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The Oklahoma Regatta Festival

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The Oklahoma Regatta Festival
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In Short:

The Oklahoma Regatta Festival on the Oklahoma River is a metro favorite for the entire family. Begun in 2004, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival includes Oklahoma City University's "Head of the Oklahoma" rowing sprint races. But the event is also much more than racing, appealing to so many with a festival atmosphere of food, live entertainment, children's activities and more.

2013 Oklahoma Regatta Festival Details:

The 10th Oklahoma Regatta Festival takes place September October 2-6. The event is completely free, and parking is available free of charge as well. Get a full festival schedule online.

Location:

The Regatta Festival is held on the Oklahoma River, with many events, including the blu VIP Party, held at the Devon Boathouse.

Get a detailed map with driving directions to Regatta Park.

Competitive Events:

Head of Oklahoma - Oklahoma City University's annual collegiate event has athletes competing 2.5 mile head races and 500 meter super sprints.

Corporate Rowing Challenge - Corporate teams from Oklahoma City businesses take part in this "fierce but friendly competition."

Dragon Boat Challenge - Corporate teams compete under the lights in this exciting water sport.

Oklahoma Regatta Run - This certified 5K starts and ends at the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower, taking runners along the Boathouse District trails. It is held Saturday at 8 a.m.

OG&E NightSprints:

The OG&E NightSprints became a part of the Oklahoma Regatta Festival in 2006, the first sanctioned night races in North America. The river is illuminated once the sun sets, and the 500-meter sprint races take center stage.

blu VIP Party:

The annual blu VIP Party takes place Saturday the 5th from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Devon Boathouse. Featured are food, entertainment and relaxed atmosphere. Tickets are $50 and are available for purchase online.

Festival Attractions:

Live Entertainment - Throughout the festival, enjoy live music and dance productions.

Children's Area - With rock wall, inflatables, sidewalk chalk art and more, the children's area is free fun for the little ones.

Outdoor Market - Local and national vendors showcase their wares.

Beer Garden - Sample offerings from Premium Beers of Oklahoma as well as wine.
 

Nearby Hotels & Lodging:

Coming in from out of town for the Oklahoma Regatta Festival? Here are some hotel options nearby:

  • Colcord Hotel
    15 N Robinson
    Less than 1 mile from the Chesapeake Boathouse
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  • The Skirvin Hotel
    One Park Avenue
    Less than 1 mile from the Chesapeake Boathouse
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  • Sheraton Hotel
    One North Broadway
    Less than 1 mile from the Chesapeake Boathouse
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  • Renaissance Hotel
    Ten North Broadway
    Less than 1 mile from the Chesapeake Boathouse
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  • Courtyard Downtown
    2 West Reno
    Less than 1 mile from the Chesapeake Boathouse
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