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Hammond, Indiana's

Updated on January 15, 2016

Festival of the Lakes

Wolf Lake Memorial Park
2324 Calumet Avenue, Hammond, IN

JULY 17, 2013
Smokey Robinson

Performing since high school in the mid '50's, this Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame inductee (1987) will be performing at Hammond Indiana's "Festival of the Lakes" on July 17, 2013.

Hammond couldn't be more honored than to have Smokey Robinson be the first performer to help kick off the Festival of the Lakes. This Motown legend is sure to blow away the estimated eight to ten thousand guests who visit the Festival of the Lakes on the first day alone.

Northwest Indiana, its surrounding communities and the wonderful city of Hammond are greatly appreciative that Mr. Robinson could find the time to perform and we all look forward to a fabulous evening.

OPENING ACT: Nicole Jamrose

QUICK BIO: Smokey Robinson

Born: WILLIAM ROBINSON, Jr. - February 19, 1940

Smokey and Diana Ross were once neighbors and has known Ms. Ross since he was eight
Smokey excelled academically and athletically in high school, but his main interest was music
Smokey attended college, but dropped out after two months when the Miracles record was released


Festival of the Lakes

JULY 18, 2013
Bruce in the USA

If you're a Bruce Springsteen fan then you're gonna love the band Bruce in the USA. Bruce in the USA is the world's #1 tribute band to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. I've watched a YouTube video of Bruce in the USA and I have to say...they freakin' rock!

Bruce in the USA has a Facebook Fan Page and if you're interested in other performances or just to see what they're up to just go there & "Like" their page - simple.

Bruce in the USA has members from Queen, Paul Rogers, Meatloaf, Aretha Franklin, the Ojay's and many more, fronted by Las Vegas performer, Matt Ryan.



Festival of the Lakes

JULY 19, 2013

The alternative rock sensation "Lifehouse" will be rocking the festivities with their smash hits such as "You and Me", "Everything" and my personal favorite "Hanging by a Moment" and along with many others. This Los Angles band will be performing on stage the second night of the Festival of the Lakes and is expected to draw a huge crowd, especially with the "Generation X'rs".

*NOTE: It has been suggested that this performance may even break the previous attendance record.

I am fan of Lifehouse and have never seen them perform. I'm excited to see them play.

QUICK BIO: Lifehouse

The band consists of four members: Jason Wade with lead vocals & rhythm guitar, Rick Woolstenhulme, Jr. playing drums, Bryce Soderberg playing bass guitar & back-up vocals and Ben Carey who plays lead guitar.
The band hit mainstream in 2001 with their hit "Hanging by a Moment".
Lifehouse has sold over 15 million singles and records (approx. 5 million in records)



Festival of the Lakes

JULY 19, 2013
Senior Day

Senior Day...?
That's right knuckleheads...Senior Day.

Today is the day dedicated to our beloved senior citizens. All seniors aged 55+ are invited to attend the Festival of the Lakes between the hours of noon and 3pm to be entertained with live music by the Don Manin Quartet.

All seniors are expected to receive a FREE goody-bag!


Festival of the Lakes

JULY 19, 2013
Golf Scramble

At 8am sharp the Festival of the Lakes is hosting a golf scramble. Golfers are encouraged to show their stuff on the golf course.


Festival of the Lakes

JULY 19-20, 2013
Firework Display by the Mad Bomber

If you think you've seen enough fireworks this year - guess again. The Festival of the Lakes is going to get your heart pumping with a fantastic display of professional pyrotechnics. With the help from the infamous Mad Bomber, his explosive show of some of the most advanced fireworks ever constructed has been known to widen the eyes and make thousands upon thousands of spectators gasp in awe.


Festival of the Lakes

JULY 20, 2013
The Kathleen Pucalik Memorial 5K Run/Walk

Attention all you runners out there, do you have what it takes?
Not to come in 1st, 2nd or 3rd - just to finish at all. Remember, you don't have to run. Jogging and walking are accepted just as well.

The race begins at 8am for runners who are nine-years-old and older. A FREE children's race begins at 8:15am for children who are eight-years-old and younger.

The sudden passing of Ms. Pucalik was a shock to us all, but her belief in keeping fit and staying active in the community lives on.

Registration is $20 for those who wish to register early. The day of the race the registration fee goes up to $25.

All participants will receive a complimentary t-shirt.

For questions, please don't hesitate to call at 219-853-6378.


Festival of the Lakes

JULY 20, 2013
Fishing Derby

It's back!

Mayor McDermott, the Parks & Recreation Department, Mik Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet and the Optimist Club is proud to announce that the Festival of the Lakes will be hosting a fishing derby from the shores of Wolf Lake (no boats, please).

The derby will last from 8am to noon (Indiana side only) and trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for the largest bass, walleye and pan-fish. The Entrance Fee is only $1 (to help keep the lake stocked).The derby will consist of just two categories:

  1. 12 and Under
  2. 12 and Over


Festival of the Lakes

JULY 20, 2013
Special Person Day

Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr. and the Hammond Parks and Recreation Department would like to send a special invite to those with special needs and their families. This is an excellent opportunity for families with family members who have special needs to have fun in a safe and comfortable environment.


Festival of the Lakes

JULY 20, 2013
LL Cool J

Hold the phone...but LL Cool J is coming to the Festival of the Lakes FULL FORCE! You might want to put everything on hold for that matter.

If Lifehouse doesn't break an attendance record - LL Cool J just might. Classic hits like "Mama Said Knock You Out", "I'm Bad" and the lady crushing single "I Need Love" are some of LL's best material.


Born: JAMES TODD SMITH (January 14, 1968)
No stranger to the BIG screen, LL has been in numerous films and stars in a CBS television drama
LL is also business savvy, owning his own label (P.O.G.) and a company called Rock the Bells to produce music
LL Cool J once stopped a burglar that was in his house on August 22, 2012, inflicting serious injury upon the suspect

OPENING ACT: The Pro Letarians along with Rakim


Festival of the Lakes

JULY 21, 2013
Car Show

This is perfect for all you gear heads, grease monkeys and auto entrepreneurs. The Festival of the Lakes would like to inform all you "car-nuts" that some of the finest automobiles, hot rods and motorcycles the Region has ever seen. These modern marvels will be parked and available to be gawked at.

These cars are beautiful, fast and totally "for real". See if you can get a closer look and feel free to ask its owner any questions you may have.

Festival of the Lakes

JULY 21, 2013
La Original Banda El Limón

There has been some confusion on which band is actually performing at the Festival of the Lakes when it comes to this particular band. What I mean when I say "which band", it is because there is actually two bands that simply go by this name.

La Original Banda el Limón de Salvador Lizárraga & La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho both are referred to La Original Banda El Limón. So, to straighten out all the confusion I have recently found out that the La Original Banda El Limón that is playing at the Festival of the Lakes is La Original Banda el Limón de Salvador Lizárraga.

OPENING ACT: The Jesus Enriquez Orchestra


Festival of the Lakes

JULY 21, 2013

To end this 5 day celebration, the Festival of the Lakes would like to invite you to the Hammond Marina and get your POLKA on!

This polka party will feature the "D Street Band" and will be handing out "polka fever" from 2pm to 6pm.

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      James Timothy Peters 4 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      Thank you very much.

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