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!
Wake Up The Gardens Volunteer Workday - Saturday, March 30th 10:00am-2:00pm (CDT)
We are seeking volunteers to assist with our Spring Cleanup. We are primarily volunteer based and rely on our volunteers to help us get the gardens and grounds prepared for the 2019 season! ALL HELP IS WELCOME!!! We will be raking, hauling leaves, picking up garbage and sticks, etc. It isn't glamorous work, but it is necessary work! Please bring your own garden gloves (and rake if possible). Light refreshments will be provided (water and cookies). Dress for the weather! The event will occur rain or shine! This is also a good opportunity for students to get COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org OR 219.878.9885 by 3/28/19.
Season Opening - Saturday, April 6th 10:00am-4:00pm CDT
Take a walk and ENJOY SPRING!!! Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am-4:00pm during the month of April (weather permitting).
Easter Egg-Stravaganza Egg Hunt - Sunday, April 21st 11:00am CDT
On Easter Sunday, April 21st, Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a FREE afternoon of egg-hunting adventures amongst the 105 acres of nature trails and formal gardens! Kids ages 0 to 12 and their families are invited to walk the trails and explore the blooming gardens while searching for thousands of eggs hidden throughout the grounds! The hunt starts promptly at 11am CDT-- rain or shine -- and ends when all eggs have been found. The eggs go fast so be sure to arrive on time and bring your own basket for this “Egg-stravaganza” of Easter fun! Families can take pictures with the Easter Bunny after the egg hunt. More details to come.
Kids can also check out the ArcelorMittal Children’s Garden, a state of the art arena for interactive nature-based play experiences. Thanks to the ArcelorMittal Corporation, the Children's Garden continues to grow and provide kids a wonderful place to play and learn!
Mother's Day - Sunday, May 12th 9:00am-5:00pm CDT
Enjoy a lovely Spring stroll or hike through the Gardens! Ring the bells, bring a picnic and enjoy the sunshine! All moms admitted FREE!
Reptile Romp - Sunday, June 2nd 2:00pm-4:00pm
Join us for an afternoon of reptile and amphibian adventures throughout the pristine natural habitats of the Gardens! Learn about the roles slimy and slithery creatures play in ecosystems through hands-on citizen science activities! FREE ADMISSION! This is the first event of our Free Educational Series.
La Vie En Rose Garden Ball - Saturday, June 8th 6:00pm-10:00pm CDT
Join us for our 4th annual fundraiser in the Stardust Grand Ballroom at Blue Chip Casino! Help the Gardens continue to grow and prosper. This is a black tie-optional event. Purchase tickets on our event page.
Father's Day -- Sunday, June 16th 9:00am-5:00pm CDT
Enjoy a lovely spring stroll or hike through the Gardens! Ring the bells, bring a picnic and enjoy the sunshine! All dads admitted FREE!
Bug Safari - Sunday, July 14th 2:00pm-4:00pm CDT
Interested in learning more about bugs? Join us for an afternoon of exploration of invertebrate life in various habitats throughout the Gardens! FREE ADMISSION! This is the second event of our Free Educational Series.
Taste and Tribute Concert with Johnny V - DATE TBD
Enjoy music by local artist Johnny V as he does a tribute to Neil Young and the Classics! This is a family-friendly event. Music, snacks, beer and wine available. Tickets on sale on our website or at the door. Tickets are $10.
Gatsby in the Gardens - Saturday, July 27th 6:00pm-9:00pm CDT
Step into a Great Gatsby Garden Party! Enjoy a speakeasy evening set in the 1920’s. Stroll the gardens, sip some giggle water, play bocce or badminton, or cut the rug while listening to live jazz! Visit our event page for tickets and more information.
Butterfly Bonanza - Sunday, July 28th 2:00pm-4:00pm CDT
Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a special free educational program dedicated to everyone’s favorite pollinator pals: butterflies! 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! FREE ADMISSION! This is the third and final event of our Free Educational Series.
Flower Power Beer Fest - Saturday, August 17th 6:00pm-9:00pm CDT
Get groovy, baby! It’s all about Flower Power at the Gardens at this 21+ fundraising event. The late 60’s to early 70’s theme is far out! Hang loose or groove to the music by Johnny V and the Wild Flowers. Bell bottoms, go-go boots, mini’s and foxy attire are optional. Peace, love and Flower Power! Tickets are $45 and includes beer/wine from local breweries and winery, 3 sample cocktails, and light appetizers. This is a 21+ event. Visit our event page for tickets and more information.
Lyric in the Gardens - Sunday, August 25th 3:00pm-6:00pm CDT
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 Of Chicago's 2019-2020 season, performed by some of the biggest names in the Chicago arts and culture scene. Visit our event page for tickets and more information.
Polish Fest - Sunday, September 15th 11:00am-5:00pm 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. Hosted by the Polish Heritage Festival Committee.
Hoedown BBQ at Firefly Farm - Saturday, September 21st
Join us for a Country-Western themed fundraiser at Firefly Farm in La Porte! The rolling acres, stunning grounds and stables of Firefly Farm make for a perfect backdrop for this fundraising event! Enjoy a country-style dinner, live entertainment, line dancing, two-stepping and games. Gather your posse and lasso a good time while supporting the Gardens. Cowboy boots and hats are optional. All proceeds benefit Friendship Botanic Gardens. This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $50. Visit our event page for tickets and more information.
Haunted Trail & Family Fall Fest - Saturday, October 12th 2:00pm-5:00pm 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.
Kids ages 1-12 - $2
13 & over - $5
Native American Celebration and Thanksgiving Day Turkey Walk - Thursday, November 28th 11:00am-4:00pm 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!