Upcoming Events in 2019

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!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

JULY

Yoga in the Gardens Hosted by April Fallon-Thursdays 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. CDT

All Levels Yoga in a lovely Garden setting with Yoga Instructor April Fallon, celebrating and connecting with nature surrounded by natural beauty, enjoying bird song and the freshest of air. Classes $12 Cash Only Please. Bring your own mat. (All Thursdays in July except 7/4/19). Meet at Entrance Cabin in Parking Lot at 9:20am to be taken to class site on Golf Cart or you can walk down. Feel free to take a hike after class!

Gatsby in the Gardens - Saturday, July 27th 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 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 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. 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.

AUGUST

Yoga in the Gardens Hosted by April Fallon-Thursdays 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. CDT

All Levels Yoga in a lovely Garden setting with Yoga Instructor April Fallon, celebrating and connecting with nature surrounded by natural beauty, enjoying bird song and the freshest of air. Classes $12 Cash Only Please. Bring your own mat. Meet at Entrance Cabin in Parking Lot at 9:20am to be taken to class site on Golf Cart or you can walk down. Feel free to take a hike after class!

Flower Power Funkadelic Fest - CANCELLED

The Flower Power event has been cancelled due to the weather-delayed construction of the Celebration Pavilion and other logistical complications. We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you at our other events!

Lyric in the Gardens - Sunday, August 25th 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 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.

SEPTEMBER

Polish Fest - Sunday, September 15th 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 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. Hosted by the Polish Heritage Festival Committee.

Hoedown BBQ at Firefly Farm - Saturday, September 21st 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CDT

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.

OCTOBER

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 info@friendshipgardens.org.  

Tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the event.
Kids ages 1-12 - $2 
13 & over - $5

NOVEMBER

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!

 

Friendship Botanic Gardens

2055 East U.S. Highway 12

P.O. Box 8834

Michigan City, IN 46361

219-878-9885