2018 Schedule of Events for the BHHA and Bishop Hill


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July 14            Country Antique Market

Quality antiques including primitives, country, folk art, pottery, and much more are available on the lawn of the Colony School. This popular country antique market features 60 exceptional antique dealers from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. Here you’ll find every sort of antique wares including primitive furnishings, country cupboards, folk art, pottery and early home goods.
Don’t miss out on the best – come early. Hours are 9am-3pm. Admission is $7.00. This event is organized and promoted by Sweet Annie Primitives and the Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery. 309-927-3072
Enjoy live music and pause for a bite to eat at the lunch stand. The event is held rain or shine; the spirit of the day is always sunny! The proceeds from this show will benefit a Bishop Hill organization.


July 22            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 11-12  Bishop Hill Festival of the Arts.

Art & Craft Show, demonstrations and plein aire gather in Bishop Hill for this event.  Hands on activities for kids.  Wheat weaving in the Steeple Building Museum. Vendors of all different type of art forms will be present. Live music both days.




August 11       Pie at the Steeple (Pie and Ice Cream Social Fundraiser)
Join this fund raiser for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, held at the Steeple Building. 11 a.m. until it is gone.

August 12   Swedish Meatballs at the Steeple Building
Join this fund raiser for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, held at the Steeple Building. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

August 25       Bishop Hill Chautauqua

Spend the day with several characters from our past. Join us for a historical re-enactment brought to life through storytelling and music. The theme this year is World War I. Free event held in the village park. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Twinflower Inn.

September 8    Old Settlers’ Day
This event celebrates the 171st anniversary of the Colony and the 121st year of the Old Settler’s Association. A traditional chicken dinner is served at 11:30 a.m., followed by a band concert at 12:15 p.m., and a program featuring Colony descendants at 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by the BHOSA.


September 9    Colony School Reunion

Former students and teachers from the Colony School and area country schools meet annually to celebrate. 2 – 4 p.m.


Sept. 29-30      Agriculture Days – Jordbruksdagarna

Bishop Hill’s biggest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, stew, antique/primitive vendors, and much, much more. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


November 23 To November 24

Holiday Cookie Walk

Held at the Colony School Friday and Saturday from 9am-4pm. Local elves make cookies that are sure to please everyone. Come purchase holiday baked goods by the pound. 309-927-3899


November 23 To November 25

Christmas Market – Julmarknad

Swedish traditions come alive with folk characters causing mischief throughout the village. Music and the smell of food fills the air. Shops are filled with handmade items, antiques, folk art, and other gift items. 10am-5pm


December 01 To December 02

Christmas Market – Julmarknad

Holiday hospitality continues during this second weekend of Christmas Market. Find Swedish folk characters roaming throughout the village. Musical entertainment. Shops brim with handmade items, antiques, folk art, and other gift items. Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm.


December 01 To December 02

Holiday Chocolate Walk

A Chocolate Walk will be held at the Dairy Building. A delightful assortment of homemade chocolate treats will be available for you to purchase by the pound. 309-927-3899 Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm.


December 7 and 8

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


December 25

Julotta – Candlelight Non-denominational Church Service

Services are held in the Colony Church and conducted in Swedish and English. Coffee and rusk served following the service. 6am.


Please call 309 927-3899 to confirm dates and times. Additional events may be added.