Welcome to Dylan Days
Welcome to the online home of Dylan Days, an organization supporting the arts and honoring Bob Dylan in his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota. Over the years Dylan Days has built a grassroots tradition including the singer/songwriter contest, writing contest and literary showcase, visual arts competition, Bobby Zimmerman bus tour, live music and more.
May 22-25, 2014
HIBBING, Minn. ─ Bob Dylan's northeastern Minnesota hometown celebrates his 73rd birthday and continued artistic accomplishment with an exciting lineup of Dylan Days arts and entertainment activities from May 22-25, 2014. This is the 13th year of major Dylan Days activities in Hibbing, continuing an informal tradition that began in 1991. All events are within walking distance in downtown Hibbing. Most events are free with purchase of a souvenir Dylan Days button, available for $5 at Zimmy's and Howard Street Booksellers. Admission and Tickets
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This Year's Events
Thursday, May 22, 2014 (Day 1)
Friday, May 23, 2014 (Day 2)
Dylan Days Literary Showcase: Time TBA at Hibbing Memorial Building Little Theater, featuring winners of the B.J. Rolfzen Creative Writing Contest
Dylan Days Singer/Songwriter Contest, Friday Division: 7 pm-midnight at Zimmy’s. Competitors from all over the world sing one Dylan song and one original. Gary Ivan from New York returns as our emcee for the 13th consecutive year. Our oldest, most popular tradition. Reservations required.
Saturday, May 24, 2013 (Day 3 - Bob's Birthday)
Dylan Days Bus Tour: Departing from Zimmy’s, the popular interpretive, interactive tour of Hibbing showing the town Dylan knew, his potential influences, along with the town today through storytelling and history. Time, cost and details TBA
Dylan Days 2013 U.S. Postal Cancellation: TBA at Zimmy's. A creative, unique postal cancellation stamp featuring a limited edition Dylan Days image that may be used on memorabilia or actual mail.
Local Artists Demonstrations: 2-5 pm at Zimmy’s, featuring Cherry Glass, a northern Minnesota family owned business that makes a variety of functional and non-functional art; Jeff Argir and his wood art; and others.
Dylan Days Singer/Songwriter Contest, Saturday Division: 5-7 pm at Zimmy’s. Competitors from all over the world sing one Dylan song and one original. The contest is so popular we need two divisions in order to accommodate the number of participants!!
Live Music: 7-midnight at Zimmy’s, bands to be announced
Sunday, May 25, 2013 (Day 4)
Dylan Days Farewell Brunch: 10 am-noon at Zimmy's, featuring a local Ojibwe blessing by Sharon Williams, final judging of the art contest entries, and an open-mic music sharing time. Cost TBA
From its humble origins as a spontaneous jam session, to its growth as part of the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce, to its current status as a fast growing, independent community arts organization, Dylan Days seeks to enhance the arts community in Northern Minnesota in addition to conducting these annual events. Dylan Days works with many community partners, including schools, the city, the chamber of commerce and other artistic groups. We operate off the advertising revenue for our annual publication, "Talkin' Blues," the program and literary journal of Dylan Days.
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