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Scottsdale’s award-winning Spring Training Festival brings together the best of baseball Saturday, March 4, 2017 to celebrate the start of the Cactus League and another season of America’s Pastime.

This a free, family-friendly event.

Fans can enjoy interactive baseball exhibits, hands-on activities focused around the science of baseball, meet and greets with former players, a baseball memorabilia and card show, skill tests, merchandise vendors, live music and food.

Don’t miss the Dick's Sporting Goods whiffle ball field where kids can soft toss and mingle with legends of the game or just have fun.

The 2017 lineup includes:

  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Society for American Baseball Research
  • Arizona SciTech Festival – Science of Baseball
  • Arizona Spring Training Experience and Cactus League Hall of Fame
  • MLB Hall of Famers Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry and other players affiliated with the Fergie Jenkins Foundation
  • Members of the Arizona MLB Alumni group
  • Authors Tabitha Soren and Charlie Vascellaro
  • Phoenix Card Show
  • Rock n Roll High School
  • And special musical guest:  Country Western artist Tim Hurley and his band.

Make it a “triple play day”

The Spring Training Festival won’t be the only family-friendly activity taking place in Downtown Scottsdale March 4.

The annual Giant Racelinks to external site is scheduled for 7 a.m. at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E Osborn Road.

The Scottsdale Library is also hosting the Ultimate Play Date from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Geared to children 8 and under, this free event takes place on the east side of the Civic Center Mall, a short stroll from the Spring Training Festival.

Stop by March 4 and enjoy a “triple header” of family fun!

More baseball: Exhibits and more adorn Cactus League Legacy Trail

Great teams, exceptional players and unforgettable memories – Scottsdale’s rich history of baseball comes to life in a free exhibit launching Jan. 18 at the Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Scottsdale Road.

Five Major League teams have trained in Scottsdale, as have dozens of Hall of Fame players. Celebrate their stories at an exhibit that’s just a short stroll from Scottsdale Stadium.

This year’s exhibit, presented by the Arizona Spring Training Experiencelinks to external site, also features the 2017 inductees into the Cactus League Hall of Fame.

The Scottsdale Historical Museumlinks to external site is also hosting a Cactus League exhibit this spring. The museum, located at 7333 E. Scottsdale Mall, features free admission and is also a short walk from Scottsdale Stadium.

Both exhibits are part of the Cactus League Legacy Trail, a self-guided tour that provides fans with an intimate look at the history, hangouts and characters that make spring training one of the most cherished traditions of American baseball.   

Parking Locations and Trolley Map

All public downtown parking and trolley's are free.

Praise for past Scottsdale spring training festivals

Winner of the 2012 Governor’s Tourism Award for best urban special event in Arizona

Scottsdale is great … fans are loving it; kids are having a blast on the whiffle ball field … I think this is a great idea.

Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Rollie Fingers

It's important that events like the Spring Training Festival take place to celebrate baseball and educate young fans about the great history of America's pastime.

Carl Kovacs, President, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation

Winner of the 2014 Silver Circle Award for best special event
City-County Communications Marketing Association

Event Details

March 4, 2017
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 

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