CarmelFest adds ExtremeZone for teens, wristband system


New to CarmelFest this year will be the ExtremeZone, featuring activities aimed at the tween and teen population, as well as the replacement of ride tickets with wristbands.

While the younger children have the KidZone area to entertain them, organizers felt there was an entertainment gap between this age and the adult area. ExtremeZone will aim to provide excitement for teens and tweens alike. The centerpiece of this area will be a zip line in the Center Green just south of the Palladium. In addition, ExtremeZone will include interactive events such as Human Foosball, Human Wrecking Ball, Black Ops, Defender Dome, Toxic Meltdown and many others.

In response to attendee feedback, CarmelFest is also switching from tickets to wristbands for the KidZone and ExtremeZone areas. Many parents expressed frustration with standing in long lines numerous times to purchase the exact number of tickets they needed for the rides. The new wristbands will sell for $25 per day for the KidZone and $30 per day for ExtremeZone. The bands include unlimited use, with a $5 per wristband discount for purchasing the bands online before July 1 at A Golden Wristband will be available for $100. It covers both days and enables the holder to pass to the head of any lines.

For additional ease and convenience, there will be a dedicated will call line at the event to quickly distribute wristbands purchased online.

CarmelFest is presented by the Rotary Club of Carmel and set for July 3 and 4. Learn more at


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