Hot August Nights!

Hot August Nights prepares to rumble the streets of

Northern Nevada during 2013 event

Every August, the streets of Tahoe South, 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 driver’s 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 kick off in Tahoe South, Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3, we take over Reno/Sparks begins Tuesday, Aug. 6 thru Sunday, Aug. 11.

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. 


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.


Show-n-Shine and Car Judging, Mont Bleu Resort

       Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3, no cash awarded


o  Bonanza Show-n-Shine, Bonanza Casino

       Sunday, Aug. 4, no cash awarded


o  Circus Circus Show-n-Shine, Circus Circus Reno Hotel Casino

       Monday, Aug. 5, no cash awarded


o  Acres of Champions Show-n-Shine, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

       Monday, Aug. 5 – Saturday, Aug. 10

       $2,500 nightly Best of Show totaling $35,000 in prizes


o  Mill Mile Show-n-Shine, Peppermill Resort Hotel

       Monday, Aug. 5 – Saturday, Aug. 10

       $10,000 in prizes


o  Classic Cherry Show-n-Shine, Grand Sierra Resort

       Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Friday, Aug. 9

       Five $500 daily Best of Show winner totaling $10,000 in prizes


o  Ultimate Classic Car Competition, John Ascuaga’s Nugget

       Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Friday, Aug. 9

       $4,500 in total prize money

       $100 daily for five (5) runners up, $250 daily Best of Show Brand, $1,500 for Ultimate Classic Car


o  Grand Marshall’s Award, Grand Sierra Resort

       Tuesday, Aug. 6, no cash awarded


o  Summit Racing Equipment Show-n-Shine, Summit Racing Equipment

       Tuesday, Aug. 6, no cash awarded


o  Under 21 Show-n-Shine, Summit Racing Equipment

       Wednesday, Aug. 7

       Four winners will receive trophies and Summit Racing gift cards


o  Barrett-Jackson Cup, Downtown Reno

       Wednesday, Aug. 7 - Saturday, Aug. 10

       $40,000 in total prize money      

       $1,000 for 4th runner up, $3,000 for 3rd runner up, $6,000 for 2nd runner up,

       $10,000 for 1st runner up, $20,000 for Ultimate Best of Show


o  Best Stock Restored and Best Stock Original, John Ascuaga’s Nugget

       Friday, Aug. 9

       $500 prize for each category


o  Celebrity Choice Show-n-Shine, Reno

       Saturday, Aug. 10, no cash awarded


o  Celebrity Choice Show-n-Shine, Sparks

       Saturday, Aug. 10, no cash awarded


o  Celebrity Choice Show-n-Shine, Grand Sierra Resort

       Saturday, Aug. 10, no cash awarded


o  People’s Choice Award, John Ascuaga’s Nugget

       Saturday, Aug. 10

       $500 gift card for John Ascuaga’s Nugget


The Inagural Barrett-Jackson Cup

As part of a historic partnership with Hot August Nights, Barrett-Jackson The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, announced an inaugural Barrett-Jackson Cup™ to be awarded during this year’s Downtown Reno Show-n-Shine. The event will include a $40,000 prize purse, with $20,000 being awarded to the car that earns the coveted Ultimate Best of Show Award.


Car participants in the Downtown Reno Show-n-Shine will compete in daily competitions, Wednesday, August 7 through Friday, August 9.  The fifteen daily Best of Show winners (45 total vehicles) will compete in the Finals, at the Silver Legacy Ballroom (Saturday, August 10, 8am to 4pm).  The top five will go to the Barrett-Jackson Auction for the final judging, then return to Virginia Street in downtown Reno for public viewing, the Awards Presentation and fireworks display.


Assisting Barrett-Jackson in this inaugural Barrett-Jackson Cup™ will be four of the most recognized names in the business. Bobby Alloway; Pete Chapouris; Bob Johnson and Bob Millard.


Barrett-Jackson Auction

The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™ comes to Reno to join the world’s premiere classic car and nostalgia festival. The inaugural Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jacksonmarks a historic partnership between two of the most recognized names in the classic and collector car industry. 


The new partnership offer fans and customers of both the classic car event and collector car auctions a week long opportunity to celebrate and revel in some of the most recognizable and historic automobiles in the world. Not only will buyers be able to bid on and purchase from Barrett-Jackson’s famous selection of collector cars, but they can take them right from the auction block to the streets of Reno-Sparks to participate in one of Hot August Nights’ famous cruises or show-n-shines. 


Auction dates & times (Reno-Sparks Convention Center):
Thursday, August 8th:     6pm - 11pm
Friday, August 9th:           6pm - 11pm
Saturday, August 10th:    2pm - 5pm; 5pm - 8pm; 8pm - 11pm


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


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, 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.



Hot August Nights Entertainment

Hot August Nights 2013 Entertainment

Scheduled to rock Reno and Sparks Aug. 6-11, is an incredible array of performers from some of the greatest decades in music, including Paul Revere and the Raiders, Tower of Power, The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley and more. Hot August Nights kicks off in Lake Tahoe Aug. 2-3 and in Reno and Sparks Aug. 6-11.

This year’s Hot August Nights features a mix of rock ‘n’ roll legends and some of the top tribute acts in the country and we’re looking forward to welcoming them and our hundreds of thousands of spectators and participants.

  • Tuesday, August 6

• 60’s Summer of Love at Victorian Square
• Lil’ Elmo & The Cosmos at Grand Sierra Resort


  • Wednesday, August 7

• Ronny & The Classics at Victorian Square
• Chicago Tribute Authority at Grand Sierra Resort


  • Thursday, August 8

• Lil’ Elmo & The Cosmos at Victorian Square
• Simply the Best – Tribute to Tina Turner at Grand Sierra Resort


  • Friday, August 9

• Sonny Turner Former Lead Singer of The Platters at Victorian Square
• The Righteous Brother’s Bill Medley  at Grand Sierra Resort


  • Saturday, August 10

• Tower of Power at Victorian Square
• Paul Revere & The Raiders at Grand Sierra Resort



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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