“Willkommen Alle” zum Oktoberfest!!
That’s “Welcome, Ya’ll”!
There are no visitors in Red River…..you are all family and we welcome you to our little part of the world to help us celebrate Oktoberfest in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Northern New Mexico. If there is one thing Red River, N.M. knows how to do is throw a party for our friends.
German families settled here in the 1800s and some descendants are still here today. They brought a favorite custom – Oktoberfest! which we proudly celebrate and share with our guests. Located at Brandenburg Park, in downtown, the Fest is a three-day family-friendly event from around October 5 – 7 with entertainment for the kids, live music, yodeling contests, Polka Dance, bier, food, bier, wine, bier, chicken dance, and, bier and wine. Did I mention bier? While you are here, might as well wax the mustache, comb the beard and enter the Best Beard and Mustache Contest. Come on guys – we know you want to.
Microbreweries and Wineries
Local brewmasters will be sharing their crafts of Blonde, Wheat, Amber, Ale and many others to quench your thirst. Try them all and VOTE for your favorite. (We have to add the disclaimer – I.D. required, and, Please Drink Responsibly.)
The wineries around Red River are bringing their art on the road for you at Oktoberfest as well. 112 different types of grapes are grown in the area making Reds, Whites, Rose, Sparkling, and Hard Apple Cider all that can be enjoyed during this fun-filled Fest. (Another disclaimer – stay inside the park with any adult beverages – no drinking is allowed on the streets. The jail is small but adequately appointed by our amazing marshalls.)
Ahhhh…..my favorite subject…..food…..what could be better paired with a cold bier or wine than bratwurst, pretzels, strudel, spӓtzle, potato salad and (anything)-schnitzel. Is it red or white wine with pretzel? I always get that confused, although I have heard many prefer a nice cold bier with their pretzel.
Transportation and Parking in Red River
Red River Miner’s Transit is free and runs 7 days a week all year round from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check with them for their schedule during the Oktoberfest. Hop on at your cabin and hop off in town for an amazing good time. Did I mention it’s Free? This is how a town rich in heritage serves it’s family.
Parking for Oktoberfest is open. Park anywhere you find a legal parking spot. Brandenburg Park is downtown so it won’t be hard to find since Red River is only one square mile……follow the crowd, the music and the wonderful aroma coming from those -schnitzels at the park. And of course come find your favorite tent – The big red one that says Reservations Unlimited and register to win an RTIC cooler!
Come early – Stay Late
We will be sad to see you leave so why not stay a while. There are plenty of activities for you and your family to enjoy before or after the Fest. Red River offers many delightful and unique shops and restaurants; hiking trails, ATV rentals, guided mountain tours, and horseback riding are all available for you pleasure. You’ll be treated like royalty in the manner of King Ludwich and his Princess bride in the very first Oktoberfest in München. We want to make sure your stay is memorable.
I’ll be donning my lederhosen and hanging out somewhere between the tap, the food and the Reservations Unlimited tent. I might even try my hand at the chicken dance…..oh yeah….I’m doing it.
So make your reservations for a great fun-filled weekend (or week) in Red River, N.M. OOMPAH!
**Dates are subject to change from year to year.**