Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit cultural center located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY.
Bethel Woods is the proud steward of an important legacy and historic site, where nearly half a century ago, half a million young people came together on a patch of pastoral farmland to take part in an event that has come to represent the height of American idealism. The historic site of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, and monument are open to visitors at no charge year round, except on Pavilion concert days.
Bethel Woods inspires, educates, and empowers individuals through the arts and humanities by presenting a diverse selection of culturally-rich performances, popular artists, and community and educational programming. Located 90 miles from New York City the lush 800-acre campus includes a 15,000 capacity Pavilion Stage amphitheater, an intimate 440-seat indoor Event Gallery, the award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods, and a Conservatory for arts education programming.
The center also offers free Harvest Festivals on autumn Sundays, plus the popular annual Craft Beer Festival, Wine Festival and a Holiday Market. Each event celebrates the cherished traditions and bountiful products of the region, as well as a variety of local artisans offering their handmade goods for sale.
The Bethel Woods campus is unprecedented in its natural beauty. Over 2,000 trees have been planted on the rolling grounds where trails and clusters of buildings open up to vistas of the surrounding landscape. The architecture expresses the familiar forms of the region’s barns and rural structures. Strong cedar posts and timber construction, copper roofs, stone from local quarries and native plantings convey a sense of belonging to the countryside and make visitors feel welcome and neighbors feel at home.
As a local not-for-profit organization, The Bethel Woods campus relies on the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations to develop and sustain programs that improve the quality of life in the region and beyond.