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Parents of younger Swifties: you’ll want the details from this Parents Guide to the Taylor Swift Eras Tour before you head to the stadium- or movie theater!- for the show. From the set list to the stadium map to the parking, we’ll make sure you know what to take to the Taylor Swift Eras Tour. This parents guide will help you navigate the concerts with kids. Here’s what to know about the Eras Tour before the kids go! Affiliate links are included in this post.

What To Know Before You Take Kids To The Taylor Swift Eras Tour: Parents Guide

Taking your kiddo to their first big concert is a big deal!

And there’s no bigger concert this summer than the Taylor Swift Eras Tour. Taylor plays for 3 hours on stage (without breaks), and her opening acts play for about an hour and 20 minutes before her.

If you are taking kids or dropping off your teens, we’ve compiled a parents guide of information for this specific tour to help you prepare for the event.

And trust us: it is a BIG EVENT. (BTW- How many times can we say big in this post? SO MANY TIMES.)

If you factor in friendship bracelet trading, tailgating, and staying after to collect confetti and see Taylor leave: you are in for a very long night at the Taylor Swift concert.

This guide is full of important information that should work for every concert you are heading to, regardless of the city.

Here’s your parents guide to Taylor Swift Eras Tour. Are you ready for it?

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How Can You See The Sold Out Eras Tour? The Eras Concert Movie

Taylor is a Mastermind- we all know it.

While the first leg of the US tour sold out in record time, there are still international and 2nd leg dates coming. Of course, those are selling out fast as well.

What’s a Swiftie to do?

Head to your favorite movie theater because Taylor recorded and is releasing the Eras Concert movie this fall.

Get tickets now because, yes, they will sell out for this limited run!

Do Some Taylor Swift Homework: Listen To The Eras Tour Song List Before The Kids Go

Taylor has a TON of songs, but she can’t sing them all for you at the concert. So we think listening to the setlist is key to preparing your kids for what they’ll hear live.

Does Taylor Swift Cuss In Her Songs?

Taylor was pretty clean when she first started out as a country singer, but over time her music, style and lyrics have evolved.

She does indeed cuss in her songs, including dropping some F-Bombs.

Not only does Taylor Swift sing them, but the crowd at the concert also amplifies them by singing along loudly. This guide to the Eras Tour would not be complete without a list of Taylor’s cuss words.

A casual radio listener may be surprised at the explicit lyrics, so here’s what you need to know about the times Taylor will sing a curse word during the Eras Tour.

Parents choice on their kiddos can join in on the full lyrics or not! (We’re not judging, swearsies.)

  • tis the d@mn season
  • Vigilante Sh!t
  • Lavender Haze (says sh!t)
  • Karma (says sh!t)
  • Tolerate It (says sh!t)
  • The One (says sh!t)
  • The Man (says b!tch)
  • All Too Well (F— the patriarchy)
  • betty (says Would you tell me to go f— myself)
  • champagne problems (sings What a shame she’s f—ed in the head)
  • Delicate (Taylor doesn’t cuss but the crowd chants the word b!tch loudly)
  • last great american dynasty (says b!tch)

Eras Tour Set List For Parents

Here is the Eras Tour Set List of songs in order:

  • Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince
  • Cruel Summer
  • The Man
  • You Need To Calm Down
  • Lover
  • The Archer
  • Fearless
  • You Belong With Me
  • Love Story
  • tis the d@mn season
  • willow
  • marjorie
  • champagne problems
  • tolerate it
  • …Ready For It?
  • Delicate
  • Don’t Blame Me
  • Look What You Made Me Do
  • Enchanted
  • 22
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
  • I Knew You Were Trouble
  • All Too Well (10-Minute Version)
  • The 1
  • betty
  • the last great american dynasty
  • august
  • illicit affairs
  • my tears ricochet
  • cardigan
  • Style
  • Blank Space
  • Shake It Off
  • Wildest Dreams
  • Bad Blood
  • Surprise Song: Acoustic
  • Surprise Song: Piano
  • Lavender Haze
  • Anti-Hero
  • Midnight Rain
  • Vigilante Sh!t
  • Bejeweled
  • Mastermind
  • Karma
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When Phoebe Bridgers is the opening act, Taylor performed ‘Nothing New’ with her during the Red (TV) section. 

We’d suggest finding the setlist on Spotify or Apple Music.

What Are Surprise Songs At The Taylor Swift Eras Tour?

Something critical to add to the guide to the Eras Tour is information about Surprise Songs.

Taylor adds 2 additional songs each night that are dubbed Surprise Songs.

She won’t repeat these songs on tour (unless she messes them up or if it’s from the album Midnights) so each concert will be a unique experience. Basically: this is a list of songs your kids don’t need to know since she won’t likely play them again.

Here is a list of the Suprise Songs she’s played so far:

  • “Mirrorball” (March 17: Glendale, Arizona, State Farm Stadium)
  • “Tim McGraw” (March 17: Glendale)
  • “This Is Me Trying” (March 18: Glendale)
  • “State of Grace” (March 18: Glendale)
  • “Our Song” (March 24: Las Vegas, Allegiant Stadium)
  • “Snow on the Beach” (March 24: Las Vegas)
  • “Cowboy Like Me” with Marcus Mumford (March 25: Las Vegas)
  • “White Horse” (March 25: Las Vegas)
  • “Sad Beautiful Tragic” (March 31: Arlington, Texas, AT&T Stadium)
  • “Ours” (March 31: Arlington, Texas)
  • “Death By a Thousand Cuts” (April 1: Arlington, Texas)
  • “Clean” (April 1: Arlington, Texas)
  • “Jump, Then Fall” (April 2: Arlington, Texas)
  • “The Lucky One” (April 2: Arlington, Texas)
  • “Speak Now” (April 13: Tampa: Raymond James Stadium)
  • “Treacherous” (April 13: Tampa)
  • “The Great War” with Aaron Dessner (April 14: Tampa)
  • “You’re on You’re Own, Kid” (April 14: Tampa)
  • “Mad Woman” with Aaron Dessner (April 15: Tampa)
  • “Mean” (April 15: Tampa)
  • “Wonderland” (April 21: Houston: NRG Stadium)
  • “You’re Not Sorry” (April 21: Houston)
  • “A Place in This World” (April 22: Houston)
  • “Today Was a Fairytale” (April 22: Houston)
  • “Begin Again” (April 23: Houston)
  • “Cold As You” (April 23: Houston)
  • “The Other Side of the Door” (April 28: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta)
  • “Coney Island” (April 28: Atlanta)
  • “High Infidelity” (April 29: Atlanta)
  • “Gorgeous” (April 29: Atlanta)
  • “I Bet You Think About Me” (April 30: Atlanta)
  • “How You Get the Girl” (April 30: Atlanta)
  • “Sparks Fly” (May 5: Nissan Stadium, Nashville)
  • “Teardrops on My Guitar” (May 5: Nashville)
  • “Out of the Woods” (May 6: Nashville)
  • “Fifteen” (May 6: Nashville)
  • “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve” (with Aaron Dessner; May 7: Nashville)
  • “Mine” (May 7: Nashville)
  • “Gold Rush” (May 12: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia)
  • “Come Back…Be Here” (May 12: Philadelphia)
  • “Forever & Always” (May 13: Philadelphia)
  • “This Love” (May 13: Philadelphia)
  • “Hey Stephen” (May 14: Philadelphia)
  • “The Best Day” (May 14: Philadelphia)
  • “Should’ve Said No” (May 19: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts)
  • “Better Man” (May 19: Foxboro)
  • “Question…?” (May 20: Foxboro)
  • “Invisible” (May 20: Foxboro)
  • “I Think He Knows” (May 21: Foxboro)
  • “Red” (May 21: Foxboro)
  • “Getaway Car” (May 26: MetLife)
  • “Maroon” (May 26: MetLife)
  • “Holy Ground” (May 27: MetLife)
  • “False God” (May 27: MetLife)
  • “Welcome To New York” (May 28: MetLife)
  • “Clean” – the first repeated song (May 28: MetLife)
  • “I Wish You Would” (June 2, Chicago)
  • “The Lakes” (June 2, Chicago)
  • “You All Over Me” with Maren Morris (June 3: Chicago)
  • “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (June 3: Chicago)
  • “Hits Different” (June 4: Chicago)
  • “The Moment I Knew” (June 4: Chicago)
  • “Haunted” (June 9: Detroit)
  • “I Almost Do” (June 9: Detroit)
  • “All You Had to Do Was Stay” (June 10: Detroit)
  • “Breathe” (June 10: Detroit)
  • “Mr. Perfectly Fine” (June 16: Pittsburgh)
  • “The Last Time” (June 16: Pittsburgh)
  • “Seven” with Aaron Dessner (June 17: Pittsburgh)
  • “The Story of Us” (June 17: Pittsburgh)
  • “Paper Rings” (June 23: Minneapolis)
  • “If This Was a Movie” (June 23: Minneapolis)
  • “Dear John” (June 24: Minneapolis)
  • “Daylight” (June 24: Minneapolis)
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Know The Taylor Swift Crowd Chants

During some songs, the crowd has a chance to chime in and be part of the show.

These Taylor Swift crowd chants are something you’ll want to prep the kids for!

During the song Delicate:

Taylor sings:

We can’t make any promises now can we babe? But you can make me a drink.

Crowd chants:

1-2-3 LET’S GO B!TCH (obviously you may want to decide in advance if your kid can participate in this one!)

Also during the song Delicate:

Taylor sings

Do the girls back home touch you like I do?

Crowd: Shake your head no or scream NO THEY DON’T

During Bad Blood:

Taylor sings:

Bandaids don’t fix bullet holes, you say sorry just for show, if you live like that you live with ghosts

Crowd chants:


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During Anti-Hero:

Taylor sings:

Did you hear my covert narcissism I disguise as altruism like some kind of congressman?

Crowd chants: TAYLOR YOU’LL BE FINE!

During You Belong with Me:

Taylor sings

I’m the one who makes you laugh when you know you’re about to cry


During Marjorie:

This is a song about her grandmother who passed away. Fans turn on their flashlights on their phones as a tribute to her.

Champagne Problems:

Taylor plays the piano for this one.

The fans have been giving a 1-3 minute standing ovation after this song, trying to be as loud as possible for as long as possible!

Okay, so now you know what you’re in for, here’s what you need to know about the logistics!

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What To Bring To the Eras Tour

Since you’ll be there for a long time- and maybe stuck in the parking lot afterward even longer!- go ahead and use this list to prep what to take to the concert.

Stadium Bag Policies

Each location will have a different bag policy. Some require TOTALLY clear bags only (NFL stadiums).

So check with your location before assuming your normal purse will work.

Size matters!

Make sure you measure your bag before you attempt to bring it in, as some stadiums will refuse entry to larger bags.

List of Things To Bring to The Taylor Swift Concert

  • portable battery for your phone (plus phone cord!)
  • empty water bottle (can fill inside stadium)
  • completely clear bag if an NFL Stadium (12 x 6 x 12 is usually the largest size allowed)
  • snacks for the car after the concert. You’ll be waiting in the parking lot for up to 3 hours, so be prepared with some post-TS snacks.
  • poncho or rain gear
  • Concert Earplugs. We’ve seen a lot of younger kids really miserable because the concert is just too loud for them. Consider bringing earplugs along just in case.

Items Not Allowed At A Taylor Swift Concert

  • backpacks
  • camera bags
  • diaper bags
  • umbrellas
  • seat cushions (unless medically necessary)
Taylor Swift singing 22 at the Eras Tour. Wearing a black hat and a shirt that says Never Getting Back Together.

Bring and Trade Friendship Bracelets: Parents Guide to the Eras Tour

Why are people trading friendship bracelets at Taylor Swifts Eras Tour concerts?

It goes back to the lyrics from You’re On Your Own Kid (Midnights). Taylor sings the line:

So make the friendship bracelets, take the moment and taste it, you’ve got no reason to be afraid.

– Taylor Swift, You’re On Your Own Kid

Say less, Tay Tay! The Swifties are on it.

Fans are making bracelets and trading before the shows as a way to create and foster community. Most of these trades are happening in the parking lot before the show starts, but we’ve seen lots of people trading with fellow Swifties in their seat sections.

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Examples of Eras Tour Friendship Bracelets

Some of creating bracelets with full song lyrics, and some are creating them with the titles of the songs or albums. Some of being even more creative and niched- we’ve seen some wild ones out there!

But this is a friendly community activity that will help your kiddo feel connected to other fans at the concert.

Don’t be afraid to ask to trade with others or to simply gift a bracelet to someone!

To avoid any issue with security and trying to bring in a bag of bracelets, go ahead and plan to wear them when you walk in. After that, it will be a simple process to walk up and exchange with a fellow fan!

You can buy a friendship bracelet making kit here.

midnights friendship bracelet

Pack Snacks In The Car For Post-Concert

The best tip we’ve seen for this guide to the Eras Tour is to pack your patience for after the tour: and a snack bag for the parking lot wait.

There have been reports of sitting in traffic for 1-3 hours post-Eras Tour just to leave the parking lot. If that happens to you, you’ll appreciate planning ahead with a small cooler of snacks for the wait.

What To Wear To The Eras Tour: Outfit Ideas

This isn’t your typical jeans and a t-shirt event. Moms: this includes YOU! Go ahead and dress up with your kids and embrace the bejeweled moment.

There are themes and niched costumes and sparkles galore! Honestly, anything goes.

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The number one suggestion we’d make: dress in something you are comfortable wearing for a long time. Because you will be at this experience for a minimum of 4 hours, but potentially an all-day event.

Comfortable shoes are a MUST.

We know, we know, the cute cowboy boots are tempting.

But unless you’ve broken them in, please reconsider. You and your kiddo may regret that choice by the end of the night!

Here are some items you may want to add to your outfit that are popular at the concerts:

Make A Plan To Get Ready Before The Show

Your hotel room may not be ready, but you’ll want to start getting dressed for the show.

What’s a young Swiftie to do?

First, check with your hotel. Many are opening ballrooms or conference rooms for pre-concert prep if the rooms are not available yet.

We’ve seen lobbies full of Swifties getting their glam on- so you will not be alone if that’s what you have to do.

But you might also want to plan on arriving a day earlier OR even consider what you can do in the car. This may include bringing portable car chargers for your straighteners or curling wands.

Merchandise Purchases

Merch is a VERY big deal for the Eras Tour.

If your child is interested in the most popular items (blue crewneck sweatshirts or quarter zip sweatshirts) you’ll want to arrive early. Like stupid early. As early as the parking lot opens early.

These items DO sell out.

Some locations are offering merchandise sales the day before the concerts even start, so be sure to double check the situation at your location.

The Best Taylor Swift Eras Tour Merchandise Tip: Once Inside the Stadium, GO UP.

Most people will stop at the first merch tent or truck or line they see.

The smartest Swifties will have read this guide to the Eras Tour and will know that more merch is being sold on the higher concourses.

Go ahead and take that elevator early and head to a higher floor. There usually are more merchandise options up there- and most have ZERO lines.

You can also pop out during a song to hit the merchandise lines- which is a great plan for parents who feel comfortable leaving their older teens alone for a bit.

Countdown To Taylor’s Kick Off: Know When To Be Back At Your Seat

Typically, you’ll see 2 opening acts at the Ears Tour. They hit the stage around 6:30pm every night.

Taylor usually comes on stage a few minutes before 8pm (could be as much as 10 minutes before 8pm).

If you leave your seat between the opening acts, be sure to know when to return.

The audio cue is when you hear “Applause” by Lady Gaga starting. This lets you know that you have about 5 minutes before the show will start.

clock for taylor swift tour countdown.

The next cue is a giant clock on the stage screen with a countdown timer. Your audio cue is “You Don’t Own Me” by Dusty Springfield.

You’ll have about 2 minutes.

Get back to your seat when this song starts because Taylor Swift is about to rock your world!

Loud Noises And Explosion Warning: Fireworks and Flashing Lights At The Eras Tour

For sensitive kiddos, please be aware that there are pyrotechnic moments and loud noises during the concert.

We put earplugs on the list of things to take for a reason!

Additional note for photosysitive children: the wrist bands will flash and blink all night long. This could be a trigger for some people.

If your stadium is open air, you’ll also have fireworks at the end of the night.

Stand For As Much Of The Eras Tour As Possible

Parents: take note!

The crowd will stand for the entire concert.

If you have a shorter child going with you, be prepared for them to be blocked or need to be held to see the stage or screens.

Swifties will not sit for the performance (at least not for most of it). If you have an aisle seat, you might make out a bit better but those in the middle of the row could be blocked from the view.

Remember when we said to dress comfortably? This is why.

When Can You Pee During The Eras Tour?

This might be the most important part of the guide to the Eras Tour. But it’s also the most depressing section.

We hate to break it to you: but there is really no good time to go, run and pee during the Taylor Swift Eras tour.

The best we can offer:

  1. During All Too Well. It’s a 10-minute song that gives you ample time to dash out to the bathroom. It’s a GREAT song, however, so keep that in mind. But when you gotta go, you gotta go!
  2. During the Surprise Songs. Hear us out! Often the Surprise Songs are not the singles or most popular ones a casual fan would know. If it’s a song that you don’t recognize, this might be a good time to run to take a bathroom break during the Eras Tour.
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Light Up Wristbands Tips

When you come into the stadium, you’ll be given an interactive light up wristband. This will work with the music, flashing to the beat. It’s an incredible sight to see the whole stadium light up together!

The wristband comes with a little tab that you pull out to activate the battery and the lights.

If you want to keep this band as a souviner, KEEP THAT LITTLE TAB.

You can put it back into the slot after the concert and it will save the battery.

If you don’t want to keep the band, you can drop it in a recycling bin that will be available at all exits.

Parents Guide To The Eras Concert Final Tips

Pack your patience, leave the negativity at home- just Shake It Off!

This is one big, inclusive, fangirling and fanboying event. The Swiftiverse is passionate about their Mother, Taylor. And as we’ve noted many times… it’s BIG.

Which means there’s a lot of people trying to enjoy the same great artist. Most stadiums are set up to handle large crowds, but keep an eye and ear out for security instructions during the event.

And know that you won’t get home quickly (even if you plan on taking public transportation- the trains and buses are running, but there are going to be tons of people utilizing the same modes).

Talk with your kids in advance so they know what to expect. We’d also suggest watching some videos (Tik Tok and Instagram Reels are great bitesized moments for this).

We hope this parents guide to the Eras Tour helps with your concert plans!

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Thursday 3rd of August 2023

Hi. Every kid regardless of age will need to pay the ticket in whole price?

Patty Holliday

Thursday 3rd of August 2023

It would depend on each venue! Most places require any child age 2 or older to have a ticket, but we'd suggest checking with the venue directly.

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