Upcoming Events in 2018

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 219-878-9885 for more information or to discuss hosting your special event!



Naturalist's Hike Saturday - Saturday, May 5th 9:00am

A Naturalists’ Hike will be held at Friendship Botanic Gardens on Saturday, May 5th at 9:00AM. Local birding expert, Susan Bagby, will be there to point out birds, either by sight or sound. Sighting migrating Warbles might be a possibility. Members of the Potawatomi Audubon Society will be there to identify wildflowers, trees, bugs, and whatever presents itself! Former Park Ranger and present Gardens Volunteer Jude Rakowski will lead the hike. (Rain or shine unless weather is severe)! FREE for FBG Members and general admission fee for the public. Please meet at Entrance Cabin in Parking Lot.  Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather!

Mother's Day - Sunday, May 13th 10:00am-6:00pm

Mothers get FREE ADMISSION on their day of honor! Enjoy a lovely Spring stroll or hike through the Gardens. Ring the bells, bring a picnic, enjoy the Gardens!

Dedication of Bronzed Bust of Ignacy Jan Paderewski in Polish Garden - Sunday May 20th 1:00pm

This event is a dedication of a bronzed bust to honor Ignacy jan Paderewski, the Polish Composer, Politician, and Statesman for Polish Independence, created by area artist Dora Natella and brought to you by the Polish Heritage Association of Michigan City.  The Dedication will occur in the Polish Gardens.  This event is FREE to the public and seating is limited.  A Social Hour with refreshments will follow.


Reptile Romp - Sunday, June 3rd 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 that the slimy and slithery creatures play in ecosystems through hands-on science activities!

Moonlight in the Gardens Ball - Saturday, June 16th 6:00pm-10:00pm

Join us for our 3rd Annual Fundraiser at in the Stardust Grand Ballroom at Blue Chip Casino, from 6:00pm-10:00pm. Help the Gardens continue to grow and prosper! This is an event you do not want to miss! More information can be found on our event page or our Facebook page.

Father's Day - Sunday, June 17th 10am-6:00pm

Fathers get FREE ADMISSION on their day of honor! Enjoy a lovely Spring stroll or hike through the Gardens. Ring the bells, bring a picnic, enjoy the Gardens!

Bug Safari - Sunday, June 24th 2:00pm-4:00pm

Interested in learning more about bugs? Join us for an afternoon of exploration of invertebrate life in various habitats of the Gardens. FREE ADMISSION!



Native American Heritage Day - Sunday, July 8th 12:00pm-4:00pm

Come and celebrate native peoples of the region! The event will include demonstrations, exhibits, crafts and open-fire cooking. FREE ADMISSION!

Taste and Tribute Concert with Johnny V - Saturday, July 13th 5:00pm-9:00pm

Enjoy music by local musician Johnny V as he does tribute to Neil Young and the Classics, and Taste of Michigan City's Up N Smoke Food Truck. Family Friendly! Music, Beer, Food, Wine! Tickets on sale at the door on the day of the event.

Gatsby in the Gardens - Saturday, July 28th 6:00pm-9:00pm

Stroll in the Gardens and enjoy your cocktails while listening to live Jazz, dancing, and playing lawn games like bocce ball! Dress in 1920's attire optional. Tickets on sale on Eventbrite, Facebook, on our event page, or at the door on the day of the event. Advanced purchase is recommended. Visit our event page or Facebook page for more information.

Butterfly Bonanza - Sunday, July 29th 2:00pm-4:00pm

See these wonderful creatures in all stages and watch Monarch Butterflies released. Make your own Butterfly Feeder! FREE ADMISSION!



Lyric in the Gardens - Sunday, August 5th 3:00pm-6:00pm

Join us for another wonderful performance of the upcoming Chicago Lyric Opera Season! It will be an enchanting afternoon! Tickets on sale on our website or at the door the day of the event. Advanced purchase is recommended. Stroll the Gardens and mingle with friends while enjoying a beverage from 3-4pm. Concert starts promptly at 4pm.

Bacchus & Beer Fest - Saturday, August 18th 5:00pm-9:00pm

Join us for an evening of beer, wine, food, and music amidst our stunning surroundings! Come and help support the Gardens and enjoy an evening out. Tickets on sale on Eventbrite, on our Facebook page or at the door on the day of the event. Advanced purchase is recommended. This is a 21+ event. Click here to go to the event page for more details.



Garden Golf Outing - Wednesday, September 12th 12:00pm

Come out to Briar Leaf Golf Club (La Porte) and have some fun playing golf in a different and fun format! Groups will play as a 4-some, with an interesting mix of styles and hole selections all throughout the course. This is not your typical 4-person scramble outing! Fun challenges and different formats will help us keep this outing moving! Advanced registration is required.

Polish Fest - Sunday, September 16th 11:00am-5:00pm

Join us for a very popular day of festivities! Polish food, dancing, and music... and learn about Polish Heritage! Tickets available the day of the event. Hosted by the Polish Heritage Association of Michigan City.

Lithuanian 100-Year Celebration - Sunday, September 23rd 1:00pm-5:00pm

Join us for a lovely day of festivities! Lithuanian food, dancing, and music... and learn about Lithuanian Heritage! Tickets available the day of the event. Hosted by Lithuanian University Women Association.



Haunted Trail and Family Fall Fest - Saturday, October 13th 3:00pm-6:00pm

Trick or Treat on our Spooky Trail. Enjoy crafts, games, food, and beverages by the bonfire! Family friendly "spooky" tickets available at the door or on website.



Native American Celebration and Thanksgiving Turkey Day Walk - Thursday, November 22nd 11:00am-4:00pm

Come count the turkeys on the Friendship Trail for a special prize! Experience Native American cooking techniques and learn how they lived. Enjoy a stroll around the Gardens, and Children's Crafts too! FREE ADMISSION!



Please check out our Calendar of Events for 2018!




Friendship Botanic Gardens

2055 East U.S. Highway 12

P.O. Box 8834

Michigan City, IN 46361