taylor Swift, Feminism and the Music Industry will take place on Sunday February 11, from 6pm to 7:30pm. Learn more here.
📍The Edge, Fed Square, Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
3. Have fun with Pre-Show Parties at Riverland Bar
Get pumped up for the concert with some Eras Pre-Show Parties at Riverland Bar. The venue will non-stop Taylor Swift from 4pm to 8pm, and have plenty of food and themed cocktails for you to try. Sip on drinks like Reputation, Lover and Red, and feast on favourite foods like chicken tenders and margarita pizza. There will be a temporary tattoo artist applying Swift-inspired glitter tattoos for a small fee. The proceeds will go towards Refuge Victoria. Walk-ins are welcome, but bookings are recommended. Check it out from February 16 to 18.
📍Federation Wharf Vaults 1-9, Melbourne VIC 3000
4. Bask in the glow of a Candlelight concert
Looking for something that’s utterly dreamy? Listen to a string quartet bring your favourite tunes to life, surrounded by flickering lights, in Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift. Songs on the setlist include Love Story, You Belong With Me and Invisible String. There will be a performance at Collingwood Town Hall on February 24, and another show at Fitzroy Town Hall on March 14.
📍140 Hoddle St, Abbotsford VIC 3067 and 201 Napier Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
5. Join the pre-show party at The Posty
Going to the Saturday concert? Join the pre-show party at The Posty, which is a roughly 15 minute walk away from the MCG. Listen to Taylor swift while enjoying two hours of bottomless drinks, including spritzes, house tap beers and wine. Fuel up for the show with a shareable grazing platter. Sessions run from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday February 17. Bookings are essential.
📍90 Swan St, Cremorne VIC 3121
6. Dance at a Taylor Swift Silent Disco
Join a gaggle of Swifties on a Silent Disco Walking Tour, and listen to uplifting dance music from Taylor Swift. You’ll be provided with headphones, and you’ll travel in a group, dancing and interacting like a flash mob around Melbourne. There will be an event at 6:30pm on February 9 at Fed Square. Then, there will be silent discos at Queen Vic Market at 7pm and 8pm on February 14. See the schedule here.
📍The Atrium, Fed Square, Flinders St Melbourne VIC 3000 and Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000
7. Take part in Taylor Trivia at Richmond Club Hotel
The last time Richmond Club Hotel held a night of Taylor Trivia, it sold out pretty quickly. They’re bringing this exciting event back for her visit to Melbourne. Join them upstairs for a night of ultimate trivia at 7pm on February 12, 13 and 14. Bookings are essential.
📍100 Swan Street, Richmond VIC 3121
8. Swing your heart out at karaoke
Missed out on tickets? Keen for your own afterparty? Belt out your favourite Swift tunes at karaoke. Use the code ERASFUN at checkout for 30% off the following Funlab venues:
- Juke’s at Crown
- Holey Moley – Melbourne CBD
- Strike Bowling – Eastland, Glen Waverley, Highpoint, QV
- Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq – Chadstone, Moorabbin
This code is valid from February 16 to 26.
9. Try Taylor’s favourite cocktail at Yakimono and Chin Chin
Taylor Swift’s favourite cocktail, the French Blonde, has gone viral, with many Swifties recreating the drink on TikTok. Made with grapefruit juice, gin, Lillet Blanc and elderflower liqueur, this classic beverage is definitely one to try. And if you can’t make it at home, you can pop over to either Yakimono or Chin Chin, who are serving up their rendition of the cocktail for $24.50. It’s available to try from February 15 to Sunday February 18.
📍80 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000 and 125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
10. Say goodbye with the Eras Tour Afterparty at Ballers Clubhouse
Saw the concert and had the best day ever? Missed out on tickets and want to party with other Swifties? Party through the night at the Taylor Swift Eras Tour Afterparty. Ballers Clubhouse will play Taylor’s tunes all night long, and serve up themed drinks including a Reputation Refresher and a Speak Now Spritz. There will also be free Swiftie Sunnies on entry, as well as a bar for making friendship bracelets. There will be afterparties from February 16 to 18. Find out more via their Facebook event page.
📍2 Coverlid Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
11. Elevate your experience with a Drag Bottomless Brunch at Loop Roof
Celebrate with style with a Taylor Swift bottomless brunch, complete with glamourous drag performances, at Loop Roof in Melbourne. When you arrive, you’ll receive a Spritz “Speak Now” cocktail, followed by unlimited drinks for two hours. Drinks include Cruel Summer Mimosas and Champagne Problems. Tuck into a Taylor-themed menu, then watch Eliza Lot and Bella Nitrate take the stage. DJ Cliterally will also be there, with a two hour mix of Taylor songs. Check it out on Saturday February 17 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. See more here.
📍3/23 Meyers Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
12. Head to Harlow for bottomless brunch and Taylor Drag Trivia
On Monday February 12, at 7:30pm, Harlow Bar is bringing a Taylor twist to their Drag Trivia night. Test your Swiftie knowledge while listening to Taylor hits and watching drag performances. There’s heaps of prizes to be won. Bookings are recommended.
Then, on Saturday February 17 and Sunday February 18, the bar will host a Taylor Drag Bottomless Brunch. Enjoy two hours of bottomless drinks, including Taylor-inspired cocktails, a brunch item of your choice and drag queens taking on all of your favourite songs. Bookings are essential.
📍447 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121
13. Join the Eras Afterparty at Max Watts
After the concert, head to Max Watt’s for an Eras Afterparty. Relieve your favourite moments from the tour, and hear your favourite tunes that didn’t quite make the cut. DJ Rog will be there spinning tunes from every era. There will be afterparties at 11:30pm on Friday February 16 and Saturday February 17. Can’t make it to the afterparty? You can also get hyped up for the concert by attending their Eras Warm Up Party on Thursday February 15. See upcoming events here.
📍125 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
14. Listen to a discussion at The Wheeler Centre
Last year, journalist and pop culture expert Brittany Spanos taught New York University’s first-ever course on Taylor Swift. Now, she’s coming to The Wheeler Centre to discuss the singer’s cultural and artistic legacy. In this exclusive Melbourne event, she will discuss the rise of Taylor Swift and her ongoing impact on fandom, pop culture and the music industry. Listen to Brittany Spanos: Swiftmania (Taylor’s Version) on Tuesday February 13, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
📍176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000
15. Enter your Brunch Era at Fargo & Co
Listen to live tunes featuring all of the best Taylor songs at Our Brunch Era. Taking place at Fargo & Co, you can look forward to two hours of bottomless drinks, including a DIY slushie station and themed cocktails. There will also be a tasty brunch selection, like the signature caviar and bagel board. Check it out on Saturday February 17 at 12pm and 3pm, or Sunday February 18 at 11am and 2pm.
📍 216 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121
16. Celebrate a Swiftie summer at COCOLO
COCOLO is keeping the good times going with their Swifties Summer Era Campaign. Head to this delightful shop in Hawthorn for a Friendship Bracelet Making party, as well as Swift-inspired drinks and desserts. There’s also collectable lapel pins, a themed Eras wall, and giveaways. Learn more here.
📍717 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122
17. Embark on a musical journey at Decades Brunch – Taylor Edition
Vocalists and DJs will take over Village Belle Hotel in St Kilda with all Taylor’s hits through the years. Indulge in brunch while you’re there, as well as two hours of bottomless booze and Taylor-inspired slushies. Decades Brunch – Taylor Edition will take place at 3pm on Saturday February 17.
📍202 Barkly Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182
18. Go to a Taylor Swift Ice Skating Night in Reservoir
Dress up in your favourite Swiftie outfit, or if you prefer, as Travis Kelsey, and go to Ice HQ for their Taylor Swift Ice Skating Night. Skate around the rink while listening to your favourite hits, and enjoy themed drinks on the night. There will be a prize for the best Travis Kelsey Kansas City Chiefs costume. Their last event sold out, so if you’re keen, you better hurry! Check it out on Saturday February 10 from 5:15pm to 8:15pm.
📍1 Blake St, Reservoir VIC 3073
19. Join Evie’s Disco Diner for Taylor Swift Bottomless Brunch
Evie’s Disco Diner is doing a special Taylor Swift Bottomless Brunch on February 10 and 11. Hosted by resident queen SKYLA, you can look forward to a delicious brunch, Taylor Swift shows, bingo rounds and unlimited alcohol over two hours. There will be chances to win prizes from raffles, bingo rounds and mini games. See more here.
📍 230/232 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
20. Check out the Taylor Takeover Drag Brunch at The Smith
Recovering from the show? Missed out on tickets? The Smith is hosting a Taylor Takeover Drag Brunch for you to Shake It Off. Drag Queens will perform some Taylor bangers while you indulge in a brunch item of your choice. Sip on two hours of Taylor-inspired spritzes, wine, beer and more. It’s all happening at 12pm and 3pm on Sunday February 18.
📍213 High Street, Prahran VIC 3181
21. Visit this Taylor Swift-themed café in Geelong
From the beautiful mural to the themed drinks, you’ll find touches of Swiftie magic in Blank Space. Treat yourself to brunch at this Newton café, and keep the party going with drinks like the Cruel Summer Spritz.
📍4/343 Pakington St, Newtown VIC 3220