Hot August Nights in Reno
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
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.
Hot August Nights Location
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
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
The Village People Show Band in Concert
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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
Classic and Collectible Autos
Hot August Nights Has All Sorts of Classic Automobiles
Hot August Nights Has T-Buckets
Hot August Nights Has Custom Cars
Hot August Nights Even Has Concept Cars
Hot August Nights Has Big Cars
And Hot August Nights Has Tiny Cars
Hot August Nights Has Hot Trucks
Hot August Nights isn't just about hot cars, there are some hot trucks there too.
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.
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
A Radioactive Ragtop
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.
There are Vettes in Town
There are Mustangs rolling through Downtown
What would a car show be without a few 'stangs?
There are Cobras Lurking Around the Corner
These little beauties always enrich a car show.
Hot August Nights Even Has Fire Engines
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.
The Save-Mart Shopping Cart
There Are More Vehicles Than You Can Imagine
From across the country thousands of vehicles gather for Hot August Nights.
Sporty in Sparks
Repairing and Restoring Classic Car Components
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Some Even Bring Little Friends
At Hot August Nights Everyone Cruises
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.
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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
Your little girl will be the hit of the party in this cute costume.
She Looks Like She's on Cloud 9
Don't Forget the Saddle Shoes!
Wanna Go For a Malt?
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.
Cats Eye Glasses Are Totally Hep!
Face Painting Fun
Be a Greaser!
If you're driving a hot rod, you really need some cool threads. Cast an eyeball at this 50s style Thunderbird jacket that's just right for getting the girls interested in some backseat bingo. Don't be a goof, be a greaser! That's the word from the bird!
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!
Gleaming Green Monster
I Bet He Can Lay a Patch!
One Cool Chariot
Rolling Under the Reno Arch
Made in the Shade
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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
A Classy Chassis
A Cherry Chariot
Reno and Sparks on a Hot August Night
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.
More Hot August Nights Information
- Hot August Nights
Check out the official Hot August Nights site to get information on the schedule of events, applications to enter your car or become a vendor, or just more information on what's going on.
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
Dancing the Night Away
Going Off the Line
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- Reno Festivals
Reno has festivals happening nearly constantly. Even if you don't gamble, come visit Reno for events such as Hot August Nights, Burning Man, Reno Balloon Races, Street Vibrations, and many more.
- Reno, Nevada
Reno is a city located in Northern Nevada, and like Las Vegas, it has casinos and gambling. Reno also has lots of outdoor activities and is very close to Lake Tahoe and Carson City.
- Burning Man
Burning Man is held in the middle of the Nevada desert, in a city that appears only once a year, then disappears back into the dust. It's like Brigadoon, only with art, music, and way more fun.
Everyone Wants to Go to Reno's Hot August Nights
Hot or Not?
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