Bishop Hill Events Calendar

Summer
July 22
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 11
Pie and Ice Cream Social

Sample delicious pies from Bishop Hill’s best bakers! Held on the east lawn, behind the Steeple Building from 12pm-4pm, this is an annual fundraiser for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. 309-927-3899

August 11 To August 12
Wheat Weaving Show and Sale

A Wheat Weaving Demonstration will be held in the Steeple Building11am-4pm. Members of the Illinois Association of Wheat Weavers will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate plaiting techniques used to transform wheat straw into delicate works of art. 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 11 To August 12
The Bishop Hill Festival of the Arts

Join us for a weekend of Art, Artists, Music and Fine Craft throughout the village. Browse the Arts and Crafts Show on the grounds of the Steeple Building both Sat and Sun from 10am-5pm.  Call 309-927-3064 or email the Bishop Hill Arts Council for more info. Artists who wish to participate, may download an application here.

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 celebration is World War I. Reenactors, portraying famous historical figures of the period, 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

Fall
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 attend a band concert at 12:15pm and a program featuring 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

Winter
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.
309-927-3345

 

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