Tips for enjoying CarmelFest


By Aditi Kumar

To ensure guests enjoy everything CarmelFest has to offer, here are some tips from the organizing committee.

What’s changed? CarmelFest is returning to both ride tickets and wristbands for the Extreme KidsZone. Individual tickets are $1 and each ride requires one to five tickets. Wristbands are $25 and offer unlimited use July 3 and 4, excluding the video game tent, which requires five tickets. For every 15 tickets purchased online, guests will receive two bonus tickets.

What should I bring? Sunscreen, bug spray, a water bottle, coolers, chairs and blankets. Food and drinks are permitted. Visitors older than 21 can bring alcohol. There are also several food and drink vendors at CarmelFest, including a restricted area where alcohol is served.

What do I need to leave at home? CarmelFest volunteers recommend nearby residents leave their vehicles at home. A Pedal and Park location will be available to secure bikes. Tents and tarps are not permitted in concert areas. Do not fly drones above the parade or festival areas. Permits are required for drone use and have been granted to CarmelFest by the City of Carmel.

Can I bring pets? CarmelFest instituted a no-pet policy for the parade and festival areas to protect animals from the extreme heat as well as hot pavement and sidewalks. This policy was created for the safety of our attendees as well. Please keep pets at home. Do not leave them in a hot car.

How can I participate?

Spark buttons: Guests can buy $5 spark buttons at the Carmel Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, at Gazebo concerts on Wednesdays, from members of the Rotary Club of Carmel and during the CarmelFest event. The purchase of a button includes coupons as well. Proceeds fund the fireworks display.

Parade: The Centier Bank CarmelFest Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. July 4. It will be streamed live on the CBS4 Indy Facebook page. Coverage will be broadcast from the parade review stand on East Carmel Drive, where Paul Mendenhall and Dave Dugan will announce. A link will be provided to watch the parade on-demand.

Fireworks: Listen to the Carmel High School radio station, WHJE 91.3 FM, to hear music synchronized with the fireworks display.

What if there’s a problem? Visit the Carmel Police tent on the south side of the fire station.

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