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 Opera in the Gardens, Turkey Walk, Easter Egg Hunt and Haunted Trails Halloween event, to 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 219-878-9885 for more information or to discuss hosting your special event!
Polish Fest - Sunday, September 15th 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CDT
Join us for a very popular day of Polish festivities! Experience Polish food, music, dancing and learn more about Polish Heritage. Tickets available at the door. This annual event has continued to grow every year, with over 1,000 attendees each year! Hosted by the Polish Heritage Festival Committee. Parking will be located at our main entrance off of Highway 12 or our back entrance off of Liberty Trail. Polish Mass in the Symphony Garden to start at 10:30 am. Tickets are $7. Children 12 and under are free.
Haunted Trail & Family Fall Fest - Saturday, October 12th 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT
Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a spook-tacular afternoon for families! 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 at dusk. Trick-or-Treat on our Haunted Trails Loop! There will be face painting, crafts/games, a bonfire, and food/beverages provided Up N Smoke. Every year it gets better! If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact us at email@example.com.
Tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the event - Cash only.
Kids ages 1-12 - $2
Children 13 & over, and adults - $5
Native American Celebration and Thanksgiving Day Turkey Walk - Thursday, November 28th 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST
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 scavenger hunt throughout the gardens and nature trails – find every hidden paper turkey and win a special Thanksgiving prize! Then, enjoy the Native American Heritage Garden and get a first-hand look at Indigenous Peoples’ cooking techniques as the garden educator demonstrates the cooking of traditional pumpkin stew over an open flame. FREE ADMISSION!