Best Way To Waltz Away the Hours

The Strauss Festival of Elk Grove
As you watch the dancers gracefully twirl around the stage, the women in colorful ballroom gowns and the men in dapper tuxes, it feels like old Vienna all over again—and that’s precisely the point. The Strauss Festival of Elk Grove, a tradition since 1987, attracts more than 30,000 visitors to swoon to Johann Strauss Jr. waltzes (played by a 32-piece orchestra) for its four-day run every July. The outdoor festival, staged at Elk Grove Regional Park, features a different choreographed storyline every year, so repeat visitors can be surprised every time. It’s perfectly enchanting—and perfectly free (if you don’t count the cost of parking).