Bishop Hill Events Calendar

Spring
June 07
Live Swedish Music

The public is invited to an evening of Swedish Music at the VASA National Archives located at 109 S Bishop Hill Street at 7pm. Actors and musicians, Hans Wilhelm and Birgitta Lowgren use music to eplore history from the Viking era to the 1970's. The meaning and historical significance of these songs, sung in Swedish and English will be explained. 309-927-3898

June 11
Carl Sandburg Program: Poety of Community and Human Struggle

John Hallwas, a literary scholar and teacher, will introduce the audiences to the poetry of Carl Sandburg and discuss the great literary development in America known as the Chicago Renaissance highlighting Sandburg’s powerful collection of Chicago Poems. The public is welcome. Dairy Building 2pm.

June 12
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. Read more. 309-932-3355

Summer
June 18
Midsommar Music Festival

Celebrate the summer solstice with music. Concerts in the village park from 11am-4pm by Black Hawk Pipes and Drums, Jazz on the Side, and Hammer and Pick. Maypole decorating and procession at 4pm. Barn dance at 7pm.

July 09
26th Annual Country Antique Market

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. $6.00 admission.  309-927-3042 or 309-927-3072

July 24
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. Downlaod application.

July 30 To July 31
Bishop Hill Folk Music Festival

Held in the village park, this 2 day concert bring in some of the best known folk music performers from around the Midwest, such as Bucky Halker, Chris Vallillo, Bohola, Chicago Spemanslag, Bill Robinson, and more.

August 13
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 13 To August 14
Wheat Weaving Show and Sale

A Wheat Weaving Demonstration will be held in the Steeple Building Aug 13, 10am-5pm and Aug 15, 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 contact IAWW President Dianne Ruff for more info. 217-732-1957  wheatwood47gmail.com

August 13 To August 14
Clay and Fiber Fest

Pottery and textiles weekend. Demonstrations include pottery making and broom making. Hands-on activities include spinning and weaving. Enjoy a soup supper and ice cream social on the 13th.

August 13 To August 14
Nordic Market

History comes to life in Bishop Hill at this recreation of a 1000 AD Nordic Market conducted by historical reenactors from Micel Folcland. Experience the early Middle Ages as you explore this Scandinavian encampment.

August 27 To August 28
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.