Woodstock began on a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains in August 1969. Over 400,000 people gathered in a muddy field in Bethel NY, to help shape America’s flawed culture through the power of music. Half a century later, Michael Lang, producer and co-creator of the original  The site is now home to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts where thousands will come to celebrate the historic festivals Golden Anniversary. Visitors from near and far, of all generations, will gather for a weekend of peace, celebration, and of course music.

History of Woodstock and Bethel Woods

In 1969, Woodstock was billed as a “3 Days of Peace & Music” gathering, as a reaction by the youth of its time to the turbulent conditions they faced which inspired the civil rights, women’s rights, and the antiwar movements. Woodstock was a defining cultural and historic moment that brought hundreds of thousands of people together for music, peace, and love. The Golden Anniversary Weekend aims to bring the festival’s original spirit back, to unite people in a shared experience with exceptional artists and encourage active support of equality, inclusion and a shared sustainable future. Today, America’s culture is experiencing similar disconnects, and we’ve learned that music has the power to bring people together. So, Woodstock 50 is hoping to help today’s youth’s voices to be heard like they were back in 1969.

Woodstock’s 50-years Legacy

A season of song and celebration will begin months before the actual anniversary weekend. The museum at Bethel Woods which is filled with interactive exhibits and memorabilia from the 1969 festival reopens in March. For the first time, the Bindi Bazaar trails, which were the trails where crafters sold their merchandise in 1969, will now be open to visitors starting in May. The Anniversary week itself will be filled with performances from artists like Santana, who performed in the original Woodstock festival. More artists and events will be announced as the event date approaches.   Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime event in our Catskills Mountains, stay at Villa Roma and be a part of history.