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Head of The Charles Regatta 2024

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Dates:Friday, October 18, 2024 - Sunday, October 20, 2024
Hours:8:00am - 4:30pm
Category:Fairs & Festivals

head of the charles regatta 2024 photoThe Head of the Charles Regatta is one of the world's largest rowing events.

Come out and watch rowing teams compete from all over the country and take the sights of autumn along the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge.

Fans and spectators flock to the riverbanks every year to watch male and female rowers compete in 61 nail-biting events.

Along the three-mile course, spectators can celebrate at the Regatta’s rowing and fitness expo, take in all the action at the boisterous Reunion Village and indulge in some of New England’s best fare from local chefs and restaurants.

Regatta includes races for youths, veterans and lightweights. Similar in tradition to races held in England, 'Head' races, a class of regattas, are generally three miles long.

Boats race against each other and the clock, starting sequentially approximately fifteen seconds apart.

Winners of each race receive the honorary title of 'Head of the River' or, in this case, 'Head Of The Charles.' Each year, the Head Of The Charles Regatta attracts over 300,000 spectators.

View the full schedule of race & events, interactive maps, complete Regatta history & more.

Since its inception in 1965, The Head Of The Charles Regatta has attracted hundreds of thousands of rowers to the banks of the Charles river.

Best Viewing Areas:
Best Viewing areas Memorial Drive between JFK Street and BU Boathouse. Here's a helpful viewing area map for reference from our friends at Boston USA.

Regatta History
The Head of the Charles, the world's largest two-day rowing event, was first held on October 16, 1965. Over the years, the Regatta has grown tremendously. Today athletes from around the world compete in 19 different race events.

Find more October Events in Boston in our guide to more Fall fun for families.



Banks of the Charles River, Cambridge, MA map
Phone: 617-864-8415

Take the T to Harvard Square and walk towards the river.

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4-starHead Of The Charles
My husband, daughter and myself went last year. It was a blast. There is a lot to do with children, things to look at, sights and sounds. The food was conveniently located - our best veiw, near our favorite Artesani Park across from the Days Inn.
5-starCongratulations Rowers
Living Root Dragon Boat congratulates the success of all the competitors at the 2007 Head of the Charles. We invite athletic men and women for dragon boat racing in 2008! Training is already underway on the Charles River and at our indoor pool training facility! Opportunities available to race in Boston, Montreal, New York City, Pawtucket, Hartford and San Francisco! No prior experience necessary. Athleticism, good overall fitness, and/or prior triathlon, swimming, basketball, cycling, marathon, volleyball, rugby, field hockey, lacrosse, football, soccer, running, crew, rowing, sculling, paddling, canoeing, white water rafting, outrigger, kayaking, water polo, or yoga experience a plus. Schedule a free trial practice today! Contact Bob Lee at [email protected] or 617-413-8360.
5-starHandle-able crowds
I went with my six-year-old to see friends row, and we had a nice morining. I remember it being more crowded, but everyone was well behaved. There was carnival food for sale, but also a lot of marketing give-aways -- ice cream, cereal bars, Starbucks coffee! We found parking at 9am, but probably got the last space within half a mile of Harvard Square. It helps to be a rowing fan.


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