Bob Dylan Way is coming to Duluth and folks are excited. The annual celebration in Duluth of the Duluth Dylan Fest is a Minnesota favorite. Dylan was born in Duluth back in May of 1941, so it’s a must-see celebration every year.
The concert tour is taking place this May for a week and will be celebrated at different spots around town including Tycoons Alehouse and Eatery, the Duluth Armory, Red Herring and Red Mug Coffeehouse. Here are some of the highlights you’ll have to check out for this spring’s Bob Dylan Way.
The fourth annual Duluth Dylan Fest is taking place from Sunday, May 17 through Sunday May 24th. Sunday the 17th will be the kick-off event with the Dylan Pub Trivia Carmody Irish Pub & Brewery at 9pm. The 18th is TBA but Tuesday the 19th will feature a Poetry Reading at Red Mug Coffeehouse at 7pm.
Wednesday the 20th will be the Dylan Grog time at Tycoons Alehouse and Eatery from 5-7pm with an open stage at Beaner’s Central Inc from 6-9pm. There’s a concert for Basement Tapes featuring an all-star lineup of local musicians at 9pm at the Tycoons Alehouse. Thursday the 22nd brings the Blood on Tracks Express rolling music excursion from Duluth to Two Harbors taking train loads at 5:30pm until 11pm.
The weekend is featuring Dylan Grog Time on Friday the 23rd at Tycoons from 5-7pm as well as the Red Herring’s Duluth Dylan Fest Singer-Songwriter Contest from 7-10pm. Saturday is the Dylan bus tour from Duluth to Hibbing and back plus a Benefit Concert for the Historic Duluth Armory at 7pm. The week ends with a “Celebrate Duluth” native son Bob Dylan’s 74th birthday with brunch at Tycoons on the 24th.
In May of 2006, the City of Duluth made a cultural pathway on honor of Bob Dylan, to celebrate his 65th birthday. Ever since, citizens have raised money to install 30 street signs to mark the pathway which is a 1.8 mile Bob Dylan Way that winds through downtown Duluth.
It extends from Michigan Street at 5th Avenue West to 15th Avenue East and London Road following segments of three major arteries. These include Superior Street, London Road (Historical Highway 61) and Michigan Street. These link cultural assets like the history Armory and the Depot to make for a comprehensive vision of the vibrant arts community here. Check out the Bob Dylan Way exhibit at Fitger’s at 600 East Superior Street.