Rock the Garden 2015
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Rock the Garden 2015

The two best days of summer are back! The most picturesque festival in the Twin Cities, Rock the Garden returns for two days of great music in the heart of the city. The 2015 lineup features 10 bands ranging from Minnesota punk legends and stars of Afrobeat to scions of rock-and-roll history.

The weekend kicks off on June 20 with buzz-worthy local rap and R&B group thestand4rd, Lucius’ luscious pop harmonies, Aussie Courtney Barnett’s jangly rock-pop, and folk stalwart Conor Oberst. Wistful Glasgow-based Belle & Sebastian will headline night one.

Day two, June 21, brings Sean Lennon leading the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger’s psych sound, JD McPherson’s raucous retro-rockabilly, joyful Afrobeat grooves of Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, and epic return of punk pioneers Babes in Toyland. Headliner indie icons Modest Mouse will cap off the weekend.

Saturday, June 20

Sunday, June 21


  • Tickets are available for purchase on-site at the event. General admission tickets available for both days of the festival. Purchase tickets day of event at the Hennepin Box Office. Reentry is allowed.
  • To purchase tickets in advance, visit

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. For online issues, call Etix Customer Support: 1.800.514.3849.

  • General Admission
    Single Day: $64; Two-Day Pass: $112
    Access to hillside and street vendors.
  • VIP Green Room
    Single Day: $100; Two-Day Pass: $160 (SOLD OUT)
    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 for your party in the Parade Lot, a voucher for a Rock the Garden T-shirt (up to $25 value), one drink ticket, and access to Green Room–only food and drink vendors are included. You’ll also enjoy special activities such as the Garden Party, featuring lawn games and meet-and-greet opportunities with hosts from 89.3 The Current and other special guests. Access to the Grove on the ground level adjacent to the stage and all general admission areas is also included.
  • VIP Skybox
    Single Day: $200; Two-Day Pass: $350 (SOLD OUT)
    VIP Skybox offers exclusive access to the Walker’s rooftop terraces (with new and improved sightlines of the stage), complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Modern Events by D’Amico, three free drink tickets, and complimentary water and soda. A voucher for a Rock the Garden T-shirt (up to $25 value); free parking for your party in the underground parking garage; and entry to the VIP Green Room, the Grove on the ground level adjacent to the stage, and all general admission areas are also included.

Stay Connected

Follow Rock the Garden on Facebook and Twitter for updates and behind-the-scenes photos. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using #rockthegarden.


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:

  • Bike racks bike with parking for 500+ bikes and a Nice Ride bike sharing station will be located on Hennepin Avenue.
  • Metro Transit bus lines: 4, 6, 12, and 25 serve the Walker.


Paid event parking is available in the Dunwoody Institute lot. The Vineland Place underground ramp and Parade/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

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 2015 gift for being a supporter!


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. Only empty water bottles will be permitted.
No umbrellas, lawn furniture, coolers, or pets are allowed. Blankets and strollers are allowed.
No professional photography or audio recording equipment allowed. No outside soliciting. No guns allowed. All bags subject to search.

About Rock the Garden

Launched by the Walker in 1998, Rock the Garden has been cosponsored by The Current since 2008. Twelve concerts have been staged outside the Walker since the inaugural event featuring the Jayhawks. Rock the Garden features national and international artists paired with the best in local music. Past performers have included Stereolab, Sonic Youth, Wilco, David Byrne, Bon Iver, Sharon Jones, Doomtree, Trampled by Turtles, Metric, De La Soul, Spoon, and many more.

Lead sponsors

Media partner

Official beer

Supporting sponsors

  • Etix
  • MailChimp
  • Minnesota State Lottery
  • 3M Post-It
  • Phillips Prairie Organic Spirits
  • Talenti

VIP Skybox sponsor

  • Thomson Reuters

Bike Corral sponsor

  • Whole Foods Market

Onsite sponsor

  • My Sister