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Rock at the Rock

Rock at the Rock
Special Event Accessible Event

Date & Time:

Thursdays, Jul 16 to Aug 27, 5 to 8 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

Let there be rock! The people have spoken, the votes have been cast, and we are ready to Rock at the Rock.

Listen to the top albums from your favourite classic rock legends, as voted by you, each Thursday in the inspiring surroundings of the historic Rock Garden.

Don’t miss BATTLE NIGHTS, where two iconic bands will square off to determine their rightful place in rock n’ roll history. Have your say and join us on social media to cast your vote while enjoying a spectacular evening at the Rock.

Experience hot summer nights at the Rock Garden like never before by having your say and staying connected with us on social media. Let YOUR voice be heard and rock on!

  • Please note this is not a live music series. Classic Rock albums will be played through the Rock Garden’s speaker system.
  • The Gardens are a great place to be during a time of physical distancing. Enjoy the music and the variety of year round perennials.  


  • July 16: Tragically Hip
  • July 23: The Beatles vs. Eagles (Battle Night)
  • July 30: Fleetwood Mac
  • August 6: The Band
  • August 13: Queen vs. The Rolling Stones (Battle Night)
  • August 20: CCR
  • August 27: Queen vs. The Beatles (Battle Night)

Battle Nights

Battle nights are your chance to vote for your favourites! Two favourites “face off” on select evenings, and you decide who moves on.

Follow Royal Botanical Gardens on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and keep an eye out for polls on the dates indicated in the schedule.

Food and Drink

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

  • House Baked Cookies $3.00
  • Assorted Potato Chips $2.00


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 canned pops, juice, glassed bottled water  $3.00 each
  • Niagara VQA House Wine 6oz. Glass $7.50
  • Local Craft Beer $8.50
  • Local Cider $8.50
  • Molson Canadian $6.50
  • Coors Light $6.50
  • Heineken $8.00
  • Corona Extra $8.00

Event FAQ

Admission & Tickets

Rock at the Rock is included in your daily General Admission and are FREE for card-holding RBG Members. General Admission is available to purchase online, or in person upon arrival at RBG Centre.

Choose between full admission pricing (entry to all our garden areas for the full day) or Twilight Hours, a reduced price for entry after 5 p.m.

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. Some activities will take place on grassy areas. 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.