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Head of The Charles Regatta

The Head of the Charles Regatta is one of the world's largest rowing events. 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.

Best Viewing Areas:
Best Viewing areas Memorial Drive between JFK Street and BU Boathouse.

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.

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Banks of the Charles River, Cambridge, MA 

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


Location : Banks of the Charles River, Cambridge, MA


Upcoming Events

Head of The Charles Regatta
Sat Oct 21 @ 8:00AM - 04:30PM
Faneuil Hall Marketplace 21st Annual A Cappella Competition
Sat Oct 21 @11:00AM - 05:00PM
Head of The Charles Regatta
Sun Oct 22 @ 8:00AM - 04:30PM
Faneuil Hall Marketplace 21st Annual A Cappella Competition
Sun Oct 22 @11:00AM - 05:00PM
The Pumpkin Parade - Calling all babies and small children!
Tue Oct 31 @10:30AM - 01:00PM

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