Hot August Nights!

Hot August Nights prepares to rumble the streets of

Northern Nevada during 2015 event

Every August, the streets of Reno and Sparks vibrate with the sound of muffled rumbles of rebuilt engines, rays of sunlight glinting off the polished chrome and heavy scents of Dapper Dan hair pomade fill the air. Droves of spectators line the sidewalks for a glimpse into the past, a time when a drivers license and a hot car were all anyone needed or wanted on a Saturday night.

Join us for a trip down memory lane or a new adventure. Whichever way you look at it, this nostalgic event has it all. We take over Reno/Sparks beginning on August 4th and running through August 9th.

Over a span of 10 days, Hot August Nights takes event-goers back in time to revel in decades that have since passed. Whether it’s becoming a spectator in one of the popular Show-n-Shines or attending a concert featuring tunes from classic entertainers, perusing the 70,000 square-foot swap meet, being a car participant in the event, or a member of the organization, there is something fun for everyone to experience. 

Drag Races

The Hot August Nights Drag Races will be held July 30th - Aug 2nd in the west parking lot of Sparks Nugget (corner of Nugget Avenue and 14th St.) The gates will open at 5:30 PM each day. Tech checks from 5:30 PM, racing from 6 PM - midnight.  For more details, click here.

Show-n-Shine Schedule

The Show-n-Shines are a beloved tradition of Hot August Nights and there plenty to chose from whether you're a classic car owner interested in competing, or a spectator that wants to admire beautiful vehicles.

All Show-n-Shine information for 2014 is tentative and subject to change. Please check back for the most current updates. Thank you.

For a more detailed list, click here.

Barrett-Jackson Cup

Hot August Nights and Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is upping the ante when it comes to Best in Show competitions.  For details on the Barrett-Jackson Cup, click here.

Date: Wednesday, July 30th thru Friday, August 1st
Location: Downtown Reno
Time: 9am - 4pm

For more information about Barrett-Jackson and to purchase tickets to the auction, click here.  Single day and 3-day passes are available. 


Grand Sierra Resort’s/Alan Taylor Show-n-Shine

• Details coming soon


Ultimate Classic Car Competition Presented by Sparks Nugget:

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 thru Friday, August 1, 2014
Location: Victorian Square, Sparks
Time: 9 AM until 4 PM


Sparks Nugget People’s Choice Award:

Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Location: Sparks Nugget
Time: 10 am to 3 pm


Sparks Nugget Stock Competition:

Date: Friday, August 1, 2014
Location: Sparks Victorian Square venue
Time: 9am to 4pm


Under 21 Show-n-Shine:

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Location: Summit Racing Equipment – 960 E. Glendale Ave., Sparks
Time: 2pm to 6pm


Summit Racing:

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Location: Summit Racing Equipment, 960 E. Glendale Ave., Sparks
Time: 2pm to 6pm Awards



Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 thru Friday August 1, 2014
Location: Peppermill Resort Casino
Time: 5pm to 8pm



Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 thru Saturday, August 2, 2014
Location: Atlantis Casino Resort
Time:5pm to 10pm


Celebrity Choice:

Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Location: Downtown Reno, Sparks & Grand Sierra Resort
Time: 9am to 4pm


Cars will be judged by local celebrities and is a personal preference completion. There is no criteria. Judges select their winner based on a desire to own that particular vehicle, had their first date in it, first kiss, learned to drive in it, because of the story or just because of the beauty and splendor of a particular car.

Winners are awarded a ribbon on Saturday by the judge once the individual selection has been made. Trophies are awarded on Sunday during the awards ceremony at 8:30 am in downtown Reno on the corner of 4 & Virginia just prior to the Grand Finale Parade concluding Hot August Nights.


Detailed Daily Event Schedule for Hot August Nights There lots going on throughout town every day of Hot August Nights. For the details schedule of what/when/where, check back closer to events.

Swap Meets

The Hot August Nights Automotive Swap Meet & Nostalgia Fair will be held at the Reno Livestock Event Center on Wells Ave July 31st to August 2nd.   The Swap Meets started over 40 years ago, The current Official HAN Swap Meet offers much more than those early events. This event features pre-1976 automotive parts, services and nostalgic items offered for sale by well over 700 vendors in 1500+ outdoor spaces as well as 250 covered spaces. Swap meet attendees will also see well over 400 Collector Vehicles offered "For Sale" in the outdoor car corral that is adjacent to the swap area.  For more details, click here.


Hot August Nights and the American Street Car Series is excited to announce Autocross! If you have never autocrossed your hotrod before, this is a great way to see what your car is made of, improve your driving skills and better your times. This FREE timed event will give you an adrenaline rush as you run a course through cones set up in a series. 


 For a Complete List of Events, click here.

Hot August Nights Entertainment

Hot August Nights 2015 Entertainment

As Hot August Nights prepares to fill the streets of northern Nevada for the annual weeklong event, the organization announces a lineup of legendary musical headliners from Aug. 4—8, 2015. Celebrating America’s love affair with classic cars and rock ‘n’ roll, an array of musical talent performs from the great outdoor venues at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino and Victorian Square.
Hot August Nights kicks off its entertainment series with the nostalgic sounds of the 50s and 60s from top tribute bands, such as the 60’s Summer of Love Band, covering everything from The Beach Boys to The Guess Who, and Ronny & The Classics performing the greatest covers from classic rock to pop. Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show pays homage to the renowned rock ‘n’ rollers by performing their hit songs, and the international Beatles tribute sensationPaperback Writers takes crowds back to the 1960s.
Papa Doo Run Run, a California Grammy-nominated band and two-time gold record holder, gets the crowd grooving to upbeat surf tunes, and an event mainstay—Lil Elmo and the Cosmos—plays their famed doo-wop beats. Fan favorite Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone once again gets the crowd “Into Something Good,” while Billboard chart-topper Blood Sweat & Tears appears with their acclaimed fusion of rock and jazz. Closing out the weekend is Hotel California "A Salute to the Eagles,” blending their extraordinary vocal and musical talents to bring iconic hits back to life, and the legendary former lead singer of the original Platters Sonny Turnery crooning the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s hits of yesteryear.
Performances are scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m., beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4 and running through Saturday, Aug. 8. The following concert dates and times are subject to change:
Tuesday, Aug. 4
60’s Summer of Love Band at the Grand Sierra Resort
Ronny & The Classics at Victorian Square

Wednesday, Aug. 5
Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show at the Grand Sierra Resort
Paperback Writer at Victorian Square

Thursday, Aug. 6
Papa Doo Run Run at the Grand Sierra Resort
Lil’ Elmo & The Classics at Victorian Square

Friday, Aug. 7
Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits at the Grand Sierra Resort
Hotel California at Victorian Square

Saturday, Aug. 8
Blood Sweat & Tears at the Grand Sierra Resort
Sonny Turner at Victorian Square


 For a Complete List of Events, click here.


About Hot August Nights

Hot August Nights, a non-profit organization, is the premiere classic car event in the world, annually drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators and participants to northern Nevada to revel in nostalgia, enjoy top entertainers from the 50s and 60s and participate in a variety of events including Show-n-Shines, controlled cruises and more.


For more information, call (775) 356 - 1956 or visit







Schedule of Events

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For a Complete List of Events, Click HERE.


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