Posted on: February 8, 2013
Every year, fans travel to Tempe from all over the country to see Cactus League Spring Training baseball games. In between games, there are a variety of outdoor festivals and activities to keep every fan entertained. This year’s Cactus League schedule, with games from February 22-March 30, coincides with some of the best outdoor festivals and fun-filled activities in Arizona. Visit www.tempebaseball.com to see team schedules, stadium maps and ticket information or call 800-283-6734.
Angels Baseball Spring Training Trolley
Tempe makes it easy for fans to get to Tempe Diablo Stadium during Cactus League Spring Training. Fans can take advantage of the free Angels Baseball Spring Training Trolley, which will transport baseball spring training fans from the Mill Avenue District to Tempe Diablo Stadium for each Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim home game.
Fans opting to take the trolley will be picked up and returned to the Mill Avenue District. The trolley stop is located on the northwest corner of Mill Avenue and Fifth Street and will be marked with signage. Fans will be dropped off just south of Tempe Diablo Stadium. The trolley will circulate between the Mill Avenue District and the stadium every 20 minutes, from 2 hours before game time, until 30 minutes after the game on all home game days. Fans can park for free in the Mill Avenue District at any of four parking locations. Parking validation will be provided on the trolley.
Great Arizona Beer Festival
Between spring training baseball games, fans can enjoy a variety of outdoor festivals taking place in Tempe this spring. Beer lovers will flock to the Great Arizona Beer Festival at Tempe Town Lake, March 2. It’s a true craft beer extravaganza showcasing local, national and international varieties of beer. Along with all the libations, visitors will find great live music, an assortment of tasty food, entertainment, games, contests and giveaways.
Arizona Dragon Boat Festival
Asian culture is celebrated at the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, March 23-24 at Tempe Town Lake. Activities include two days of dragon boat races, food vendors and performances by martial artists, musicians and dancers. The beautifully decorated dragon boats are manned by teams of up to 20 paddlers. One team member pounds a drum to keep the paddlers’ oars in sync.
Arizona Aloha Festival
For a taste of the Hawaiian Islands, visitors can hula over to the Arizona Aloha Festival March 9-10 at Tempe Town Lake. Discover the islands through a variety of activities providing glimpses into the rich cultures of the South Pacific. Sample some of the cuisines and local favorites, shop in the Island Marketplace, and watch performers such as storytellers, Tahitian drummers, slack key guitar and more.
Paddleboarding on Tempe Town Lake
Fans can take advantage of the Arizona sunshine and rent a paddleboard from Tempe Boat Rentals. After a quick lesson, this fun sport can give visitors a golden tan and a workout all at once. Kayaks, pedal boats, hydrobikes and other boats are also available. Prices range from $15 per hour for a 2-person pedal boat or single kayak to $20 per hour for a paddleboard to $75 per hour for an electric surrey or pontoon boat.
Get your hiking boots on and enjoy the great outdoors. South Mountain Park/Preserve provides never ending beautiful scenery and sometimes challenging, hiking and mountain bike trails. For a shorter hike that can prove to be just as challenging, try Tempe’s own Hayden Butte, more popularly known as “A” Mountain. This short hike is located in the heart of the Mill Avenue District and offers amazing views of Tempe and Phoenix.
Plan your next vacation with the Tempe Visitor's Guide.