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Head of the Charles

Where to Watch   |   Parking/Directions    |   Road Closures

October 22 - 24, 2021

Since 1965, the Head of the Charles Regatta has brought thousands of rowers each year to the Charles River to compete in the largest 3-day regatta in the world.  This year, more than 11,000 rowers from around the world will come to compete in the 2021 Head Of The Charles Regatta on October 22-24, 2021.  The race attracts up to 225,000 spectators (who inject an estimated $88.5M into visitor economy) to the banks of the Charles River to cheer the rowers on!


Where to watch from: 

Spend the weekend watching the races from the comfort of the Eliot Bridge Enclosure. This by ticket only hospitality tent is located right on the river's edge and includes breakfast and hot coffee in the morning, a gourmet lunch, as well as a comfortable vantage point to watch crews as they come into the home stretch of the race.


Located near Harvard's Weld Boathouse between the Weeks and Lars Anderson Bridges, the Weld Exhibition is one of the Regatta's liveliest sites. Official Head Of The Charles® sponsors line the banks, offering delicious local flavors and free samples. Purchase your official Regatta Programs and Merchandise and check out up-to-date race results.

The Weld Exhibition also boasts one of the race's most exciting viewing sites-it's the perfect place to enjoy the Regatta. Find a spot along the banks and cheer your favorite crew through the race's halfway mark.

Vehicular Parking

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

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 for detailed route and schedule information.

Driving Directions

FALS - Mass Pike to exit 18 East. Exit 20 West, follow signs to Cambridge. Stay straight through several traffic lights and across the River Street Bridge. Once across the bridge, take a left onto Memorial Drive (there will be a Shell station and a Mobile station at the corners.) Stay on Memorial Drive for 1.6 miles at which point it will fork (near the Cambridge Boat Club.) Staying to the left, follow signs for Watertown/Newton. Proceed through the traffic light, and as you approach Eliot Bridge, follow signs for Boston/Newton. As you are crossing Eliot bridge stay to the right and an HOCR volunteer will meet your trailer and direct you to a parking space. It would be helpful to consult a parking map or course map to assist with directions.

SADL (Magazine Beach) - Same as above, except go RIGHT onto Memorial Drive once you cross the River Street Bridge. Magazine Beach is located about 1/4 mile downstream of Riverside Boat Club, across from the large Shell sign.

Anticipated Road Closures:

8 AM - 7 PM: Memorial Drive from Cambridge Boat Club to Western Avenue (Saturday & Sunday)