About the Festival
The Vadnais Heights area has a legacy of community organizers who have brought neighbors, businesses, and local groups together for annual celebrations for decades!
The Vadnais Heights Booster Club, which became the Community Club, held programs and events in the area before Vadnais Heights formally became a village (and later a City). They held their first Booya at Lake Vadnais Park in 1963.
In 1976, the community held a Bicentennial Celebration (recognizing 200 years of the United States being an independent republic). The event included a parade, costumes from the 1800s, city royalty, and ceremony honoring the first French Canadian settlers of the community.
In 1978, the first festival officially called Heritage Days was held. The City of Vadnais Heights has worked closely with community organizations and local businesses to host and financially support a wide variety of activities associated with Heritage Days that have continued to change according to community interest over the years.
In 2024, the festival is being rebranded to Vadnais Heights Days to more accurately reflect the current activities and re-energize the community about the celebration.
Read more about the history of Vadnais Heights in "Reflections from the Lake: A 160-Year History of the Vadnais Heights Community" by Rose Soler. Free copies are available at City Hall!
Help Us Record Our History!
We've been collecting photos of Vadnais Heights festivals for many years. Unfortunately, for the vast majority of our photos, we don't know the names of the people who were captured watching the parade, dancing to live music, and making memories together. We need your help to record the "who" and "when" of our photos.
- View the photos online here: https://myalbum.com/tdu3vVJrHkaG
- Leave comments on the photos to let us know who is in them! You'll need to sign in to MyAlbum to leave comments; you can create an account with the site, or sign in with a Facebook or Google account.
- Share the project with your friends and neighbors who might be able to tell us more!
We are working to get our print photos digitized and all photos cataloged. Volunteers will be able to work from home on the project. If you are interested in volunteering to help with these efforts, contact Katie Everett, Recreation & Facilities Manager via email or 651-204-6060.