Woodstock Fans Flock to Concert Site For 50th Anniversary Celebration

Woodstock Festival of Arts and Music at Bethel, New York, August 1969

Woodstock fans are expected to get back to the garden to mark the 50th anniversary of the generation-defining festival. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is hosting a series of events Thursday (Aug. 15) through Sunday (Aug. 18) at the bucolic 1969 concert site, 80 miles (130 kilometers) northwest of New York City.

Woodstock veteran Arlo Guthrie is set to perform Thursday evening before an outdoor screening of the concert documentary on the famous field. There won’t be overcrowding and chaos this time. Visitors need event tickets and travel passes to drive to the site through the weekend. Other performers during the weekend event will include John Fogerty, Ringo Starr and Carlos Santana.

An estimated 400,000 people showed up for the original festival on upstate New York farmland Aug. 15-18, 1969. A planned 50th anniversary concert promoted by original Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang was canceled last month after months of setbacks, funding issues, artist defections and permitting issues.


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