Bishop Hill Events Calendar

July 21
Native American Star Stories

Join us around the campfire! The Twinflower Inn and Fox Tales International presents and evening of Native American Star Stories at the Twinflower Inn, 110 North Olson Street, Bishop Hill, IL. Meet host and storyteller, Brian “Fox” Ellis at 8:00pm. The Popular Astronomy Club of the Quad Cities will bring large telescopes for star gazing after the show. 

July 23
Antique Car Show

A great antique and classic car show.  Registration is from 9am-11:30am, judging is from noon-1:30pm with awards presented at 3pm. Enjoy a grilled pork chop meal in the Park served by Bishop Hill’s Volunteer Firemen. Show proceeds go to the restoration and preservation of the 1861 Bishop Hill Colony School. The entry fee is $10.00. 309-927-3345 or 309-525-5665 Download an application HERE

August 12
Sweet Annie's Open House and Settler's Harvest

Enjoy refreshments as you sample the primitive delights and sesonal handmades at this preview of Fall Open House at Sweet Annie Primitives from 10am-4pm. 309-927-3072

August 12
Pie and Ice Cream Social

Sample delicious pies from Bishop Hill’s best bakers! Held in the Village Park from 1pm-4pm, this is an annual fundraiser for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. 309-927-3899

August 12 To August 13
Wheat Weaving Show and Sale

A Wheat Weaving Demonstration will be held in the Steeple Building Aug 12, 10am-5pm and Aug 13, 10am-4pm. Members of the Illinois Association of Wheat Weavers will answer questions and demonstrate plaiting techniques used to transform wheat straw into delicate works of art. Walk-ins are welcome to try wheat weaving techniques, guided by experienced members of the IAWW. Recent works will be displayed and available to purchase. The IAWW seeks to further develop the craft, teach future generations of its heritage, and build a bond with wheat weavers throughout the world. Membership in the IAWW is open to all! Sign up at the show or call 217-732-1957 for more info.  

August 12 To August 13
The Bishop Hill Festival of the Arts

Artists and fine craft in the park, Plein Air throughout the village, hands on kids activities, soup bowl event and a backyard concert at Twin Flower Inn. 309-927-3064 This is a juried fine arts and crafts fair. For more information on this event email the Bishop Hill Arts Council. Exhibitors can download an application HERE. Please click HERE for an application to participate in this weekend's Plein Air events.

August 26
4th 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 will focus on immigration and migration. Reenactors, portraying famous historical figures, will educate and entertain with their inspiring stories and songs. 1pm-4pm. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association 309-927-3899.

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