Magical Moments at the 29th Annual Strauss Festival!
Sunday, July 31st provided a magical ending to the 29th annual Strauss Festival. As the nightly performance was drawing to an end and the dancers were ready to perform the traditional Blue Danube Waltz, the lights in the park suddenly went off!! Crew members scrambled to find out where the power outage might be, but the show went on! Matthew Scott, singer, led the audience in the singing of “Edelweiss” as phones and flashlights of all sizes and shapes came alive and were focused at the stage. Then the orchestra began playing “On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz” with their music lit by phone flashlights.
The dancers took the stage and danced their last dance of the evening, the beautiful Blue Danube, with the flashlights from the audience directed at the stage to serve as their lighting. The performers on stage described the audience’s flashlight lighting as magical, “like a thousand stars” shining to light the performers’ way. So ended the 29th annual Strauss festival “Who’s The Fairest of Them All?” described as “the best ever” by many attendees!
The precision waltzes, quadrilles and polka dances complemented with gorgeous costumes, a beautiful but evil Queen, a lovely Snow White princess and her adorable little miners and handsome Prince Charming made the story come to life.
Prince Charming, in a grand entrance, rode a magnificent white horse on to the stage where the horse entertained the audience with a grand bow and “standing” salute. From the tiny miners who stole the show with “sleepy” ALWAYS going to sleep, the performance was non stop with lots of variety and a well loved story line.
This year, the Strauss Festival was dedicated to our founder, Iris Zimbelman, who passed away suddenly in May 2016. A tribute fireworks display to honor her memory and contributions took place at the Festival on Thursday, July 28th by shared memories and the writing of her name, IRIS, in sparkling purple fireworks-a very fitting tribute for a beautiful person who created this amazing, long standing tradition of the Strauss Festival of Elk Grove!
Get ready for a really BIG Celebration for the Strauss Festival’s 30th year in 2017- another spectacular event is planned so calendar the dates of July 27-30, 2017!
SAVE THE DATE!
July 27-30, 2017 is the 30th anniversary of the Festival!
Strauss Island (in Elk Grove Regional Park), 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Rd
Strauss Festival of Elk Grove is an outdoor, no-admission, staged dance production at Elk Grove Regional Park. Featuring a live orchestra, fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays, enchanting outdoor ambiance, and of course the beautifully costumed dancers, the Strauss Festival is a perfect summer evening getaway for couples, families, and culture enthusiasts alike.
The Festival has attracted audiences from around the world and has garnered critical acclaim along the way. It is one of the longest-running events of its kind, and admission has always been free thanks to our loyal supporters and benefactors.
Come and spread a blanket on the lawn at Strauss Island, enjoy the many culinary temptations from local eateries, and let your cares fade away in the world of Johann Strauss. Or take advantage of our special seating packages to enjoy the royal treatment!
Kids from 1 to 92 will enjoy the waterfowl on the lake, the lights and drama of the beautifully appointed stage, and the elaborate hand-stitched gowns from our vast collection of period costumes.
All of our performers are unpaid volunteers from the local community. Some of them have never danced before, while others have been with the Festival since its inception 30 years ago! If you would like to join our production team, please send a message:
We’d love to meet you!