How to Regatta: The ultimate race and festival guide


Grab your oars and lifejackets – Regatta is taking over the downtown canal on Sept. 24. IUPUI’s one-of-a-kind campus tradition will be back at Military Park to celebrate Jaguar pride as students, staff, alumni and faculty participate and spectate at this day-long festival.

"It brings the entire community together," said Regatta Executive Director Unnati Nayak. "This event is open to families and the Indy community is also invited. There is something for everyone to enjoy."

Regatta will be welcoming thousands of attendees to its 14th annual canoe race. Here’s what you need to know before race day. 

Race day schedule

Get ready for a jam-packed day of racing, dogs in costumes and live entertainment.

9 a.m. – Cardboard Boat Race

10 a.m. – Opening Ceremony

10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. – Canoe Races

11 a.m. – Registration opens for the dog costume contest

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Live performances and entertainment on the festival stage

1:15 p.m. – Dog costume contest

3 p.m. – Race finals

4 p.m. – Regatta Royalty crowning and Closing Ceremony (where winners will be announced)

Are you ready to Regatta? Thousands of spectators will be at the canal to experience everything IUPUI's homecoming event has to offer. 

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The inside scoop from Regatta Exec.

As Regatta participants, spectators and now executive board veterans, both Nayak and Hendzel have three tips for student attendees:

  1. Check out the sponsors tables. There will be a specific tent set up where sponsors and student organizations will be tabling and giving away free merchandise throughout the event. Stop by to connect with IUPUI organization and pick up some freebies.
  2. Make buttons with Herron School of Art + Design.  Button making has been a big hit in the past and Herron is bringing extra supplies to the Arts and Culture Fair this year. They’re free to make.
  3. Arrive to the event early. Last year, many people came during the middle of the event, which created longer lines for the carnival rides and food. Being there early will help attendees take advantage of everything that Regatta has and guarantee a good spectator spot.

You Gotta Regatta

Nayak and the student-run Regatta Steering Committee have been preparing for this year’s race and festival since January. 

"I was the associate director of administration last year and got to see how big of a role students played in it. It’s something you have to put a lot of hard work into, but you make such amazing friends and connect with so many organizations on campus," said Nayak.

"We’ve had a lot of fresh ideas that’ve come to the table, which has allowed us to implement new things each year."

From crowning Regatta Royalty to the dog costume contest to fierce competition on the canal, Regatta is the event to attend this fall. For Hendzel, it has shaped her college experience.

"It was such a connecting moment for me, and I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I wanted to make sure that everybody had the same experience I did my freshman year," she said. "This is bringing everybody together. I wanted to give back to an experience that was very groundbreaking for myself."

Additional race day information can be found at Want to apply for the Regatta Steering Committee and help put on one of the biggest events of the year? Follow @iupuiregatta on Instagram for updates on how to apply.

At Regatta, enjoy the race, compete in the dog costume contest and see who is crowned Regatta Royalty.
Photos by Liz Kaye, IUPUI