Hot August Nights 2014

Hot August Nights in Reno Celebrates Classic Cars and Rock 'n Roll

Hot August Nights in Reno and Sparks, Nevada
••• Hot August Nights in Reno and Sparks, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Hot August Nights 2014 in Reno and Sparks

The 28th anniversary of Hot August Nights, Reno's biggest event of the year, is a celebration of everything to do with classic cars, vintage rock 'n roll, and the American era of the 50s and 60s when cruising, sock hops, and high school proms were all the rage. Hot August Nights is a party that takes over the town during its run. Classic cars fill the streets, rock 'n roll fills the air, and entertainment galore makes Hot August Nights the premier fun festival in Reno. Over 800,000 people visit Reno for Hot August Nights.

Hot August Nights 2014 in Reno and Sparks is July 29 through August 3, with a pre-kick-off party at the Bonanza Casino on Sunday, July 27. The official kick-off party will be on Monday, July 28, at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. This official party will be from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. and will include a show-n-shine, cruise, and free outdoor concert by Beatles Flashback.

Hot August Nights 2014 Tahoe South

The first stop for Hot August Nights 2014 is Tahoe South on July 25 and 26. The South Lake Tahoe event is a preliminary to the original Hot August Nights that takes to the streets of Reno and Sparks from July 29 through August 3. Venues at South Lake Tahoe will be hosting cruises, show-n-shines, swap meets, free entertainment, and numerous other activities. Get the details from the official event schedule. Registration is open to all 1976 and older vehicles and is only fifty dollars.

More About Hot August Nights 2014

Classic cars may be the focus of Hot August Nights, but they are only part of what will be going on. All the casinos, restaurants, and other adult entertainment establishments will be be catering to the crowds. There will be numerous free rock 'n roll concerts, plus lots of other 50s and 60s themed entertainment to keep you rockin' all week long.

The number of registered cars is limited to 6,000, but thousands more come to join the fun. There are minimal cancellations and those are immediately filled from a big waiting list. If you want to bring a registered car to a future Hot August Nights, be prepared for a long wait.

In addition to the main 6,000 registered cars in Reno and Sparks, there are other events for which you can register as a participant, including the South Lake Tahoe event. Go to Hot August Nights Applications to see the list and download those you might need.

Hot August Nights Venues in Reno and Sparks

Hot August Nights venues in the area that will be hosting Hot August Nights events and activities include many Reno / Sparks casinos...

  • Atlantis Resort Casino
  • Bonanza Casino
  • Circus Circus Hotel and Casino
  • Downtown Reno
  • Grand Sierra Resort
  • John Ascuaga's Nugget
  • Peppermill Hotel Casino
  • Reno Events Center
  • Reno - Sparks Convention Center
  • Reno - Sparks Livestock Events Center
  • Tahoe South
  • MontBleu in Stateline
  • Victorian Square in Sparks

This event is so popular even today's gas prices don't keep people away. There are events open to non-registered cars - check the Schedule of Events for details. One of the most fun, drag racing and burnouts, will be in the west parking lot of The Nugget in Sparks. Tentative dates are July 30 through August 2, from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Hot August Nights Entertainment in Reno and Sparks

Headline entertainment during Hot August Nights 2014 in Reno and Sparks features some of the most famous acts from the era, including...

  • Vibra-Tones
  • Ronnie & The Classics
  • Chicago Tribute Authority
  • Nathan Owen Motown Legents
  • Simply the Best – Tribute to Tina Turner
  • Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • Darryl Worely (Country Night)
  • Kraig Parker as Elvis
  • Felix Cavaliere's Rascals
  • The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley

Concerts are free unless otherwise indicated. Get the full lineup of who is playing, when and where, from the Hot August Nights entertainment schedule.

Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions and Barrett-Jackson Cup

The prestigious Barrett-Jackson auction will again be at Hot August Nights in 2014. The action will be from July 31 through August 2. Winners will be able to take their cars right from the auction to participate in Hot August Nights events.

The Barrett-Jackson Cup is a show-n-shine competition to be held in downtown Reno during Hot August Nights. The 25 finalists will be judged in the Reno Downtown Ballroom. Of these, a final five will be selected, with the best of show receiving $50,000 in cash and prizes. Visit the website for details.

Be a Hot August Nights Volunteer

Hot August Nights depends on volunteers to keep the event running smoothly. If being in the thick of things during Hot August Nights sounds like fun, learn more about becoming a Hot August Nights volunteer. You will have to donate some time and do some work, but there are numerous benefits for volunteers, along with the satisfaction of helping run Reno's most important and biggest event of the year.

Hot August Nights Foundation

The Hot August Nights Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been established to "create an instrument for individuals and businesses who share The Foundation’s Mission to work together to provide children in need or at risk with a more meaningful and productive life through the availability of continuing and higher education." Learn more by calling (775) 356-1956 x0.

Hot August Nights Street Closures in Reno and Sparks

Hot August Nights results in numerous street closures during its run, with the majority of them being in downtown Reno along Virginia Street. To save yourself some time and hassle, refer to the downtown area road closures and restrictions map before driving to the city center during Hot August Nights. This interactive map is also good for showing traffic restrictions during other special events held in downtown Reno.

In Sparks, street closures will be centered on Victorian Square and The Nugget. These two are right next to each other, so it's possible to get around the area without too much hassle.

Hot August Nights History

Hot August Nights was born in 1986 as a concert featuring popular 50s and 60s rocker legends the Righteous Brothers, Jan & Dean, and Wolfman Jack. Classic cars of the era were not the main focus, but organizers took note of the enthusiasm displayed by people lining the car parade route down Virginia Street. Since then, Hot August Nights has filled what's turned out to be a huge demand for reliving the era of fast cars and rock 'n roll. Visit the official website to learn more about the history of Hot August Nights.

Sources: Hot August Nights, City of Reno.