Bishop Hill Events Calendar

Spring
April 11
Spring Jubilee

Bishop Hill springs to life as shops and museums open for the season from 10am-5pm. Guests are greeted with coffee, cookies, and special treats. 309-927-3311

April 11
He Gave the World the Steel Plow: The John Deere Story

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association will host Richard Morthland, a scholar with the Illinois Humanities Council, to present a first person portrayal of John Deere in the story He Gave the World the Steel Plow. The public is invited to this free program in the Dairy Building at 2pm. Email or call 309 927-3899 for more details.

April 21
Swedish Immigration Program

Dr. Anne-Charlotte Harvey will present a program with accompanying music, about Swedish immigration. Sponsored by the BHHA, this hour-long program will be held in the Dairy Building at 410 North Erickson Street at 7pm.  Call 309 927-3899 for more information.

April 25
Swedish Stomp and Skamparoo

Experience Historic Bishop Hill as you run or walk in this 5K event. Registration 7am; Race 9am. Download and application or, for your convenience, register online here. 309-927-3044 Read more.

May 02
Valborg Bonfire

Welcome Spring in this traditional way. Listen to songs and speeches as you watch the bonfire consume the remnants of Winter. 6pm-9pm. Enjoy a wiener roast, coffee, hot chocolate, and other tasty treats. 309-927-3898

May 09
Civil War Days

The public is invited to celebrate Bishop Hill's Military Company D, 57th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. This event will feature a Civil War encampment in the village park and free programming throughout the day. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, General Blackjack Logan, and other Civil War figures. A special Civil War exhibit will be on display at the Steeple Building. Stay for an evening Civil War Dance held in the Colony School. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. Email or call 309-927-3899 for details. Find a sneak peek at the tentative schedule of events HERE.

May 15 To May 17
Quilt Show: Wine, Women, and Windows

A bedazzling display of color will fill the Colony School. May 15 and 16, 10am-5pm and May 17, 10am-4pm. Quilts may be antique, miniature, patchwork, applique, or something else. $5.00 admission. See special quilt exhibits throughout town. 309-927-3851

June 07
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

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 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

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 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.