Apr 17, 2024 - Things to Do

Where to celebrate Taylor Swift's album drop around D.C.

Taylor Swift stands on a stage in front of a microphone in a ballgown.

Taylor Swift accepting Best Pop Vocal Album at February's Grammys, where she announced the upcoming release of her new album. Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

,Sorry not sorry to all the managers, because we'll be calling in sick Friday: Taylor Swift's new album, "The Tortured Poets Department," drops and there are a ton of parties happening around D.C.

Why it matters: Ummm … it's Taylor Swift, she of the smashed records, heightened NFL fandom, and Ticketmaster crash. Need we say more?

State of play: Swift releases her 11th studio album amid the typical seismic uproar that follows anything TayTay, while Swifties are pulling some Woodward and Bernstein-level sleuthing to decode the lineup of Easter eggs surrounding the album.

Want in on the fun? Here's where you can celebrate the album drop around D.C. throughout the weekend:

🎤 As You Are: The Barracks Row LGBTQ+ bar will kick off T. Swift karaoke at 7pm Thursday, followed by a Swiftie dance party leading up to the album drop, after which the event will transition to a listening session.

👯 Royal Sands Social Club: Sip on Swift-inspired cocktails, make friendship bracelets, and watch "The Eras Tour" movie Thursday at the Navy Yard bar while waiting for the new album.

  • Tickets are $35 beforehand and $40 at the door, with sales benefiting nonprofits and various women's scholarships.

🐶 Bark Social: On Friday, both the Alexandria and Bethesda dog bar locations will host album listening parties, with TayTay-core drinks and Eras-inspired costume contests for humans and pups.

✍️ Takoma Park Library: This family-friendly event Saturday celebrates National Poetry Month by leaning into the craft behind Swift's lyrics — play trivia, make bracelets, and try your hand at writing Tay-inspired stanzas.

🎵 Quincy Hall: The Ballston spot will host a karaoke party on Saturday where fans can belt out Swift classics, plus hits from the new album — and there will be themed cocktails, of course.

Need more Tay? The Post and Washingtonian have full roundups of local album drop events happening over the next week.

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