Last Updated on September 15, 2023

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is partnering with Hudson Valley Magazine and Valley Table to bring more than 4,000 cultural enthusiasts to the third annual Big Sip Wine and Spirits Festival October 7 and 8, 2023.

Set against the iconic backdrop of Bethel Woods—the historic site of the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival—Big Sip Wine and Spirits Festival promises an exciting blend of libations, live music, and a diverse array of local craft, artisan, and specialty food vendors. The two-day wine festival will feature performances by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Back To The Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl, among others.

Big Sip General admission includes:

  • Entry into the festival
  • Access to and sampling at more than 50 alcohol makers
  • Shopping and sampling at local and regional vendors
  • Food available for purchase at local and regional food vendors
  • Live music on the Horizon Stage

VIP admission includes:

  • Everything included in GA
  • 1‐hour early entry to festival
  • Admission to exclusive VIP private lounges that showcase premium Bourbon & Whiskey, Tequila & Mezcal or Wine producers from across the country
  • Commemorative VIP Wine Tasting Glass
  • Admission to the Museum at Bethel Woods

Attendees can select one of the VIP Tasting Pass options or opt for the universal pass, which grants entry to all three tasting lounges. All VIP Tasting Passes are presented by Resorts World Catskills and Resorts World Hudson Valley.

Top Shelf: Private Bourbon & Whiskey VIP Tasting Pass

Sip bourbons and whiskeys ‐ both familiar and unexpected ‐ while you learn about the ingredients and process that makes each hand‐crafted brand unique. Featuring Bourbon, Rye, American Single Malt, Scotch, Indian Whiskey, Taiwanese Maritime Whiskey, Australian Whiskey and more, as well as Terry from The Whiskey Scorecard conducting classes.

All About Agave: Sensational Tequila & Mezcal VIP Tasting Pass

Savor the aromas, flavors and textures imparted by agave cultivation, cooking, fermentation, and distillation, in addition to the aging techniques utilized by today’s master distillers. As you sample the finest Silver, Reposado and Anejo Tequila, Mezcal, Bacanura and Sotols in the room from Wild Common and PM Spirits, hear from influencer Lucas Assis – known Bartender, Agave-Lover, and Storyteller.

Sommeliers’ Choice: Wine Connoisseur VIP Tasting Pass

Swirl and sample a variety of world‐class wines, including reds, whites and rosés from vintners across the region and beyond, including flights of classics, new releases, and rare vintages. Featuring Grower Champagne, Grand Cru Wine, Red and White Burgundy, Bordeaux, Brunello, Cava, Napa Cabernet, Napa Blends, Amarone, Washington State Wine, Tokaji, Lebanese Wine, Alsace Wine, Finger Lake Wine, Margeaux, and so much more, as well as Sunny Gandara, Certified Wine Educator, Diploma in Wine.

Ticket prices range from $35 to $455. Additional details and ticket pricing information can be found here.

All attendees, including Designated Drivers, MUST be 21+ years of age. Photo ID required for entry. Alcohol sampling and sales will end one-hour prior to the end of The Big Sip.


October 7, 2023 from 1:00-5:30 PM (VIP Entry: 12 PM)

October 8, 2023 from 1:00-5:30 PM (VIP Entry: 12 PM)


Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

200 Hurd Rd, Bethel, NY 12720

About Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, host of Big Sip Wine and Spirits Festival.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, host of Big Sip Wine and Spirits Festival. Courtesy Bethel Woods.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts inspires, educates, and empowers individuals through the arts and humanities by presenting a diverse selection of culturally rich performances, popular artists, and community and educational programming. Located 90 miles from New York City at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY, the lush 800-acre campus includes a Pavilion Stage amphitheater with seating for 16,000, an intimate 422-seat indoor Event Gallery, the award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods, and a Conservatory for arts education programming.

Through the in-depth study and exhibition of the social, political, and cultural events of the 1960s, as well as the preservation of the historic site of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Bethel Woods educates individuals about the issues and lessons of the decade while inspiring a new generation to contribute positively to the world around them. The not-for-profit organization relies on the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations to develop and sustain programs that improve the quality of life in the region and beyond.