Bishop Hill Events Calendar

Spring
April 28
Swedish Stomp and Skamparoo

The 23rd annual Bishop Hill Swedish Stomp and Skamperoo is a timed 5 kilometer race open to all runners age 7 to 107! Run or walk the course through the streets and bucolic countryside of our historic village. The race begins at the Bishop Hill Colony School. Children age 6 and under are invited to participate in the 1/3K Skamparoo at 10am. Registration begins at 7am; race time is 9am. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association, the proceeds will be used for the preservation and maintenance of the Old Colony School. Register Online or download an application here. 309-927-3064

May 05
Concert featuring Illinois Folksongs of 1818 - 1960

Join Bucky Halker as he presents a wide range of folksongs that recount Illinois's historic events, people, and places. This free concert in the Dairy Building at 1:30pm is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Illinois Humanities Council.

May 18 To May 20
Quilt Show: Teapots, Toys, and Tumbling Blocks

A bedazzling display of color will fill the Colony School. May 18 and 19, 10am-5pm and May 20, 10am-4pm. Quilts may be antique, miniature, patchwork, applique, or something else. The theme for this show is Teapots, Toys, and Tumbling Blocks. $5.00 admission. See quilt exhibits throughout town including special programs and displays at Dairy and Steeple Buildings. Sponsored by the Prairie Queen Quilt Club, Bishop Hill Arts Council, and the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.

May 26
Civil War Day

The public is invited to this free, day-long Civil War event sponsored by Bishop Hill Heritage Association in celebration of Illinois bicentennial. Explore an encampment in the village park, meet General Blackjack Logan, witness a battle, observe battlefield surgery and enjoy related programs and demonstrations throughout the day. Click here for program schedule. 309 927-3899

Summer
June 10
Honor Flight Benefit

This is a fund raising event for the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. 3pm-7pm. Enjoy music, an auction, and a dinner, all in the Bishop Hill Village Park. 309-932-3355

June 23
Midsommar Music Festival

Celebrate the summer solstice Swedish style, with music and dancing! Concerts in the village park will begin at 11am and conclude at 4pm when the maypole will be decorated. Participate in the procession; help deliver the maypole to the schoolhouse and dance on its east lawn. That evening at 7pm, a barn dance will be held at the Colony School.  Nibble a treat at The 3rd Annual Rubarber Fundraiser to benefit the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. Members of the BHHA will be serving homemade rhubarb baked goods, coffee, and lemonade, on the porch of the Steeple Building Museum from 11am to 4pm. Proceeds will be used to support BHHA activities. 

July 14
28th Annual Country Antique Market

This popular country antique market features 60 exceptional antique dealers from  Illinois, Indiana,  Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas Wisconsin. Find quality antiques including primitives, country, folk art, pottery, and much more are available on the lawn of the Colony School. Proceeds from this event will benefit a Bishop Hill organization. 9am-3pm. $7.00 admission. Promoted by Sweet Annie Primitives and the Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery. 309-927-3072

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
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. 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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