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Tempe’s Innings Festival set to begin this weekend

U.S. rock band Queens of the Stone Age performs during the Vive Latino music festival in Mexico City, Sunday, March 18, 2018. The two-day rock festival is one of the most important and longest running of Mexico. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

PHOENIX — The newest Phoenix-area music festival will kick off Friday afternoon with an eye toward entertaining music and baseball fans.

The inaugural Inning Festival in Tempe will run from 3 p.m. until midnight each of the the first two days.

Sunday’s finale will run from 1:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Chris Stapleton, Queens of the Stone Age and the Avett Brothers were the scheduled headliners for the event. Other performers included the Head and the Heat, Lord Huron and the Tempe-based Gin Blossoms.

The festival, thrown by the same organizers as Lollapalooza, will take place at Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Arts Park.

The event will feature three music stages along with multiple baseball activities, including a speed pitch, home run derby and a batting cage. 

The speed pitch will be hosted on Sunday by former MLB All-star pitcher Jake Peavy.

Zia Records will be staffing a pop-up shop.

A number of restaurants will be serving food on-site, including El Jefe Tacos, Kono Pizza and Island Noodles. There also will be vegan and gluten-free options available.

The new music festival will be the second this month in the Valley.

The McDowell Mountain Music Festival was held in downtown Phoenix the first weekend of March.

The Phoenix Lost Lake Festival will be coming back to the Valley in October. The three-day event had 45,000 festival goers in its first .

Tickets were still available. Prices ranged from $89 to $169.

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