This weekend, more than 8,900 athletes will slice down the Schuylkill River during the 46th annual Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. The 2.5-mile race will take place over two days, Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30.
- Events take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 29 and 30.
- More than 30,000 spectators are expected to attend.
- Races start at 8 a.m. each day, and all events are free to watch.
- Kelly Drive will be closed to traffic throughout the Regatta.
More than 30,000 fans are expected to cheer for their favorite teams during this world-renowned racing event. Athletes range from high school and college students to elite, master and veteran rowers. They hail from 29 states and 10 countries.
The 2.5-mile race course cuts right through the city along Kelly Drive, starting near Twin Bridges and ending between the Girard Bridge and Boathouse Row.
If you’re not within walking distance, the site is easily accessible via public or private transportation. Kelly Drive will be closed to traffic during the Regatta, but free shuttle buses will run continuously throughout the event. Off-site parking is available for a fee.
Where To Watch
One of the best places to watch and spend your day is the Three Angels Statues, which is located on Kelly Drive just one mile north of Boathouse Row.
This area will set the stage for the regatta festival, where athletes and fans can enjoy vendors, food, music, games, awards ceremonies and all-around fun.
It’s completely free to watch the exciting races.
The world’s top four men and women single scullers will compete in The Gold Cup on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., which is perhaps one of the most anticipated races of the weekend.
For the first time in its history, the HOSR will feature a chuck wagon cook-off challenge on Sunday, October 30 at 1:15 p.m.
Download the Head of the Schuylkill River app for maps, updates, race results and more.
See you on the riverfront.