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Rock at the Rock

Special Event Featured Event Accessible Event

Date & Time:

Thursdays, Jul 8 to Aug 19, 5 to 9 p.m.


Rock Garden (1185 York Boulevard)


Evenings, Get Social, Special Event


1 to 2 Hours


Included with General Admission, Included with Membership

Event Description

Join RBG for a summer of throwback Thursdays!

Our historic Rock Garden is wired for sound and this summer we’re going to turn up the tunes.  We’ll broadcast the iconic originals of your favourite decades to celebrate the evolution of music and RBG’s 80th anniversary. Grab a themed signature drink, stroll the gardens and let the music take you back in time. Dancing in the moonlight is optional, but absolutely encouraged.

Rock at the Rock is included in your Twilight Hour Admission and is FREE for RBG Members. Twilight Hour Admission is available to purchase in person upon arrival. Last admission is at 8 p.m.

  • Please note this is not a live music series. Music will be played through the Rock Garden’s speaker system.

July 8

All That Jazz (30s & 40s)

Calling all cool cats for an evening of smooth riffs. This week we begin our summer celebration with a spotlight on Jazz, Swing, Blues and Big Bands. This influential music dominated the airwaves and dancehalls and famously introduced us to the era of Crooners.

Be prepared for a hummer time as this night will be the cats meow.

July 15

Ready, Set, Rock (50s)

Leave your tv dinners behind, put on that letterman jacket and cruise on down to Royal Botanical Gardens for a night of Rock n Roll. Influenced by rhythm and blues, jazz, country and gospel, Rock n Roll emerged as a defined musical style. Made famous by the likes of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Little Richard, this music genre had an influence on fashion, attitudes and lifestyle. Let’s celebrate this booming decade with a cold soda as we shake, rattle and roll the night away!

July 22

More Than Motown (60s)

The 1960s saw major musical movements. From the British Invasion that engulfed North America, to the folk and protest music inspired by political and social unrest, the 1960’s was a decade of change. Motown music emerged introducing us to The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and The Temptations, while hippie culture, music festivals and psychedelic music gave way to a newfound colourful, distinct vibe.

Dig out your bell bottoms and tie dye shirts for a groovy night of music as we celebrate this expressive decade!

July 29

Disco Fever (70s)

It’s time to boogie down to the Rock Garden for a funkadelic night of disco classics. Influenced by the 60s motown movement, the 70s had memorable hits from artists like the Bee Gees, Cher and Donna Summers. From an era that gave us feathered bangs and afros, and dance moves like the hustle, YMCA, and the funky chicken, this decade was far out! Are you ready to buss’ a move down the soul train line? We are! So be there or be square!

August 5

Totally 80s

“Video [may have] killed the radio star,” but the creation of the cable network MTV in 1981 ushered in a new era of music in the 80’s! Music became more than just lyrics, and the emphasis on fashion and theatrical performance completely changed the scene. With new emerging pop superstars like Madonna, Whitney Houston, and Prince and the introduction of Hair Metal, New Wave and Hip Hop, the 80’s was a decade like no other!

Leave the walkman at home, dig out those leg warmers, tease that hair and motor on over to the Rock Garden for an evening you won’t soon forget! It’s going to be totally rad!

August 12

Wayback Playback (90s)

Influenced by trends in the 70s and 80s, the 90s was a diverse era in music. From Britpop and hip hop to girl power anthems and boy bands, this decade also saw the emergence of grunge, country pop and one hit wonders. It famously brought us Clueless, Rachel, Seinfeld, Titanic, Michael Jordan, pogs and beanie babies.

Put on your Doc Martens, grab your pager and come out for a night of nostalgic music, it’s going to be fly.

August 19

Millennium Magic (2000s to present) 

The digital age has given us access to music more than ever. With the rise of music sharing, independent labels, and reality shows like American Idol there’s been no shortage of musical genres to listen to. Inspired by decades past combined with new technology the 2000s to present has been lit!

To avoid FOMO, put on those jeggings, grab your bae and head out to RBG for a night of selfies and hashtags. This night will be on fleek!

Food and Drink

A themed fresh to go menu will be available for purchase; grab a snack and drink to enjoy as you stroll the garden!

  • Elvis-Pretzley $5
    • Jumbo Pretzel with Peanut Sauce
  • Cheese Ball $7
    • Classic cheeseball with root vegetable chips
  • Tot-choes $8
    • Tater tots topped with vegan cheese sauce, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, and crispy black beans
  • Chicken a la King $8
    • Classic chicken a la king served over rice with a side of toasted pita
  • Apple Tart $6
    • Mini apple pie with cheddar crisp
  • Jello $5
    • Mixed jello parfait topped with whip cream


Please note that all beverages will be served in its original bottle or can, while wine will be served in a compostable take away cup with lid

  • Assorted Pops, Juices, Bottled Water  $3
  • Coffee & Teas $3
  • Niagara VQA House Wine
    • 6oz. Glass $7
    • 9 oz. Glass $11
  • XOXO Botanical Wine Spritzers $9
    • Strawberry Hibiscus
    • Peach Orange Blossom
    • Raspberry Rhubarb
  • Local / Craft Beer
    • Domestic Bottle $6
    • Import Bottle $7
    • Craft Beer Tall Can $9

Event FAQ

Admission & Tickets

Rock at the Rock is included in your Twilight Hour Admission and are FREE for card-holding RBG Members. Twilight Hour Admission is available to purchase in person upon arrival.

Inclement Weather

Rock at the Rock is held rain or shine!

Directions & Parking

This event is held at the historic Rock Garden, 1185 York Blvd. Hamilton. Parking is included, available in the lot across the street.

This garden is located along bus routes for Burlington Transit and Hamilton Transit, with stops a short distance from the entrance. See for more details.


The newly rejuvenated Rock Garden features some wide, paved paths that descend with a slope into the lower bowl of the garden. If you have any questions about accessibility at this event, please contact us at 905-527-1158.

Pets / Service Animals

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the Rock at the Rock event but must remain leashed at all times. Any pets found disrupting the event or other guests may be asked to leave.