Past Events & Festivals

The Duluth Dylan Fest has been offering an array of arts and music events since2011.  To learn more about past performers and event schedules, check out the poster archives:

Duluth Dylan Fest Songwriter Contest 

Since 2015, the Duluth Dylan Fest has held the annual singer-songwriter contest.  The fest committee expresses our deepest gratitude to each songwriter who has entered our songwriting contests.  Your talent is incredible.  Here is a list of the past winners:


1st Place – Wille Durie – Hibbing. Minnesota
2nd Place – Skarlett Woods, Bemidji, Minnesota
3rd Place – Misisipi Mike Wolf – San Francisco, California/Duluth, Minnesota


1st Place – Shane Nelson – Superior, Wisconsin
2nd Place – Will Durie – Hibbing, Minnesota
3rd Place – Svare Forsland, Bogalusa, Louisiana

The winning song by Share Nelson was made into a collaborative YouTube video: Song From the North Country: Mason Lowe.”

You can to the audio link of Will Durie’s Song Skylark and Svare Forsland Song Where Kisses Never Die.



Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic 


1st Place  – Shane Nelson, Superior, WI

2nd Place – Mike Labo, Ironwood, MI

3rd Place – Jim Hall, Duluth, MN 

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1st Place –  Mama’s Stolen Horses, Duluth, MN 

2nd. Place – Ryan Lane, Duluth, MN

3rd Place – Eli Hawrhorne, Duluth, MN

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1st Place – Jacob Mahon, Duluth, MN

2nd Place – John SonofMel, Hayward, WI 

3rd Place – Erik Leveille & Shojin Abe Alford, Appleton, WI

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1st Place – Eli Hebl, Two Harbors, MN

2nd  Place – Dan Lang, Duluth, MN

3rd Place – Iris Kolodji, Hibbing, MN

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1st Place – Jim Hall, Duluth, MN

2nd  Place – Iris Kolodji, Hibbing, MN

3rd Place – Rick McLean, Duluth, MN

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2021 Duluth Dylan Fest Poetry Contest 

Thank you to all the contestants for participating in the contest. Please join us for the Poetry Showcase on May 26th. To listen to recording of the session, please click on this link: 2021 Duluth Dylan Fest Poetry Reading

Miles from Home
1st place – Ellie Schoenfeld, Duluth, MN
Honorable Mention – Sharon Chmielarz, Brooklyn Park, MN
Honorable Mention – William Tecku, Gordon WI

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