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!
Yoga in the Garden-Thursdays 9:00am-10:00am - June 7th-July 26th
All Levels Yoga in a lovely Garden setting Hosted by Yoga Instructor April Fallon, celebrating and connecting with natural beauty surrounded by natural beauty, enjoying bird song and the freshest of air. Classes $10 CASH ONLY-pay April directly. $10 fee includes admission into the Gardens. Drop-In OR $72 for 8 class pass. Bring your own mat. All Thursdays in June and July. Meet at Entrance at 8:50am to walk to class site.
Yoga in the Gardens-Sundays 10:00am-11:00am- June 3nd-July 29th
All Levels Yoga in a lovely Garden setting Hosted by Yoga Instructor Page Rumer. Classes $10 CASH ONLY-pay Page directly. $10 yoga fee includes admission into the Gardens. Bring with you a yoga mat and a yoga block. Meet at entrance at 9:45am to walk to class site.
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!
Yoga in the Garden-Thursdays 9am-10am (July 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th)
All Levels Yoga in a lovely Garden setting with Yoga Instructor April Fallon, celebrating and connecting with natural beauty surrounded by natural beauty, enjoying bird song and the freshest of air. Classes $10 Drop-In OR $72 for 8 class pass. Bring your own mat. All Thursdays in July.
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. View Full event page here: Lyric Opera 2018
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!
Christmas in the Gardens - Sunday, December 9th 2:00pm-5:00pm
An evening of Christmas fun and festivities for the whole family! Experience the Gardens when bathed in the glow of the Trail of Lights!
Please check out our Calendar of Events for 2018!