Baseball and other events and festivals during Cactus League spring training in Arizona

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What is there to do other than baseball? These are all of the Cactus League events and festivals, associated with baseball, the teams or the facilities. Plus some additional festivals in the Valley at the same time. Here are important dates for the Cactus League, along with information on team practices, other baseball games and events and festivals.

Important Cactus League dates

  • Pitchers and catchers report: February 11-14, 2020 (depends on team)
  • Full workouts begin: February 15-18, 2020 (depends on team)
  • First Cactus League games: February 22, 2020
  • Last Cactus League games: March 22, 2020 

Check out this post for more information on the Cactus League, including history and planning information.

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Practices and workouts during Cactus League spring training

Most teams and facilities are open to the public during practices and workouts. Teams don’t publish schedules, but rather give general guidelines. You should plan to be flexible. If you want specifics on a certain team or day, you should contact the park directly.

  • Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies (Salt River Fields): Generally, practice is scheduled daily from 9:00-2:00 and is open to fans. Entry and parking are free on non-game days. Park in the Desert parking lot for the Dbacks and in the Mountain parking lot for the Rockies. Home batting practice is scheduled until 11:15 (4:45 for 6:40 games), with visitor BP following; sometimes this is held on team practice fields and sometimes in the stadium.
  • Chicago Cubs (Sloan Park): Cubs team workouts tend to run from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and vary based on game vs. non-game days. Fields 3-6 at Sloan Park on the far west of the complex are where you can catch batting practice or other workouts. There is no charge to watch workouts and parking is free on non-game days.
  • Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers (Camelback Ranch): Morning workouts are open to the public and free. There are two sides of the Camelback Ranch campus, both open daily at 9:00. Concessions, merchandise and restrooms are available.
  • Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians (Goodyear Ballpark): Morning workouts are open to the public and free. The training complexes at Goodyear Ballpark open daily at 9:15. Concessions, merchandise and restrooms are available.
  • Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers (Surprise Stadium): Both the Royals and Rangers have open practices at Surprise Stadium. Practice fields are open at 9:30 daily; admission and parking are free. The Royals facility is on the Northwest end of the complex and the Rangers are on the East of the complex.
  • Los Angeles Angels (Tempe Diablo Stadium): Non-game day practices are typically 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Diablo, open to the public.
  • Milwaukee Brewers (American Family Fields of Phoenix): Fans can attend Brewers’ camp workouts. There are two Miller Park replica fields on-site, where you can find batting practice before home games. Another field is set up for agility training and has bullpens adjacent. Workouts before games are likely taking place on these fields.
  • Oakland Athletics (Hohokam Stadium): The As workout and practice at Fitch Park before Cactus League games start. These workouts are open to the public, around 8:00 am daily (look for the Athletics Way sign for the fan entrance). Minor leaguers also practice at Fitch Park. There is a practice field at Hohokam (beyond the center-field wall), where pre-game workouts happen. There is another half-field behind right field where fans can watch, though from a distance.
  • San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners (Peoria Sports Complex): Workouts and batting practice are typically open to the public and in the complex, rather than Peoria Stadium.
  • San Francisco Giants (Scottsdale Stadium): Practices usually start around 10:00 am daily and are generally open to the public. Entry is through Gate B on Osborne. Entrance to open practices is free.

Baseball events during Cactus League spring training

Welcome Back Luncheon

Where: Surprise Stadium (11:00-1:00)
When: February 14, 2020

The mayor of Surprise kicks off the luncheon to welcome the teams back to the city, as well as a presentation from representatives of both teams. Tickets are $30.

Diamondbacks Fan Fest

Where: Chase Field, Phoenix
When: February 15, 2020
More information

Diamondbacks Fan Fest is an annual event kicking off spring for the home team. It will be 11:00-3:00 at Chase Field downtown. There are fan experiences, baseball activities on the field, autograph sessions, presentations and more.

Spring Training Open House

Where: Camelback Ranch
When: February 15, 2020 (9:00-12:00)

The first Saturday workout of the season is an open house where fans can visit the park for free. The first 750 fans get free hot dogs, there will be pitcher and catcher workouts, an autograph session with former Dodger and White Sox players, fans can run the bases and there will be interactive areas and prizes.

College baseball tournaments

Every year, college teams kick off their seasons with round-robin tournaments that are part of their non-conference schedules. 

Angels College Classic

Where: Tempe Diablo Stadium
When: February 14-16, 2020
Who: Minnesota, Oregon, Pepperdine, San Diego

College Baseball Classic

Where: Surprise Stadium (11:00-1:00)
When: February 14-17, 2020
Who: BYU, Gonzaga, New Mexico, Oregon State
More information here

MLB4 tournament

Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
When: February 14-17, 2020
Who: Cal Poly, Michigan, UConn, Vanderbilt
More information

Scottsdale Giant Race

Where: Scottsdale
When: February 29, 2020

10k and 5k race in Scottsdale. More information here.

Surprise Spring Training 5k and 1k

Where: Surprise Stadium
When: March 6, 2020

2020 will be the 3rd annual Surprise Spring Training 5k & 1k. More information here.

Indians player/broadcaster meet & greets

Where: Goodyear Ballpark
When: March 3 and 12, 2020

This is a 60-minute postgame meet and greet with 2-3 Indians players and a member of the broadcast team. Tickets are $105. More information here.

Reds batting practice fan zone

Where: Goodyear Ballpark
When: February 23, March 4 and March 16, 2020

Fans can watch pregame batting practice behind the batting cage on field 1. Tickets are $80. More information here.

Reds on-field clinic

Where: Goodyear Ballpark
When: March 8, 2020

Fans can experience an on-field clinic after the day’s game, in multiple skills. Pitching technique, defensive skills and batting with Reds instructors. Tickets are $105. More information here.

Indians batting practice fan zone

Where: Goodyear Ballpark
When: March 11 and March 18, 2020

Fans can watch pregame batting practice behind the batting cage on field 1. Tickets are $80. More information here.

Qualifying Round of the 2021 World Baseball Classic

Where: Kino Sports Complex, Tucson, AZ
When: March 12-17 and 20-25, 2020
More information here

In preparation for the 2021 World Baseball Classic, two pools of invited teams will play in qualifiers in Tucson at the end of March. Each pool will have a nine-game double-elimination round. Additional information to be provided when available.

Pool 1 (March 12-17): Brazil, France, Germany, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Republic of South Africa

Pool 2 (March 20-25): Czech Republic, Great Britain, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Spain

Fireworks Night

Where: Surprise Stadium
When: March 17, 2020

Following the game, there is a fireworks spectacular. More information here.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Qualifiers

Where: Surprise Stadium and Tempe Diablo Stadium
When: March 22-24, 2020
More information

Surprise Stadium and Tempe Diablo will host qualifying games for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Here are the game schedules:

Date Time Surprise Stadium Tempe Diablo Stadium
Sunday, March 22 1:00 pm Puerto Rico-Dominican Republic Venezuela-Cuba
7:00 pm USA-Nicaragua Colombia-Canada
Monday, March 23 1:00 pm Colombia-Venezuela Nicaragua-Puerto Rico
7:00 pm Canada-Cuba Dominican Republic-USA
Tuesday, March 24 1:00 pm Nicaragua-Dominican Republic Canada-Venezuela
7:00 pm Puerto Rico-USA Cuba-Colombia

Events and festivals in Arizona during Cactus League spring training

Spring isn’t just busy for baseball in the greater Phoenix area. There are food and music festivals all over the valley. Innings Festival is the big one for baseball fans as it brings music and baseball into the same event. But here are more events you can check out during spring training.

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Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival

Where: Scottsdale, AZ
When: February 15-16, 2020
Official website

The Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival is a two-day event in Scottsdale and is 100% vegan. It is focused on growing the vegetarian and green markets and promoting an eco-friendly, cruelty-free lifestyle.

For a similar event in Phoenix, check out Phoenix Vegan Festival, February 29, 2020 (official website).

Arizona Roots Festival

Where: Chandler, AZ
When: February 22-23, 2020
Official website

Arizona Roots Festival is a reggae-rock festival celebrating the reggae and roots music and culture. Arizona Roots premiered in Chandler in 2019 and quickly announced 2020 dates following a successful event. It is produced by the same producers of California Roots Music & Artist Festival (running for 10 years).

Innings Festival

Where: Tempe, AZ
When: February 29 – March 1, 2020 (will be February 27-28, 2021)
Genre(s): Rock, pop (and baseball)
Official website

Innings Festival is a beautiful convergence of music and baseball, which is why it’s perfectly suited for spring training in Arizona. There are multiple stages with headliners like Weezer and Dave Matthews Band, and baseball activities throughout the festival (batting, catching, pitching, etc.). See the 2020 Innings Festival review and photo gallery here.

Check out the detailed guide here:

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Tempe Innings Festival 2020 Lineup Poster

McDowell Mountain Music Fest (M3F)

Where: Phoenix, AZ
When: March 6-8, 2020
Official website

McDowell Mountain Music Fest (aka M3F) is a three-day event with acts from all genres and is dedicated to community, culture and charity, running in downtown Phoenix for over 15 years. It has a lineup of huge international artists, live art, yoga, drum circles, food trucks, beer by Oskar Blues and a curated market. The festival benefits local charities, including the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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Ostrich Festival

Where: Chandler
When: March 13-15, 2020
Official website

Ostrich Festival has long been a spring staple in Arizona, with 2020 being its 32nd year. It takes place at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. This year’s line-up is headlined by 98°, the Pointer Sisters and Blues Traveler.

The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival

Where: Chandler, AZ
When: March 24, 2020
Official website

The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival is an annual event held in downtown Chandler with beer vendors, local BBQ and food vendors, several stages of country music and arts and crafts vendors. There are a lot of (long) lines, so be prepared to get in line for an ID check, tickets, food and drinks, individually.

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Other planning resources for Cactus League spring training

How Dare She has a TON of resources for planning your time in Arizona. Check them all out here. Below are some of the most relevant and drop a comment if you have questions, thoughts or ideas!

Visitors’ guide to Cactus League spring training

Everything you need to know to plan a Cactus League spring training visit.

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Cactus League ballparks

All the details about the Cactus League spring training ballparks, current and past.

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Visiting Arizona’s Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

More about the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, home to Salt River Fields.

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Roosevelt Row in Phoenix – area guide and street art

What to do in Downtown Phoenix, specifically Roosevelt Row.

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2020 Cactus League spring training basics and FAQ

When does 2020 Cactus League Spring training start?

Cactus League spring training in Arizona starts Saturday, February 22, 2020, with a full day of games. Games are played daily through March 22, 2020.

Where can I find the Cactus League 2020 schedule?

The Cactus League 2020 schedule is below, in this post (click here to jump to it) or the PDF version can be found here from the Cactus League website.

Where are the Cactus League ballparks?

There are 10 Cactus League ballparks in Arizona, located in Mesa (2), Tempe, Goodyear, Glendale, Surprise, Phoenix, Peoria, Scottsdale and in the Salt River Community (bordering Scottsdale). See below for which teams play in which parks.

Which teams play in the Cactus League?

Half of the teams in the MLB (both NL and AL) do their spring training in Arizona.

There are 15 MLB teams in the Cactus League: the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, LA Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.

How do I get tickets to Cactus League games?

Tickets are available online (through the MLB team sites) or at each stadium’s box office. Many games and specific teams sell out, meaning you have to look for tickets on second-hand sites and for scalpers at the game (groan).

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Baseball and other events and festivals during Cactus League spring training in Arizona

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