Rock the Garden 2013
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Rock the Garden 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, friends and neighbors, it’s time once again to Rock the Garden. Our favorite event of the summer is back with a fantastic music lineup.

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Concertgoers will want to arrive early as Dan Deacon, renowned for the spectacle of fan participation at his live shows—vast, swirling circles; long, snaking lines; or just over-the-top dance contests—kicks off the event with an unmissable performance. Next up, beloved and revered Duluth natives Low take the stage on the wings of their most recent release (produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy) and a slew of sold-out shows across the country, followed by another local-boy-made-good, legendary performer Bob Mould, who will melt the faces off the happy hometown crowd. Los Angeles’ Silversun Pickups will continue the very-welcome guitar assault. As the sun sets on the most picturesque outdoor concert of the year, the Toronto-based power pop Metric closes out the night with their sing-along alt radio anthems.


Tickets are sold through Etix and e-mailed. Follow the link within the e-mail for your print-at-home ticket. No refunds; all ticket sales are final. Maximum of 4 tickets per person. Children ages 6 and older must have a ticket for entrance.

Please note that on-site printing will not 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 at 612.375.7600 for assistance.

$55 General Admission

Access to hillside and street vendors.

$100 VIP Green Room

VIP Green Room offers exclusive access to a private area in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Take a break from the action and avoid the lines with VIP-only food and beverage stations and restrooms. Free parking in the Parade Lot, a Rock the Garden T-shirt, and entry to the general admissions area are also included.

$200 VIP Skybox

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. A Rock the Garden T-shirt, free parking in the underground parking garage, plus entry to the VIP Green Room and general admission areas are also included.


  • 3:00 pm—Gates open
  • 3:45 pm—Dan Deacon
  • 4:30 pm—Low
  • 5:45 pm—Bob Mould Band
  • 7:15 pm—Silversun Pickups
  • 8:45 pm—Metric
  • 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.

Getting to Rock the Garden: Walk, Bike, Bus!

If you live in the area, please walk, bike, or take public transportation.

All ticket holders are eligible for a free ride on buses and light rail to and from the event between the hours of 1 pm and 12 midnight. Visit in June to get the pass. (Metro Transit bus lines: 4, 6, 12, and 25).

Bike racks with parking for 500+ bikes and a Nice Ride bike sharing station will be located on Hennepin Avenue.


Paid event parking is available in the Dunwoody Institute lot. The Vineland Place underground ramp and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden lots are reserved for VIP ticket holders and are closed to the general public.


Rock the Garden is accessible to all visitors. For more information, contact us as 612.375.7553 or


Enjoy cold beverages from Summit Brewing Company, Prairie Organic Vodka, and Jerry’s Fresh Lemonade. Cool off with Häagen-Dazs ice cream, and select from an array of food by Butcher and the Boar, World Street Kitchen, Chef Shack, Cupcake, Best Way Gyros, and Taulelle Concessions. Food and beverages will be on sale from 3 to 10:15 pm. ID required to purchase alcohol.

Free Hydration

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

Special Member Benefit

Walker Art Center and Minnesota Public Radio members: Bring your member card to receive a free Rock the Garden 2013 water bottle for being a supporter!

Walker Art Center Hours on June 15

Due to preparation for Rock the Garden, the Walker galleries, Gather by D’Amico, and the Garden Café by D’Amico will be closed. Artist-Designed Mini Golf will be closed on June 14 and 15; courses reopen on June 16 at 2 pm.


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 2013 even more successful!

Lead Sponsors

  • Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Minnesota Twins

Media Partner

Official Beer

Supporting Sponsors

VIP Skybox Sponsor

  • Thomson Reuters

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden’s 25th-Anniversary Lead Sponsor