Bishop Hill Events Calendar

July 30
Pipspel Making Workshop

Participants will make a bird shaped clay whistle called a pipsel, a common Swedish child's toy. Conducted by Bishop Hill potter Lou Hanson in the Dairy Building from 10am to noon. Materials and firing are included in the $20 cost per person. Finished pipspels may be picked up two weeks after the workshop. For reservations call 309 927-3899.

July 30 To July 31
Bishop Hill Folk Music Festival

Enjoy this free 2-day festival in the Village park. Starting at noon, the event will feature many of the best known folk and ethnic music artists in the Midwest. Bring a lawn chair and sample a variety of musical genres including old time square dance music, dulcimer tunes, Swedish folk songs, Blues, Bluegrass, and Mexican music. Informal workshops will be conducted by performers in the Steeple Building on both days. Find the full schedule of the weekend's performances and workshops here309 927-3899

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
Wheat Weaving Show and Sale

A Wheat Weaving Demonstration will be held in the Steeple Building Aug 13, 10am-5pm and Aug 14, 10am-4pm. Members of the Illinois Association of Wheat Weavers will answer questions and demonstrate plaiting techniques used to transform wheat straw into delicate works of art. Walk-ins are welcome to try wheat weaving techniques, guided by experienced members of the IAWW. Recent works will be displayed and available to purchase. The IAWW seeks to further develop the craft, teach future generations of its heritage, and build a bond with wheat weavers throughout the world. Membership in the IAWW is open to all! Sign up at the show or contact IAWW President Dianne Ruff for more info. 217-732-1957

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 Nordic Market conducted by historical reenactors from Micel Folcland. Experience the early Middle Ages as you explore everyday scenes from the Viking Age featuring costumed interpreters in an accurate Anglo-Scandinavian encampment of the eleventh century.  Textiles, gaming, woodworking, book-binding, moneying, and many more activities from this time period will be demonstrated from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm. on Sunday.  This free event is open to public and will be located in the village park. For more information contact the Bishop Hill Heritage Association at 309-927-3899.

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.

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 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.