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Woodstock 1969

Woodstock 1969

Bethel

The historic Woodstock Music & Art Fair took place on August 15-18 1969 on Max Yasgur’s farm in Sullivan County NY. The concert featured 32 of the most famous musical acts of the era including the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and more. Over 400,000 concert-goers made their way to the rural country hamlet. At the time, it was the largest concert audience ever assembled. It is widely considered to be one of the pivotal moments in both the history of music and the 1960s.

Today, the original stage area and adjacent portions of the field remain as undeveloped today as they were in 1969. When visiting the site you can almost see the crowds and hear the music. The property is also home to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which includes a concert pavilion and a museum dedicated to the 1969 Woodstock festival and the legacy of the 1960s.

An interesting side note is that, contrary to popular belief, the Woodstock Festival did not actually take place in Woodstock. The town of Woodstock is actually 43 miles away from the concert site.