Bishop Hill’s Midsommar Music Festival will return Saturday, June 22nd with a strong line-up of musical performers.  Highlights of this all-day event include Main Stage performances, a Swedish Maypole celebration, and Old-Fashioned Barn Dance.

Main Stage performances in the village park gazebo will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.  This year’s lineup includes the Hollands, Jansson Five, Lewis Knudsen and the Bandits, Bob Burns Duo, and Black Hawk Pipes and Drums.  After the Main Stage performances are completed, the Maypole will be decorated with flowers.  Everyone is then invited to join the Maypole procession. Accordionist Ernie Sandquist will lead the procession.  It will begin in the park and end at the Colony School where visitors can join in the Maypole dancing and have refreshments.  Later that evening, there will be a barn dance at the Colony School with The Rusty Pickup String Band and caller Gail Hintze.  Admission to the barn dance is $5 per person.  Visitors can pick up a program for more details at the information booth in the park.

The festival is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, co-sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Bishop Hill Old Settler’s Association, Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge #683, and area businesses.  It is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.  Donations are welcome. For directions and more info, visit  For more information please call 309-927-3311 or 927-3899.