Your Rock the Garden 2022 Event Guide.

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What to Bring | Schedule | Food Vendors | During the Festival | VIP | Sponsor Activations | Accessible for Everyone | Parking | Weather | Health & Safety | Going Green? | Other Information | FAQ

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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 phone 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, GoPro handles, ring lights, or similar equipment are allowed. Empty water bottles are welcome and encouraged; water stations are located throughout the festival.

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

Credit cards will be accepted throughout the festival; four ATMs will be available on-site.

Schedule

Saturday June 11, 2022

Event Schedule:
1 pm – Gates open
2:30 pm – Music begins
10 pm – Event ends

Music Schedule:

Main Stage
2:30 pm – Bombino
4:30 pm – beabadoobee
6:30 pm – Sleater-Kinney
8:45 pm – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Garden Stage
3:30 pm – Divide and Dissolve
5:30 pm – DāM-FunK
7:45 pm – LOW

Food Vendors

Meet the makers behind Rock the Garden’s drink sponsors! Enjoy complimentary samples from Summit Brewing Company, Squoze by Sociable Cider Werks, and Tattersall Distilling. Samples available 1 – 2:30 pm and drinks are available for purchase throughout the event.

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.

Vendor List:
Best Way Gyros: Gyros, chicken, falafel, pita
El Burrito Mercado: Authentic Mexican cuisine
Fro Yo Soul: premium organic frozen yogurt
Gorkha Palace: Nepalese, Indian, Tibetian cuisine (with famous momos)
Hometown Creamery: Small batch ice cream with homemade waffle cones
O’Neil Amusements: Three words – cheese / curd / tacos
Que Viet: Voted best egg rolls in Minnesota – now on a stick!
Root to Rise Kitchen: 100% plant-based
Taulelle Corn Dogs
Thai Thai Street Food: Authentic Thai street food
The Anchor Fish & Chips: An authentic fish & chipper

During the Festival

Enjoy cold drinks from Summit Brewing Company, Tattersall Distilling, and Squoze by 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. Charging stations located throughout the event, thanks to Atomic Data.

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).

Not an MPR or Walker member? Join us! Stop by the membership tent and sign up for a new membership to receive two free drink vouchers as our thanks to you.

Portable restrooms are available in the southwest area of the festival grounds. Dedicated VIP restrooms are located off the rooftop terraces.

VIP

VIP offers views from Walker’s rooftop, the air-conditioned comfort of the Garden Terrace Room, and access to indoor restrooms. Additionally, VIP guests this year will have exclusive access to the Upper Garden via the Cargill Lounge, as well as access to the Walker galleries.

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.

Sponsor Activations

Atomic Data

Get connected throughout the garden with free #AtomicData Rock The Garden Wi-Fi, presented by #AtomicData. You do you, we do IT.

Planned Parenthood

Stop by the Planned Parenthood booth to learn how you can help Planned Parenthood continue to provide access to sexual and reproductive health care, snap a selfie at the garden mural, and get some fabulous swag you can rock all day! Don’t miss it!

Squoze 

Made by @SociableCider in Northeast Minneapolis, Squoze is a different seltzer, by design. Squeeze in a visit to our booth at Rock the Garden to win door prizes and snap pics in our photo booth! Pick up a four-pack at your local liquor store and squeeze the most out of summer. @SquozeSeltzer

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.

Parking:
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.

Bathrooms:
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 Walker Art Center’s Art Lab in the lower level just off the Main Lobby. You are welcome to nurse anywhere in the event.

Lockers:
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 Lobby desk to grab a key.

Parking

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

Weather

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.

Health & Safety

We all want to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community and keep our patrons, staff and artists safe. In accordance with Minnesota guidelines, while we will not require proof of vaccination or enforce a mask mandate, we encourage guests to exercise good judgment to keep this year’s event fun and safe. We reserve the right to update our guidelines at any time as determined by government agencies, artists, or the promoter. In that case, we will notify guests and participants on how to comply with safety requirements.

Going Green?

Metro Transit bus lines 4, 6, 12, and 25 serve the Walker.

Bike racks will be located on-site near the East and North Entries.

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

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, 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 Shop will be open to all during Rock the Garden. Walker galleries and Skyline Mini Golf will be open to VIP ticketholders.

Interested in being a vendor, volunteering, or covering the event? Contact the relevant person:

Vendors – mary.cich@fanfareattractions.com

Volunteers – mellsworth@mpr.org

Media – rachel.joyce@walkerart.org

FAQ

Where is Rock the Garden?

  • Rock the Garden takes place at the Walker Art Center / Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Is there parking available?

  • As we have for many years, we encourage attendees to use alternative transportation options if they are able. Find bus & bike information above.
  • Limited paid parking is available in the Dunwoody lot . Purchase passes for $10 in advance through Etix.
  • VIP ticket holders receive free ramp parking.
  • Accessible options for parking are available, more information above.

Will there be food and drink on-site?

  • We have a variety of amazing food and drink vendors! Find more details above.
  • Bring an empty water bottle. Complimentary water stations will be on-site throughout the festival.

Can I bring my child?

  • Families are welcome at Rock the Garden! Children ages 5 and younger get free admission to Rock the Garden and do not need a ticket. Children ages 6 and older need a ticket to attend the festival.
  • If you prefer a quiet space to nurse, there is a baby care space on-site. More information above.

Will The Current staff be present at this year’s Rock the Garden?

  • Yes! We’ll offer a full list of staff from The Current who will be on hand as we draw closer to the event.

Is Rock the Garden really a zero-waste event?

  • We aim to achieve the industry standard for zero-waste events, which is 90% trash-free materials.

What are your COVID-19 protocols? 

  • We all want to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community and keep our patrons, staff and artists safe. In accordance with Minnesota guidelines, while we will not require proof of vaccination or enforce a mask mandate, we encourage guests to exercise good judgment to keep this year’s event fun and safe. We reserve the right to update our guidelines at any time as determined by government agencies, artists, or the promoter. In that case, we will notify guests and participants on how to comply with safety requirements.

How do I get involved?