Dylan Days
May 26-29, 2011
(last updated: May 29, 2011)

Dylan Days 2011 is over. Thanks to all who attended or participated! The schedule below refers to the 2011 events. We'll be announcing Dylan Days 2012 events later this year. Offer your suggestions at our Facebook page.

Dylan Days 2011HIBBING, Minn.Bob Dylan turns 70 this May and his northeastern Minnesota hometown celebrates with an exciting lineup of Dylan Days arts and entertainment activities from May 26-29, 2011. This is the 10th year of major Dylan Days activities in Hibbing, contining an informal tradition that began in 1991. All events are within walking distance in downtown Hibbing.

NOTE: This year we are working in partnership with Duluth's new Dylan Fest event that runs May 22-28 in Dylan's birthplace city. Click here to see the poster featuring Dylan music events down the road from Hibbing.

Brittany Lee and Josh DunneWednesday, May 25

7-11 p.m. at Zimmy’s
Brittany Lee and Josh Dunne
. Lee, an Iron Range native, joins fellow Nashville musician for acoustic “Dylan Days Eve” show.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
5 p.m., Zimmy's on Howard St.
Dylan Days Welcome Reception / Hibbing Chamber of Commerce "Business After Hours." Followed by folk rock music from The Grunt Monkeys of Anchorage, Alaska.

Friday, May 27, 2011
1-4 p.m., Hibbing Public Library
Dylan Days Symposium. A series of open discussions and presentations by Dylan scholars and members of Dylan's high school rock band The Golden Chords. The Dylan Days B.J. Rolfzen Memorial Writing Contest Literary Event will also be held during the sympoisum, featuring contest winners reading their work. An original British documentary film about rock n' roll and its impact on tourism and culture will make its American debut. This film will feature Dylan, Hibbing and several people you might see around town.

6-8 p.m., Hibbing Memorial Building Dining Hall
'50s Sock Hop co-sponsored by Hibbing Historical Society. Enjoy authentic music from the 1950s that a young Bob Dylan might have listened to. This event is open to families and will feature a partial reunion of one of Dylan's early bands, The Golden Chords, with LeRoy Hoikkala and Monte Edwardson (unless Bob shows up; then it would be a complete reunion).

8:30 p.m.-midnight
The world famous Dylan Days Singer/Songwriter Contest will take place once again at Zimmy's. Competitors from all over the world sing one Dylan song and one original. This is the first division of the contest. The winners receive prizes and joins our hall of fame. SIGN UP TO COMPETE.

Saturday, May 28, 2011
10:30-2:30, pick up/drop off at Zimmy's
Bobby Zimmerman Bus Tour. Our famous and extremely popular interpretive, interactive tour of Hibbing showing the town Dylan knew, his potential influences, along with the town today. Great storytelling and history. BUS TOUR IS FULL - Waiting list available (Additional stand-alone tours of the high school are being planned).

Dylan Days 2011 postal cancellation2-4 p.m., Zimmy's
Dylan Days 2011 Postal Cancellation. Each year the United States Postal Service, by way of its Hibbing post office, offers a creative, unique postal cancellation stamp featuring a limited edition Dylan Days image. This stamp is only available on this day and may be used on memorabilia or actual mail.

3-approx. 6 p.m., Zimmy's
Dylan Days Singer/Songwriter Contest. This second division of singer/songwriters will compete for prizes. Competitors from all over the world sing one Dylan song and one original.

After songwriter contest-9 p.m., Zimmy's
"The Fifth Day of May" with Danny Fox, two-time winner of the Singer/Songwriter contest and Dylan Days favorite.

9 p.m.-?, Zimmy's
"Johnny's in the Basement," a new music project with Duluth musician Jamie Ness, plays Dylan music and keeps the crowd rocking into the night.

Sunday, May 29, 2011
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Zimmy's
The Dylan Days Farewell Brunch will be held to let visitors and locals chat with their new friends before everyone goes home. Local Ojibwa blessing to be given.

Additional live music events will be scheduled along with other unique experiences for the visitors who join us from all over the world each year. Dylan's 70th birthday is expected to increase the number of national and international visitors and many special surprises are being planned.

Most events are free with the purchase of the Dylan Days pin. The benefit concert has a separate ticket cost with proceeds going to the Hibbing Arts Council to promote future Dylan Days events and concerts. Events are subject to minor schedule changes until two weeks prior to the event. For more information e-mail info@dylandays.com.


Dylan Days prides itself on homegrown traditions like the singer/songwriter contest, the literary event and the bus tour. Past events have included:

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 the 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. Find out how to support us with your advertising dollars (lower rates available for individuals to take out small patronage ads).

For information on Dylan Days events, ticket information, or to inquire about participating in a Dylan Days activity, e-mail info@dylandays.com.

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

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.