Bishop Hill Events Calendar

January 01 To February 12
Discover your Swedish roots; become a TV star!

Do you desire to discover your Swedish roots in an adventure of a lifetime? The highly-rated Swedish reality TV show, The Great Swedish Adventure (Allt För Sverige) is now conducting a nationwide casting for season 6. If you are of Swedish descent and have never been to Sweden, apply here to Meter Television for consideration. Watch online.  Casting closes February 12, 2016; the show will be filmed in Sweden in May and June, 2016.

April 02
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. 309-927-3899

April 02 To April 03
Toy Tractor Weekend

Calling all toy tractor collectors and enthusiasts. See a variety of John Deere, Case, and International Harvester toy tractors and farm implements. Over one hundred toy tractors and implements of all shapes, sizes, and brands will on display at the Steeple Building Museum. Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. 

April 09
Windjammers, Sternwheelers, and Tin-Stackers: Working Waterways of Illinois program

Using folk songs to tell the story of commerce on the rivers, canals, and Lake Michigan’s shoreline in Illinois, Lee Murdock traces the rise of shipping in our state, from the keelboats of the nineteenth century to today’s 1000-foot lake freighters. Dairy Building, 2pm.

April 23
Swedish Stomp and Skamparoo

The 21st annual Bishop Hill Swedish Stomp and Skamperoo is a timed 5 kilometer race open to all runners age 7 to 107! Run or walk the course through the streets and bucolic countryside of our historic village. The race begins at the Bishop Hill Colony School. Children age 6 and under are invited to participate in the 1/3K Skamperoo at 10am. Registration begins at 7am; race time is 9am. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association, the proceeds will be used for the preservation and maintenance of the Old Colony School. Download application. 309-927-3044

April 30
Valborg Bonfire

Experience an ancient Swedish tradition at our annual bonfire to burn away the remnants of winter and welcome back spring. Local entertainers will share stories and songs with guests at the Vasa National Archives. 309-927-3898. Wieners for roasting, coffee, iced tea, and hot chocolate will be provided. Open to all; visitors are encouraged to bring a dish to share. 6pm-9pm.

May 13 To May 15
Quilt Show

A bedazzling display of color will fill the Colony School. May 13 and 14, 10am-5pm and May 15, 10am-4pm. Quilts may be antique, miniature, patchwork, applique, or something else. $5.00 admission. See special quilt exhibits throughout town. 309-927-3851

May 21 To May 22
Vintage Baseball Weekend

The BHHA presents a weekend of 19th century baseball. Bill Owens, author of The Scorecard, will present a program about his book. A vintage baseball exhibit will be on display at the Steeple Building Museum. Saturday, three 1850’s baseball teams, the Oregon Ganymedes, the Springfield Long Nine, and the Somonauk Blue Stockings will take the field to play for spectators all day. 

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. 309-932-3355

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
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.