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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock in the Sullivan Catskills

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock in the Sullivan Catskills

The spirit of Woodstock is in our air, in our land and in the spirit of all who live and visit our marvelous Sullivan Catskills. 50 years ago, more than 400,000 women and men made their pilgrimage to Woodstock – “an Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music.” From near and far, Route 17B was lined with bumper to bumper traffic – full of a counterculture looking for a change, searching for answers, and ready to experience whatever the weekend would offer.

Now legendary musicians, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Santana, Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, Joan Baez, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Sly & The Family Stone, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – and so many others graced our sacred Sullivan Catskills in Bethel, NY.

They infused a piece of themselves into the land. Music poured through them and into the people. Everything that was wrong and everything that was right about the ’60s was felt by each and every person who bared witness to what we now know as a festival that changed history.


Here we are, 50 years later. Woodstock 1969 was and always will be a one-of-a-kind, a once in a lifetime experience. No matter how hard anyone could try, there will never be an exact replica of the power, movement, and music of 1969.

To celebrate, the Sullivan Catskills will pay homage to our history, our land, and our people – locals and visitors alike. We celebrate the magnitude Woodstock had on our community – then and now.

All of our Sullivan Catskills’ communities have the tie-dye carpet out for all who visit. We invite you from near and far to visit the sacred grounds located at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. See a show, feast on some farm-to-table fare and/or sip on a Woodstock inspired cocktail. Stay at one of our fabulous resorts, inns, B&B’s or vacation rentals. Play a round of golf, immerse yourself in wellness at YO1 Catskills, test your luck at Resorts World Catskills or take the kids to NY’s largest indoor waterpark, The Kartrite.

Throughout the Sullivan County Catskills, be on the lookout for our Sullivan Catskills Dove Trail – 50 doves designed by local artists all with a theme of honoring Woodstock and the ’60s – a perfect opportunity for a Sullivan Catskills selfie.

Whether you stay for a week, weekend or visit on the anniversary weekend (August 16-18), there has never been a better time to visit. Below, you’ll find a variety of special packages and offerings celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. We’ll update this page as we receive more info so stay tuned…

Stay

Camp in a tent or get cozy in luxury bedding – we have incredible accommodations in the Sullivan Catskills. Here are a few offers to consider…

Beaverkill Valley Inn

Two hours from Manhattan, but a world away lies the Beaverkill Valley Inn set on 60 acres within the Catskill Park. Stay during Woodstock weekend and take advantage of their special Peace & Trout lodging package. Enjoy a discounted weekend rate of $419.69 per night/double occupancy – includes breakfast, dinner, and a daily tailgate lunch packed in a commemorative bag. On Saturday night, August 17, they’ll host a special music event featuring “The Handsome Johnny Band” – a ’60s tribute to Richie Havens alongside an open flame dinner.

Bethel Hideaway Campground Resort

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock at Bethel Hideaway Campground Resort, Thursday-Monday, August 15-19. Their “Escape Woodstock Experience” offers the opportunity to retreat, relax and recharge in between all the local festivities. Lounge by the pool, fish on their private pond, challenge your friends to a game of horseshoes, enjoy moonshine while listening to some of the best home-grown acoustic performers. Once you’re refreshed, hop onto their Party Shuttles for time out on the town.

Burn Brae Mansion

Spend a night or two or three at Burn Brae Mansion – the subject of numerous paranormal investigations. Packages include a full breakfast including fresh-baked bread and eggs from their own chickens. Overnight guests are also invited to take a guided tour of the mansion, including the Attic of Curiosities. If you stay on Woodstock weekend, pay just $69 for night 2, and add a third night for only $50.

Catskill Mountains Resort

Bring the whole family, there’s plenty of room at Catskill Mountains Resort! Splash in the outdoor pool, hang out in the arcade or start a game of beach volleyball. Book their special Bethel Woods package – a courtyard room with two double beds for just $149/night plus tax. You can even add round trip concert shuttle tickets for just $20 per person.

Foster Supply Hospitality

Gather your tribe and head to one of the Foster Supply properties – The Arnold House, The North Branch Inn, Nine River Road, or The DeBruce. They’re celebrating with a Woodstock 50 package all summer long…

Fosterdale Motor Lodge

Let Joe Tinari, owner and operator of Fosterdale Motor Lodge welcome you with a 50th Anniversary tie-dyed t-shirt to commemorate your stay. Plus, Joe has compiled a curated list of his favorite shops, restaurants, and activities – think of him as your personal guide to the Sullivan Catskills.

Kittatinny Campground

Camp alongside a beautiful trout stream or the Delaware River. Kittatinny Campground is offering a special Woodstock weekend package – 3 nights (up to 4 guests), $298 total and everyone gets a souvenir t-shirt! Plus, you can raft, kayak, canoe, tube, race down the zip lines or try your hand at paintball.

Moonriver Inn

Just under 25 minutes from the original Woodstock site is the quaint town of Narrowsburg on the Upper Delaware River. Moonriver Inn will be providing guests with Woodstock-themed specials including hearty locally sourced farm-to-table items for the buffet breakfasts and festival tunes in their new lobby.

Villa Roma Resort

See a show at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and Villa Roma Resort will drop you off, pick you up and usher you back to your cozy room. Enjoy use of the entire facility and breakfast the day of your departure. Rates start at $199 per room. Starting June 28 through the summer, Fridays will carry a Woodstock theme. Guests will enjoy special drinks, a ’60s dance party, Woodstock inspired live music, dress up competitions, photo opportunities, and more…

Yasgur Road Reunion

Located in Bethel, just one mile from the original site, Yasgur Road Reunion (August 15-18) takes place on Max Yasgur’s original homestead. 4 days of camping, music, friends, family, and good vibes all nestled in the woods on Yasgur’s farm.

Eat & Drink

From quick bites to farm-to-table feasts, the Sullivan Catskills is home to some of the best bars and eateries in the Catskill region. Here are some fun specials celebrating the Woodstock Anniversary…

Bashakill Vineyards

Kick-off Woodstock weekend at Bashakill Vineyards. On Friday, August 16, 2-7pm, sit amongst the twinkling lights with food, drinks, and a great atmosphere to just hang out, chill, and enjoy. On Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, 12-6pm, they’ll host a true black party. Sip on “Purple Haze” – a purple-blue color-changing cocktail and feast on farm-to-table tacos including the “Veg Head.” Local musicians will play live music both days from 2-6pm.

Benji & Jake’s

To celebrate the festival that took place just 4 miles away, Benji & Jake’s have created three signature cocktails – Yasgur’s, Woodstock Nation and Summer of Love. Each features local spirits including Prohibition Distillery and Catskill Provisions. As for the pizza, order Back on the Bus – a white pie; Summer of Love – sauced with an artichoke heart puree; the Green Dream – perfect for avocado lovers; or the Peace Out – arranged with any topping in the shape of a peace sign.

Cabernet Frank’s

Groove on down to Cabernet Frank’s on Saturday, August 10, 7pm-midnight, for their Woodstock 50th Anniversary Hippie Dancy Party with DJ Kevin. Costumes, food, drinks, and music to help you reminisce about the past while enjoying the present and celebrating the future.

Catskill Distilling Co.

Whether you were at the original festival in 1969 or your visiting for the very first time, put Catskill Distilling Co. on your list of places to visit. On Friday, July 19, 2-5pm, experience “Back to the Garden with Music and Memoir.” Original ’69 performers, Ira and Maxine Stone, will be playing acoustic music. Sharon Watts will be sharing and signing her illustrated memoir “By the Time I Got to Woodstock.”. Wear your tie-dye, fringe, and bellbottoms – it’s going to be groovy! On Saturday, August 17, 9pm-12am, Somerville will be playing Songs from ’69. Saturday nights in August feature live music around the fire plus, art everywhere… Stop by, tour and taste.

Hector’s Inn

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock at local dive bar, Hector’s Inn. Known for their cozy atmosphere, welcoming vibes and Woodstock roots, Hector’s Inn is a must when traveling in and around Bethel, NY. Grab a beer and your camera – if you’re lucky, you’ll chat with one of the old timers who have been traveling to Bethel since 1969. Saturday and Sunday, August 16 & 17, enjoy live music and meeting friends new and old as people from near and far fill this iconic Bethel bar.

Java Love Coffee Roasting Co.

Don’t leave the Sullivan Catskills without a cup of love from Java Love Coffee Roasting Co. Their Summer of ’69 blend is a light roast with delicate, creamy, sweet notes. They have a cute spot across from White Lake in Bethel – perfect for a cuppa and a savory or sweet treat. All their coffee is freshly roasted in-house, so be sure to bring a bag back home.

The Local Table and Tap

Listen to the sounds of the Woodstock generation at The Local Table and Tap. This summer, they’ll feature live music with local musicians singing covers of that era. Try their special cocktails – a “Flower Power” Martini and “Brown Acid,” a local Whiskey Sour.

Roscoe Beer Co.

If you love a great beer, grab a can of Roscoe Beer Company’s “Peace, Love and Ale” – a light blonde ale brewed specifically for Bethel Woods, the home of the original Woodstock site. This ale embodies subtle toasted malt notes, coupled with an ever so subtle hop finish. Each sip is better than the last, making this beer extremely refreshing. The beer benefits The Reel Harmony Music Fund to benefit local youth and to help keep music in their lives by providing funding for musical instruments and music programs. You’ll find these collector cans at the brewery and Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Terrain & Table by The Farmhouse Project

Imagine a unique dining experience celebrating the land, food, community, and the Sullivan Catskills. This Summer, The Farmhouse Project will present “Table & Terrain,” a monthly dinner series featuring different chefs, venues and menus. One of which will be held at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on August 11, 3-7pm – with the harvest table set up on the famous field, only a few yards aware from where the iconic stage stood. Guests are bound to enjoy a sumptuous family-style seasonal spread, made from farm-fresh local ingredients and global flavors. To commemorate this special anniversary dinner, there will also be live music and speakers. Stay tuned…


Play & Explore

From live music to retail therapy, you’ll find plenty of ways to experience and take home a piece of Woodstock and the Sullivan Catskills.

Arrowhead Ranch

Here’s your chance to experience three unique music festivals in the Sullivan Catskills at Arrowhead Ranch. First up, a three-day music festival celebrating the music of the Grateful Dead, July 5-7 (camping available). On July 20, “Surrender to the Flow” – a tribute to the legendary Phish shows at Arrowhead Ranch in 1991, featuring the wizardry of Phish tribute bands, The Lizards and Bathtub Gin! For the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, they’ll present an authentic, old school event in the spirit of the Woodstock with four great bands recreating the music we know and love from the original mother of all music festivals (camping available).

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

There’s only one place to be on the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock Weekend (August 16-18) – and that’s here in the Sullivan Catskills at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Friday, August 16, Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band will take the stage with special guests The Edgar Winter Band and Blood, Sweat & Tears. On Saturday night, August 17, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Woodstock legend, Santana, returns exactly 50 years after his groundbreaking Saturday afternoon festival performance. On Sunday, August 18, John Fogerty continues the 50th celebration with his iconic songbook – Proud Mary, Fortunate Son, Who’ll Stop the Rain, Born on the Bayou” and Bad Moon Rising.  Inspired by the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and his iconic hit parade with Creedence Clearwater Revival, “My 50 Year Trip” recreates the sounds and spirit of 1969 with a set mirrored after his original Woodstock set with CCR, giving fans the entire Woodstock experience as if it was on August 16, 1969.

Beyond anniversary weekend, Bethel Woods will host a variety of concerts – country, classic rock, today’s top hits and so much more. Not to mention a slew of educational opportunities and programs.

The Museum at Bethel Woods

Immerse yourself in the spirit of the ’60s at The Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Vibrant, interactive exhibits, programs, and events celebrating the 1969 Woodstock Festival and the entire decade that it came to represent. Plus, you’ll have the chance to see their 2019 special exhibit, “We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for a Peaceful Future.” The exhibit examines Woodstock and what the youth of 1969 wanted for the world and asks today’s youth what they are asking the world to do now. “We Are Stardust” (in the crossroads exhibit gallery) presents objects and interpretation related to the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, an event which took place in July of 1969, just weeks before Woodstock. Spend an hour or a few, there’s so much to see in the Museum…

On Saturday, August 3, check out Producing Woodstock – a screening of a yet-to-be-released documentary about the creation of the Woodstock Festival. Shown on the very grounds where it happened, 50 years later, followed by a Woodstock-themed panel discussion with speakers who appeared in the film. On Wednesday, August 7, get your groove on at PLAY After Dark: The Music of 1969. Hang out, dance, listen, explore The Museum. If you show up in costume, admission is free! On Saturday, August 10, engage in a panel discussion with the people responsible for the sound production at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Bill Hanley, who was the sound engineer, joins Charlie Randall, President of McIntosh – the legendary American audio company whose amplifiers were used to power Woodstock – along with the people who worked with Hanley Sound to tell their personal stories and have a lively discussion moderated by John Kane about creating the sound system and working the festival to deliver audio for the live audience and recordings for posterity. This event is free with Museum admission.

Callicoon PorchFest

On August 16 & 17, the inaugural Callicoon PorchFest will be held in Callicoon. This 2-day music and art festival will commemorate the spirit of Woodstock featuring 50+ musical acts presented on front porches, stoops, lawns, and public spaces. Music, art, poetry, film, and performance – dozens of spaces turned into performing art venues for all to enjoy. Not to mention an Indie Mart, Pub Crawl, kids activates and more.

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will debut, “Made in 1969” – mixed-media artwork made in 1969 or by artists who were born in 1969 (and have artwork made in 2019). The opening takes place on Saturday, June 22 and runs through Saturday, August 3.

Forestburgh Playhouse

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, Forestburgh Playhouse presents “Hair” (July 16-28) – a musical performance celebrating the ’60s counterculture. With an infectiously energetic rock beat, you’ll be grooving in your chair and singing along. Enjoy dinner or late-night cabaret, “The Summer of 69: Celebrating Woodstock” with themed menu items and cocktails.

Jeff Junction

Located in Jeffersonville is a charming shop full of authentic and licensed Woodstock souvenirs, local merchandise, gifts and more. Stop by Jeff Junction for a t-shirt, hat, button, and the list goes on.

Nutshell Art Center

On Saturday, August 3, 12-6pm, the Nutshell Arts Center will host a Woodstock 50 Art Show – a group exhibition of paintings, photography, sculpture, and mixed media by 30 artists from the tri-state area.

The Ragtime Clothing Exchange

Wander Lower Main Street Callicoon and stop into The Ragtime Clothing Exchange. You’ll find shelves packed with ’60s and ’70s vintage vinyl records at sale prices. Plus, ’60s and ’70s vintage clothing for sale and a themed window installation you just have to see…

Stray Cat Gallery

If you love Woodstock memorabilia, make your way to the Stray Cat Gallery. They’re planning a Woodstock Festival Gallery Show, August 10-23, with signed photos, prints, books by the artists who were there and much more. August 11-18, includes talks, documentaries, book and print signings, and an Art Show & Sale of Lisa Law’s amazing collection of photographs and books. More details are unraveling, check their Facebook event posts for the latest details.

Town of Bethel

Usher in the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with a parade, live music and outdoor move on Saturday, July 27 in the Town of Bethel. The Parade kicks-off at 1:30pm. Live music starts at 4pm in the Firemen’s Pavilion and the outdoor movie is free and starts at 8:30pm.

Town of Bethel Post Office

Join the Town of Bethel Postmaster for a fun-filled Friday on August 17. The Woodstock Forever Stamp will be available to purchase, refreshments will be served. Take a selfie in the handpainted hippie VW photo booth, purchase a commemorative stamp and postcard. The Bethel Post Office is located inside Woodstock Oasis, 2166 Route 17B, Bethel.

Town of Mamakating

If you love the Sullivan Catskills Dove Trail, you don’t want to miss the Town of Mamakating Guitar Trail featuring 18+ guitar cutouts decorated by local volunteers. In the Village of Wurtsboro, guitars will be on display in July with a gallery show in August where they’ll be available for sale. Stay tuned for more details…

Wurtsboro Art Alliance

On Saturday, August 3, 2-4pm, the Wurtsboro Art Alliance will host an opening reception for their Woodstock 50 Exhibit. The exhibit runs through September 1 featuring a variety of pieces that for sale, including some of the guitars that were on display in Wurtsboro.

 

Woodstock Celebration Details as of Friday, July 31.

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