Bishop Hill Events Calendar

August 31
Concert - Rock Band, Catalyst

Be there from 4pm to 6pm at the Twinflower Inn on Olson Street for this outdoor concert. Catalyst, an alternative rock band, will play original tunes in a range of genres. Bring a lawn chair and refreshments. Donations appreciated. 309-696-0833. 

September 05
Rededication Ceremony

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association invites the public to a Rededication Ceremony at 4pm on the north side of the Steeple Building to celebrate the completion of extensive renovations to the Steeple Building and the Colony Store. There will be an open house at the Steeple Building from 3pm to 6pm. Project contractors and state and local officals will attend. Light refreshments will be served. 309-927-3899

September 06
Bishop Hill Chautauqua

Located in the Village Park, this small town tradition is a free family oriented event where you will hear reenactors tell inspiring stories portraying famous historical figures from the past. Sponsored by the BHHA and the Twinflower Inn. 309-927-3899. read more

September 06
Vasa Marks 40 Years With Party

In celebration of 40 years in Bishop Hill , the Vasa Order of America will host an open house at the Archives from 11am-3pm. Stay to enjoy a BBQ and live music at a dance from 6pm to midnight! 309-927-3898 read more

September 06
Sweet Annie Autumn

Fall open house at Sweet Annie Primitives from 10am-4pm. Shop and garden dressed for the season. Refreshments. 309-927-3072

September 13
Old Settlers' Day

Celebrate the 168th anniversary of the Colony and the 118th 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.

September 14
Colony School Reunion

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

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. 10am-5pm.

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

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 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

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.

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 yuo to experience Bishop Hill renewed! 10am-5pm.