About Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit
cultural organization committed to inspiring expression,
creativity, and innovation through the arts.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a world-class cultural center that...
- Presents innovative, captivating performances, exhibitions and programs of the highest quality.
- Is a leader in fostering creative expression, civic engagement and entrepreneurial contributions to the public good.
- Is a premier authority on the history of the 1960s and that decade's transformative impact on the world.
- Attracts broad and diverse audiences that fill the house to optimal capacity throughout the year.
- Enjoys an international following and wide support.
The not-for-profit Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY, is not-for-profit cultural organization committed to inspiring expression, creativity and innovation through the arts. Located just 90 minutes from New York City on 800 acres of manicured grounds, the center offers multiple stages featuring a diverse selection of popular artists and culturally-rich performances, an award-winning museum, and educational and community programs that provide meaningful experience in arts, history and civic engagement.
The Pavilion Stage amphitheater can accommodate 15,000 both under cover and on a natural sloping lawn, while offering unique backdrops including the original festival site and the majesty of the surrounding Sullivan County countryside. This stage features leading artists from rock to classical, and country to jazz, including headliners like Carlos Santana, Tim McGraw, Bob Dylan, the New York Philharmonic, Wynton Marsalis, Elton John, Phish and many more. The Pavilion stage also ranked #15 in Worldwide Amphitheater Venues in the Pollstar Top 100 of 2011.
The Museum at Bethel Woods is dedicated to the study and exhibition of the social, political and cultural events of the 1960s, including the Woodstock festival, the legacies of the times and the preservation of the 1969 Woodstock festival site. The Museum is a leading authority on the history of the 1960s and its transformative impact on the world. More than a nostalgic celebration of a colorful decade, the award-winning museum provides a focus for deeper issues and lessons of the decade. Features include a permanent exhibit space, Special Exhibit Gallery, Corridor Exhibit Gallery, Museum Theater, an intimate 440-seat Event Gallery, Woodstock Monument, retail store and Muse Cafe.
The Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods blends a traditional farmers market and a diverse craft village, museum, educational programming and a range of performing arts to celebrate the diverse talent and rich bounty of the region. This season marks the 13th anniversary of this popular annual event, welcoming around 30,000 guests each season.