Visitors can enjoy activities at The Oklahoma Regatta Festival October 2nd through 6th at the Boathouse District in downtown Oklahoma City. The annual celebration of rowing, paddling and family fun has become a tradition that brings thousands to the Oklahoma River. Admission is free and free parking is available.
The event begins with the OKC Invitational Canoe Marathon on Wednesday, October 2 from 9 to 5. This exciting race includes a mass start with kayaks and canoes bursting off the line, jockeying for position as they paddle along a circular course before returning to the start area. Racers then jump out of their boats and run down a portage area before heading out on the water. With participants from every continent, this will be another historic event on the Oklahoma River.
OGE NightSprints returns Thursday through Saturday. Thursday’s event features OKC RIVERSPORT Corporate Rowing League racing and Paddle for the Cure, a dragon boat race benefiting the Susan G. Komen of Central and Western Oklahoma Affiliate. Friday night’s racing includes more Corporate Rowing and Dragon Boat League racing, as well as canoe/kayak sprints. Saturday’s OGE NightSprints will feature races showcasing top collegiate, masters, juniors and elite athletes.
Racing will continue Saturday at the annual OCU Head of the Oklahoma and new for this year, USRowing Masters National Head Race Championships, with head race participants racing in the OGE NightSprints Saturday night. Each evening of racing will end with a fireworks show. Head racing concludes Sunday.
Festival activities will run Thursday through Saturday. Special festival pricing for RIVERSPORT Adventures passes will be offered at $25 for adults and $15 for youth ages 3-12; children under 3 can play for free. RIVERSPORT Adventures during the festival will include the 80 foot SandRidge Sky Trail, the Sky Slide, the Rumble Drop, the Adventure Climb, and the Air Express Zip Line. Younger children can enjoy the Sky Tykes, Kids Zip, Cloud Bounds and the Extreme Air Jumper. Other festival attractions available on Saturday include an outdoor market with both local and national vendors, live music, Oklahoma City’s best food trucks, and a beer and wine garden.
The Boathouse District is located at S.E. 6th Street and Lincoln Boulevard. For more information call 405-552-4040 or visit OklahomaRegattaFestival.org.