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A Season of Song & Celebration celebrates the historic festival’s Golden Anniversary & welcomes visitors from near & far back to the ‘garden’ throughout the year.

"We are humbled by the interest in the anniversary year and we realized it was greater than we’d ever dreamed,” explained Darlene Fedun, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts’ Chief Executive Officer. “We recognize the importance of this place to so many, and our mission of preservation and interpretation of the 1960s is central to A Season of Song and Celebration, as it provides our guests the opportunity to reflect, to learn and to celebrate the legacy of what occurred here.”

Events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the greatest festival of all time include, but are not limited to:

Museum Reopening - March 30

A Season of Song & Celebration kicks off on March 30th, when The Museum and festival field reopen for the 2019 season, featuring the Special Exhibit We Are Golden – Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for a Peaceful Future. This exhibit examines the festival and what the youth of 1969 wanted for the world, while placing it in the context of the positive societal impacts that followed, and seeks to provide inspiration for today’s youth, while asking what they want their legacy to be.

Bindy Bazaar Trails Open to the Public - May 4

The first phase of an important preservation project, the restoration of the Bindy Bazaar trails will welcome visitors for the first time. These trails originally served as a marketplace with 20 booths where vendors sold crafts, clothing, and exotic goods and connected two major areas of the festival grounds. By recreating the network of trails through the wooded area west of the festival field, guests will now be able to explore the area and see historic evidence of the market.

Anniversary Week - August 15-18

During Anniversary Week, from August 15-18, a series of programs and events have been developed to welcome all who wish to visit the historic site and museum, to hear music where history was made, and to reflect and celebrate the legacy of this hallowed ground.

Exclusive for concert ticket holders, guests will be able to access the upper campus Friday, August 16 – Sunday, August 18 beginning at 3 p.m. for the day(s) they have a purchased concert ticket for. Pre-show festivities will consist of live music, food trucks, craft vendors, adult-art making, games, and variety of food and beverage options. 

On Saturday, the Terrace Stage will offer a fun-filled family day for Museum ticket holders including art-making and family-friendly musical performances.  Additionally, The Museum will offer extended hours all week from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, with docents on-site to enhance your experience. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged due to the high level of interest expected during Anniversary Week and can be purchased online for a discounted rate.

 

Highlights of Anniversary Week include extended museum hours, docent tours of the exhibits and historic site, and a variety of events and programs including:

Thu, Aug 15, 2019 - 5:00 PM  at Historic Festival Field

Film on the Field - SOLD OUT

Watch Warner Bros. Academy-Award winning documentary, Woodstock where it happened 50 years ago, on the historic festival field

Fri, Aug 16, 2019 - 7:00 PM  at Pavilion

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

with special guests The Edgar Winter Band & Blood, Sweat &Tears;

Sat, Aug 17, 2019 - 7:00 PM  at Pavilion

Santana with The Doobie Brothers

Supernatural Now Tour

Sun, Aug 18, 2019 - TBA  at Pavilion

John Fogerty: My 50 Year Trip

plus special guests to be announced

More Info On Sale TBA

 

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Special 50th anniversary events and activities are supported in part by a grant awarded to Bethel Woods by New York State’s Empire State Development and the I LOVE NY Division of Tourism under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.