FAQ’S FOR SPECTATORS
When is the Regatta?
The Regatta is traditionally held the last weekend in October. The 2016 regatta is October 29 & October 30. (In 2017, the Regatta will be held on October 28 & 29.)
What time are the races?
Racing runs from 8AM-5PM on both days. See the Schedule of Events for specific event times.
When and where are the Awards Ceremonies?
The Awards Ceremonies and medal distribution take place at the Three Angels Festival Tent. Full schedule.
Where is the best place to watch the Regatta?
The best place to watch the regatta is near The Three Angels Statues, approximately one mile from the finish line (Boathouse Row). Here you can get up to the moment information and race announcing from the sports desk and view live streaming of races on monitors in the Festival Tent where there are also vendors, results, food, information, awards ceremonies and fun!
I’m using a GPS. What address should I plug in?
#7 Kelly Drive, Boathouse Row, Philadelphia PA 19130
Are there any road closures?
Kelly Drive will close to traffic beginning at 6:00AM until 5:45PM on Saturday and Sunday. There are well marked detours and off-site parking areas. All cars must be removed from Kelly Drive immediately after racing ends or they will be towed!
Where is the best place to park?
Parking is very limited. Please click here to see detailed maps of the on-site and off-site parking areas. To access Kelly Drive you will need a vehicle pass. They are limited to teams, competitors and coaches. There is plenty of off-site parking managed by the City vendor ($15, cash only) with frequent HOSR shuttle buses available to take you to various regatta sites.
Is there accessible parking on-site?
There is limited accessible parking available on Kelly Drive at the Grandstand parking lot. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an HOSR vehicle pass. The HOSR will make every effort to accommodate your request. The pass will provide access to Kelly Drive, however parking is not guaranteed. Both the HOSR pass and your handicap permit must be displayed. There is also a Drop-off Zone adjacent to the Three Angels Festival Area. Golf carts will be available to transfer you to your desired location along the course.
Will I be able to walk the entire race course? How long will it take?
The race course is 2.5-miles. The start line is above the Strawberry Mansion Bridge and the Finish Line is above historic Boathouse Row. It will take approximately one-hour to walk the entire length of the course. A multi-use path runs the length of the course (and beyond) through beautiful Fairmount Park. Regatta shuttle buses will run continuously on Kelly Drive and will make numerous stops along the race course.
How much does it cost to attend the regatta?
The regatta is free to all spectators!
Can I bring my pet?
Yes! Pets are welcome!
Will there be food vendors?
A great variety of food from one of Philadelphia’s favorite food vendors will be available for purchase at the Festival Tent. COFFEE will be available all day!
Will there be any bathrooms for public use?
There will be an abundance of port-a-potties onsite.
Where is the best place to purchase souvenirs of the Regatta?
Our official merchandiser will be selling many items with the HOSR logo in the Three Angels Festival Tent. Other vendors will also be located in the Festival Tent with a large variety of rowing gear and other cool items. If you would like to purchase one of our fabulous banners that hang on Boathouse Row, please contact the regatta at email@example.com. And be sure to pick up a free 2016 keepsake program book at the Festival Tent and Finish Line Information booths.
Make it a Philadelphia Weekend! #VisitPhilly
Philadelphia is not only a great place for a regatta, it’s a destination to explore! Make it a weekend by visiting some of the many historic sites and cultural institutions that are within easy walking distance from the Schuylkill River. To learn more about Philadelphia’s rich history, places to discover, eat, shop and be seen, please visit www.visitphilly.com, the official website for Philadelphia travel and tourism information.