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.
Highlights of Anniversary Week include extended museum hours, docent tours of the exhibits and historic site, and a variety of events and programs including:
- Thursday, August 15: A screening of the Warner Bros. Academy-Award winning documentary, Woodstock: the Director’s Cut will be held on the historic festival field. It is an experience unlike any other to watch the documentary that chronicles the emergence of the Counterculture movement on the very field where it was filmed a half-century ago.
- Friday, August 16: Ringo Starr and his All Star Band will take the Pavilion Stage, along with Arlo Guthrie, who performed just after midnight on Friday, the first day of the festival; as well as Edgar Winter with The Edgar Winter Band, returning to Bethel for the first time since performing at the festival with his brother Johnny Winter.
- Saturday, August 17: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Woodstock legend, Santana returns to Bethel Woods Pavilion Stage, exactly 50 years after his groundbreaking Saturday afternoon festival performance. Santana will be joined by special guests The Doobie Brothers.
- Sunday, August 18: To be announced!
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