2020 Event List

Friendship Botanic Gardens hosts a variety of events throughout the year, from the popular Easter Egg-Stravaganza Walk, Reptile Romp, Bug Safari, Butterfly Bonanza, Lyric Opera, Haunted Trails & Family Fall Fest, Native American Celebration and Thanksgiving Day Turkey Walk and more!  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 219-878-9885 for more information or to discuss hosting your special event!

2020 EVENTS 

MARCH

March 28 - Wake Up the Gardens Volunteer Day 10:00am-1:00pm (Central Time) -  Volunteers are needed to get the gardens and grounds ready for opening day. We will be raking/hauling leaves, picking up sticks and doing other general cleanup tasks. It isn't glamorous work, but it is necessary! All help is welcome! Please bring your own gloves/rake if possible. Dress for the weather, as this event will take place rain or shine! Email info@friendshipgardens.org or call 219-878-9885 to RSVP.

APRIL

April 11 - Easter Egg-Stravaganza Walk 11:00am-1:00pm - Our annual Easter event will have a new structure this year due to the significant increase in attendance over the last few years! Bring your basket and walk our Bunny Trail and receive Easter eggs at different stations! Meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy a lovely walk around the Gardens with your family. This is NOT a traditional egg hunt, so you do NOT need to be here promptly at 11:00am. The event will be from 11:00am-1:00pm. Gates will open at 10:30am for parking. FREE ADMISSION. Donations are appreciated so that we can continue this event in the future.

MAY

May 10 - Mother's Day - Mother's admitted free all day! Bring a picnic to enjoy among the beautiful scenery and take advantage of the many natural features, like our cultivated gardens, hiking/walking trails, playground and more!

May 29 - Taste & Tunes - A Johnny V Summer Event Series (#1) - Enjoy an evening with the amazingly talented Johnny V at the new Celebration Pavilion overlooking the color-changing fountain in beautiful Lake Lucerne.  You may bring your own blanket or relax in our lawn chairs. There will be different food & beverage options each month so be sure to mark your calendars. Kids can enjoy the ArcelorMittal Children’s Garden before, during, or after the event. 

JUNE

June 4, 11, 18, 25 - Yoga in the Gardens Hosted by April Fallon -  Experience all-levels yoga in a lovely garden setting hosted by yoga instructor April Fallon each Thursday morning this June! Celebrate and connect with nature surrounded by natural beauty; enjoy bird song and the freshest of summer air. Classes are $12 each, cash only. Please bring your own mat and meet at by the Welcome Cabin in our parking lot at 9:20 a.m. to be taken to class site on a golf cart or you can walk down. Feel free to take a hike after class!

June 14 - Reptile Romp 2:00pm-4:00pm (Central Time) - Learn about the roles slimy and slithery creatures play in ecosystems through hands-on science activities. Free admission. 

June 21 - Father's Day - Father's admitted free all day! Bring a picnic to enjoy among the beautiful scenery and take advantage of the many natural features, like our cultivated gardens, hiking/walking trails, playground and more!

June 26 - Taste & Tunes - A Johnny V Summer Event Series (#2) - Enjoy an evening with the amazingly talented Johnny V at the new Celebration Pavilion overlooking the color-changing fountain in beautiful Lake Lucerne.  You may bring your own blanket or relax in our lawn chairs. There will be different food & beverage options each month so be sure to mark your calendars. Kids can enjoy the ArcelorMittal Children’s Garden before, during, or after the event. 

JULY

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - Yoga in the Gardens Hosted by April Fallon -  Experience all-levels yoga in a lovely garden setting hosted by yoga instructor April Fallon each Thursday morning this July! Celebrate and connect with nature surrounded by natural beauty; enjoy bird song and the freshest of summer air. Classes are $12 each, cash only. Please bring your own mat and meet at by the Welcome Cabin in our parking lot at 9:20 a.m. to be taken to class site on a golf cart or you can walk down. Feel free to take a hike after class!

July 18 - An Evening at Firefly Farm 6:00pm (Central Time) - Join us for the fourth annual Friendship Botanic Gardens benefit at the beautiful Firefly Farm in rural La Porte County. The evening will include a horse show, line dancing, dinner, silent/live auctions, and more! Details will be posted in the near future!

July 26 - Butterfly Bonanza 2:00pm-4:00pm (Central Time) - Learn how to help boost butterfly populations through hands-on citizen science. Experience live butterflies up-close and see newly hatched monarchs released into a specially designed butterfly garden. Children can make and take free butterfly crafts. Free admission.

July 31 - Battle of the Bands 7:00pm-11:00pm (Central Time) - We will add more information as the event inches closer. 

AUGUST

August 6, 13, 20, 27 - Yoga in the Gardens Hosted by April Fallon -  Experience all-levels yoga in a lovely garden setting hosted by yoga instructor April Fallon each Thursday morning this August! Celebrate and connect with nature surrounded by natural beauty; enjoy bird song and the freshest of summer air. Classes are $12 each, cash only. Please bring your own mat and meet at by the Welcome Cabin in our parking lot at 9:20 a.m. to be taken to class site on a golf cart or you can walk down. Feel free to take a hike after class!

August 23 - Bug Safari 2:00pm-4:00pm (Central Time) - Discover a hidden world of marvelous mini-beasts living all around us and view live creepy crawlies. Bring your nets and magnifying glasses to learn about the crucial roles insects play in our ecosystem. Free admission. 

August 28 - Taste & Tunes - A Johnny V Summer Event Series (#3) - Enjoy an evening with the amazingly talented Johnny V at the new Celebration Pavilion overlooking the color-changing fountain in beautiful Lake Lucerne.  You may bring your own blanket or relax in our lawn chairs. There will be different food & beverage options each month so be sure to mark your calendars. Kids can enjoy the ArcelorMittal Children’s Garden before, during, or after the event. 

August 30 - Lyric in the Gardens 3:00pm-6:00pm (Central Time) - Enjoy an enchanting afternoon with a wonderful performance of the upcoming Chicago Lyric Opera season at this annual event! The first hour (3:00-4:00) will be a cocktail hour for guests to enjoy a drink and take in the garden scenery. The performance will start promptly at 4:00. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. 

SEPTEMBER

September 13 - Polish Fest - More details to come!

September 20 - Lithuania Fest - More details to come!

September 25 - Taste & Tunes - A Johnny V Summer Event Series (#4) - Enjoy an evening with the amazingly talented Johnny V at the new Celebration Pavilion overlooking the color-changing fountain in beautiful Lake Lucerne.  You may bring your own blanket or relax in our lawn chairs. There will be different food & beverage options each month so be sure to mark your calendars. Kids can enjoy the ArcelorMittal Children’s Garden before, during, or after the event. 

OCTOBER

October 11 - Haunted Trails & Family Fall Fest 2:00pm-4:30pm (Central Time) - Wear your Halloween costume for a night of family-friendly scares. Trick-or-treat on haunted trails, enjoy face painting, crafts/games, a bonfire and food! Tickets sold at the door on the day of the event. 

NOVEMBER

November 26 - Native American Celebration & Thanksgiving Turkey Walk 11:00pm-4:00pm (Central Time) - Embark on a scavenger hunt throughout the gardens and nature trails, find every hidden paper turkey and win a special Thanksgiving prize! Get a firsthand look at Indigenous Peoples’ cooking techniques at a demonstration featuring traditional pumpkin stew over an open flame. 

 

 

Friendship Botanic Gardens

2055 East U.S. Highway 12

P.O. Box 8834

Michigan City, IN 46361

219-878-9885