Rock the Garden 2012
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Rock the Garden 2012

Your summer soundtrack starts now. Rock the Garden returns with a five-band lineup of killer live music to jumpstart the season of sun and outdoor sounds. The day kicks off with the brash surf pop from local upstarts Howler. Tune-Yards brings their “curious, ingenious, and often irresistible” (New York Times) chart-topping antic art rock, followed by local supergroup Doomtree, with their hyperliterate boundary-pushing hip-hop and wall of beats. Trampled by Turtles unplugs and joins the party with their supercharged bluegrass at breakneck speed. The evening ends fists to the sky with the anthemic new classic rock of hometown heroes (by way of Brooklyn) the Hold Steady, “one of the best live shows in rock” (Rolling Stone).

With the Current DJs hosting the live broadcast and spinning between bands; local beer vendors and food trucks offering a wide range of choices, and the best setting for an outdoor rock show in the upper Midwest, Rock the Garden brings the community together–rain or shine.

Copresented by the Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current


No refunds; all ticket sales are final. All General Admission tickets were sold through Etix and have been e-mailed (be sure to check your junk inbox). Follow the link within the e-mail for your print-at-home ticket. No on-site printing will be available the day of the event, so be sure to print your ticket in advance! Didn’t receive your Etix e-mail and print-at-home ticket? Call the Walker Box office: 612.375.7600. VIP Skybox tickets will be mailed in mid-May, along with your information packet.

Note: General admission opens at 3 pm; VIP Skybox opens at 3:30 pm.


  • 3:00 pm – Gates open
  • 3:45 pm – Howler
  • 4:30 pm – Tune-Yards
  • 5:45 pm – Doomtree
  • 7:15 pm – Trampled by Turtles
  • 8:45 pm – The Hold Steady
  • 10:00 pm – Music ends
  • 10:30 pm – Gates close


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 into the event. Check back for severe weather updates.

Go Greener: Ride Metro Transit

All Rock the Garden ticket holders are eligible for a free rides on buses and light rail to and from the event on Saturday, June 16th between the hours of 1 pm and midnight. Just click here to print out your Metro Transit free-ride pass: Rock the Garden – Go Greener. (Metro Transit bus lines: 4, 6, 12, and 25). For directions, click here.

Parking & Directions

Parking is limited in area lots and on the street. Paid event parking is available in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden lot. (The Vineland Place underground ramp is closed to the public.) Parking is also available at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (starting at 3 pm) and Dunwoody Institute. If you live in the area, please walk, bike, or take public transportation.


Bike racks will be located on Hennepin Avenue and will provide bike parking for 500+ bikes.


Enjoy cold beverages from Summit Brewing Company, Prairie Organic Vodka cocktails, and Jerry’s Fresh Cherry Lemonade. Cool off with Häagen-Dazs ice cream, and select from an array of food by Barrio Taco Truck, Joe’s Garage, Best Way Gyros, Chef Shack, Taulelle Concessions, World Street Kitchen (operated by Saffron Restaurant), and Cupcake. Food and beverages will be on sale from 3 to 10:15 pm. ID required to purchase alcohol.

Special Member Benefit

Walker Art Center and Minnesota Public Radio members: Bring your member card to receive a free Rock the Garden water bottle. Thank you for your support!

Walker Art Center Hours on Saturday, June 16

Due to preparation for Rock the Garden, the Walker galleries, Open Field, the Garden Grill, and the Garden Café by D’Amico will be closed.

During the concert, stop by our tent for all the Rock the Garden and band merchandise.

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 89.3 The Current.

No outside food or beverages allowed in the event. No lawn furniture, coolers, or pets. No professional photography or audio recording equipment allowed. No outside soliciting. No guns allowed. All bags subject to search.

Zero-Waste Efforts

Rock the Garden is proud to be a zero-waste event in partnership with Eureka Recycling. On average, we have reduced the amount of waste per visitor to one ounce. Join us in our effort to make Rock the Garden 2012 even more successful! In the event of rain, please leave your blankets at home or be prepared to take your wet blanket or poncho home with you as they sway our totals.

$49 General Admission (SOLD OUT. Wait list full.)

Access to hillside and street vendors. Tickets are e-mailed and print-at-home.

$175 VIP Skybox (SOLD OUT. Wait list available, call 612.375.7600)

VIP Skybox offers exclusive access to the Walker’s rooftop terraces throughout the event as well as complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Modern Events by D’Amico, three free drink tickets and Skybox cash bar, and complimentary water and soda. Free parking in the underground ramp, plus entry to the Grove and general admission areas are also included. To purchase, call the box office at 612.375.7600.

Walker Membership: 612.375.7655 or
MPR Membership: 1.800.228.7123