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!
Maple Sugar Camp - Sunday, February 25th 12:00pm-3:00pm
The first of many educational events this year at Friendship Botanic Gardens! See how the Native Americans and early settlers made maple sugar. FREE ADMISSION!
Wake Up the Gardens!!! - Saturday, March 24th 11:00am-3:00pm
The Season opening is right around the corner! Come out and help prepare the grounds for the 2o18 season. Volunteers are needed to help get the gardens and grounds ready! ALL HELP IS WELCOME! We will be raking, picking up garbage, picking up sticks, hauling leaves etc. It isn't glamorous work, but it is necessary work! Please bring your own Garden Gloves. Please bring a rake also if you are able to. Light refreshments will be provided. Dress for the Weather! The event will occur rain or shine. This is also a good opportunity for students to get Community Service Hours.
Easter Egg-Stravaganza Egg Hunt - Sunday, April 1st 11:00am
After a great turnout for the event in 2017, we will be hosting the Easter Egg-Stravaganza again this year! Come and celebrate Easter with us - will have an Egg Hunt and a beautiful walk in the Gardens! FREE ADMISSION!
Season Opening - Saturday, April 7th 10:00am-4:00pm
Take a walk or hike and ENJOY SPRING! This is the first official open weekend of the year. Open Saturdays & Sundays in the month of April from 10:00am-4:00pm.
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!
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!
"Midnight in the Garden" 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!
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, on our website, or at the door on the day of the event. Advanced purchase is recommended.
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 website, or at the door on the day of the event. Advanced purchase is recommended. This is a 21+ event.
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 Polish Heritage Festival Committee.
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!