Second Woodstock 50th Anniversary Celebration Scheduled, This One At Watkins Glen

Music lovers will have two ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary 3-day 1969 Woodstock festival on the same weekend.

Woodstock 50 is coming to Watkins Glen.
Woodstock 50 is coming to Watkins Glen. Photo Credit: Peter Kraayvanger/Pixabay

Bethel Woods announced last month that they will host a 50th-anniversary celebration at the original site of the renowned groove fest Aug. 16-18, 2019, at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a concert venue built on the original Woodstock site in the Hudson Valley's Sullivan County.

The latest event to be announced is Woodstock 50 at Watkins Glen in Schuyler County, running from Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18, announced co-producer and co-founder Michael Lang in a press release.

 Woodstock 50 will be the only authorized commemoration of the iconic 1969 festival and will feature an amazing lineup, said event organizers.

“It’s time to put the speculation to rest and officially announce that Woodstock 50 is happening,” said Lang in the release. “The original festival in ’69 was a reaction by the youth of the time to the causes we felt compelled to fight for – civil rights, women’s rights, and the antiwar movement, and it gave way to our mission to share peace, love, and music. Today, we’re experiencing similar disconnects in our country, and one thing we’ve learned is that music has the power to bring people together. So, it’s time to bring the Woodstock spirit back, get involved and make our voices heard.”

The 1,000 acres of green fields at Watkins Glen International and the surrounding area will make for ample space for attendees to enjoy one-of-a-kind performances. The festival grounds will also feature lodging for tents, RVs, vans, and more premium camping options.

The festival will have three main stages, bringing together more than 60 of the biggest names and emerging talent in rock, hip hop, pop and country. Music fans can expect current artists and unique collaborations, but also tribute performances of Woodstock’s iconic moments.

Nonprofit and cause-driven organizations will also be a big part of the experience.

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