Annual Festivals & EventsNew Mexico
Visit the Enchanted Circle, New Mexico for Unique Festivals & Events!
Things to Do Year-Round in New Mexico
Red River is part of what the locals refer to as the Enchanted Circle. With Taos to the SouthWest, Questa to the West and Angel Fire to the SouthEast, together these places make for exciting annual events and things to do year-round.
In the Spring you can celebrate the arts at a variety of festivals featuring local artisans, crafts and live music. If it’s film that inspires you, Taos is home to the world-renown event, the Taos Shortz Film Festival where you can celebrate cinematic achievements alongside some of the world’s top short filmmakers.
Summers call for exploring the great outdoors. Whether you are attending the Red River Classic Car show or drive into Taos for the Pueblo Pow Wow these annual feature events in the mountains bring you into the true spirit of New Mexico. The culture of the Southwest can further be experienced at the annual Buckaroo Ball. Don your cowboy boots or dance shoes and head out for a night of music, food and dancing at the largest dance hall in Northern New Mexico. Proceeds of this event go to the Red River Valley Foundation supporting local philanthropic organizations.
Fall is a time to celebrate the changing of the seasons and the harvest at Octoberfest at Brandeburg Park. Red River vacation rental homes usually sell out for this event so book yours far in advance. Starting in November the ski season begins. The kickoff Torchlight Parade & Fireworks event has been taking place at the Red River Ski & Summer Area for over 46 years. In the early days skiers literally soaked torches in propane before making their way down the mountains. Fortunately today the torchlight method used is much safer. The glowing lights on the slopes are an annual must-see display in Red River.
In the winter it’s all about fun in the snow. Events like the Winter Carnival featuring skijoring and snowmobile races showcase some of the best sports on the peaks. The Taos Winter Wine Festival offers unique tastings from 40 national wineries combined with award-winning food and winemaking seminars. Don’t forget about Red River’s famed Mardi Gras in the Mountains. Thousands gather for the annual parade, gator races, bead tossing and more.
No matter what season you visit the Enchanted Circle in New Mexico, these annual festivals and events will provide exceptional experiences that you and your friends and family will cherish for years to come.
Annual Spring Events in NM
Mother's Day Music Festival
What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than a music festival! This three-day annual FREE event is celebrated at Filemon Sanchez Park in Taos. Bring your Mom, bring your Grandma, this family-friendly event is fun for all generations.
Bacon & Brews
The name speaks for itself, this event provides the only mountain necessities. Breweries and wineries from all over New Mexico gather for this festival full of good food, beer, games, and live music! This family-friendly event features tailgating games like corn hole and life-sized Jenga. The festival takes place in May in Brandenburg Park.
38th Annual Red River Memorial Motorcycle Rally
20.000 bikers are a lot to line up and down the mile of Main St but imagine the party they bring! The four-day annual event takes place on May 21-25, 2020. The event includes various live music performances, the best of leather anything you can imagine, local food vendors and more!
Taos Spring Arts & Crafts Festival
Taos supports the arts and welcomes you to do so as well! The annual Taos Spring Arts & Crafts Festival is a great way to celebrate spring with the family. Join in on various crafts for kids of all ages, the festival is held throughout weekends in May in collaboration with the Taos Lilac Festival.
Taos Short Film Festival
The Taos Shortz Film Festival brings global and world-class work to New Mexico. While Taos has a long history of supporting the arts, this festival provides a unique opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their work, participate in workshops and panels, as well as to network with others in the industry. For festival dates and list of films being played visit taosshortz.com
Taos Lilac Festival
Who doesn’t recognize the smell of lilacs to know that spring is in the air? They are in full bloom in Taos every year during the last two weeks of May. It’s also the time when local sculptures, painters and jewelers take their wares out to display at Kit Carson Park. Join festivities during the day or show up at night for spectacular live music and delectable treats.
Summer in New Mexico
Annual Art & Wine Fest
You had us at wine. Held every Father’s Day weekend in Brandenburg park, the Art & Wine Festival features work from local New Mexico Artists and wine tastings from regional vineyards. Enjoy visual art, live musical performances, local food vendors, a silent auction and more!
Classic Car Show in June
The Red River Classic Car Show is your chance to see rare and vintage autos in the mountains. Check out a variety of muscle cars, low-riders, restored antiques and classic trucks. Line up on Main St. to attend unique parades or head to Brandenburg Park for raffles and delicious food. The event is held on June 6 from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Movies in the Mountains
What could be better than watching a movie in the mountains on a cool summer night? Bring your family and friends to enjoy this FREE event. Hosted in July by the Red River Community House, Movies in the Mountains makes for a great way to view family-friendly films in the great outdoors. Costumes optional. For questions call (575) 754-2349
Taos Pueblo Pow Wow
Celebrate July in New Mexico with the Taos Pueblo community! The annual festival Taos Pueblo Pow Wow is a gathering of tribal nations, villages, and pueblos coming together to share with old friends and make new ones through a shared love of culture, song and dance. This community event is open to everyone. Admission is $15 for a day pass, $20 for two days, and $25 for all three days. *Please note that it is cash only. Make some friends and show off your dance moves!
The Buckaroo Ball is an annual event in Red River hosted by the Red River Valley Foundation. Typically held in August, this western-themed event takes place at the Red River Conference Center and calls for your finest pair of boots! There is a silent auction, delicious food, and plenty of area to dance on the largest dance floor in Northern New Mexico. What are you waiting for? Sign up for a night of celebration and help to enhance the quality of life for the citizens and visitors to the Red River Valley.
See ticket prices for 2020 at redriver.org.
Red River High Mountain Run
This is no ordinary 5k! Participants in this high altitude race run through the beautiful mountain town of Red River. Start this challenge at an elevation of 8,750 ft and end it at over 9,400 ft. Runners will enjoy some of New Mexico’s most beautiful vistas. Held annually in August, runners pay a fee of $65 for the half marathon and $40 for the 5k. Bring the whole family out to cheer and reward yourself with a beer from the Red River Brewing Company when you are done. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for this year’s dates and details.
Fall Events in Red River, NM
Taos Fall Arts Festival
Founded in 1973 by a group of local artists and vendors, the Fall Arts Festival is a way to honor the seasons outdoors. Stop by venues in the beautiful historic district of Taos to celebrate the continuing creative accomplishments of the Taos artist community.
Taos Wool Festival
When you live in the mountains, you’re a big fan of wool. Or at least the locals in Taos seem to be. Join them in early October for the annual Wool Festival. Watch as crafters and artisans spin and dye wool before your eyes at Kit Carson Park. Then head to Fiber Fritter Corner to pay tribute to alpaca, sheep, rabbits and more.
Held every year in Red Rivers beautiful Brandenburg Park, Octoberfest combines tastings from premier microbreweries with local crafts, food vendors and entertainment. Kids can enjoy contests like Miss & Mr. Octoberfest, yodeling and more. Admission is $5, open from 10 AM to 6 PM on Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are from 10 AM to 4 PM. https://redriver.org/events/oktoberfest
Motherlode's Annual Halloween Party
Dress up for one of Red River’s most frightening nights. That’s right it’s the Annual Halloween Party at the Motherlode Saloon at 406 Main St. Step on in if you DARE and participate in an adult-only evening (21+) of music, dancing and a costume party fueled by laughter and plenty of drinks. Be safe and use the Red River Transit to and from the event.
Torchlight Parade & Fireworks
Attend a deep-rooted Red River tradition every Saturday during ski season. For over 45 years, skiers at the Red River Ski & Summer area have been celebrating the slopes with a jib contest at 5:30 followed by the Torchlight mountain parade and a fireworks display at 7 PM. Attendance is FREE. This year, festivities begin Saturday, November 30, 2019, and repeat weekly until Saturday, January 11, 2020.
Switch On the Holidays
Kick-off the Christmas holiday with style! Join caroling and the annual Christmas tree lighting on November 28 at 7:00 pm at Brandenburg Park. Once the lights are turned on the celebration continues inside with warm cocoa, cider, and delicious cookies! Children will be able to get a special visit from Santa Claus himself. Contact the Red River Visitor/Conference Center for more details,.
Winter Activities In The Enchanted Circle, NM
Old-Fashioned New Years Eve
Bring on the New Year in the true old fashion! Start your festivities with the annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display at Red River Ski Area on December 31 at 7 pm. The base will be lit up for those wishing to ski or sled their way down. Follow that with a fireworks display then head on over to the Community House for games, pizza and champagne. Count down to midnight with family and friends.
Winter Carnival, Skijoring & Snowmobiling Contests
What is skijoring? We’re glad you asked. Skijoring is an intense sport where a person is pulled on skis behind a horse, dog or vehicle. It’s a staple at Red Rivers’ annual Winter Carnival. Come on out for contests, the Race To The Face Snowmobile event, snowman building and family games.
Taos Winter Wine Festival
Don’t miss out on this annual four-day weekend of events featuring food, wine, snow, and ending with the Grand Tasting at the Taos Valley Ski Resort! Over 40 national wineries are brought to Taos to partner with 24 of the area’s best restaurants. Some events include chefs luncheons, winery seminars, and wine dinners. Reserve tickets for your favorite tastings and restaurants at Taoswinterwinefest.com.
Mardi Gras in the Mountains
Small towns in the mountains are already enough cause for celebration, Red River takes their festivities to another level. What started as a small event in 1992, has turned into an annual week-long celebration. This is a family-friendly event, including a kid’s parade lead by two children crowned king and queen. Here you will find Cajun and Creole gourmet dishes, downhill gator races, dancing, singing, bead tossing, and costume balls. Join us February 20-25 and bring on the Flambeaux!
Just Desserts Eat & Ski
This is The Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area’s most popular event! Homemade desserts are put out on a five-kilometer course and skiers ski out to the various dessert locations. Indulge on delicious desserts such as the popular 18-Layer Chocolate Cinnamon Torte and many more homemade delights, including gluten-free options. Skiing has never sounded so fun! Children 5 and under are free, children 6-12 $5.00, and $10.00 admission for everyone else. For more information call (575)754-6112.
Taos Ski Valley Brewmasters Festival
Did we mention that New Mexico is a great place to unite regional microbrews, skiing and fun? The 24th Annual Brewmasters Festival has that in mind featuring unlimited beer samples, local food eateries and a parade with fireworks to follow. Held in late March this is the area’s last big winter event before it’s time for these beautiful mountain towns to usher in spring.
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