The Experience

Live Music, Barbecue, Chile and Chili

From the mid-90s to 2019, this festival was known as Hot Chili Days, Cool Mountain nights. In 2021, under the Red River Events umbrella, we relaunched this boutique festival under the 8750' Festival branding. 8750' (pronounced eighty-seven fifty) is a nod to the elevation of Red River, NM. 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 the best BBQ & chili cooks from across the Southwest will compete to prove their skills and compete for cash, prizes, and bragging rights.

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Cooking Competitions

Barbecue • Red Chile • Green Chile

Combining both food and music together, our festival bridges two creative endeavors.  The competition starts on Friday and then on Saturday, guests will be able to enjoy samples of the incredible offerings from these amazing cookers. To learn more about the three competitions or are interested in participating, click the button below.

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The Music

3 Days • Multiple Venues

8750' Festival kicks off at Bitter Creek Ranch with dinner and a concert in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater. Followed by two days of music in Brandenburg Park and The Motherlode Saloon.

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Local Love

Our Community Makes 8750' Festival Possible

Volunteer   •   Sponsor  •   Vend

We couldn't do this without the support of our local community - the town, our team, the businesses, vendors, and sponsors that dedicate time and resources to making this event as great as it can be. To learn more about how you can support our event through sponsorship or volunteering, click the link below.

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