Bishop Hill Events Calendar

August 25
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 Chautauqua (pronounced shuh-TAW-kwuh) is World War I. Reenactors, portraying famous historical figures of the period, will educate and entertain with their inspiring stories and songs of what shaped us as a nation from the people who lived it! 1pm-4pm. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association  and Twinflower Inn 309-927-3899. Peruse the poster here.

August 26
WWI History Presentation

A free, hour-long WWI Program will be presented by Dan Dauw at 2pm. The public is invited to this event at the Henry County Historical Museum which is  located at 202 Park Street. 

September 08
Old Settler's Day

Celebrate the 172nd anniversary of the Colony and the 122nd year of the Old Settlers Association.  A traditional chicken dinner will be served at 11:30am at the Colony School. The public is invited to attend a concert of The Bishop Hill High Society Band at 12:15pm and a program featuring historical memoirs by colony descendants at 1:30pm in the Village Park. Program rain location: Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church. 

September 09
Colony School Reunion

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

September 29 To September 30
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. Watch demonstrators as you enjoy live music in the park. See more hands-on activities for kids from noon - 4pm behind the Bjorklund Hotel. 10am-5pm.  Sneak a peek at past year's fun in this short video clip. 309-927-3345

November 23 To November 24
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. 309-927-3899

November 23 To November 25
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 

December 01 To December 02
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 01 To December 02
Holiday Chocolate Walk

A 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 10am-4pm.

December 25
Julotta - Candlelight Non-denominational Church Service

Services are held in the Colony Church and conducted in Swedish and English. Coffee and rusk served following the service. 6am.