Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
Enjoy a great fall weekend in Fairmount Park and take in a picturesque fall regatta at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, one of the largest rowing competitions in the world.
Bringing together more than 7,000 athletes and upwards of 25,000 spectators, the festive two-day event features college crews, high school crews, master rowers, elite rowers and previous world champions — it’s a chance for both highly experienced and brand-new rowers to hit the water together in a single inclusive event.
The 2.5-mile race course runs along scenic Kelly Drive and allows for many great vantage points. The course starts near Twin Bridges and runs downriver, ending between the Girard Bridge and Boathouse Row.
Race organizers recommend watching the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta races from near the Playing Angels Statue, which is about a mile from the finish line at the intersection of Kelly Drive and Fountain Green Drive.
Parking nearby is limited and Kelly Drive will be closed to traffic, so the best bet for those attending is to walk or use public transportation. Offsite parking is available for a fee, and a free shuttle will run continuously, stopping at pick-up and drop-off points along the route.
Note that there is no cost for admission to watch the rowing action. Guests should just arrive, find a great vantage point and take in the exciting Philadelphia tradition.
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