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Hot August Nights in Reno

Updated on July 18, 2015
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Hot Nights in a Cool City

Every August in Reno, the nights come alive. The city of Reno and nearby Sparks host a car show that would make any auto enthusiast droll. It's called Hot August Nights because the nights are hot and the cars are hotter.

Classic cars from across the country convene on this area for days of showing off and nights of cruising.

The Biggest Little City in the World

Reno, Nevada The Biggest Little City in the World
Reno, Nevada The Biggest Little City in the World | Source

Hot August Nights in Reno Nevada

Reno, Nevada isn't as well-known as its famous cousin, Las Vegas, but is a popular destination all the same. Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Reno is close to Lake Tahoe and a wonderful starting point for both mountain activities and desert activities, but the city itself has its own fun.

Home to numerous casinos, the National Bowling Stadium, a baseball stadium for their home team the Aces, National Automobile Museum, and the Truckee River, there's something for everyone. In addition, there's always events and concerts going on. One of these events is Hot August Nights, a citywide car show that happens around the first week of August each year.

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What is Hot August Nights?

Hot August Nights is a yearly event held in Reno, Nevada, you guessed it, every August.

Considered the largest classic car festival in the western United States, attending Hot August Nights is something every car lover should do. Streets are filled with cars from every year imaginable, 50's and 60's music is playing everywhere, and there's something fun for everyone.

It will take you back in time, every time.

A Red-Hot Mustang

A red hot Mustang parked at Grand Sierra Casino
A red hot Mustang parked at Grand Sierra Casino | Source

2008 Hot August Nights

There are numerous specialty events that happen during Hot August Nights. Car shows, auctions, sock hops, and concerts all add to the fun. This video shows just a bit of some of the fun.

Hot August Nights 2008

When is Hot August Nights?

Hot August Nights is always held at the beginning of August. The event dates for the next few years are:

  • 2015: August 4 - August 9
  • 2016: August 2 - August 7
  • 2017: August 1 - August 6
  • 2018: August 7 - August 12
  • 2019: August 6 - August 11
  • 2020: August 4 - August 9

Hot August Nights Has Lots of Hot Music

Oldies and Classic Tunes All Over

There are always hot bands scattered around Reno during Hot August Nights, as well as a few concerts that you have to pay to attend. Usually including some wonderful, small groups, as well as older, famous groups, most of the music is stuff you wouldn't be surprised to hear during the fifties, though you can find any sort of music there.

Recent performances at Hot August Nights have included:

  • Paul Revere and the Raiders
  • Beach Boys
  • Herman's Hermits
  • Papa Doo Run Run
  • Rain (Beatles tribute band)
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • Little KISS (all little person KISS tribute band)
  • Billy Idol
  • Life in the Fast Lane (Eagles tribute band)
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Solid Gold Soul (Tribute to 60’s Soul Music)
  • The Guess Who
  • Dream, Dream, Dream (Orbison and the Everly Bros. Reimagined)

The underlying sound of Reno though, is the constant thrum of revving engines and conversation about which is the hottest vehicle they've seen so far.

Beatles Tribute Band Performing

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The Village People Show Band in Concert

A Village People tribute band performing during Hot August Nights
A Village People tribute band performing during Hot August Nights | Source

Get Some Classic Hot August Tunes

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Little Deuce Coupe / All Summer Long

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Hot August Nights Has Hundreds of Cards

There Are Miles of Vehicles Displayed

Classic cars, hot rods, decked-out trucks, one-off autos, and custom cars fill Reno, Sparks, Virginia City, and Lake Tahoe during Hot August Nights. The entire area is filled with beautiful vehicles to admire and people taking drives.

Miles of Cars Displayed at the Atlantis Casino

Miles of classic cars on display at Reno's Atlantis Casino
Miles of classic cars on display at Reno's Atlantis Casino | Source

Classic Trucks

Classic trucks
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Classic and Collectible Autos

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Hot August Nights Has All Sorts of Classic Automobiles

Hot August Nights Has T-Buckets

A hot rod T-bucket on display
A hot rod T-bucket on display | Source

Hot August Nights Has Custom Cars

Custom car in Reno
Custom car in Reno | Source

Hot August Nights Even Has Concept Cars

Speedracer car on display at Hot August Nights
Speedracer car on display at Hot August Nights | Source

Hot August Nights Has Big Cars

Classic Chevy Bel Aire at car show
Classic Chevy Bel Aire at car show | Source
Classic car show
Classic car show | Source

And Hot August Nights Has Tiny Cars

Tiny compact car
Tiny compact car | Source

Hot August Nights Has Hot Trucks

Hot August Nights isn't just about hot cars, there are some hot trucks there too.

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Hot August Nights Has Hot Cars

We can't forget about the hot cars at Hot August Nights, there are cars from just about every year, all of them gleaming in the sunlight and looking ready for a drive.

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And Hot August Nights Has Hot Rods

Though Hot August Nights has just about every vehicle I love, these little hot rods always get my vote. To me, they always look like they're begging for a nice fast drive, and I'd love to take them on one.

One Cherry Rod

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Souped Up

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A Radioactive Ragtop

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Lots of Big Motors

Walking around Reno during Hot August Nights you can feel the rumble of engines come up through your feet and into your brain. Your entire body becomes part of the reverberation in the city, as the purr of the engines encourages you to climb behind the wheel of one of these beauties and take her for a drive.

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There are Vettes in Town

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There are corvettes galore at Hot August Nights, including these colorful beauties that were raffled off by the Atlantis casino.

Pictures via Creative Commons from Gary Lerude

Pictures via Creative Commons from Gary Lerude

There are Mustangs rolling through Downtown

What would a car show be without a few 'stangs?

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There are Cobras Lurking Around the Corner

These little beauties always enrich a car show.

Hot August Nights Even Has Fire Engines

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Hot August Nights Has - Whatever These Are

Hot August Nights isn't just about hot cars, anything with a motor is welcome, and sometimes, they just steal the show.

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Ultra Van

An Ultra Van in the parade of vehicles driving down Virginia Street
An Ultra Van in the parade of vehicles driving down Virginia Street | Source

The Save-Mart Shopping Cart

The Save-Mart shopping cart motor vehicle.
The Save-Mart shopping cart motor vehicle. | Source

There Are More Vehicles Than You Can Imagine

From across the country thousands of vehicles gather for Hot August Nights.

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Sporty in Sparks

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Repairing and Restoring Classic Car Components

Repairing and Restoring Classic Car Components
Repairing and Restoring Classic Car Components

Fix up your classic car and show it off!

 

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Pictures via Creative Commons from RenoTahoe

Pictures via Creative Commons from RenoTahoe

Some Even Bring Little Friends

A powder-blue corvette pulling a matching trailer.
A powder-blue corvette pulling a matching trailer. | Source

At Hot August Nights Everyone Cruises

Cruising

Part of the fun of Hot August Nights is cruising the city.

There's a route around downtown for a car parade, but even outside of town you'll find people taking their babies for a spin.

Seeing all the fun, you may just want to turn up the radio and take your baby out for a drive, and you never know what'll pull up next to you at a stoplight, it could be a Model T or a Jaguar.

Get with it and don't get frosted, but there's no racing allowed. The heat will be all over you if you try to drag. So, don't think of getting your wife out there with a scarf or going for pinks. And keep those hopped up rockets nice and slow. We don't want anyone to get creamed.

Picture via Creative Commons from RickC

Picture via Creative Commons from RickC

Picture via Creative Commons from RickC

Picture via Creative Commons from RickC

Hot August Nights Has Costumes Galore

Some People Dress Up at Hot August Nights

What would a car show be without a few girls in poodle skirts?

Lots of people dress up to drive their cars or just attend Hot August Nights. There are women and girls wearing poodle skirts; cool ladies in cats' eye glasses; and leather jacket wearing greasers. Some people do 50's do-wop costumes, others look like extras on Grease.

Most years are there are even costume contests. So, get out those pencil pushers, letterman jackets, saddle shoes to twist the nights away.

Doing the Twist

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Poodle Skirt & Letterman's Jacket
Poodle Skirt & Letterman's Jacket

Your little girl will be the hit of the party in this cute costume.

 

She Looks Like She's on Cloud 9

Cute girl in a poodle skirt waving from a classic convertible.
Cute girl in a poodle skirt waving from a classic convertible. | Source

Wanna Go For a Malt?

50s costumed girl driving a classic car.
50s costumed girl driving a classic car. | Source

Go Rockabilly!

Maggie Tang Vintage Women's 1950s dots Rockabilly Full circle Dress
Maggie Tang Vintage Women's 1950s dots Rockabilly Full circle Dress

Available in several different colors, including: black with white polka dots, white with black polka dots, blue with white, red with white, and even solid colors.

 

Cool Chick

Cruising through Reno Nevada.
Cruising through Reno Nevada. | Source

Face Painting Fun

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There Are Cars Covering Reno and Sparks

Almost every major parking lot in town has gems parked there. It's not surprising to spot a classic Chevy parked in front of a local eatery or a custom coupe by a tattoo shop, but the best spots to spot cars are the casino parking lots. The Atlantis, Peppermill, Nugget, and Grand Sierra casinos have their parking lots filled with gleaming metal, and downtown Reno has cars lining its streets.

Looks Like a Screamer!

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Gleaming Green Monster

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I Bet He Can Lay a Patch!

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One Cool Chariot

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Rolling Under the Reno Arch

Custom car rolling under the Reno arch
Custom car rolling under the Reno arch | Source

Made in the Shade

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Get The Ultimate Classic Car Book

The Ultimate Classic Car Book
The Ultimate Classic Car Book

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Hot August Nights are the Hottest at Night

Things Only Get Hotter At Night

Reno really comes alive at night.

It is called Hot August Nights for a reason. Lights and sounds are everywhere.

The neon gleaming off of chrome and windshields creates a unique beauty that draws you in, making you dream of driving a fast car down a dark road, or of cruising down a boulevard with your car full of friends and your radio blaring.

In the evenings, a parade of cars cruise down the main drag. These hotties are on their way to coolsville in their chrome-plated machines. Virginia Street is where it's at during hot August nights in Reno.

Cruising Virginia Street in Reno

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A Classy Chassis

Parading cars driving down the main drag.
Parading cars driving down the main drag. | Source

Blowing Flames

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A Cherry Chariot

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Reno and Sparks on a Hot August Night

Looking at the city on a summer night.
Looking at the city on a summer night. | Source

Hot August Nights 2008: Reno & Sparks, NV

Highlights from Hot August Nights 2008, recorded on location in Reno, Sparks, the Grand Sierra Resort, and the Atlantis.

Hot August Nights where Everyone Has a Blast

Best Of All - Everyone Has Fun

You'd have to work hard to not have a blast at Hot August Nights. The wonderful music and cruising cars all conspire to make sure you have fun.

It's more fun than submarine races.

Making the Scene

Cruising down Virginia St in Reno, Nevada
Cruising down Virginia St in Reno, Nevada | Source

Dancing the Night Away

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Going Off the Line

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Encyclopedia of Classic Cars

Encyclopedia of Classic Cars
Encyclopedia of Classic Cars

Learn more about classic cars with this great book!

 

Everyone Wants to Go to Reno's Hot August Nights

Classic cars cruising down Virginia St. to pass under the Reno arch.
Classic cars cruising down Virginia St. to pass under the Reno arch. | Source

Hot or Not?

What do you think of this event? Have you attended Hot August Nights or do you want to? Leave a comment down below and let me know you came by!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Fantastic! I want to go! Loved that green GTO!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Awesome Hot Rods! Great Lens

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      What cool cars! I love this lens 5*

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      Really fabulous collection of cars for the Hot August Nights. Your lens is quite like being there! Wonderful Work 5*. I need a lemonade:)

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      I LOVE that orange custom car. Great photos!

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Very cool pictures and a fun lens!

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      Dee Gallemore 7 years ago

      I'm just knocked out . . . Hot August Nights is being added to my "Bucket List." Fantastic job . . . congrats!

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Congratulations on winning the challenge!!

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      PurplePansy LM 6 years ago

      Wow! You've put together a really great collection of beautiful photos from Hot August Nights. Really nice.

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      TrebAllen 5 years ago

      Holy smokes what a great collection of pictures!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Holy Smokes, but it looks like a real bang up time in Reno and Sparks! That's hot.

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      scoobydooo9r 4 years ago

      Glad you like it here in Northern Nevada. Hot August Nights is THE BEST car show in the world. If you haven't done it already, check out the events that are held up at Lake Tahoe, that way you can hit the lake for a while and then check out the classic cars!!! See the schedule up in Tahoe at the Hot August Nights website (not sure if adding links in comments is ok, new to squidoo... so I won't put it in here). Oh, and Barret-Jackson auction is going to be there now also!

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