Bishop Hill Events Calendar

August 26
5th Annual Bishop Hill Chautauqua

The public is invited to this free family-oriented event. Take part in this small town tradition in the Bishop Hill Village Park where the theme of this year’s celebration is the history of Agriculture. Reenactors, portraying famous historical figures, will educate and entertain with their inspiring stories and songs. 1pm-4pm. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association  and Twinflower Inn 309-927-3899. Read more.

September 09
Old Settler's Day

Celebrate the 171st anniversary of the Colony and the 121st year of the Old Settlers Association.  A traditional chicken dinner is served at 11:30am at the Colony School. In the Village Park, attend a band concert at 12:15pm and a program featuring Colony descendants at 1:30pm. 309-927-3044 The rain location for the Band Concert and Program is the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church. 

September 10
Colony School Reunion

Former students and teachers from the Colony School and area country schools meet annually to celebrate. 2-4pm.

September 23 To September 24
Agriculture Days - Jordbruksdagarna

Bishop Hill's biggest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, and Old Settlers' Colony Stew. Find a gathering of vendors in the village park selling early country antiques, primitives, and handcrafted goods. See blacksmithing demonstrations in the park and enjoy live music behind the Bjorklund Hotel. Bring your kids to the Vasa Archives booth in the children’s area of the park to learn about seed saving by the original Bishop Hill colonists and how you can save a few seeds form your home garden.10am-5pm. Sneak a peak at past year's fun in this short video clip.  309-927-3345

October 14 To October 15
Collectors Weekend in the Steeple Building

For one weekend only, antique and vintage items of all shapes, sizes, and topics will be displayed by area residents. Some of the artifacts on display will be Depression era glass, walking sticks, spice tins, and much, much more.  Items are not for sale. Open Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. For more details, call 309 927-3899.

November 24 To November 25
Holiday Cookie Walk

Held at the Colony School Friday and Saturday from 9am-4pm. Local elves make cookies that are sure to please everyone. Come purchase holiday baked goods by the pound.

November 24 To November 26
Christmas Market - Julmarknad

Swedish traditions come alive with folk characters causing mischief throughout the village. Music and the smell of food fills the air. Shops are filled with handmade items, antiques, folk art, and other gift items. 10am-5pm 

November 25 To November 26
Help Build Our Tomte!

Take a break from holiday shopping; stop in at the Vasa National Archives to help make a paper mache Tomte during Bishop Hill's Julmarknad weekend. On Saturday, we will be adding layers of paper mache to the tomte. Painting will begin on Saturday. This is art project is open to children of all ages. We want the whole community to add personal touches and personality to this fantastic tomte, part of our holiday display in our gallery. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm. For more info call 309-927-3898.

December 02 To December 03
Christmas Market - Julmarknad

Holiday hospitality continues during this second weekend of Christmas Market. Find Swedish folk characters roaming throughout the village. Musical entertainment. Shops brim with handmade items, antiques, folk art, and other gift items. Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm.

December 02 To December 03
Chocolate Walk

The Chocolate Walk will be held at the Dairy Building. A delightful assortment of homemade chocolate treats will be available for you to purchase by the pound. 309-927-3899 Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm.

December 08 To December 09
Lucia Nights - Festival of Lights

Stroll our luminary lined streets as music fills the air. Browse hospitality rooms, museums, and shops where coffee and sweets will be served by young girls dressed as St. Lucia. Plan a late supper; restaurants will be open late on both Friday and Saturday. Read full schedule here. Enjoy a truly enchanted holiday experence from 6pm-9pm. 309-927-3899