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!


Polish Fest

  • 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 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