Festival of the Lakes is no Milwaukee Summerfest, but the Indiana lake shore fest does pack in a lot of entertainment for your pleasure, mostly from popular throwback performers (sorry advanced generationals, the '90s are now considered throwback) including George Clinton, above, and Parliament Funkadelic, Los Lobos, Ozomatli and Shaggy. For a schedule of events, go to festivalofthelakes.com. Why go: Also like Summerfest, there are plenty of activities that the whole family can enjoy including a carnival, Hot Rod and Custom Car Show and Mik Lurch Fishing Derby. Reconsider: Your allegiance is to Chicago's lake shore. Friday through Sunday at Wolf Lake, George Lake and along Lake Michigan in Hammond; free (carnival rides are additional cost); 219-853-6378.
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