Oklahoma Regatta Festival

Oct 4 – 6, 2024  • Oklahoma River

The Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma Regatta celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year during the Oklahoma Regatta Festival, October 4 – 6.

The three-day event also includes RIVERSPORT Rowing, Rafting and Dragon Boat League Championships, OG&E NightSprints racing, great food, family fun and fireworks to cap off racing Friday and Saturday evenings. On Sunday, join us for PaddleMania – an event YOU can enter when you build your own raft, put together a team for raft tug-o-war or just grab friends for the big raft race. It’s fun to watch and even more fun to enter. Watch for info coming soon!

Friday, Oct 3
OG&E NightSprints
RIVERSPORT Rowing and Dragon Boat League Championships

Saturday, Oct 4
20th Anniversary OCU Head of the Oklahoma
OG&E NightSprints

Sunday, Oct 5
RIVERSPORT Adventures – Last Day of the Season
20th Anniversary OCU Head of the Oklahoma

2023 Head of the Oklahoma cup winners included:

  • Norick Cup – Oklahoma City University, First-place finisher of the Men’s Collegiate Eight Head Race 
  • Ackerman Cup – University of Wisconsin, First-place finisher of the Women’s Collegiate Eight Head Race 
  • Schnittman Cup – Oklahoma City University, First-place finisher of the Men’s Collegiate Four Head Race 

2023 Results

RIVERSPORT 2023 Corporate Rowing League Teams
  • Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
  • VIARP Visually Impaired
  • Phillips Murrah
  • Flywheel Energy
  • Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
  • Love’s Travel Stops
  • Creative Kids
  • Sirens

2023 RIVERSPORT Dragon Boat Teams
  • Kamikaze Dragons – AARCORP
  • Flying Dragons – AARCORP
  • Silver Dragons – Spanish Cove 
  • Golden Dragons – Spanish Cove 
  • Love’s Hearts of Sunshine – Love’s
  • Route 66ers
  • Love’s Sunshine Express – Love’s 
  • bOLD Paddlers  
  • Longwavers – LongWave Inc.
  • Woodward Primetime
  • Y’s Crew – Earlywine YMCA 
  • Paddle Junkies – Creative Kids
  • Dragon Slayers  
  • Lady Vikings  
  • Speed Dragons  

2023 Oklahoma Regatta Festival Sponsors
Community Partners

Oklahoma Regatta Festival History

Established in 2004, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival takes place annually during the first or second weekend in October in the Boathouse District, downtown on the Oklahoma River. The three-day celebration of rowing, kayaking, dragon boating, whitewater rafting and family fun includes the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma race, OG&E NightSprints, and a family festival featuring food trucks, fireworks, beer gardens, a front row seat for all the racing – and RIVERSPORT Adventures!

The annual OCU Head of the Oklahoma includes 2.5 mile (4k) head racing during the day featuring teams from across the country competing in collegiate, masters, and junior rowing as well as kayak and dragon boat racing.

The 500-meter OG&E NightSprints are held on the river after the sun goesdown, creating an electrifying atmosphere for competitors and spectators alike.

Each year the Oklahoma Regatta Festival features special community activities and exhibitions. In 2019, the Outdoor Foundation announced the presentation of a grant at the event followed by the OKC Thrive Outside Expo on Saturday. Local & national organizations showcased hands-on experiences for families to learn about outdoor opportunities.