Bethel Woods Center For The Arts - Bethel, NY

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a nonprofit museum and performing arts center located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival. From the town’s popular annual Harvest Festival and wine festivals to performances by Lady Gaga and Bryan Adams, the venue can accommodate a wide range of events. The covered seat pavilion can fit up to 4,500 patrons, the outdoor terrace stage can fit up to 1,000, and the natural sloping lawn can fit up to 10,500.

The venue was purchased in 1996 by Alan Gerry, a well-known cable TV pioneer and philanthropist. The event center was then launched by the Gerry Foundation in 2006. The museum was developed to serve as a preservation site for the famous Woodstock festival. The Bethel Woods Center is surrounded by more than 2,000 planted trees, and the barn-like architecture has a warm and rustic feel.

The location is accessible by private car or shuttle bus. There is no parking charge but premium or advanced parking is available at a price. A separate parking area is provided for bus, RV, limos, and other oversized vehicles. Tailgating is allowed given that venue rules are respected. Tailgating is not permitted once the show starts.

Oversized bags, large purses and large backpacks are not encouraged to avoid the hassles of extended search and entry time. Handheld cameras that can fit in jeans pocket are allowed. Professional cameras with detachable lenses are restricted depending on the event. Audio and video recording equipment, tablets, selfie sticks and drones are not allowed.

Small, soft coolers may be brought to the venue. Two 20-ounce factory-sealed plastic bottles of water are allowed per person and food placed in one-gallon clear Ziploc bag are allowed. Lawn chairs are not allowed but rentals for lawn chairs are provided at the venue for a small fee.
Useful Event Info
Venue Address:
200 Hurd Road, Bethel, N.Y. 12720
History & Traditions:
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Open until 9 p.m. or posted event end day
Past Names/Nicknames:
Date/Year Built/Opened:
July 1, 2006