With Hot August Nights rolling through town, there will be so many activities to hit up and things to do, it's hard to know where to start. Taking in a show 'n' shine event is always fun, but there are plenty of other things to see, like drag-racing or drifting.
If you've got your partying shoes on this week, have we got some events for you, as well as ideas for where to stay and where to eat. Let's get started, shall we?
Must-see HAN activities
The 'Mill Mile Show and Shine can be a great way to kick off HAN and check out classic vehicles (or participate with your own) as they cruise around the Peppermill Resort Hotel for a mile. This show and shine runs from 5-10 p.m. every night through Aug. 6. Finalists are announced at 10 p.m. nightly at the Peppermill's Cabaret Lounge.
The classic car drag races and burnouts happen at the Sparks Nugget in its west parking lot from 6 p.m. to midnight Aug. 3-6. These all occur on the Nugget Speedway, a 1/16-mile track designated especially for this event. General admission is $10, but free for HAN participants. You also can enter your own vehicle if it meets the requirements.
Drifting is an entirely new event to come to HAN, and can be found at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center Aug. 4-6. It's presented by Amsoil, as part of an event aptly named "Bash to the Future," and also includes tandem as well as individual competition. Bring your own tires and even make use of the on-site tire machine.
Be sure to check out the excitement of the HAN auction, presented by the Motorsport Auction Group, Aug. 4-6 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Watch as classic cars go up on the auction block and, if you're prepared, bid for one. Purchase a pass for one day or get in all of the auction action with a three-day pass.
Other things to do during HAN
Head to Lake Tahoe to catch musician Whitney Myer playing a 21-and-older free show at the Crystal Bay Club Casino at 10 p.m. Aug. 5. Myer now lives in Los Angeles but is from Reno. She is a soul singer who teases the lines of R&B and rock 'n' roll, according to her website.
Check out the Feed the Camel food truck event scheduled at the McKinley Arts Center on Aug. 3, starting at 5 p.m. Find the food trucks under the Keystone Bridge (including traditional and vegetarian options), and then take all of your food purchases out to the lawn at the front of the McKinley Arts Center to eat. Walk along the Truckee River walking path afterward or just enjoy being outside with family and friends.
Greater Nevada Field always presents an opportunity to get your nostalgia on. Reno's minor league baseball team the Reno Aces has home games Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 playing the Fresno Grizzlies and against the Salt Lake Bees on Aug. 7. Check out the adjacent Freight House District, hitting up Duffy's Alehouse or Bugsy's Sportsbar and Grill for a beer.
"It's Not Over" for band Daughtry, and it's not over for you, either. Daughtry performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
Daniel Kutz, better known as Fashen, a regular DJ on the Los Angeles club circuit in the 1990s, is spinning at EDGE Nightclub at the Peppermill Resort Hotel starting at 10 p.m. Aug. 4.
Those staying at the Grand Sierra Resort who want a fine-dining experience can head to Charlie Palmer Steak. Find rib-eye and porterhouse steaks, ahi tuna, seafood towers and much more. This steakhouse is a place of elegance with its stylish booths and floor-to-ceiling fabric panels, and will probably be packed, so be sure to reserve a spot ahead of time.
New to Midtown is Reno's first Japanese-style tavern, Kauboi Izakaya. Its focus is on ancient Japanese charcoal grilling and features dishes like chicken heart yakitori, sashimi, dumplings, ramen, tempura dishes and more.
The Depot brewery, distillery and restaurant serves up a great burger as well as small plates, salads and lunch and dinner entrees. Oh, and beer. And whiskey. The Depot is not just a brewery, nay -- it's a distillery, too. All the hipster things. All the time. Order a Voyager and say we sent you.
Since there will be plenty of activity happening in Sparks, you may want to check out the Great Basin Brewing Co. along Victorian Avenue. Find lunch and dinner options, but also its own brews like the Franktown Brown, Great Basin Preservation Pale Ale, Imperial Oatmeal Stout and famous Icthyosaur IPA.There's also a Reno location as well, but if we told you where it was, we'd have to kill you.
Catch some ZZZs
Don't overlook Grand Sierra Resort and Casino as a place to rest your tired head. Not only is it host to a number of HAN events, including the Classic Cherry Show-N-Shine scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. nearly every day and live music, it has great amenities. Check out LEX Nightclub for all things bacchanal and The Spa for all things relaxing. Additionally, there are shops and a beach pool.
With so many HAN activities happening at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa – did we mention the jelly-doughnut and Twinkie-eating contests? – you may just want to put your bags down there for the night. Its outdoor and indoor pool, whirlpool spa and sundeck can be a prime draw to anyone, but it also has a spa and salon, shops and a cabaret.
If you think you might end up getting hammered at the Fashen show, the Peppermill Resort Hotel is for you. There's a outdoor pool and hot tub, a sports bar, pub and several lounges. Do some shopping or head to the swanky Spa Toscana.