Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Upstate NY Events

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is home to an impressive lineup of performances, festivals, concerts, art programs, and a museum. The drive time for concerts at Bethel Woods is less than a half hour from the Inn at Lake Joseph.

Bethel Woods is at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, NY. The beautiful country views of Sullivan County serve as the backdrop to the 15,000-seat venue, with 4,500 seats under cover in the pavilion and 10,500 on a naturally sloped lawn. The venue recommends allotting at least 20 minutes to get from your parking spot to the pavilion seating area for a performance and that the gates open 90 minutes prior to the show’s start time.

Performances and Festivals

Many world renowned musicians, bands, and groups take the stage at the concert pavilion. From contemporary acts to stage legends, Bethel Woods is a top venue to visit for music enthusiasts.

Select concerts include a pre-show dinner buffet at the market shed, though tickets must be purchased in advance and seating is limited. The buffet is all-you-can-eat and has a cash bar for persons 21+ with a valid ID.

Other dining options at the pavilion include Back to the Garden Market, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Brooklyn Pizza, Festival Fare, Hungry Hungry Hippies, Kettle Korn, Luigi’s, Smokehouse, Snacks, Stage Side Grill, and a TD Bank VIP Area.


The Museum at Bethel Woods houses exhibits and events to celebrate Woodstock and the era it inspired. Learn more about 1960’s America through interactive exhibits and artifacts.

Tickets are $15 per adult, $132 for seniors aged 65 and older, youth (aged 8 – 17) are $11, children (aged 3 – 7) are $6, and children under the age of three are admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased at the welcome desk in the lobby or online through Ticketmaster.

The Museum has several seasons and varying hours:

  • Spring hours: April 2 – 29, Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Summer hours: April 30 – September 5, open daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Early fall hours: September 6 – October 10, open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fall hours: October 11 – December 24, Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Home for the Holidays: December 26 – 31, open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is dining available at the Muse Café. The full menu is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the spring and fall and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the summer. Prepared snacks and beverages are served until 4 p.m. after the full service menu is no longer available.

Bethel Woods is located at 200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY 12720 and staff can be reached at 866-781-2922 or [email protected].

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