Events

Events

Jun
22
Sat
Midsommar Music Festival @ Bishop Hill
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Harness nature’s magic and ensure a bountiful summer . . . join in the Midsommar Celebration, Bishop Hill!

Midsommar a lively Swedish tradition to celebrate light and warmth of the summer solstice with music and dancing. A  diverse line-up of musical performers are in store for this all-day event include Main Stage performances, a Swedish Maypole celebration, and an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance.

Main Stage performances in the village park gazebo will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Beginning at 4 p.m., help decorate the Maypole with flowers and greenery in Village Park. Join the Maypole procession lead by Ernie Sandquist from the park to the Bishop Hill Colony School.  Ring dance around the Maypole to the sounds of the accordion playing Swedish tunes.  Enjoy refreshments provided by the VASA Lodge.

Shake a leg at the ol’ fashion barn dance!

Stay for the evening and  dance the night away at the Colony School called by Ms. Gail Hintze.  The Rusty Pickup String Band will play the tunes, beginning at 7 pm.  Admission to the dance is $5 per person.

Aug
24
Sat
Bishop Hill Chautauqua
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Bishop Hill Chautauqua @ Bishop Hill | Illinois | United States

Bishop Hill Chautauqua

The theme of this year’s Bishop Hill Chautauqua is Exploring Boundaries.  The event is located in the Village Park; this small town tradition is a free family-oriented event.

What is a Chautauqua anyway?  President Teddy Roosevelt once called the Chautauqua “the most uniquely American thing in America.” Pronounced shuh-TAW-kwuh, this traditional form of entertainment is an exploration of American life and liberty.  Hear the true tales of what shaped us as a nation from the people who lived it. Humor and a deeply personal perspective mean that history has never been this much fun!

Sep
28
Sat
Jordbruksdagarna – Agriculture Days @ Bishop Hill National Historic Landmark
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm

Celebrate Jordbruksdgarna-Agriculture Days and Bishop Hill’s agrarian heritage.  Experience a traditional 19th century harvest.  Meander Village park filled with activities and demonstrations, music, farm produce, antique/primitive vendors,  Colony stew, Svensk Varn Koro a Swedish hot dog dinner and a bake sale, too. Bake sale outside of the Steeple Building.  People movers will be making stops at VASA archives, Henry County Historical Museum, Village Park, Colony Church and the Albert Krans Livery Stable Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Schedule below is for Saturday and Sunday.

Village Park Vendors and Demonstrations10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hammer and Pick PerformanceNoon and 2 p.m.
Nordic Dancers Peformance1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Bjorkland Hotel: sorghum cooking, hard tack baking, brick making, cider pressing, shelling corn, and corn husk doll experiential demonstrationsNoon to 4 p.m.
Antique Equipment Field Demonstrations at Henry County Historical Museum10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Antique Tractor Parade12:00 p.m.

 

Nov
29
Fri
“Julmarknad” Christmas Market @ Bishop Hill National Historic Landmark
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm

Christmas Market in Historic Bishop Hill

Wishing you could go back to simpler times, this Christmas season?

Escape the frenzy of the Christmas season, and make your way to the Julmarknad Christmas Market in National Historic Landmark, Bishop Hill, IL. Experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of Christmas past.  Watch for Swedish folk characters “Tomten” roaming the village.  Special Music, Swedish food specialties, and an abundance of handmade wares, folk art, and antiques will be on hand to enjoy.  You’ll also be able to select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies during our Cookie Walk weekend, homemade by community bakers on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. It’s a one-of-kind holiday experience, sure to delight the whole family.

Dec
7
Sat
“Julmarknad” Christmas Market @ Bishop Hill National Historic Landmark
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm

Christmas Market in Historic Bishop Hill

Wishing you could go back to simpler times, this Christmas season?

Escape the frenzy of the Christmas season, and make your way to the Julmarknad Christmas Market in National Historic Landmark, Bishop Hill, IL. Experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of Christmas past.  Watch for Swedish folk characters “Tomten” roaming the village.  Special Music, Swedish food specialties, and an abundance of handmade wares, folk art, and antiques will be on hand to enjoy.  You’ll also be able to select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies during our Cookie Walk weekend, homemade by community bakers on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. It’s a one-of-kind holiday experience, sure to delight the whole family.

Dec
13
Fri
Lucia Nights Celebration @ Bishop Hill National Historic Landmark
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Drive the back roads to Bishop Hill for a memorial holiday experience Lucia Nights. As you enter the historic 19th Century village, you will be greeting with a candlelit glow of luminary-lined sidewalks and candles in the windows of shops, museums, and homes. A little snow doesn’t hurt the ambiance, either.

Lucia’s (young girls with candles) serve coffee and sweets in village museums and shops.  Enjoy a chili/soup supper at the Methodist Church or dine at local eateries. Perhaps do some last minute Christmas shopping? Carolers from local high schools will be strolling the village both evenings.  The event runs from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Musicians will be featured at the Steeple Building and the Dairy Building.  Storytelling at VASA Archives and stop by the Bishop Hill Colony School for an old-fashioned barn dance.

Schedule

4 p.m.Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church Chili Supper
6 p.m.Christmas Tree Lighting
6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.Musical Performers at the Dairy Building
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.Musical Performers at the Steeple Building

 

7 p.m.Saturday Only:

Old Fashioned Barn Dance at the Colony School

Dec
14
Sat
Lucia Nights Celebration @ Bishop Hill National Historic Landmark
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Drive the back roads to Bishop Hill for a memorial holiday experience Lucia Nights. As you enter the historic 19th Century village, you will be greeting with a candlelit glow of luminary-lined sidewalks and candles in the windows of shops, museums, and homes. A little snow doesn’t hurt the ambiance, either.

Lucia’s (young girls with candles) serve coffee and sweets in village museums and shops.  Enjoy a chili/soup supper at the Methodist Church or dine at local eateries. Perhaps do some last minute Christmas shopping? Carolers from local high schools will be strolling the village both evenings.  The event runs from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Musicians will be featured at the Steeple Building and the Dairy Building.  Storytelling at VASA Archives and stop by the Bishop Hill Colony School for an old-fashioned barn dance.

Schedule

4 p.m.Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church Chili Supper
6 p.m.Christmas Tree Lighting
6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.Musical Performers at the Dairy Building
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.Musical Performers at the Steeple Building

 

7 p.m.Saturday Only:

Old Fashioned Barn Dance at the Colony School