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!
Please check out our Calendar of Events for 2017!
Join Art Instructor, Jessica DeCaro, for a series of nature-inspired arts & crafts classes that are geared towards children. Each class nurtures children’s curiosity and encourages exploration, adventure and discovery. Children will then creatively express their experience at Friendship Botanic Gardens in Michigan City, IN.
A Student may register for just one class; or can register for as many as he or she desires.
Students will learn to combine nature with arts and crafts with this series of classes as a guide. They will be taught about the history of Friendship Botanic Gardens and everything it has to offer through a walk on the trails before each class. Students will forage items to use for the classes all while learning about the trees, flowers, bugs, and birds and more that help to make these Gardens so unique, beautiful and its role in our environment. At the Education Pavilion, their amazing finds will contribute to their imaginative art projects. To register go to this link: Nature inspired art classes.
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
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!
- Friday June 30th
- 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.
- 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
- August 19th, 6 - 10pm CDT
- Tickets Available for Purchase
- 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.
- Sept 17th 11am-5pm
- 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 email@example.com.
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.