Fairs and Festivals

Once again, it’s that lovely and amazing time of year: summer. After a terribly long, icy winter and slow-starting spring, the sun is shining — and the region is bursting with events ripe for the picking. Whether you’re looking for quality theater, classical music, family fun, or anything in between (and we do mean anything — classic motorcycles, anyone?), there’s a fair or festival somewhere in the Valley to help you celebrate the season


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Bethel WoodsThe sloping lawn at Bethel Woods makes it an ideal spot to catch a summer concert

Photograph courtesy of Bethel Woods

Bethel Woods

June 14-Aug. 29

It’s been 40 years since Woodstock rocked the world, but don’t wait another 40 years to go see a concert at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the state-of-the-art performing arts center (equipped with a groovy outdoor amphitheatre) that now sits on the grounds of the 1969 event. Check out who’s coming to town this summer: Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago (June 14); Bad Company and the Doobie Brothers (June 27); the New York Philharmonic (July 11); Tom Jones (July 27); Peter, Paul & Mary (July 31); the Original New York Doo Wopp Show (Aug. 1); Dave Matthews Band (Aug. 5); O.A.R. (Aug. 12); Loggins & Messina (Aug. 21); Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with Arlo Guthrie (Aug. 22); B.B. King with Buddy Guy (Aug. 27); and Brad Paisley (Aug. 29).

In honor of the Woodstock festival’s historic anniversary, the Museum at Bethel Woods presents a special exhibition, Give Peace A Chance: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed-In For Peace. Forty years ago the iconic couple made a poignant call for world peace, spending eight days in bed at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel; the infamous protest was documented in full by photojournalist Gerry Deiter. Bethel’s special show features some of Deiter’s never-before-seen photographs, supplemented with text and interactive installations to further promote peace, love, and optimism.

For more information: www.bethelwoodscenter.org


Up next: Maverick Concerts


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