Fairmount Regatta on the Schuykill River


The Schuykill River that winds past the Edgewater is more than just a pretty place to take pictures or enjoy while going on a run. It soon will be the sight of a very exciting Philadelphia tradition. Happening right in your backyard on October 29thand 30th will be the Fairmount Regatta.

One of the largest rowing competitions there is, the Fairmount Regatta typically hosts upwards of 25,000 spectators and about 7,000 athletes in rowing crews ranging from high school crews all the way to world champion rowing teams.

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.

The course, a 2.5-mile race, starts near Twin Bridges, runs along scenic Kelly Drive, and ends between the Girard Bridge and Boathouse Row.

In addition to these exciting races, the Fairmount Regatta also hosts a festival area at the Three Angels statues (at Kelly and Fountain Green drives) complete with various vendors, refreshments, live music, and award ceremonies.

While there are plenty of great vantage to view this exciting day of races, you can simply head out to the Schuykill River Trail for a nice walk to all of the action, or take a 6 minute drive to the finish line at Boathouse Row.

Admission to the Fairmount Regatta is free of charge and opened to the public.