Tentative 2021 Schedule of Events for the BHHA and Bishop Hill

PDF of the Bishop Hill Map:  MapBH2016

PDF of 2020 Bishop Hill Visitors Guide (created by the BHAC):  Bishop Hill Visitors Guide 2020

April 24
Swedish Stomp & Skamperoo 5K race

May 14-16
Quilt Show
A bedazzling display of color will fill the Colony School. Admission is $5. Special quilt exhibits will be a the Steeple Building Museum as well, with wheat weaving demonstrations.

May 22
Jon Wagner’s presentation on BH Colony 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building

June 5
Carolyn Anderson presentation on Material Culture 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building

June 13
Honor Flight Benefit
This is a fundraising event for the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. Enjoy music, speakers, dinner, and auction in the Bishop Hill Village Park. 3-6 p.m. Call 309 927-3355 for more details.

June 19
Lilly Setterdahl’s presentation on Women in the Bishop Hill Colony 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building.

June 26
Midsommar Music Festival
Join in a lively Swedish tradition to celebrate the summer solstice with music and dancing. Free concerts in the Park. Decorate a Maypole and follow the procession to ensure a bountiful summer. Shake a leg at the barn dance held at the Colony School. 11-4 Music in the Bishop Hill Village Park. 4:00 Pole decorating and procession. 6:00 Barn Dance at the Colony School. Organized by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge, Vasa Order of America, BHHA, and the Bishop Hill Historic Site . 309-927-3899

July 10
Bishop Hill Country Antique Market
Quality antiques including primitives, folk art, pottery, and much more available on the lawn of the Colony School. 9-3. Admission is $7. Sponsored by Sweet Annie’s Primitives.

July 17
Doug Dowell’s presentation on Forrest Cady 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building

July 25
Antique Car Show
Antique and classic car show. Registration is from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., judging is from noon – 1:30 p.m. with awards presented at 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association.

August 7
Dancing Queen: ABBA Tribute Band Concert 2 p.m. at the Village Park

August 14-15
Hummingbird Festival
This is a chance to see hummingbirds up close and learn more about these miraculous creatures. Brian “Fox” Ellis will share hummingbird tales and John James Audubon will share his portraits of hummingbirds. There will be hummingbird banding and a chance to hold one of these winged jewels! Kids art classes and an opportunity to take hummingbird friendly garden plants home. Hosted by The Bishop Hill Creative Commons. Visit the bhcommons on Facebook or call 309-696-1017 for details.

August 28-29
Bishop Hill Chautauqua
Spend the day with several characters from our past. Join us for a historical reenactment brought to life through storytelling and music. Free event held in the Village Park. Sponsored by the BHHA and Twinflower Inn. 309-927-3899

September 11
Old Settlers’ Day
This event celebrates the 175th anniversary of the Colony and the 125th year of the Old Settlers’ Association. A traditional chicken dinner will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by a band concert and a program. There will be a large parade in the afternoon as well. . Sponsored by the BHOSA. 

September 18
Brita Butler Walls’ presentation about Anna Sophia 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building

September 25 and 26
Jordbruksdagarna (Ag Days)
Bishop Hill’s biggest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, stew, and much, much more. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more information.

October 9
Basket Weaving with Linda Simmons 9 a.m. at the Dairy Building

October 16
Adam Kaul presentations on Bishop Hill and tourism 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building

October 23
John Norton’s Presentation on Eric Janson’s last two letters to Bishop Hill 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building

November 6
Folk Music Concert by Chris Vallillo 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building.

November 13
Brian Fox Ellis’ presentation on Benjamin Dunn Walsh 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building.

November 20
Dala Horse Painting Workshop with Carol Curry 9 a.m. at the Dairy Building.

Friday November 26, Saturday November 27, Sunday November 28, Saturday December 4, and Sunday December 5
Julmarknad (Christmas Market)
Swedish traditions come alive with folk characters throughout the village. Shops are filled with handmade items, antiques, folk art, and other Christmas gift items. Cookie Walk at the Colony School November 26-27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chocolate Walk at the Dairy Building during the first weekend of December. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more information.

Friday December 10 and Saturday December 11
Lucia Nights
From 6 to 9 p.m., experience a unique Swedish holiday. Luminaries line the sidewalk and music fills the air. Young girls dressed as St. Lucia serve drinks and sweets in shops and museums throughout the village. Soup supper available at the Methodist Church. All Bishop Hill restaurants and shops will be open. December 10 is the Christmas Tree lighting in the park at 6 p.m. December 11 Barn Dance at the Colony School at 7 p.m. Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more information.


Please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net to confirm dates and times. Additional events may be added.