The Biggest Little City shifts into high gear for Hot August Nights as thousands of visitors pay tribute to the exquisitely powerful automobiles and electrifying music of the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and early ‘80s. Considered one of the world’s premier classic car events, more than 5,000 vehicles from this golden era of design are showcased with activities all over Reno and Sparks during Hot August Nights. Restored hot rods and sexy muscle cars give enthusiasts a first-hand experience of popular decades gone by.
Taking place each year during the first week of August, Hot August Nights is a must-attend event for car and music enthusiasts alike. Thousands flock to the Reno Tahoe area for free live headline entertainment, show-n-shine competitions, nightly cruises, drag races, loads of vendors, auto drifting and the popular Hot August Nights car auction.
It all kicks off on Friday in historic Virginia City with the Official Hot August Nights Kickoff Event where you will take a step back in time to revel in the rumbling engines and nostalgic tunes of yesteryear. A short (and scenic) 30-minute drive from Reno, the Comstock town comes alive as it hosts show-n-shines and a poker walk, while live music rings through the streets throughout the day. Following the event, there are countless opportunities to experience all that Hot August Nights has to offer in Reno and Sparks throughout the rest of the weekend and next week. From drag racing in Victorian Square to Celebrity Show-n-Shines in downtown Reno, there is something for everyone in the Hot August Nights schedule.
With everything happening during event week, you may have a lot of questions, especially if you have not been to our area before. You can find Hot August Nights Visitor Information like hotel accommodations, weather and more, but make sure to look early as reservations are placed nearly a year in advance!
Due to the fact that the event takes place throughout Reno and Sparks, and extends to Virginia City and Carson City, it may be overwhelming to decide which events to attend. The Hot August Nights Map will give you the most up-to-date location of events and where to take your hot rod for a cruise! Learn more about the official Hot August Nights Venues.
Do you have a car to show off and want a chance to win some cash and prizes? Be sure to check out the variety of Hot August Nights Show-n-Shine Competitions taking place at many of the venues. Most offer daily cash prizes with overall champions awarded at the end of the week. Maybe you are looking for more of an adrenaline rush? Take your chance at the Drag Races & Burnouts or Autocross. These two events are fantastic opportunities to test your driving skills, with the courses ranging from novice to expert. You can find more information about the dates, times and requirements to enter at Hot August Nights and individual venue sites.
A popular addition to the Hot August Nights event line-up is the Vintage Trailer Revival. It’s the talk of the trailer park! Free to the public, spectators can check out gorgeous works of camping art. Vintage trailers, 1976 and older, will be on display at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.
With the full schedule of events taking place in Reno Tahoe, it’s easy to join the party and be a part of this internationally-renowned event.