Bishop Hill Events Calendar

September 10
Old Settler's Day & Parade

Celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Colony and the 120th year of the Old Settlers' Association. Festivities start with a parade at 10am!  See more here. 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.  See the 2011 parade here. For more info or to participate in the Parade please call 309-927-3044.

September 11
Colony School Reunion

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

September 24 To September 25
Agriculture Days - Jordbruksdagarna

Bishop Hill's biggest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, and Old Settlers' Colony Stew. New this year will be a gathering of proprietors in the village park selling early country antiques, primitives, and handcrafted goods. See blacksmithing demonstrations in the park and enjoy live music behind the Bjorklund Hotel. Sneak a peak at the fun in this short video clip. 10am-5pm.

October 14
Autumn Moon Shopping and Bonfire

Return to Bishop Hill by the light of the 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.

October 22
Rug Hook-In

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

October 22 To October 23
Collectors Weekend in the Steeple Building

For one weekend only, antique and vintage items of all shapes, sizes, and topics will be displayed by area residents. Some of the artifacts on display will be Depression era glass, walking sticks, spice tins, and much, much more.  Items are not for sale. Open Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm. For more details, call 309 927-3899.

November 25 To November 26
Holiday Cookie Walk

Held at the Colony School Friday and Saturday from 9am-4pm. Local elves make cookies that are sure to please everyone. Come purchase holiday baked goods by the pound.

November 25 To November 27
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 03 To December 04
Christmas Market - Julmarknad

Holiday hospitality continues during this second weekend of Christmas Market. Find Swedish folk characters roaming throughout the village. Musical entertainment. Shops brim with handmade items, antiques, folk art, and other gift items. Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm.

December 03 To December 04
Chocolate Walk

The Chocolate Walk will be held at the Dairy Building. Many chocolate treats will be available for you to enjoy. 309-927-3899 Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm.

December 09 To December 10
Lucia Nights - Festival of Lights

Stroll our luminary lined streets as music fills the air. Browse hospitality rooms, museums, and shops where coffee and sweets will be served by young girls dressed as St. Lucia. Plan a late supper; restaurants will be open late on both Friday and Saturday  Enjoy a truly enchanted holiday experence from 6pm-9pm. 309-927-3899