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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.

Dylan Days Schedule 2012

May 24-27, 2012

HIBBING, Minn. ─ Bob Dylan's northeastern Minnesota hometown celebrates his 71st birthday and 50th anniversary of his first album with an exciting lineup of Dylan Days arts and entertainment activities from May 24-27, 2012. This is the 11th 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. Admission and Tickets

This Year's Events

Thursday, May 24, 2012 (Day 1)

Dylan Days Welcome Reception: 5-7 pm at Zimmy’s, followed by live music from “The Adjustments” a Duluth, MN based folk-rock blues-funk band playing until midnight.

Friday, May 25, 2012 (Day 2)

Dylan Days Literary Showcase: 3-4 pm 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 11th consecutive year.  Our oldest, most popular tradition.

Saturday, May 26, 2012 (Day 3)

Dylan Days Bus Tour: 10:30 am-2:30 pm 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.  Cost $25.

Dylan Days 2012 U.S. Postal Cancellation: 2-4 pm 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.

Glass Blowing Demonstration: 2-4 pm at Zimmy’s, featuring Cherry Glass, a northern Minnesota family owned business that makes a variety of functional and non-functional art.

Dylan Days Singer/Songwriter Contest, Saturday Division: 4-7 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!!

Murzik: 8 pm-midnight at Zimmy’s, a Minneapolis based folk/neofolk band that mixes old eastern European folk and midwest Americana sounds together to form a sound which they coined as Dark Folk. Murzik claims its influences from an eclectic compilation of sources, which include artists such as Vladimir Vysotsky, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Édith Piaf. Traces of these influences can be heard in Murziks romanticized soundscapes and dark poetic lyrics.

Sunday, May 27, 2012 (Day 4)

Dylan Days Farewell Brunch: 10 am-noon at Zimmy's, featuring a local Ojibwe blessing by Sharon Williams and a spiritual presentation by Daniel Botkin of East Peoria, Illinois, a hardcore Bob Dylan fan since the early 1960s, when he was 15 years old.  This year, May 27 happens to be Shavuot, a Jewish holiday, and Pentecost, a Christian holiday. Daniel leads a Jewish-Christian congregation in Peoria, so this makes him an ideal speaker for this year's farewell brunch.  The name of Daniel's congregation is Gates of Eden, which also happens to be the title of a Bob Dylan song. Daniel also publishes a bimonthly magazine called Gates of Eden, and has two art galleries called Gates of Eden, one in East Peoria and one in Pontiac, Illinois.  The Gates of Eden Gallery in Peoria has twice sponsored "Visions of Johanna," a national group exhibition that features Dylan-inspired visual artwork by artists from across the nation.  Cost $11.


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.

For information on Dylan Days events, ticket information, or to inquire about participating in a Dylan Days activity, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more about Northeastern Minnesota's Iron Range, visit the Iron Range Tourism Bureau.

Press Coverage

"Dylan's Minnesota Story Shows Poetry in Motion"
-Aaron J. Brown

"Native Son"
-Twin Cities Metro

"Bringin' It All Back Home"
-Twin Cities Metro

"Tangled Up in Stats"
-Minnesota Monthly

Dylan Days is organized by Dylan Days, Hibbing, MN, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the arts in Bob Dylan's hometown.
All content not provided for promotional purposes copyright by Aaron J. Brown for Dylan Days.