Tips for this weekend’s Innings Festival

Above: Bands like Young the Giant and Queens of the Stone Age played at the first-ever Innings Festival, which was held at the Tempe Town Lake. (Photo by Mike Mertes) Lifestyle | 26 Feb |

Innings Festival is back and the can’t-miss Arizona Spring Training celebration from the producers of Lollapalooza and the NFL Draft Fan Festival is ready for another home run.

This year’s festival will bring together music lovers and passionate baseball fans to Tempe Beach Park & Tempe Arts Park on March 2-3. Innings Festival is the perfect activity to follow a fun afternoon of baseball with performances on two stages from Eddie Vedder, Incubus, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Eat World, Cake, Band of Horses, and many more, as well as appearances by MLB legends.

With so much to see, hear, and taste, here are the important logistics and fun activities to keep festivalgoers in the know!

SAFETY FIRST: Innings Festival is dedicated to keeping patrons safe. In case of emergency, we urge attendees to be alert to safety messaging coming from the following sources:

• Push Notifications through The Official Innings Festival Mobile App available for iPhone or Android.

• Video Screens at all stages

• Audio Announcements at all stages

• Real-time updates on Innings Fest Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

In the event of an evacuation, all attendees should follow the instructions of public safety officials.

Anyone in need of medical or security assistance throughout the weekend may approach any festival security or staff member for the appropriate support.

For more information, visit www.inningsfestival.com/safety

TICKETS: 2-Day and 1-Day General Admission Tickets, 2-Day and 1-Day VIP and 1-Day Saturday Platinum Tickets are still available for purchase at www.inningsfestival.com/tickets, or at the Festival Box Office during the hours listed below. Children 7 and under get in free with a ticketed adult. All wristbands contain RFID technology and will be authenticated upon entering the gates. 

FESTIVAL LOCATION & HOURS: Innings Festival takes place March 2-3 at Tempe Beach & Tempe Arts Park in Tempe, AZ.

• Saturday, March 2: 1pm-11pm

• Sunday, March 3: 1pm-11pm

FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE: The Festival Box Office is located at the Northeast corner of Ash Avenue & Rio Salado Parkway and will be open during the following times:

• Friday, March 1: 12pm-8pm

• Saturday, March 2: 11am-10pm

• Sunday, March 3: 11am-9:30pm

WRISTBAND ACTIVATION & CASHLESS PRESENTED BY PAYPAL: Fans need to activate their wristbands before heading to the park to ensure a smooth process entering the gates. Wristband activation guarantees the wristband is associated with the person wearing it. You can associate an emergency contact to your credential, as well as help expedite any issues you might have once at the fest. To activate, visit www.inningsfestival.com/wristband.

Fans can securely link their wristband to a credit or debit card to pay with a tap of the wrist at food vendors, bars, and Festival merchandise tents. To sign up for Cashless, simply visit www.inningsfestival.com/wristband, or activate at the Wristband Registration Tent located just inside the Main Entrance. Use your PayPal account to register for Cashless and you might be one of the first 15,000 PayPal users to receive a $5.00 credit applied to your festival wristband good for your purchases at Innings. Terms apply.

GETTING TO/FROM THE PARK: There is no parking at Innings Festival. Fans are encouraged to take other eco-friendly transportation, including public transportation, ride sharing, walking and biking. Innings offers ample bike parking just west of the main entrance off E Rio Salado Pkwy. While you’re there, check in with Tempe Bicycle Action Group who will be hosting a complimentary bike valet at Bike Parking so that you can get to Innings even quicker! Remember to bring your own lock to keep your bike secure while you’re at the show.

ADA and Ride Share Pick-up /Drop-Off is located at Ash Ave. between 3rd St. and Rio Salado Pkwy.  

Fest-goers are also encouraged to use Valley Metro public transit. Attendees can use the Mill Ave/3rd St Valley Metro rail station to get to and from Tempe Beach Park. Use one of the 11 free park-and-rides to access rail stations in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. More information here. Valley Metro also offers bus service with stops adjacent to Tempe Beach Park. Route 48 serves Tempe Beach Park with the nearest stop at Ash Ave/Rio Salado Parkway. Route and schedule information can be found here.

ROAD CLOSURES: Check out the map below to be in the know about road closures surrounding Tempe Beach Park and Arts Park! The map is also viewable here.

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