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The Head of the Charles Regatta

Happening in Boston October 18 - 20, 2024

Since 1965, the Head of the Charles Regatta has brought thousands of rowers to the Charles River to compete in the world's largest 3-day regatta! This year, more than 11,000 rowers from around the globe will compete in the 2024 Head of the Charles Regatta from October 18-20, 2024.  But the fun isn't just limited to competitors. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, the Regatta offers spectators a variety of ways to experience the event.

Where to watch the Head of the Charles Regatta

Where to Park

Parking for spectators, athletes, and volunteers is extremely limited. We advise anyone driving to carpool whenever possible.

BIRMINGHAM PARKWAY

Free, on-street parking. Parkway runs next to I-90 and is accessible from Market Street off of Soldiers Field Road or from Soldiers Field Road and Route 20 intersection near Community Rowing.

Available: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – NO PARKING AFTER 6PM

ALEWIFE T STATION

Accessible from Route 2 off of I-95. Garage with parking for 2,733 cars and Red Line T service to Harvard Square, a short walk to the river and the Weld Exhibition/Reunion Village area.

Available: 7 days a week, 24 hours

Cost: $9/day

HARVARD STADIUM, GATE 14

Accessible off of Soldiers Field Road heading East.  Parking will be available for approx. 500 cars.

Available: Friday (12PM – 5PM), Saturday and Sunday (6AM – 5PM both days).

Cost: $30/day. 

Public Transportation

All those who are not arriving with boats on their cars are STRONGLY advised to use public transportation. The course is within easy walking distance of 3 MBTA stations (Central & Harvard on the RED line, and BU Central on the B Branch of the Green Line) and multiple bus routes travel near to the course (1,47,64,66, 71,72,73,74, 75, 86). See www.mbta.com for detailed route and schedule information.

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