It's practically impossible not to see a classic car around Reno/Sparks when Hot August Nights rolls into town. The fun returns for this year's 31st annual event with show-n-shines, a vintage trailer revival show, live entertainment, a classic car auction and more.
To check out the full schedule of events, click here and check out our suggestions for Hot August Nights, which is scheduled Aug. 8-13, in Reno/Sparks.
Must-do HAN activities
A pre-kickoff party starts off HAN on Aug. 7 with a free show-n-shine, food (not free!), entertainment and more, all happening at Reno's Bonanza Casino. The pre-kickoff party just happens to fall between HAN's Virginia City event, scheduled Aug. 4-5, and the Reno/Sparks event, starting Aug. 8.
Be sure to check out the Cherry Classic Show-n-Shine, which occurs daily Aug. 8-11 at the Grand Sierra Resort. Judging of these classic cars culminates in an awards presentation Aug. 11. This is a $10,000 awards presentation, so be sure to check it out at 7 p.m. on the Outdoor Venue Stage.
New to HAN this year is the Vintage Trailer Revival Show, showcasing unique campers and trailers dating to 1976 or before. The showcase take place daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Aug. 8-13 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. The very best part could be the vintage trailer show-n-shine, for which three winners will be announced Aug. 11.
Hula hooping your game? Participate in freestyle hula hooping from 5-9 p.m. daily Aug. 8-11 at the Atlantis. This will be followed by a Guinness World Record Hula Hoop Contest at the Atlantis from 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11. Time to get your hula hoop on.
Looking for a classic car or hot rod to buy? Motorsports Auction Group hosts its viewing and auction Aug. 10-12 at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center. Admission is required, even for people who are just viewing, or a three-day pass can be purchased instead.
Baldini’s Casino is holding its Hot August Nights Prom featuring Ronny and the Classics from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 10 in Baldini’s Sierra Room. Tickets cost $12.95.
Beyond Hot August Nights
Head to the Eldorado Resort Casino to experience the theatrics of "Cirque Le Noir," also known as the "dark side of Cirque." Performances are scheduled Wednesdays-Sundays through Aug. 27 in the Eldorado Theatre. VIP seating, Champagne seating and children's tickets also are available.
Escape to Lake Tahoe to watch "Love's Labour Lost," "The Hound of the Baskervilles," or any other Showcase Series event, scheduled as part of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Performances take place every evening during Hot August Night at Sand Harbor State Park's outdoor stage.
"Dancing with the Stars: Live!" appears at the Grand Sierra Resort at 9 p.m. Aug. 12 in its Grand Theatre. Catch romantic dances, memorable numbers from the show or even all-together new dance routines. This may be your only chance to see your favorite DWTS performer on stage.
Reno's only professional soccer team, Reno 1868, plays San Antonio at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at Greater Nevada Field. The team is having two games broadcast on ESPN3 this season, but anyone in town can catch Reno 1868 live and in person.
Not that anyone wants to run a race during Hot August Nights, but anyone who does can register for the Reno 10 Miler & Relay. This fifth annual event is scheduled for Aug. 13 and starts and finishes in Downtown Reno. It has a new 6:30 a.m. start time.
Treats and eats
Check out Reno Street Food's Food Truck Friday scheduled 5-9 p.m., Aug. 11 at Idlewild Park. The name says it all, but more than two dozen food trucks will be on hand selling food that includes typical American cuisine, seafood, Mexican, Italian and more.
A&W, 900 E. Plumb Lane, is a fast-food restaurant offering all-American fare. A cold A&W root beer might be the perfect addition to any hot day, but floats, shakes, and soft serve ice cream also can be purchased for enjoyment.
The Wild River Grille offers black bean burgers, tuna melts, chicken salad wraps and more. Hungry yet? Located along Reno's RiverWalk, the Wild River Grille serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and has now been a part of the Reno community for 10 years.
Don't overlook Pinocchio's Bar & Grill. With locations in both Reno (5995 S. Virginia St.) and Sparks (4820 Vista Blvd.), this establishment has been part of the community for longer than most people know. Pinocchio's annually puts on the community's Moms on the Run race.
Where to sleep after all the fun
HAN's pre-kickoff party takes place at the Bonanza Casino, so why not stay the night? The pre-kickoff party includes a free show-n-shine, food and entertainment, trophies and prizes and a great way to get in the HAN fun early on.
The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is hosting many different HAN events, including the Classic Cherry Show-n-Shine, entertainment on its outdoor stage and a HAN car raffle. The GSR also has opened a new pool on the ground floor and has a movie theater, bowling, shopping and more.
The Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is home to many events during HAN, including the Crusin' Craft Fair, Cruise of Champions and Freestyle Hula Hooping. Just rest your weary legs here, enjoy buffet or fine dining or head to the indoor pool, outdoor pool or even whirlpool spa.
From the Nugget Casino Resort, one can easily access HAN's drag races and burnouts, the Ultimate Classic Car Competition, and live entertainment. The Nugget even has a new gift shop, which may be worth exploring for its T-shirts, hats and more.