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Rock the Garden 2017

This year Rock the Garden returns to the Walker on July 22 headlined by Bon Iver, aka Justin Vernon, who just released his third album—22, A Million—to rapturous acclaim. Don’t miss the festival of the summer at the newly renovated Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Gates open at 1 pm; music starts at 3 pm.

More Bands Announced on April 24

Tune in to 89.3 The Current on Monday, April 24, at 9 am to hear who will be joining headliner Bon Iver at Rock the Garden 2017.

Members Get More: Tickets on Sale to Members April 26

  • Tickets on sale to Walker and MPR members on Wednesday, April 26, at 10 am.
  • Any remaining tickets on sale to the public on Friday, April 28, at 10 am.

Walker and MPR members will get the first chance to buy tickets. To become a Walker member, visit walkerart.org/membership. The Current/MPR memberships can be purchased at mpr.org/support.

Rock the Garden Website

Find out about all the latest details here.

About Rock the Garden

Launched by the Walker in 1998, Rock the Garden has been cosponsored by 89.3 The Current since 2008. Eleven concerts have been staged outside the Walker since the inaugural event featuring the Jayhawks. Rock the Garden showcases national and international artists paired with the best in local music. Past performers have included Stereolab, Sonic Youth, Wilco, Antibalas, David Byrne, the Decemberists, Sharon Jones, Doomtree, Bob Mould, Trampled by Turtles, De La Soul, Babes in Toyland, Chance the Rapper, the Flaming Lips, and many more. In 2016 the sold-out event moved to Boom Island Park along the Mississippi River due to the Walker/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden campus renovation project.


The Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current present Rock the Garden 2017.

Lead sponsor

Media partner

Official beer

Supporting sponsors

VIP Skybox sponsor

On-site sponsors

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is a collaboration with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.

Rock the Garden is proud to be a zero-waste event in partnership with Eureka Recycling.

Walker Art Center Garden Opening sponsor