Weather Policy

Festival of the Lakes

July 12-16, 2023

Wolf Lake Memorial Park, Hammond, IN

At the Festival of the Lakes, our guests’ safety is our primary concern.

Because the Pavilion at Wolf Lake Memorial Park consists of a 2,600 square foot permanently constructed main stage and 86,000 square feet of concrete and grass for seating, the concert typically can continue through stormy weather.

It is important to note that, in the past, music concerts have not been cancelled in advance due to forecasted weather conditions, so you should always plan to arrive on time. Please note that although it may be storming elsewhere in the city, the festival may be experiencing different weather conditions. But if the forecast is simply for a steady rain shower without dangerous conditions like close-in lightning or extreme winds, the concert will most likely proceed as scheduled.

If dangerous weather conditions exist in close proximity to the Pavilion at Wolf Lake Memorial Park, we may choose to delay the start of a concert for an hour or more past the scheduled start time before deciding to cancel or continue, especially if it looks like the storm will pass and we will be able to complete the concert. We may also stop a concert in progress to allow guests to take temporary shelter if threatening weather conditions exist. If a weather-related delay is needed prior to or during a concert, we will immediately communicate decisions to our guests via the festival’s public address system, event staff, Facebook page, Twitter and on our website.

Our general policy, however, is that all festival events are held rain or shine, so we encourage all guests to dress for the forecasted weather. On nights when rain is forecasted, we encourage guests to bring ponchos to the festival. Ponchos are also available for purchase at the Guest Information booth for $5.00 each. No refunds will be given for inclement weather.