Bishop Hill Events Calendar

Spring
June 13
Program: The Humor of Abraham Lincoln

Dr. Bill Hampes will delve into the phycology of humor, how President Lincoln effectively employed it to manage the complexities of his public and private life, and what this reveals about of his personality. The 40 minute presentation will be held at the Dairy Building. The public is welcome to attend this free event which will begin at 1:30pm. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Black Hawk College Speakers Bureau. 309-927-3899

June 14
Honor Flight Benefit

This is a fund raising event for the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. 3pm-6pm. Enjoy music, an auction, and a dinner, all in the Bishop Hill Village Park. 309-932-3355

Summer
June 20
Midsommar Music Festival

Join this lively Swedish tradition; come celebrate the summer solstice with music, workshops, and a center stage concert.  A Maypole will be decorated and a procession will deliver it to the Colony School where singing and dancing will continue.  Later, a barn dance will be held in the School.  Music from 11am-4-pm. Pole decorating and procession at 4pm. Barn dance at 7pm. 309-927-3311

June 20
Prairie Market

Find new, vintage, and collectable treasures at the Prairie Market held at VASA National Archives Museum. 309-927-3898

July 11
25th 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 309-927-3037

July 11
Prairie Market

Find new, vintage, and collectable treasures at the Prairie Market held at VASA National Archives Museum. 309-927-3898

July 26
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.  Download application here. Call 309-525-5665

July 26
Prairie Market

Find new, vintage, and collectable treasures at the Prairie Market held at VASA National Archives Museum. 309-927-3898

August 15
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 15
Prairie Market

Find new, vintage, and collectable treasures at the Prairie Market held at VASA National Archives Museum. 309-927-3898

August 15 To August 16
Clay and Fiber Fest

Enjoy a pottery and fibers weekend.  Demonstrations include pottery making and firing, spinning and weaving techniques, and broom making. Hands-on activities include spinning and weaving.  Enjoy a soup supper on Saturday  featuring homemade soups served in handmade bowls. Call 309-927-3008

August 29 To August 30
Bishop Hill Chautauqua

The public is invited to this free family-oriented event. This small town tradition takes place in the Bishop Hill Village Park where reenactors, portraying famous historical figures, bring the past to life through their inspiring stories. 1pm-4pm. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association 309-927-3899.

Fall
September 12
Old Settler's Day

Celebrate the 169th anniversary of the Colony and the 119th year of the Old Settlers' Association. A traditional chicken dinner is served at 11:30am at the Colony School. In the Village Park attend a band concert at 12:15pm and a program featuring Colony descendants at 1:30pm. For more info call 309-927-3044.

September 13
Colony School Reunion

Former students and teachers from the Colony School and area country schools meet annually to celebrate. 2-4pm.
309-927-3044

September 26
Prairie Market

Find new, vintage, and collectable treasures at the Prairie Market held at VASA National Archives Museum. 309-927-3898

September 26 To September 27
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.
309-927-3345

October 23
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 7pm. The bonfire ghost stories run from 7pm-9pm.
309-927-3506

October 24
Rug Hook-In

Come and learn more about the craft of rug hooking. Prairie Arts Center. 309-927-3008