Now that it is officially spring, we look to warmer days and outdoor fun. Downtown Woodstock has something to offer everyone. After dining at your favorite restaurant or shopping at your favorite store, head over to Northside Hospital Cherokee Amphitheater (NHCA), located on the lower level of The Park at City Center, for an event with family and friends.
Designed to be the home of the Woodstock Summer Concert Series, the NHCA hosts a concert every second Saturday evening, May through September. The venue welcomes more than 50,000 folks each year to the concert series, which is in its 22nd season.
The NHCA also offers other activities. “We built the amphitheater to house the summer concerts to be sure,” said City of Woodstock Director of Parks and Recreation Preston Pooser. “But we have tons of fun things going on out there all the time.”
AMPED in the Park is a monthly fitness series presented by Woodstock Parks and Recreation and local partner PLAE HARD. Every first Saturday, April through November, at 8:00am, we offer an hour-long fitness class at the NHCA featuring aerobics on the lawn, running stairs, and yoga in the terraces. This September’s class will segue into a fitness, health, and wellness fair at the NHCA, which will highlight all manners of improving our lives. To register for AMPED in the Park, please visit PLAEHARD.com.
Music Mondays is a delightful melodic alternative to the Monday “blues.” Beginning the final Monday in April and continuing for four weeks through the third Monday in May, Music Mondays features DJ music from a different decade starting with the 1950s and moving through the 1980s. The tunes will be cranked up from 11:00am-1:00pm at the NHCA. Bring a picnic or pick up lunch at a nearby restaurant, and join the fun.
Bacon & Banjos, a bluegrass music and bacon food festival, will return to the NHCA for its second year on Saturday, May 18. A portion of the proceeds from this festival benefit the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation. This event features mouthwatering bacon creations, a craftsman alley, and bluegrass bands including the Dixie Jubilee (from Woodstock), the Wiseman Brothers, Honeywood, Cedar Hill, and Iron Horse. The gazebo will house the ever-popular Picker’s Pavilion (hosted by Cherokee Music Center), and the young’uns will enjoy two Kids’ Jams.
All of this and more is available at the NHCA this spring and summer. However, keep in mind that the venue is also an open park, offering the perfect place to picnic, play a game of ultimate Frisbee, have a drum circle, or just relax on a blanket.