Friday, August 15 2014, 08:33 AM EDT
Friday Marks 45th Anniversary of Woodstock
On this date (Aug. 15) in 1969, the now famous Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.
Billed as the festival of peace, music and love, some 400,000 people gathered on Max Yasgur's Sullivan County farm from Aug. 15-17, 1969, hear such acts as The Who, the Grateful Dead, Santana and Jimi Hendrix.
"The entire Woodstock festival was peaceful and the kids were respectful because of one word: marijuana," said Bob Spitz, journalist and author. "Everybody was high. If it had been other drugs it would've been chaos. But because of dope and LSD, everything was peaceful there for those three days."
Events are being held this weekend in the upstate New York town that hosted the original Woodstock festival 45 years ago.
The activities range from a "Hippie Thanksgiving" being offered Thursday at a restaurant in the town of Bethel to a Friday night showing of the Academy Award-winning "Woodstock" documentary on the field where the three-day music festival was held.
Jeryl Abramson owns Yasgur's Farm. She saidn that she's welcoming visitors to her property to enjoy music, camping and other activities.
The nearby Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is hosting the film showing to commemorate the 45th anniversary.
Photo via ABC News: Guitarist Carlos Santana (right) and bassist David Brown perform with the group Santana at the Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York.