Spring/Summer 2017

April 1

Spring Jubilee

Bishop Hill celebrates spring with special events. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

309 927-3899


April 1-2

Toy Tractor Weekend

John Deere, IH, and other brands of toy tractors and implements will be displayed at the Steeple Building.



April 22

Swedish Stomp and Skamparoo

5K run/walk through historic Bishop Hill. 9 a.m. 309-927-3044.


May 19, 20, 21

Quilt Show

Area quilters exhibit their work at the Colony School. Admission is $5. Quilt displays will also be at other town locations. 309-927-3851.


June 10

Honor Flight Benefit

Proceeds benefit the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. Enjoy music, an auction, and a dinner, all in the Bishop Hill Village Park.

3-6 p.m. 309-927-3355.


June 24

Midsommar Music Festival

Celebrate the summer solstice with music. Concerts in the village park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maypole decorating and procession at 4 p.m. Barn dance at 7 p.m.



July 8

Country Antique Market

Quality antiques on the lawn of the Colony School. This event will benefit a Bishop Hill organization. $6.00 admission. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 309-927-3037.


July 23

Antique Car Show

Antique and classic car show. Registration is from 9 a.m. – noon, judging is from noon – 1:30 p.m. with awards presented at 3 p.m.



Aug. 12-13

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 on the 20th. 309-927-3008.


Aug. 12

Pie in the Park

Fundraiser for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. Homemade pies and ice cream available to purchase. Village Park. 1-4 p.m. 309-927-3899.


Aug. 26

Bishop Hill Chautauqua

Storytellers will portray historical figures. Located in the village park. 309-927-3899.



Fall 2017

Sept. 9

Old Settlers’ Day

This event celebrates the 170th anniversary of the Colony and the 120th year of the Old Settler’s Association. Large parade. Chicken dinner served at 11:30 a.m., Band concert at 12:15 p.m. Program at 1:30 p.m. 309-927-3044


Sept. 10

Colony School Reunion

Reunion of students and teachers from the Bishop Hill Colony School and area country schools. 2 – 4 p.m.



Sept. 23-24


Celebrating Bishop Hill’s agrarian heritage, this event features traditional 19th century harvest activities, music, dancing, and farm produce. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 309-927-3899.


October 14-15

Collectors Weekend

For one weekend only at the Steeple Building Museum, antique and vintage items of all shapes, sizes, and topics will be exhibited by local collectors for display only. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 309-927-3899.


Holiday Season 2017

Nov. 24-26


Christmas Market. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Swedish folk characters roam the village. Swedish food specialties, folk arts, and antiques.

Christmas Cookie Walk. Select from a large array of holiday cookies,

homemade by community bakers at the Colony School on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 309-927-3899


Dec. 2-3


Christmas Market. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Traditionally decorated shops and museums. Encounter Swedish folk characters. Swedish foods, unique gifts, and more.

Chocolate Walk. Saturday and Sunday  select from homemade chocolate delicacies for your holiday enjoyment. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 309-927-3899


Dec. 8-9

Lucia Nights

Coffee and sweet items are served in shops and museums by “Lucias.” Special music at various village locations. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 309-927-3899


Dec. 16-17

Customer Appreciation Weekend at the Colony Store. Customers receive 10% off and BHHA members receive 20% off all purchases.


Please call to confirm dates and times. Additional events may be added.