Live Music, Artisan Craft Fair, Aspen in Autumn
Spend a few days in the mountains of Red River, NM listening to great music in the midst of a unique festival experience.
Great artists are featured across multiple venues - but will never overlap, so you don't ever have to decide what artist to watch! The festival kicks off with dinner and a concert lakeside at Bitter Creek Ranch. Each night wraps with music at the historic Motherlode Saloon. Music in Brandenburg Park starts on Friday alongside Aspencade, an impressive array of artisans from all over the Southwest.
FESTIVAL INFO & FAQs
What You Need to Know
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Is seating available?
Bitter Creek Ranch will have seating available. If you prefer to bring your own chairs we ask that you add them to the perimeter and don't rearrange the current seating.
Motherlode Saloon will have some limited chairs and bleacher seating available. If you need a seat, we encourage you to come early.
Brandenburg Park allows for chairs and blanket seating. A large tent is provided for shade and spots underneath it are claimed quickly. Chairs can be left overnight, however, Red River Events is not responsible or available to assist with lost or stolen chairs.
Where do I pick up my tickets?
Will call will move throughout the festival, but if you've purchased a ticket we'll send a detailed schedule of will call availability about a week before the festival starts. Once specific will call times are announced, we encourage you to pick up your wristbands early to avoid waiting in long lines or struggling with cell reception at Bitter Creek Ranch.
What about food?
A brisket dinner will be served at Bitter Creek Ranch before the show on Thursday evening. This is included in the ticket price. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate special requests such as a separate vegetarian or allergen-free meal and ticket prices will not be adjusted to reflect a declined meal.
In Brandenburg Park, we'll have a variety of food vendors throughout the park.
Is there an age limit?
All ages are welcome at both Bitter Creek Ranch and Brandenburg Park. The evening shows at Motherlode Saloon are 21 and over.
What can I bring into the park?
No outside food or beverages are allowed into the park. You may bring an empty water bottle as the conference center in the park has water fountains available.
Well-behaved dogs are allowed in the park and must be kept on a leash at all times. *Dogs are not allowed at Bitter Creek Ranch or Motherlode Saloon*
The bar is cash only, so you should plan to hit one of the local ATMs before you head to the park. The entrance gate, many of the vendors and the merch stand will be able to process credit cards.
I want to participate!
It takes a village to produce the Red River Folk Festival. We are grateful for any and all support!
We are looking for:
For volunteer and sponsorship questions, please fill out the "Contact Us" form or email email@example.com. To participate in Aspencade or vend in the park, please visit the Town of Red River's site.
TOWN OF RED RIVER
Special thanks go to the town of Red River for their continued support of this festival. We could not offer this special experience without their assistance and cooperation.
For further assistance beyond this page regarding anything Red River, please visit the town website or contact the Visitor's Center via the information listed below, and they will be happy to help!
What's with the altitude talk?
At 8750' feet above sea level - we are really up there! Just about 50% higher than Denver.
The high altitude gives us stunning views and just about perfect weather! And for many of you, a much needed respite from the dog days of summer. August average high temperatures are in the mid 70s with it cooling off about 30 degrees overnight. Layers are the key to dressing successfully here.
If you're not accustomed to high elevations, it can take a few days to get used to it. You can start preparing before your trip up the mountain. Days before your incline make sure you are drinking plenty of water and continue to do so while you're here. Click here to read more about how to prepare. Also, please keep in mind that the higher up you are, the more UV exposure increases.
The altitude is really such a major part of what makes this place what it is. We're so fond of it, we named our festival after it.
The town has some great resources available to help you figure out how to get here.
Once you're here though, it's super easy to get around! Our whole town is a mile long and with Brandenburg Park's central location, it's easy to walk nearly anywhere. We have a free town shuttle called the Red River Miner's Transit that runs 7:30am to 5:00pm. Call 575-770-5959 to arrange pick-up.
You will need to drive up an unpaved forest service road to access Bitter Creek Ranch. More detailed directions will be sent to ticket holders in advance of the show. We encourage people to carpool.
Where can I stay during the festival?
Our town offers accommodations to fit every budget and taste from camping along the river to a luxury home rental - our town has something for everyone. The town of Red River's website has some great resources and we'll be updating our site to include more information about our lodging partners!
SUPPORT OUR PARTNERS
Our local sponsors are critical to the success of our festival. Below, you'll find 2022's festival sponsors. This list is a work in progress and we'll continue to update it regularly. Click the logo to explore our partner's business.