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Winter Carnival

  At full gallop, a determined rider and horse thunder down the Skijoring course, towing a daring skier over obstacles and jumping ramps, creating a heart-stopping spectacle not soon forgotten by the cheering crowds held spellbound by the sight and sound of a genuine sport of the modern American West! Like a phoenix rising from a pile of fresh powder, the Red River Winter Carnival is set for January 13-15 and a ton of fun and excitement for all ages is guaranteed! P.S. Bring warm gloves and a jacket, and be ready to be astounded! Events include the return of Skijoring (the hit of last winter’s special events), Snowmobile...

Songwriters’ Festival 2017

  The 6th Red River Songwriters’ Festival, set for January 26-28, is a great way to chase the cabin fever from the front door, or the back door, whichever you prefer. Held at The Lost Love Saloon, located in Texas Reds Restaurant, and the legendary Motherlode located next door on East Main Street, the 2017 bill includes Drew Kennedy, Susan Gibson, Kelley Mickwee, Brandy Zdan, Walt Wilkins, Josh Grider, Mike Addington, as well as special guests Slaid Cleaves, John Fullbright, Jamie Lin Wilson, and Michael Hearne. There will be informal jams, singles, duos and band shows – music will resound for the weekend. Tickets sales will be limited with...

Colin Brooks – Guitar Man

  Red River’s connection to Texas music, Dallas and Austin in particular, has been well documented over the years. Ray Wylie Hubbard, Michael Martin Murphey, Steve Fromholz, Rusty Wier and the Original Cosmic Cowboy Bob Livingston paid dues in the mountains before becoming Lone Star music icons. That connection is still alive and well today. Colin Brooks heard about Red River from an Austin friend, Kelley Mickwee, and thought it sounded like his kind of place. He spent the summer of 2016 in Red River, working as a do-it-all kinda guy for Steve Heglund at Texas Reds and the Motherlode. He’s good with his hands and once built a...

Mardi Gras in the Mountains

  It’s on the schedule of special events for February 23-28, and it’s the grandest and most colorful of all winter celebrations. The 26th edition of Mardi Gras in the  Mountains theme, “Nightmare On Main Street,” will continue the tradition of packing a winter’s worth of fun, food and frivolity into six days of party, party, and more party, Red River style! It all begins on Thursday evening with the Burning of the Loup-garou (photo above) – the legendary Wolfman of the swamps – in front of The Motherlode. Revelers and masquers are encouraged to write on a slip of paper all that bad juju that has befallen them...

Beach Weeks & Pond Skim

  Red River Ski Area goes tropical with Beach Weeks, its annual Spring Break celebration. Tank tops, Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts and even the occasional bikini can be seen flying down the slopes. There’s an abundance of activities including ski races, rail jams, torchlight parades and fireworks, live music, winter tubing, après-ski specials, beach parties, and Kids’ Glow Stick Parade. Spring Break and the season go out with a splash at the very entertaining Pond Skim contest on March 19 where participants ski or ride down The Face and attempt to skim across a temporary pond at the base of the mountain. The fun’s open to all, but if...

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