July 26 - July 29, 2012
The Strauss Festival is an outdoor, staged dance production that has attracted more than 30,000 people annually since its inception in 1987. "Enchanting," "magical," and "romantic" are just a few adjectives commonly used to describe the evening performances, which each year feature a different choreographed storyline set to music by the family of Austrian composer Johann Strauss, played by a live orchestra. Bringing the story to life are elegantly costumed waltz and polka troupes--who, to the surprise of many, are not professional dancers--and elaborate handcrafted sets. Each performance ends with a fireworks display.
This festival takes place on Strauss Island in Elk Grove Regional Park.