A Message from the Mayor

Summer is here, which means Hammond is ready for the 13th Annual Festival of the Lakes! Our 2015 event was a huge success, as over 50,000 people participated in the activities highlighting Hammond’s three lakes. This year promises to surpass last year, providing our great community another five days of summer fun.
Free live entertainment will be held nightly on the main stage, with great nationally-known musical acts to be announced soon, so stay tuned!

There will also be great family events throughout the week such as the Kathleen Pucalik Memorial 5K Walk, Run and Splash on the lake, the Hot Rod & Custom Car Show, Festival Golf Outing, Fishing Derby, Special Person’s Day, Senior’s Day and a Polka Party at the Hammond Marina. We’ve also brought back the popular Carnival Mega Pass, which allows unlimited carnival rides from open until close during specific days during the Festival.

You’ll be glad you came out for this fantastic event – I hope to see you there!

-Mayor Thomas M McDermott Jr.

  • Wednesday, July 20th
    Wednesday, July 20th
    TBA
    Opening Act: TBA
    TBA
  • Thursday, July 21st
    Thursday, July 21st
    TBA
    Opening Act: TBA
    TBA
  • Friday, July 22nd
    Friday, July 22nd
    George Thorogood & The Destroyers
    Opening Act: Steepwater Band
    George Thorogood & The Destroyers
  • Saturday, July 23rd
    Saturday, July 23rd
    LudaCris
    Opening Act: TBA
    LudaCris
  • Sunday, July 24th
    Sunday, July 24th
    TBA
    Opening Act: TBA
    TBA
  • Sunday, July 24th, Noon-6pm
    Sunday, July 24th, Noon-6pm
    The Music Company
    Polka Party at the hammond Marina
    The Music Company
  • Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation invite runners and walkers of all ages to compete in the Kathleen Pucalik Memorial 5K Walk, Run & Splash at the 13th Annual Festival of the Lakes.

    The event starts and ends at Wolf Lake Memorial Park on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Registration begins at 7am and the race begins at 8am

    A free children’s race begins at 8:15am

    Early registration is $20, race day is $25.

    Awards will be presented to Men’s & Women’s 1st, 2nd & 3rd Finishers in the following age groups: 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.

    For more information, call (219) 853-6378.

  • Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., Hammond Parks & Recreation and Modern Midways are pleased to announce the return of the carnival Mega Pass for use at the 13th Annual Festival of the Lakes. The Mega Pass is on sale for $50 Monday – Friday 8am to 6:30pm starting in the middle of May. Pay via cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.

    Purchasing a Mega Pass allows unlimited carnival rides during the Festival of the Lakes, July 20th – 24th from open to close. Turn in your pass at the Modern Midways office on the Festival grounds at Wolf Lake Memorial Park beginning Wednesday, July 20th at 5pm and you will receive a wristband that must be worn for the entirety of the Festival. Once a mega pass is purchased, there are no refunds or exchanges. Mega passes will be on sale until Tuesday, July 19th at 4pm at the Hammond Civic Center.

    FREE Splash Pad Day
    Kids ages 12 and younger can cool off at the Aquatic Play Center at Wolf Lake! Bring your child and enjoy a FREE day at the Splash Pad. Unlimited play from 10:00am- 3:45pm.

  • Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., Hammond Parks & Recreation, Mik Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet & the Optimist Club of Hammond are pleased to announce the return of the Festival of the Lakes Fishing Derby scheduled for Saturday, July 23rd, 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. Rain Date is set for Sunday, July 24th at 8am. Call (219) 989.0575 or (219) 853.6378 for more information.
  • Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., Hammond Parks & Recreation, the Hammond Street Department and Van Senus Auto Parks invite all Hot Rod and Custom Car enthusiasts to join us at Wolf Lake Memorial Park at Sheffield & Calumet Avenues on Sunday, July 24th from noon until 3pm for the 13th Annual Festival of the Lakes Hot Rod & Custom Bike Show. Rain Date is set for Saturday, July 29th. Entry is $20 per vehicle; registration is from 9am to noon. There will be dash plaques, door prizes, games, rides, awards, trophies, and more. On display this year: monster truck, funny car, and a custom chopper!