When and where is it?


The Strauss Festival of Elk Grove takes place each year on the final Thursday through Sunday of July. A prelude to the show begins each evening at 7:30 p.m., giving audiences a chance to view and photograph dancers on their promenade through the park. The show begins at 8:15p.m., breaks for intermission and ends at around 10:00p.m.

The Strauss Festival is performed on the stage at Elk Grove Regional Park’s Strauss Island, which audiences view from a grassy knoll at the edge of a lake. Warm evening breezes and lights reflected in the water add to the ambience, as do the resident ducks.

Finding the park is easy – it’s so big, you can’t miss it. From either Interstate 5 or Highway 99, take the Elk Grove Boulevard exit. Travel east on Elk Grove Boulevard until you reach Elk Grove-Florin Road. Turn south (right). Continue on Elk Grove-Florin Road until you see the park entrance on your right. Follow the signs to Strauss Island.


What should I bring?


What should I bring besides a minimal fee for parking, extra money for souvenirs (everyone needs a Strauss Souvenir: i.e. glasses, T-shirt, festival specific items, etc.!), and we have local vendors with food and beverages, including wine and beer. Although you can bring your own food, we ask that you patronize our vendors when possible. ABC does not allow our guests to bring in alcoholic beverages.

Also a sweater or jacket as evenings often turn cool as the sun sets. A flashlight is always helpful as you return to your vehicle.


How do I reserve seating?


Various seating options as listed below are available in order to view the FREE* Strauss Festival of Elk Grove performances which are held the last full weekend of July at Elk Grove Regional Park. The performance prelude begins at 7: 30 p.m. with the show commencing at 8:15 p.m. each evening.

Blanket/Lawn Chair Seating

  • Blankets may be brought before 10:00 a.m. on the morning of the show and will be given a blanket number in the public blanket line.
  • If you prefer, attendees may bring a blanket after the conclusion of the previous night’s show (around 10:00 p.m.) and will have a blanket number put on the blanket at that time.

At 10:00 a.m. each day of the performance, guests with blanket numbers will be allowed to enter the event site 10 guests at a time (safety measure) to place their blanket in any available Strauss Festival lawn area. Each person will be allowed to carry in only one blanket.  Upon putting the blanket on the ground, this place is then reserved for that evening’s performance.  Please secure the edges of the blankets so that it does not move during the day. Once all the blankets are in place (approx. 11:00-11:30 a.m. each day) other guests may arrive and place their blanket/chair(s) in any remaining open lawn space.

NO CHAIRS may be placed from lakeside to the sidewalk seating area to ensure attendees sitting behind this area have a clear view of the show.   Lawn chairs may be placed on a personal blanket located on the south side of the sidewalk up towards the bleacher seating and vendor areas.

Blankets may not be larger than 76” X 84”. Any blanket that exceeds this size may be removed by Strauss personnel prior to the evening performance.  Strauss personnel reserve the right to move blankets slightly to fill gaps, etc.  Blankets must not be made of material that may hurt the grass such as plastic tarps, etc. or they will be removed.  The Strauss Festival is not responsible for loss or damage to blankets or other items left at the park.

*Please note: A $10 parking fee ($30 for buses) applies within Elk Grove Regional Park, and all parking proceeds are donated to the Strauss Festival of Elk Grove.

Bleacher Seating

Reservations for bleacher seating at the
2017 Festival will begin June 2017

Would you like to have a reserved bleacher seat waiting for you along with a light snack?  Bleacher Seating is pre-assigned seating in the bleacher area which provides a great view of the show.  When making your reservation please indicate if you prefer a specific level of seating. Every effort will be made to accommodate your request.

Select your package from the list below:

The Waltz: (price to be determined June 2017)

2 (Two) bleacher seats (cushions or stadium style chairs are welcome), Paid Parking Pass, 2 programs, 2 personal sized popcorns, 2 - 8 oz. bottles of water.

Additional seat (seat only) $5 each

The Conductor’s Choice: (price to be determined June 2017)

2 (Two) bleacher seats (cushion or stadium style chairs are welcome), Paid Parking Pass, 2 programs, 2 personal sized popcorns, 2 hot dog dinners.

Additional seat (seat only) $5 each

The Fireworks: (price to be determined June 2017)

2 (Two) bleacher seats (cushion or stadium style chairs are welcome), Paid Parking Pass, 2 programs, 2 personal sized popcorns, 2 hot dog dinners, 2 Strauss wine glasses, 2 wine tickets.

Additional seats (seat only) $5 each

Reservations made using our “on-line” option must be made at least 24 hours before the show you wish to attend. All non-Internet reservations must be made at least one week in advance of the show you wish to attend using info@straussfestival.com or call 916 714-2527.  Checks may be sent to: P.O. Box 309, Elk Grove, CA 95759.

Accessible Seating

Accessible seating is available to people that have disabilities.   Please call our phone line at 916 714-2527 and leave a message or info@straussfestival.com at least 36 hours in advance of the show you wish to attend.  Please note this seating is on a first call, first reservation basis and cannot be guaranteed for each performance.  Please request this service early to reserve a seat(s).

VIP Seating

VIP seating is available and is dedicated to our major sponsors.   If you are interested in becoming a major sponsor, you may find more information on our Support/Sponsors or Donations page.  Please let us know if you have any questions by contacting us at 916-714-2527 or info@straussfestival.com.


Can I bring my pet?


For the safety of your pet and the safety and comfort of Strauss Festival guests, NO PETS will be allowed inside the fenced area at the Festival with the exception of service animals.  Certified service animals that are trained to assist an individual with a disability are allowed at the Festival.  Service animals must be under the control of their owner at all times.  They must remain on-leash and next to their owner at all times.  Pets and other animals are not allowed at the Strauss Festival.