Festival of the Lakes 2018

     The Annual Festival of the Lakes will be held from July 18th – July 22nd in Hammond Indiana held at the Wolf Lake Memorial park. Festival includes amusement rides, food vendors, live entertainment, Polka Party, fishing derby, vendors, games and more. Admission is free, but there is $25 parking fee per car. Be prepared to walk during busy times. In addition to various headliner bands every evening, the Festival has special days listed below planned to round out the festival.

Wednesday, July 18
Opening acts:  Tone Loc and Color Me Badd
Headline act:  Grand Master Flash

Thursday, July 19
Opening act:   ZimbieSchoolboy and Lights Over Bridgeport
Headline act:  Chevelle

Friday, July 20
Opening act:  Dick Diamond and the Dusters and Bonfire
Headline act:  Sumblime with Rome

Saturday, July 21
Opening acts:  K’LA and Twista
Headline act:  NAS

Sunday, July 22
Opening act:  Mariachi Perla De Mexicao, Grupo Dos Banderos, Magia Negra, and Banda Nueva Raza
Headline act: Banda Carnaval

     The Polka Party will be held on Sunday, July 22. Musical guest Tri-City Drive will bring a traditional Polish sound to accompany an afternoon of great food and dancing. Tri-City Drive is Chicago’s newest polka band led by Tim Okrzesik (drums). The band members include Ted Okrzesik, Jr. (trumpet), Craig Marsolek (concertina), Steven Futa (bass), A.J. Okrzesik (trumpet and Andrew Okrzesik (accordion). Tri-City Drive formed in 2015 and has performed at multiple Blazonczyk/Bel-Aire Enterprises functions as well as dances sponsored by other polka promoters and polka organizations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. The music of Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones, Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push, The Brass Connection, Windy City Brass and the Dynatones are some of the bands that influence Tri-City Drive’s music style. Please join the Festival in welcoming them to Indiana!
     The festive celebration of the Polish heritage will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hammond Marina, 701 Casino Center Drive. Admission and parking are free, and guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Authentic Polish food from Cavalier Inn of Hammond and refreshments will be available for purchase.
     The Senior Day and Special Person’s Day to the community. Senior Day, held on Friday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Clipper Room at the Hammond Marina, 701 Casino Center Drive, (note: this is a location change) invites seniors aged 55 and older to come enjoy an afternoon of dancing, a free lunch provided by California Donuts, and music by Pete Carlo Three. Special Person’s Day, held on Friday, July 20 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (note: this is a day and time change) on the Festival grounds near the carnival at Wolf Lake Memorial Park, allows those with special needs to enjoy free rides from Modern Midways and lunch provided by California Donuts and Pepsi. There will be no charge to park if you arrive before 4 pm. Both days are free and offer goody bags to everyone in attendance while supplies last.
     The hot rod and custom car enthusiasts will like to join Festival of the Lakes at Wolf Lake Memorial Park at 2324 Calumet Ave on Sunday, July 22 from noon until 3 p.m. for the 15th Annual Festival of the Lakes Rod & Custom & Bike Show. The event is sponsored by Andersons Auto Parts (located in Hammond). Entry is $15 per vehicle; registration is from 9 a.m. – noon. There will be a DJ, dash plaques, door prizes, awards, and concessions. There are 19 class registrations this year!
      The Festival of the Lakes Kids’ Day will be held at the Aquatic Play Center at Wolf Lake on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., weather permitting. Children ages 12 and younger can enjoy free, unlimited play at the splash pad, which is located at 2100 Calumet Avenue
     Walkers and runners of all ages are invited to compete in the Kathleen Pucalik Memorial 5K Walk/Run at the 15th Annual Festival of the Lakes. The walk/run starts and ends at The Wolf Lake Aquatic Play Center on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. Early registration is $20 on or before July 20, race day $25. A free children’s race begins at 8:15 a.m. and children 8 and under will receive a complimentary t-shirt. Awards will be presented to the top three female and male overall; and first places male and female finisher in each age division. Age divisions are: 8 and under; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 19-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70 and over. Visit www.festivalofthelakes.com for an online entry form or stop by the Hammond Civic Center at 5825 S. Sohl Avenue. To see the course map, visit: www.plotaroute.com/route/208005.
   The Annual Festival of the Lakes Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday, July 21st, from 8am to noon on the shores of Wolf Lake (Indiana side). The entry fee is a $1 donation to support Wolf Lake Stocking. Children ages 15 and under will receive free fishing equipment, while supplies last. A free kids fishing seminar will be held at 10am. There will be trophies awarded for the largest catches in two divisions: under 12 and 12 & older. The trophies will be for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for largest bass, walleye and pan fish catch! No boats, please. On shore fishing only. Fishing poles and live bait will be available. Call (219) 989.0575 or (219) 853.6378 for more information.
     3 Day Parking Passes are available for $60.00 per vehicle. Motorcycle parking passes are $15.00 per motorcycle. Please note there is a designated motorcycle parking lot (see map here online). Motorcyclists who opt to park in any general parking lot will be assessed a $25.00 single day vehicle parking fee. No refunds will be issued. The is no street parking allowed. Please remember that Wolf Lake Memorial Park is located in a residential neighborhood. Parking on the residential streets surrounding Wolf Lake Memorial Park is strictly prohibited. The City of Hammond Police will issue tickets to violators. Please adhere to the signage. Vehicle and Motorcycle Parking Passes are available for purchase online or in-person at the Festival (cash only accepted at the Festival).
     There are some great headliner bands booked for the festival, to see who they are, visit panoramanow.com/calendar and click on festivals on the home page.
     Held at Wolf Lake Memorial Park, the park is located at 2324 Calumet Avenue in Hammond, Indiana. Visit www.festivalofthelakes.com or call 219.853.6378 for more information.

Sue Baxter