• Head of the Charles 2018 Guide: Maps, road closures and everything else


    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - More than 10,000 rowers will paddle down the Charles River in Cambridge on October 20 and 21 and even more will pack along the banks to cheer them on in the 54th Head of the Charles Regatta. 

    The annual race is expected to bring out massive crowds. Massachusetts State Police say they will be ready for the crowds and have a plan to get everyone in and out of Cambridge safely. 

    The Head of the Charles is a showcase of some of the world's best rowers as they paddle from the BU Bridge all the way around the Charles River bend past Harvard and into Allston. 

    Spectators will line the banks up and down the Charles, but there are a few places you can buy a ticket to get VIP service. 

    Here's a look at the Head of the Charles 2018 and what you need to know. 

    Head of the Charles from Above Summit on Vimeo.

    Road Closures

    Memorial Drive from Cambridge Boat Club to Western Avenue (Saturday & Sunday) - 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    For more information on getting there

    Interactive Map

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

    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 – October 19, 20, & 21 – NO PARKING AFTER 6PM
    Shuttle runs from Birmingham Parkway to the FALS/Rowing and Fitness Expo area.

    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: $7/day, $8 overnight

    Accessible off of Soldiers Field Road heading East.  Parking will be available for approx. 500 cars. Location is across from the FALS/Rowing and Fitness Expo area
    Available: Friday (12PM – 5PM), Saturday and Sunday (6AM – 5PM both days).
    Cost: $30/day

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