Hot August Nights: Reno, Sparks, South Lake Tahoe

Summer will be sizzling under the stars when Hot August Nights returns to heat up the streets of Reno with a throwback of classic cars, rock and roll, and good...

Summer will be sizzling under the stars when Hot August Nights returns to heat up the streets of Reno with a throwback of classic cars, rock and roll, and good old fashioned summer love. The annual event is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, igniting its engines on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and gearing up through Sunday, Aug. 14. The six day and six night auto extravaganza will light up the town in locations throughout Reno, Sparks and South Lake Tahoe, driving crowds of up to 800,000 to one of the area’s most anticipated summer attractions.

What started as a collective nostalgia, concert series and cruise in 1986 has accelerated to a city-wide celebration encompassing daily show-n-shines, controlled nightly cruises, free concert venues, classic car auction, swap meet, sock hop and hundreds of food and merchandise vendors. Despite its tremendous growth over the past quarter century, the heart and soul of Hot August Nights will always be the classic car and its iconic image of American pastime.

One of the most accessible and quintessential venues paying tribute to the classics is the Hot August Nights Official Downtown Reno Cruise. When night falls so do the convertible tops, as downtown South Virginia Street closure paves way for a parade of show-stopping antique beauties amid a vibe that rejuvenates the era of 50s and 60s teenage youth and rock music culture. Avid auto enthusiasts, baby boomers and summertime tourists will line the sidewalks on the evenings of Aug. 10 through 13 as proud owners cruise their collectible Cadillacs, polished Mustangs and impeccable Impalas between the hours of 7 and 10 p.m. While this year’s registered car participants have capped off at a whopping 6,000 entries, a waiting list application is available online for those hoping to merge into the cruise lane.

If you’re looking for a way to drive, cruise or hot-rod your way through the end of summer, Reno’s Hot August Nights has the road to everything retro and rock and roll. Updates, information and event calendar can be found on their official website at hotaugustnights.net.

Classic Car Auction
Reno-Sparks Convention Center
Aug. 11, 2 to 8 p.m.
Aug. 12-13, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Aug. 14, noon to 6 p.m.

Automotive Swap Meet and Nostalgia Fair
Reno Livestock Event Center
Aug. 11 to 12, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Aug. 13, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sock Hop in their Mandalay Ballroom
Circus Circus Reno Hotel and Casino
Aug. 10, 5 to 9 p.m.

Hot August Nights 25th Anniversary Prom Circus
Circus Reno Hotel and Casino
Aug. 11, 8 to 11 p.m.