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“Best concert venue ever”

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Bethel
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Owner description: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit cultural organization committed to inspiring expression, creativity, and innovation through the arts. Located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY., just 90 miles from New York City on a lush campus featuring bucolic countryside views, the center is comprised of the Pavilion Stage amphitheater that accommodates 15,000, an intimate 440-seat indoor Event Gallery, and the award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods. The center offers a diverse selection of popular artists, culturally-rich performances, and educational and community programs that inspire creative expression and civic engagement to enrich the human spirit. Bethel Woods is exemplary in its efforts to engage, inspire and advocate for the accessibility of the arts for all ages and to connect with community partners to broaden programmatic reach and to strengthen support and resources for its activities.
Reviewed January 1, 2013

The place is simply gorgeous. Well managed. Been to at least a dozen shows there....spectacular. The good Woodstock vibe lives.....

Thank Charles M
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

I was told what a wonderful festival this was by a neighbor near my vacation home in Sullivan County. The fee to enter wasn't so terrible @ $15 per person and you get to keep the souvenir wine glass.We were to enjoy a sampling of wine from the vine, as well as specialty foods, cheeses and craft vendors. The afternoon would also feature several short wine seminars to pique the interest of any wine connoisseur, as well as musical performances to entertain guests while they enjoy the festival set against the beautiful backdrop and scenery of Bethel Woods.

What was experienced was a jammed pack mob scene. the 2 buildings that were set up for the vendors were packed over capacity. People pushing & shoving to get to a table to sample 1/2 ounce of wine. No order or system was set. We waited at one table for over 20 minute to get to one table for a tasting. We were there @ the festival for 2 hours and were only able to get to 4 vendors' table.

Never again will we attend this disaster of an event. Even if it were free.


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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Always a great experience. What a well run, organized and friendly place! The entertainment is wonderful and the venue outstanding.

Thank betty m
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

This is the most gorgeous concert venue I have ever been to, right on the site of the original Woodstock festival. It's worth the trip & check out the museum, too!

Thank PSU_Crazy
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

It's a three-hour drive from our home in Upstate New York but the trip has always been well worth it. The setting is gorgeous and the acoustics are top notch, a great place to relax and enjoy some of the best touring bands or orchestras. And then there's the history (Woodstock) and the site's fascinating museum (separate admission) tribute to that event and era. Allow time to take it all in. And allow time to get in and out of the parking lot, not to mention the healthy trek to and from the concert site. Best advice: Take out a membership, even at the bronze level, so you can get access to the best/closet parking lots and fast-track admission as soon as the gates open (avoids the long lines, especially for popular youth-oriented acts). Food is pricey but the members' restaurant area is very nice and the food is good.

Thank Gary M
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