Year of Dylan

Year of Dylan in St. Louis County Announced
May 24, 2021 to May 24, 2022

Duluth and Hibbing, MN.–Some celebrities have been honored by a special day, or even a weekend, for their accomplishments. The Duluth Dylan Fest and members of the Hibbing Dylan Project, along with our tourism partners–Visit Duluth, Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce, Iron Range Tourism, and the Minnesota Discovery Center–have decided that the achievements of Bob Dylan, spanning over 60 years, can best be acknowledged by a “Year of Dylan”. The St. Louis County Board will be issuing a proclamation making May 24, 2021, coinciding with Dylan’s 80th birthday, to May 24, 2022, the “Year of Dylan”. 

Throughout the next 12 months an advisory committee, with representatives from partnering organizations, is scheduling a variety of “Dylan-esque” events. The Year of Dylan will be book-ended by Bob Dylan’s 80th and 81st birthday, celebrated in both Hibbing and Duluth in 2021 and 2022.

The Year of Dylan will kick off May 22 in Hibbing with the ground-breaking of the Dylan Monument at Hibbing High School, organized by the Hibbing Dylan Project along with music at the Hibbing Dylan boyhood home. The 2021 Duluth Dylan Fest, runs May 22-30.  Additionally, one of the Mesabi Trails 2021 Bike Tours will be Dylan-themed with music and the unveiling of a special addition to the bike trail near Hibbing.  The Minnesota Discover Center is planning a Dylan-themed concert and display in August. The Duluth Dylan Fest and Hibbing Dylan Project will be holding a number of events throughout the year.

Any organization or business interested in planning or hosting a Year of Dylan event or activity, can email the Year of Dylan committee at ( 

For more information, please contact:

Zane Bail for more information about the Duluth Dylan Fest or the Year of Dylan

Molly Johnsrud,, about the Hibbing Dylan Project

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