Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel

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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY, is a not-for-profit cultural organization committed to inspire, educate end empower individuals through the arts and humanities. 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 has featured legendary artists from rock to classical, and country to jazz.

The Museum at Bethel Woods is dedicated to the study and exhibition of the social, political and cultural events of the 1960s, including the 1969 festival field and Woodstock monument, 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.

The Event Gallery at Bethel Woods is an intimate 422 seat performance space, hosting various musical programs throughout the year. From chamber music to cabaret, popular musicians to children & family programs.

The Festivals at Bethel Woods range from our annual Harvest Festival, a blend of traditional farmers market and craft village, to our Wine Festival and Craft Beer Festivals, held the first two weekends in October. In December, Bethel Woods hosts a festive and traditional Holiday Market featuring local vendors, businesses, musicians and more.


Envisioned future: A unique educational, performance, and retreat environment focused on building creative capital to inspire individuals to contribute postively to the world around them.


- We will draw inspiration from our unique place in history.

- We encourage individual creativity and expression

- We recognize and value the arts and humanities and their contribution to physical and psychological well being and its positive impact upon individuals and communities.

- We honor the participation of staff, volunteers, and donors and count as essential their contributions to Bethel Woods' mission

- We will create a safe and enjoyable environment for all who work and visit.

- We intend to leverage our success for the economic and social benefit of Sullivan County

- We will maintain our grounds and facilities to the highest standards

- We respect all individuals and value diversity of ideas, abilities, and expression
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  • Saw Jimmy Vaughn here with Slap Allen as a warm up act. We had a nice "Farm to Table" dinner outside in one of the pavilions beforehand, and we walked to the field where Woodstock was held in 1969. An...  more »
  • We went to Bethel Woods for Woodstock 50th. Saw Santana and the Doobie Brothers one night and John Fogerty the next. Getting into and out of the venue was easy and quick--thank you for this. Grounds a...  more »
  • Awesome! Do not miss this museum! Recommend you take the guided tour, then go back to take in everything else. Take in the outdoors to see the field where Woodstock concert happened. You will gain a new perspective of the history and events of Woodstock. So glad a friend recommended this place to us!
  • Bethel Woods is a special place. For years after the original Woodstock event there were plans to rip it all up and build CONDOS. Then...some nice people with funding came in and bought the whole property out, created a a gorgeous, modern performing arts center like say, Saratoga or NJ PAC.. and on top of it, made the original site (just over the little hill) into a park preserve, with monument. They did it right, and it's a great place to see a concert.. or visit the cool museum.. or just hang around the monument and smoke a ceremonial joint.

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