Bishop Hill Events Calendar

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. Watch demonstrators as you enjoy live music in the park. While there, stop by the Vasa Archives booth in the children’s area to learn about seed saving by Bishop Hill's original colonists and how to save seeds form your own home garden. Find more hands-on activities for kids from noon - 4pm behind the Bjorklund Hotel. 10am-5pm. See a full schedule here. Sneak a peek at past year's fun in this short video clip.  309-927-3345

September 23 To September 24
Feathered Nest Fall Open House

Get in the fall spirit! Stop in for refreshments and browse a spectacular selection of everlasting floral arrangements, extraordinary eggs, and marvelous seasonal wreaths at an Open House on Saturday and Sunday at the Feathered Nest from noon to 4pm. Find us on Main Street, 3 blocks west of the park, opposite the Colony School. 309-927-3033

October 12
Blue Eyed Blondes Concert

The public is invited to this free concert in the Dairy Building at 410 North Erickson Street at 7pm. The Blue Eyed Blondes are the Swedish country duo, Lina Lönnberg and Kristoffer Emanuelsson. They will perform an evening of acoustic music, combining old time, folk, gospel and bluegrass tunes with traditional Swedish folk songs. Sponsored by the BHHA and the Twinflower Inn. For more info call 309 927-3899. 

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