Woodstock Reinvented: A Summer Concert Series in the Catskills

Zac Brown Band at Bethel Woods

Despite its name, the 1969 Woodstock Festival did not actually take place in Woodstock New York. The event that would forever change history happened nearby on the dairy farm of Max Yasgur in Bethel Woods: a place which, so many years later still maintains its musical roots.

That original farm site has since become the site of world class Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center; more refined but still just as committed to bringing people together in the name of art. And next year, music enthusiasts will officially commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic Woodstock Music & Art Fair.

This summer, New Yorkers get to celebrate early with a new concert series in honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary which offers impressive musical acts mixed with an easy-to-get-to weekend destination. Offering a combination of epic performances, nature, and affordable package prices, it’s a music lovers outdoor dream.

woodstock field bethel woodsThe Backdrop:

New Yorkers are no strangers to headlining bands and high profile performances but this concert series offers more than just music. Here sounds mix with sights with the stunning backdrop of the Sullivan Catskills, an area that has been a weekend getaway for New Yorkers for decades.

It’s a place to relax after a hectic week and a place where nature lovers enjoy expansive views and starry night skies. Meanwhile, the adventurous will find a feast of trails and rivers to explore by foot, bike or boat.

bethel woods concertThe Music:

From the Steve Miller Band to Lady Antebellum, there’s something for everyone this summer. The gorgeous Bethel Woods pavilion is situated on 800-acres of property and fits 15,000 people – so bring a friend, or two.

2018 Summer Schedule Highlights

Friday June 8th
Roger Daltrey: Performs The Who’s ‘Tommy’

Saturday June 16th
K104’s Kfest 2018

Friday June 29th
Steve Miller Band With Peter Frampton

Saturday July 14th
Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers

Thursday July 26th
Lady Antebellum & Darius Rucker With Special Guest Russell Dickerson

Sunday August 5th
The Beach Boys With Special Guest The Righteous Brothers

September 2nd (Labor Day Weekend)
Steve Martin & Martin Short

September 2nd (Labor Day Weekend)
Judas Priest

museum at bethel woodsExplore the History:

Before settling in for a concert, attendees will find the on-site museum a fascinating window into the history of the area. Along with video footage and artifacts from 1969, the museum also dives into the butterfly effect Woodstock had on American history, connecting the now iconic event to our lives today. One of the most unique aspects of the museum experience is the docents, many of whom were at the original Woodstock festival.

Insider Tip:

Get a package deal by booking through local tour operator RMP Travel. Their $250 package includes accommodation, transportation between the concert and hotel, concert tickets, and admission to the Bethel Woods Art Museum.

How to Get there & Get Around:

The Catskills can be tough without a car which is why the RMP Travel package (which includes a shuttle between hotel and concert) is a great option for those heading to Bethel Woods. We recommend choosing RW Catskills as your hotel package option as there are myriad buses that head there from the five boroughs.

Go Beyond Woodstock:

A journey back in time to Woodstock is just one of the experiences RMP Travel provides. Stay local with their Catskills, Niagara or Montauk fly fishing excursions, Long Island Vineyards tour and winter ski trips to Hunter & Windham. For 2019, they’ve even created a special Pride Package for those looking to celebrate WorldPride and 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City. Or go beyond the bounds of New York State with their seemingly endless group travel opportunities around the U.S. Whether you’re a student or senior, corporate team or theater group, looking for outdoor sports or indoor culture, RMP will create something special for your crew and can be contacted at Operations2@rmptvl.com.

This post brought to you by RMP Travel, Bethel Woods & Sullivan Catskills. 

Photo courtesy of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.