Event Guide

What to Bring

Don’t forget your ticket! The link to your ticket is in your Etix confirmation e-mail. To get scanned in, show your ticket on your smartphone or bring a printout. On-site printing is not available.

Bring your photo ID if you’d like to enjoy alcoholic beverages. It’s a good idea to pack lightly for the day. Restricted items include outside food or drinks, chairs, umbrellas, pets, blankets, and coolers. No professional photography, audio-recording equipment, selfie sticks, or GoPro handles are allowed.

No guns allowed. All bags subject to search. Smoking and e-cigarettes are prohibited from both the Walker and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Bring an empty water bottle!

Bring cash or use our onsite ATMs. All food vendors accept cash; some will accept cards.


JUNE 16, 2018 | 1:00 pm Doors Open

Main Stage Garden Stage
2:30 pm Low Cut Connie
3:45 pm Nikki Lane
4:35 pm U.S. Girls
5:15 pm Kamasi Washington
6:20 pm Chastity Brown
7:00 pm Feist
8:05 pm P.O.S
8:45 pm Father John Misty
10:00 pm End

Food Vendors

Meet the makers behind Rock the Garden’s drink sponsors! Enjoy complimentary samples and free swag from Summit Brewing Company, Sociable Cider Werks, and Tattersall Distilling from 1:30–2:30 pm in Esker Grove.

Free Hydration

Bring your empty water bottle and enjoy free, refreshing water throughout the Rock the Garden concert grounds, provided by Tap Minneapolis.

Food and Beverages

Food and beverages will be on sale from 1–10 pm. ID required to purchase alcohol.
There will be many great food options to satiate your hunger throughout the day and into the night. All vendors accept cash; some will accept cards.


Best Way: Gyros, Chicken, Falafel, Pita Bread
Esker Grove: Roasted Jerk Pork Sandwich, House-Made Fennel Sausage, Japanese-Style Grilled Corn
Foxy Falafel: Foxy Falafel, Chicken Shawarma, Cauliflower Steak, Spicy Fries, Cheese Curds
Gastrotruck: Beer Cheese Nachos, Bacon Brats, Black Bean Burger, BBQ Chicken, Jerk Pulled Pork, Grass-Fed Beef Brisket, Dirty Chips
Gorkha Palace: Veggie Momos, Turkey Momos, Veggie Curry, Mango Lassi
Hot Indian Foods: Indurrito, Rice Bowl, Veggie Fries
Kennedy Concessions: Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Bacon Cheeseburger, Veggie Burger, French Fries
Cheese Curds: Fried Cheese Curds
Que Viet: Egg Roll on a Stick, Wontons, Bubble Tea, Iced Coffee
R Taco: Grilled Fish Taco, Black Bean Taco, Fried Chicken Taco, BBQ Pork Taco, Gringo Taco
Taulelle Corn Dogs: Corn Dog, Foot-long Corn Dog, Foot-long Hot Dog
Taulelle French Fries: Fresh Cut Fries, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Taulelle Thirst Aid: Lemonade, Iced Tea, Green Tea, Arnie Palmer, Lime Calmer, Strawberry Smoothie, Old Fashion Pop
The Anchor Fish & Chips: Fish & Chips, Meat Pastie & Chips, Veggie Pastie & Chips, Battered Sausage & Chips, Poitin Poutine, Curry or Gravy Chips, Slaw, Beans, Curry, Gravy
Wild Earth Pizza: Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, Margherita Pizza, Sausage Supreme, Gluten-Free Crust

During the Festival

Enjoy cold beverages from Summit Brewing Company, Tattersall Distilling, and Sociable Cider Werks. Recharge with Truce Fresh Pressed Juice and select from an array of food and beverages. Shop the merch tent, stocked with Rock the Garden T-shirts and band merchandise.

Are you an MPR or Walker member? Thank you! Bring your member card and stop by the membership tent to pick up special Rock the Garden gift as our thanks to you (limited quantities available).

Portable restrooms are available at the top of the hill and near the North Entry. Dedicated VIP restrooms are located by Skybox.


Your VIP ticket will get you exclusive access to our VIP Skybox, rooftop terraces and entry to the Grove, a viewing area near the main stage. You’ll also receive 3 drink tickets, free parking in the underground ramp, and a Rock The Garden T-shirt.

VIP Skybox offers a stellar view of the main stage from Walker’s rooftop, air-conditioned comfort of Garden Terrace Room, and access to indoor restrooms. Other complimentary activities include a round of Skyline Mini Golf and video selfies in slow motion.

All food and nonalcoholic drinks in the VIP Skybox are complimentary. You can sample ice cream, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Woodfire Pizza, Coffee Cart Minneapolis, hot dogs, sandwich and snack stations, Chicago-style popcorn mix, and Truce Juice Mini Truce Acai Bowls (from 5–7pm only). You’ll also have access to a full cash bar with craft cocktail “Basil Blueberry Lemonade” by Tattersall & Truce Juice.

RTG 18 Sponsor Activations


Visit The AZEK® Company’s uniquely designed deck and upcycled garden wall to create an exclusive, 180-degree photo capturing YOU, the sculpture garden, the Minneapolis Skyline, and garden stage in one commemorative moment. Share a personalized video (GIF) to your favorite social media channels. Stop by at 3:45pm to meet 89.3 The Current’s Jade

Minnesota Lottery

Say “I’MN” to your favorite Minnesota experience and receive a free lottery ticket! Plus, enter for a chance to win a prize based off the experience that gets the most votes! That could be Twins tickets, Minnesota Zoo passes, Visa gift cards, and more! Must be 18+ to play.

Planned Parenthood

Love Planned Parenthood? Stop by our booth to grab a fabulous pair of pink sunglasses and a one-of-a-kind bandana, then rock your new swag while you snap a selfie in front of our garden mural. Plus, talk with us to learn more about how you can strengthen Planned Parenthood by becoming a patient. Don’t miss it!

Sociable Cider Werks

Relax with a chilled Road Rash Shandy Apple and Freewheeler Dry Apple, or stop by the Sociable tent in the Sculpture Garden for your chance to win your favorite Sociable swag.

Truce Fresh Pressed Juice

Stop by the Truce tent to pick up a refreshing summer juice and special edition shirt. Or come by to try your hand at winning a prize!


Stop by the UCare tent for sunscreen and hand sanitizer.  UCare has you covered!

University of Minnesota

Visit the University of Minnesota booth to play games, win great giveaways, take photos with Goldy Gopher and meet 89.3 The Current DJ Sean McPherson from 3-3:15pm. There’ll also be a chance to win an opportunity to see one of the musical acts up close… just make sure you polish up your trivia skills! #UMNRocks!

Accessible for Everyone

We offer accessible viewing platforms for both stages. These areas have chairs for seating, in addition to space for wheelchairs.

Accessible all-gender, single-stall restrooms are located inside the Main Lobby of the Walker Art Center. There are also accessible portable bathrooms and water filling stations in both areas of the Garden.

If you need a private space to nurse, use a pump, or take a break, please visit the medical tent located in the Cargill Lounge near the Main Lobby. You are welcome to nurse anywhere in the event.

For parking accommodations or for any other access needs or questions, please e-mail access@walkerart.org or call 612-375-7564. If possible, please contact us 24 hours or more in advance of the event.

Accessible parking for Rock the Garden is located in our underground parking ramp.  The ramp is located on Vineland Place, on the day of the event it can be accessed by coming from the west or driving on Groveland Terrace and down the hill.  To enter the garage simply let the guard at the entrance know that you are using ADA parking.  From the ramp you can proceed into the event through the VIP gate, located in the hallway to the museum on the P1 parking level.
Seating Areas:
We will have wheelchair accessible seating areas that also include chairs by both stages.  The ADA area for the Main Stage is just off the Esker Grove patio, by the main entrance to the museum.  The ADA area for the Garden Stage is just north of that stage.  You are welcome to use both of these areas along with anybody who is attending the event with you. 
ADA port-a-potties are located throughout the event.  You can find two accessible all-gender restrooms (single-stall, locking) in the corridor between the parking garage and the Bazinet Lobby. Men’s and women’s restrooms, as well as a family restroom, are located on the lower level, next to the Art Lab.
Food Allergies and Medication:
Outside food and beverages are not allowed in Rock the Garden.  If you have a food allergy or need to bring medication into the event, we are happy to make an exception to this rule.  Simply let security know as you are coming through the gate that you have a medical need and have been authorized to bring in your items.
Water Stations:
An accessible water station is located on Vineland Place.  There are also water fountains located in the lower level bathrooms.
Quiet Areas and Baby Care Spaces:
If you need a private space to nurse, use a pump, or take a break, please visit the medical tent located in the Cargill Lounge near the Main Lobby.  You are welcome to nurse anywhere in the event.
If you need to store any medical equipment during the event, lockers are located in the lower level just off the main lobby.  Check in at the Main Bazinet Lobby desk to grab a key.


Rock the Garden will be held rain or shine. However, staff reserves the right to cancel the event or part of the event due to severe weather. No umbrellas are allowed.

Other Information

This event will be filmed, photographed, or recorded by the Walker and/or 89.3 The Current. Ticket holders consent to appear in this documentation and its future use by the Walker and The Current.

Re-entry is allowed with a valid wristband. Children ages 6 and older must have a ticket for entrance. No refunds; all ticket sales are final. Advance tickets are print-at-home and will be received by e-mail; no printing is available on-site.

The Walker galleries and Walker Shop will be closed during Rock the Garden.

Going Green?

Metro Transit bus lines 4, 6, 12, and 25 serve the Walker. All ticket holders are eligible for a free ride on Metro Transit buses and Metro lines to and from the event. Click here to download the free pass.

Bike racks bike with parking for 500+ bikes and a Nice Ride bike sharing station will be located on Hennepin Avenue and Groveland Place, and adjacent to the north entry in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Rock the Garden is proud to be a zero-waste event in partnership with Eureka Recycling.

Vendors & Press Contact

Interested in being a vendor or sponsor?
Contact Ben Geffen

Press requests:
Contact Rachel Joyce

Stay Connected

Follow along with #RockTheGarden. Follow @TheCurrent, @LocalCurrent, @RockTheGarden and @WalkerArtCenter for lots of #RockTheGarden updates!