Hot August Nights

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About Hot August Nights
During an evening night on August 1, 1986, the Reno-Sparks Convention Center was bursting at the seams with hundreds of revelers who were partying, cheering and pushing to be let in to a first-time event of a magnitude yet to be realized. Inside, 10,000 spectators were massed together in anticipation of seeing and hearing a live event of the Righteous Brothers, Wolfman Jack, and Jan & Dean!  It was that night when nostalgia was unleashed among an audience who excitedly relived their childhood years of the 50’s and 60’s- a time of innocence, prosperity, cars and the birth of Rock and Roll. The weather was HOT, the month of AUGUST was right, therefore, HOT AUGUST NIGHTS was born!

The aim of Hot August Nights was to fill a void in tourism in Reno during the month of August and to raise money for local charities. The first concert was held in the Convention Center parking lot where most hadn’t danced to “that” music, to a live band, under the stars, since high school. The memories flooded back and so did the desire for more!  The first year of Hot August Nights was more of a nostalgia event than a car event. But it was the car parade that was the highlight of the Event for the participants and the crowds who thronged Virginia Street. The car owners were thrilled to show off their cars. They’d never had so many people “oohing and aahing” over their “works of art”. It was a proud moment for classic car owners.

During Hot August Nights, cars are “cherry” and cruisin’ is “cool”
The Biggest Little City shifts into high gear for Hot August Nights, the largest classic car and nostalgic event in the country! Thousands of visitors come to pay tribute to the exquisitely powerful automobiles and electrifying music of the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s.  The world’s premier classic car event, Hot August Nights showcases more than 6,000 vehicles from this golden era of design with event all over Reno and Sparks.  Restored hot rods and sexy muscle cars give enthusiasts a first-hand experience of popular decades done by.
The event is a must-attend for car and music enthusiasts! From show-n-shines to nightly cruises, from drag races and burnouts to AutoCross and a swap meet. The new Hot August Nights Auction presented by Motorsport Auction Group promises to excite bidders with gorgeous classic vehicles.
Hot August Nights gets bigger and better each year and this year celebrates the 30th anniversary!  Join the party and be a part of this internationally-renowned event.
Entertainment Line-Up
The line-up of free musical performances are phenomenal and will feature headliners Americaand The Monkees, as well as other acclaimed musicians and tribute bands. For more information about the entertainment, click on the link at the bottom of this page.
Tuesday, Aug. 2
•    Paperback Writer/The Beatles Experience, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
•    Lady an the Tramps, Sparks Victorian Square
Wednesday, Aug. 3
•    Kraig Parker/World Premier Elvis Tribute, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
•    Ronny & the Classics, Sparks Victorian Square
Thursday, Aug. 4
•    Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
•    Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show, Sparks Victorian Square
Friday, Aug. 5
•    America, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
•    60’s Summer of Love, Sparks Victorian Square
Saturday, Aug. 6
•    The Monkees, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
•    Abbacadabra – the ultimate Abba tribute, Sparks Victorian Square

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