Event Guide

What to Bring

Don’t forget your ticket! The link to your ticket is in your Etix confirmation email. 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.


SATURDAY JUNE 29, 2019 | 1:00 pm Doors Open

Main Stage Garden Stage
2:30 pm deM atlaS
3:45 pm Heart Bones
4:35 pm The Beths
5:15 pm X
6:20 pm Adia Victoria
7:00 pm Courtney Barnett
8:05 pm Bad Bad Hats
8:45 pm The National
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 & Beverages
Food and beverages will be on sale from 1–10 pm. ID required to purchase alcohol. There will be many great food options available throughout the day and into the night. All vendors accept cash; some will accept cards.

Best Way: Gyros, Chicken, Falafel, Pita Bread
Esker Grove: Sandwiches, Grilled Vegetables, Donut Holes
Foxy Falafel: Chicken Shawarma, Cauliflower Steaks, Hummus & Pita, Cheese Curds, Falafel Balls
Free Indeed Foods: Gluten Free Mini Donuts, Gluten Free Chicken Bites, Smoothies, Lava Smoothies, Lemonade
Fro Yo Soul: Frozen Yogurt
Gastrotruck: Beer Cheese Nachos, Bacon Brats, Black Bean Burgers, Thai Chicken Wrap, Jerk Pork Flatbread, Watermelon Salad
Gorkha Palace: Veggie Momos, Chicken Momos, Veggie Curry, Mixed Veggie Curry
Hot Indian Foods: Indurrito, Rice Bowl, Indi Fries
Kennedy Concessions: Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Bacon Cheeseburger, Veggie Burger, French Fries
Cheese Curds: Fried Cheese Curds
Que Viet: Egg Roll on a Stick, Garlic Cream Cheese Wontons, Bubble Tea, Vietnamese Iced Coffee
R Taco: Grilled Fish Taco, Black Bean Taco, Fried Chicken Taco, BBQ Pork Taco, Gringo Taco
Taulelle Corn Dogs: Foot-Long Corn Dog
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 drinks from Summit Brewing Company, Tattersall Distilling, and Sociable Cider Werks. Recharge with a variety 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 a 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 in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Dedicated VIP restrooms are located off the rooftop terraces.


VIP offers a stellar view of the main stage from Walker’s rooftop, the air-conditioned comfort of the Garden Terrace Room, and access to indoor restrooms. Your VIP ticket will get you exclusive access to our terraces and entry to the Grove, a viewing area near the main stage.

All food and nonalcoholic drinks in the VIP level are complimentary. You’ll also receive 3 drink tickets, free parking in the underground ramp, and a Rock the Garden T-shirt. Other complimentary activities include a round of Skyline Mini Golf and video selfies in slow motion.


Atomic Data
Connect to the free #AtomicData RockTheGarden WiFi network and authenticate with Facebook, Twitter, or email. And be sure to stop by the Atomic Data tent for a chance to win free beer!

Autism Society of Minnesota
Pick up a drawstring backpack!

Planned Parenthood
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 the Planned Parenthood garden mural. Plus, learn more about how you can strengthen Planned Parenthood by becoming a patient. Don’t miss it!

Robins Kaplan VIP
VIP guests can enter for a chance to win a FjallRaven backpack! The first VIP 250 visitors will get a free water pouch.

Sociable Cider Werks
Come visit the Sociable Cider Werks tent during Rock the Garden where you’ll be entered to win VIP tickets to their summer concert. And while you’re there, try your luck at the prize wheel to take home some Sociable swag!

Sparkling Ice
Stop by the Sparkling Ice Tropical Flavor Lounge to enjoy a complimentary bottle of Sparkling Ice and add to the giant coloring wall! Plus, don’t forget to try the limited-time-offer mystery flavor! Guess the flavor on sparklingice.com/whattheflavor for a chance to win over 500 prizes.

Tattersall Distilling
Visit the Tattersall booth and play corn hole for a chance to win drink tickets, BOGO drinks in the Tattersall cocktail room, and Tattersall gift cards. There will also be giveaways including sunscreen and a raffle for a chance to win a Tattersall Bootlegger Yeti insulated jug! #tattersalldistilling

Timber Tech
Go Against the Grain at TimberTech’s booth, featuring the melody of an immortal rock anthem built right into the deck itself. Come get your photo taken in front of the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry, create your own boomerang video, and become part of a mural.

University of Minnesota
Stop by the #UMNgarden to snap a photo with Goldy Gopher, play a ball-toss game for giveaways, and test your knowledge of U of M trivia for a chance to see one of this year’s Rock the Garden artists from backstage or in the photo pit. If you’re hanging out in VIP, come see us for some extra sweet giveaways and U of M trivia fun!

Women Winning
Stop by the Women Winning booth to pick up your feminist swag and meet the Women Winning team!

Accessible for Everyone

All performances will have ASL interpretation.

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.

For parking accommodations or for any other access needs or questions, please email 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 Main Lobby. More restrooms, including a family restroom, are located on the Walker’s 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.


Paid event parking is available in the Dunwoody Institute lot for $10 in advance through Etix or for cash on the show day. The Vineland Place underground ramp is reserved for VIP ticket holders and closed to the general public.


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. Ticket holders consent to appear in this documentation and its future use by the Walker Art Center, 89.3 The Current, and Rock the Garden sponsors.

Reentry 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 email; 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 with parking for 500+ bikes and a Nice Ride bike sharing station will be located on Hennepin Avenue/Groveland Place and adjacent to the North Entry in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Rock the Garden is proud to be a zero-waste event.

Vendors & Press Contact

Interested in being a vendor or sponsor?
Contact Ben Geffen

Press requests:
Contact Rachel Joyce