DescriptionElk Grove is not only a suburb of sprawling Sacramento but—because of its relative proximity to the Greater Bay Area—a community from which people commute to jobs in San Francisco. Spend a lazy afternoon at Miwok Park, 9344 Village Tree Dr. This local green space has plenty of shade trees as well as a variety of play areas for kids.
In late July, the 4-day Strauss Festival of Elk Grove presents evening orchestral performances choreographed to the music of Austrian composer Johann Strauss. Each performance ends with a display of fireworks. This family-oriented event takes place on Strauss Island in Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Rd. (take the Elk Grove Boulevard exit from either I-5 or SR 99 and follow signs). For festival information phone (916) 714-2527.