Midsommar Music Festival @ Bishop Hill
Jun 24 @ 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.

Lucia Nights Celebration @ Bishop Hill National Historic Landmark
Dec 8 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 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.

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.


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