Head of the Charles Regatta
October 19 – 20, 2013
Entering its 48th year, the annual Head of the Charles Regatta is the largest and most exciting two-day rowing event in the world. This Boston tradition attracts thousands of rowers to the scenic banks of The Charles River every October. More than 300,000 spectators will see the world’s top crew teams compete in the ultimate two-day rowing event. Starting at the Boston University Boathouse on the Cambridge shore, this three-mile race up the Charles River ends at the Finish Line at Christian Herter Park in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood.
The greatest fall regatta in North America, the Head of the Charles is a festive weekend event with lively viewing sites, fun events marketplaces and fantastic food and drink options for spectators. One of the best places to watch the home-stretch of the race is the Eliot Bridge Enclosure, which includes a tent and lunch by the Island Creek Oyster Bar. Located near Harvard’s Weld Boathouse on the river bank, Weld Exhibition is the perfect place to watch the race and sample local foods.
A scenic atmosphere for connecting with college mates, clubs and alumni, Reunion Village features dining tents with food by the Boston Burger Company, as well as concessions and race commentary. Another fantastic vantage point, Reunion Village is the halfway mark in the race on the Boston side of the Charles River.
One of the most popular events at the Head of the Charles Regatta is the Rowing & Fitness Expo, located in the athlete staging area near the finish line. The Expo features more than 70 vendors with rowing equipment and gear, boat manufacturers, and a collection of food vendors, as well as opportunities to take photos with the athletes.
The Head of the Charles Regatta offers complimentary shuttles along the race course and makes stop at the tents, events and parking areas. For tickets and additional information on this classic Boston event, please visit www.hocr.org/the-regatta.