Bishop Hill Events Calendar

September 18
Illinois Workforce Investment Board Meeting

There will be a  meeting of the IWIB held in Bishop Hill at the VagnHall Galleri located on the 2nd floor of the Prairie Arts Center at 203 North Bishop Hill Street. This meeting is from 1pm to 3pm and will be open to the public. Learn how this Board helps to develop services and programs in order to meet the needs of Illinois employers and workers. Sponsored by the BHHA; for information call 309 927-3899 or visit the IWIB website.

September 27
Prairie Market

Find a variety of new, vintage, and collectible items on display for purchase from local and regional vendors on the grounds of the Vasa Archives in Bishop Hill. 8am-2pm

September 27 To September 28
Agriculture Days - Jordbruksdagarna

Bishop Hill's biggest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, and Colony stew. Sneak a peak at the fun in this short video clip. 10am-5pm.

October 05
Scandinavian Music Concert Featuring Ljom

The public is invited to a free performance by the Scandinavian five piece band Ljom (pronounced “Yoom”) at the Diary Building at 7 pm.  Basing their music on old vocal melodies used on mountain farms along the Norwegian-Swedish border, this band has created a unique contemporary sound.  Sample their music here. Sponsored by the BHHA and the Illinois Arts Council. We hope to see you there!

October 10
Harvest Moon Shopping and Bonfire

Return to Bishop Hill and shop by the light of the harvest moon when the Bishop Hill galleries and restaurants will be open after dark. Then come enjoy ghost stories and a bonfire at the Twinflower Inn located in the Colony Hospital. Shop until 9pm. The bonfire ghost stories run from 8:00pm-10:00pm.

November 01
Sweet Annie Christmas

Enjoy refreshments while you sample the primitive delights and Christmas handmades at this holiday open house at Sweet Annie Primitives from 10am-4pm. 309-927-3072

November 28 To November 29
Christmas Cookie Walk

Held at the Colony School Friday and Saturday from 9am-4pm. Local elves make cookies that are sure to please everyone.

November 28 To November 30
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 05 To December 06
The Chocolate Walk

Held at the new Arts Council Welcome Center. Many Chocolate treats will be available for you to enjoy. Friday and Saturday from 9am-4pm.

December 06 To December 07
Christmas Market - Julmarknad

This is the second week of the Christmas Market. Shopping for the gift items continues and the music and food is just as tantalizing. 10am-5pm

December 12 To December 13
Lucia Nights - Festival of Lights

Coffee and sweets are served in shops and museums by young girls dressed as St. Lucia. Musical entertainment fills the air throughout the village. 6pm-9pm

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.

April 05
Spring Jubilee

Bishop Hill springs to life with special exhibits, new shops and fresh ideas. Many shops will be serving coffee, cookies and other delights. We invite you to experience Bishop Hill renewed! 10am-5pm.