GMU Arlington campus holding Taylor Swift themed pirate movie and music event tomorrow

GMU’s Mason Square Plaza in March 2024 (staff photo Savannah Taffe)

If you are a fan of both pirates and Taylor Swift, then boy does George Mason University have the event for you.

GMU’s campus at 3351 Fairfax Drive in Virginia Square is hosting a Taylor Swift dance party and screening of the film Pirates of the Caribbean tomorrow (Friday) evening.

What do those two things have in common? It’s unclear, but tomorrow is the big release date for Swift’s new studio album, The Tortured Poets Department.

In addition to music and the movie, the outdoor event on the plaza fronting Fairfax Drive will feature games, crafts (a “friendship bracelet and pirate hat making station”), and for-sale food and drink. As well as, perhaps, a few pirate costumes.

The dance party is set to start at 6:30 p.m., while the movie is set to roll around 8:15 p.m.

More, below, from a press release.

Calling all Taylor Swift and pirate enthusiasts! Get ready to embark on a thrilling adventure at the Plaza at Mason Square this Friday, April 19, for an unforgettable outdoor event: the SWIFTY SWASHBUCKLER.

Starting at 5:00 PM, the Plaza will come alive with the spirit of the high seas as we kick off the evening with a Taylor Swift-themed “Tortured PIRATES Department” dance party. Guests can expect to shake it off the plank to their favorite Swift tunes and shout “We Are Never Ever Getting the Treasure” as they indulge in delicious Old Blue BBQ concessions.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! As the sun sets, we invite you to stay for a free screening of the classic adventure film “Pirates of the Caribbean” under the stars. It’s the perfect way to cap off a swashbuckling evening of entertainment.

Throughout the event, guests can enjoy yard games, ping pong, and indulge in mouthwatering snacks and beverages, including popcorn, nachos, candy, beer, wine, and soda products—all available for purchase.

Pirate costumes are not just welcomed but encouraged! Don your best pirate attire and complete your look at our friendship bracelet and pirate hat making station.

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public, so bring your crew and join us for an evening of fun and adventure. Please note that food and beverage from Old Blue BBQ will be available for purchase on-site, so no outside food is allowed.

GMU pirate and Taylor Swift event flyer (courtesy photo)