Upcoming Events

Friendship Botanic Gardens hosts a variety of events throughout the year, from the popular Maple Sugar Time, Bug Safari, Butterfly Bonanza, Native American Fest, Lyric in the Gardens, Turkey Walk, and our new Easter Egg Hunt and Haunted Trails Halloween event, large festivals and others!  Please visit our Venues page if you would like more information on location options for your special event. Dogs on a leash are always welcome.

Contact us at 219-879-9885 for more information or to discuss hosting your special event!


Upcoming Events:

Please check out our Calendar of Events for 2017!



Hypertufa Trough Class with Janice Casper

  • Saturday April 29th 10am-Noon
  • $40 covers cost of materials
  • See detailed information below

Trough gardens are ideal places to display tiny horticultural treasures: dwarf conifer, alpines, miniature succulents, and even a small fairy garden.  Antique stone troughs from Britain are prohibitively expensive, but it is easy to make a convincing substitute using a mixture of portland cement, perlite and peat moss.  Hypertufa troughs can be left outside in the winter and are light weight once they are dry.
Janice Casper owner of North Range Garden Design will conduct a class on making a trough at Friendship Botanic Gardens in Michigan City on Saturday, April 29 from 10am-Noon. Cost is $40 which covers the cost of the materials to make the troughs.
Please bring rubber gloves and two forms/molds that you would like to make your troughs in.  One trough should be 2 inches smaller than the larger one.  A good starting box is a shoe box or plastic container such as a small dish pan.  Not too big to carry safely. For questions about materials, please contact Janice Casper at 219204.0494.

Registration Info:
Call 219.8789.885 or email info@friendshipgardens.org to register. Please provide your name and address and phone number in the email or voicemail. Payment can be made on our website or you may mail a check made payable to Friendship Botanic Gardens and mailed to PO Box 8834, Michigan City IN 46361.

Season Opening to Public

  • May 6th 10am - 6pm CDT
  • Daily Admission:  $6 13 & Over, 12 & Under FREE
  • Open Wednesday through Sunday May 6th until October 31st, 2017
  • Wednesdays are FREE Admission, our way of way of giving back to the community


Mother's Day

  • May 14th-Mother's Admitted FREE



Garden Gala-Annual Fundraiser

  • June 3rd
  • Tickets available for purchase
  • Symphony Meadow

An elegant evening to benefit the ongoing revitalization efforts underway at Friendship Botanic Gardens.

Friendship Botanic Gardens is in the midst of an incredible revival, and we’re kicking off the next phase of this remarkable journey with our 2nd Annual Garden Gala at FBG. Join us on June 3rd from 6-10 pm for a celebration of our rich legacy and a preview of the exciting future taking shape for the Gardens.


"Nature in Art Program" Series of 6 Classes over Summer

We will be hosting 6 Art Classes focusing on Nature Projects this summer for children 13 and under.
The classes will be held from 10am-Noon Central Time on the dates below:
  • Wed June 7th
  • Wed June 21st
  • Wed July 5th
  • Wed July 19th
  • Wed Aug 2
  • Wed Aug 9th


Father's Day

  • June 18th-Father's Admitted FREE


Bug Safari

  • June 25th, 2 - 4pm CDT
  • FREE Admission

A FREE afternoon of invertebrate adventures in the diverse natural habitats of Friendship Botanic Gardens.

Families can discover a hidden world of marvelous mini-beasts living all around us while viewing live creepy crawlies. Bring your nets and magnifying glasses to learn about the crucial roles insects play in our lives through hands-on citizen science and free children’s craft activities.


Gatsby in the Gardens

Join us for an evening of cocktails, beer and music in the Gardens Hosted by The Cocktail Concept and Dig the Dunes!

  • 21+ Event
  • 6:00-9:00pm CDT


Native American Heritage Day

  • July 9th, 12 - 4pm CDT
  • FREE Admission

Celebrate the rich and enduring legacy of Native American Heritage along the very same river banks and forested valleys where the Potawatomi hunted and fished hundreds of years ago.

Visitors will also have the chance to experience Indigenous Peoples’ traditional gardening, trapping, cooking and crafting techniques first-hand.


Lyric Opera in the Gardens

  • August 13th, 4 - 6pm CDT
  • Tickets Available for Purchase

Friendship Botanic Gardens is proud to host to a special evening of world-class artistry from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Join us among the scenic vistas of the Gardens for a preview of the Lyric Opera Company’s 2017-18 season, featuring some of the biggest names in the Chicago arts and culture scene. All proceeds contribute to the continued restoration and maintenance of Friendship Botanic Gardens, a historic 105 acre botanical park in Michigan City that serves as the region's premiere destination where nature meets culture. Tickets are available at the Friendship Botanic Gardens Welcome Cabin, open Weds through Sun beginning on May 6th, 10am–6pm CDT. Regular seating available for $30; Premium seating available for $40


Bacchus & Brew Fest

  • August 19th, 6 - 10pm CDT
  • Tickets Available for Purchase


Butterfly Bonanza

  • August 20th, 2 - 4pm CDT
  • FREE Admission

A special free educational program dedicated to everyone’s favorite pollinator pals: butterflies! Horticulturalist Dolly Foster will discuss butterfly gardening, pollinator conservation, and how you can attract these beautiful “flying flowers” to your own backyard! This is a remarkable opportunity for families to learn how to help boost butterfly populations through hands-on citizen science.

Audiences can experience live butterflies up-close as we release newly hatched monarchs into our specially designed butterfly garden. Children can make and take home free butterfly crafts.

Polish Fest

  • Sept 17th
  • Tickets Available for Purchase day of event.
  • Join us for a very popular day of festivities! Polish Food, Dancing, & Music... and learn about Polish Heritage!

Haunted Trails & Ghost Stories

  • October 28th 3 - 6pm CDT
  • Trick or Treat on our Ghost Trail and listen to family friendly spooky stories!
  • Pumpkin Painting too!
  • Children $2
  • Adults $4

A Spooktacular evening of family fun. Kids are invited to wear their Halloween costumes for a night of family-friendly scares set in the winding nature trails of Friendship Botanic Gardens. Visitors will have the chance to experience the Gardens when bathed in the glow of the “Trail of Lights” -- A new illuminated pathway of lampposts made possible thanks to the generous support of NIPSCO, the NiSource Foundation, and The Michigan City Redevelopment Corporation. Kids can also check out phases one and two of the ArcelorMittal Children’s Garden, a newly installed arena for interactive natural play experiences created thanks to the support of the ArcelorMittal corporation. For ticket prices contact us at 219 878-9885 or info@friendshipgardens.org.


Thanksgiving Turkey Walk & Native American Celebration

  • November 23rd, 11 - 4pm CDT
  • FREE Admission.

Join Friendship Botanic Gardens as we host a free celebration of Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month. Kids will have the chance to embark on a turkey count scavenger hunt throughout the gardens and nature trails – find every hidden paper turkey and win a special Thanksgiving prize! Then, head down to the Native American Heritage Garden and get a first-hand look at Indigenous Peoples’ cooking techniques as our garden educator demonstrates the cooking of traditional pumpkin stew over an open flame.

Friendship Botanic Gardens

2055 East U.S. Highway 12

P.O. Box 8834

Michigan City, IN 46361