What: 51st Head of the Charles Regatta
When: Oct. 17-18, 8 am-5 pm
Who: There’s more than 11,000 competitors and most local universities have teams entered.
Where to Watch: A lot of the bridges across the Charles River provide good spectating spots, as do some spots along the banks.
Where to Get Free Stuff: The Weld Boathouse (Cambridge side) between the Weeks and Lars Anderson Bridges
Where to Get Good Food: Reunion Village (Boston side) between the Weeks and Lars Anderson Bridges ($10/day, $15/weekend, kids under 12 are free)
Where to Get Really Good Food: Eliot Bridge Enclosure, just upstream of the Eliot Bridge ($90/day, $150/weekend, 21+)
How to Get Prepped: Browse through this website of amazing photos of the regatta.
Other Cool Stuff: Proving the Head of the Charles stands alongside the Boston Marathon as Hub traditions, New Balance released a limited-edition 990v3 sneaker with the HOCR logo on many places (the heel, lace and insole) much as they released a special edition sneaker to mark the marathon last year.