HAMMOND | The City of Hammond’s annual Festival of the Lakes will run Wednesday through July 21 at Wolf Lake Memorial Park, 2938 Calumet Ave. The festival will feature free nightly live entertainment, carnival rides, a 5k run/walk, a car show, a golf scramble and a fishing derby. Admission is free; parking costs $15.
The festival will open at 5 p.m. Wednesday with free pontoon boat rides, $25 carnival wristbands for children and the Steve Kellogg Magic Show on the children’s stage. Beginning at 7 p.m., Nashville Star finalist Nicole Jamrose will open for headliner Smokey Robinson on the main stage.
The July 18 entertainment will feature Bruce in the USA, a tribute band to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, after opening band Evolution, a Journey tribute band, beginning at 7 p.m. The children’s stage will feature Tae Kwon Do demonstrations.
Beginning at 8 a.m. July 19 is the Festival of the Lakes Golf Scramble at Lost Marsh Golf Course. Advance registration is required.
Senior citizens may enjoy early entry to the festival grounds at 3 p.m. July 19, with entertainment provided by The Don Manin Quartet. Taking the main stage at 7 p.m. will be opening band Better than Ezra and headliner Lifehouse. Closing Friday night of the festival will be a fireworks show at 10:30.
The annual Festival of the Lakes Kathleen Pucalik Memorial 5K Run & Walk will begin at 8 a.m. July 20, with registration at 7 a.m. at Wolf Lake Memorial Park. Also beginning at 8 is the Mik Lurch/Optimist Club of Hammond Fishing Derby.
From 10 a.m. until noon July 20, festival attendees with special needs can enjoy free carnival rides. Festival grounds will open to the general public at noon, with the option to purchase a carnival wrist band for $25 for unlimited rides until 5 p.m.
Taking the main stage on July 20, beginning at 7:00 p.m., will be opening act Rakim and headliner LL Cool J. Fireworks will close the night at 10:30.
Registration for the Hot Rod and Custom Car Show will begin at 9 a.m. July 21. Registration is $20 per vehicle and will end when the show opens at noon. Festival grounds will open to the general public at noon with the car show on display until 3 p.m.
Closing Festival of the Lake’s live entertainment will be the Jesus Enriquez Orchestra and La Original Banda El Limon beginning at 7 p.m. on the main stage.
Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., Hammond Parks & Recreation Department and Modern Midways are offering a carnival Mega Pass for $50 each, only at the Hammond Civic Center Business Office, 5825 S. Sohl Ave., from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pay by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.
Purchasing a Mega Pass allows unlimited carnival rides during the Festival of the Lakes, July 17-21, from open until close. Turn in the pass at the Modern Midways office on the festival grounds at Wolf Lake Memorial Park beginning Wednesday at 5 p.m. and to receive a wristband that must be worn for the entirety of the festival.
Once a Mega Pass is purchased, there will be no refunds or exchanges. Mega Passes will be on sale until 4 p.m. at the Hammond Civic Center. For more information, call (219) 853-6378.
For more information on the festival, call or visit www.festivalofthelakes.com.