Hot August Nights Postpones 34th Event Until 2021
Ongoing COVID-19 Concerns for Volunteer and Participant Safety is the Priority
While anticipation was growing for Hot August Nights, a northern Nevada summer tradition scheduled this July 31 to August 9, 2020, concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the health and safety of more than 6,000 volunteers and participants led event organizers to the tough decision to postpone this year’s event. The 34th annual love affair of classic cars and rock n’ roll will take place in 2021.
The postponement includes Hot August Nights Virginia City kickoff event slated for Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, and the main event held August 4 – 9, 2020 in various locations throughout Reno and Sparks.
“This decision was not made lightly by the Board of Directors and Staff, but the priority for the safety and well-being of our attendees and volunteers is paramount,” said Mike Whan, Executive Director of Hot August Nights. “Since March, and even up until last week, we remained optimistic that we could carry on with adjustments and added previsions. I can honestly say, after much discussion with leading health organizers, government officials and internal discussions, we are confident that this is the right action to take.”
Considered an iconic special event in the region, Hot August Nights is the world’s premier classic car event bringing hundreds of thousands of spectators to northern Nevada since 1986. Annually, the event generates over $100 million in economic impact to the Reno-Sparks business community.
“Our goal is to always produce a top quality event and with so many mandated restrictions, we didn’t want to sacrifice that in any way. Our event is due to the hard work and dedication of our staff, volunteer members and car participants.” Whan goes on to say, “In good conscious, we could not ask them nor our sponsors, vendors or patrons to compromise their health in any way. This is devastating to us and we are all feeling a profound sense of loss. However, Hot August Nights has a long history and by postponing our 34th annual event until 2021, we are securing the event’s commitment and impact for many years to come. We thank our HAN community for their support and understanding and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2021.”
Hot August Nights will be offering registered car participants the following five options:
- Roll over the 2020 registration fee to the 2021 event.
- Donate the full registration refund to Hot August Nights to assist with COVID-19 event related losses due to the postponement.
- Refund the paid participant fee minus $60.00 for the car participant goodie bag items consisting of the 2020 t-shirt, hat, mug, pin etc.
- Donate registration refund to Hot August Nights to assist with COVID-19 event losses minus the $60 goodie bag items to be shipped directly to participant.
- Full refund, no processing fee will be charged.
All requests must be submitted no later than July 17, 2020. If a request is not submitted, the registration will default to a rollover to the 2021 Hot August Nights event. Questions and comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How COVID-19 Affects Hot August Nights Statement and Frequently Asked Questions
For over 30 years we’ve had the pleasure of presenting the world’s largest nostalgic classic car festival and music event. Hot August Nights relies on our great staff, hundreds of dedicated volunteers, amazing participants and wonderful sponsors to make the event happen. Our love and support goes out to them and all those affected by this pandemic.
We here at Hot August Nights like to have a positive outlook and are moving forward with the planning of our 34th anniversary. Even though the Hot August Nights office remains closed until the isolation quarantine is lifted, we want you to know that we still plan to cruise this August and our staff is driving full force ahead from their homes in preparation of holding the best Hot August Nights event yet!
As we all know with mandated closures and self-isolation happening all over the world, there is a lot of uncertainties. We value our local and national measures that have been taking place towards defeating this virus.
It is with heavy hearts that we here at Hot August Nights have decided to cancel this year’s Spring Fever Revival event. We have not come to this decision lightly but solely out of caution for the health and wellbeing of our community and the future Hot August Nights events. The event was to take place on Friday, May 15th and Saturday, May 16th
Please know that our primary concern is the safety of our event and everyone that’s involved with it. Due to the circumstances surrounding our great nation and the state of Nevada, right now we feel that this is the only responsible thing to do.
Again, the health and safety of all of our guests is our highest priority. We appreciate your support and understanding.
We wish everyone the best during this unprecedented time. We encourage you to keep checking this page, signing up for our eblast insider and/or check us out on our social media channels for current information.
Stay safe, stay healthy! We hope to see you soon!
1. What is the status of the Hot August Nights Foundation Fundraiser dinner, Classics & Cocktails (April 25)?
Classics & Cocktails has been postponed. We are currently working with the Atlantis Casino Hotel to reschedule a new date. We will automatically roll over any paid tickets or sponsorships for this event to the new date unless a refund has been requested in writing.
2. What is the status of Spring Fever Revival (May 15 & 16)?
It is with deep regret and heavy hearts that we here at Hot August Nights have decided to cancel this year’s Spring Fever Revival event. Please know that our primary concern is the safety of our event and everyone that’s involved with it. Due to the circumstances surrounding our great nation and the state of Nevada, right now we feel that it is the only responsible thing to do. We appreciate your support and understanding.
3. What is the status of the Virginia City Event (July 31 & Aug. 1)?
We are still cruising! Register today by clicking here. Right now, with the limited information we have, NO decisions have been made to cancel the event and we ARE continuing to move forward with planning of the event. Please know that the safety and well-being of our guests is of upmost importance to us. We will continue to monitor the situation and wait to see what, if any, regulations are to be in place for Virginia City during this time. If it is determined not safe for our car participants, volunteers and visitors in this area, we will review our options with our Board of Directors.
4. What is the status of the Main Hot August Nights Event (Aug. 4 - 9)?
We are still cruising! Register today by clicking here. Right now, with the limited information we have, NO decisions have been made to cancel the event and we ARE continuing to move forward with planning of the event. Please know that the safety and well-being of our guests is of upmost importance to us. We will continue to monitor the situation and wait to see what, if any, regulations are to be in place for Reno and Sparks during this time. If it is determined not safe for our car participants, volunteers and visitors in these areas, we will review our options with our Board of Directors. We all have high hopes that Hot August Nights is able to continue the tradition for our 34th annual event.
5. I’ve heard Hot August Nights has canceled?
At this time, ONLY The Spring Fever Revival event has been canceled. We will continue to monitor the situation and if it is deemed safe by government officials to continue on with the VC and Main event, we will do so. Please check back on our website, signup for our eblast insider or check us out on our social media pages for continuous updates.
6. If I was a car participant last year and missed the deadline, can I still register?
Yes, absolutely! We will continue to take registrations until our cap limit is met. So don’t doddle, we encourage you to go online and register today.
7. Is Hot August Nights still accepting mail in registrations?
Yes, we are still accepting mail in registrations. We do recommend you consider our online registration platform, it is quick and easy. If you do prefer mailing in your registration, please note that at this time it may take a little longer to receive your confirmation letter or see that your payment has processed as our staff is keeping to the mandated social distancing/self-isolation and limiting office visits at this time.
8. I have registered for the 2020 event, why hasn’t my check been cashed yet?
Not to worry, we are still processing registrations however, it may take a little longer to see that your payment/check has cashed as our staff is keeping to the mandated social distancing/self-isolation and limiting office visits at this time.
9. I have registered for the 2020 event, why haven’t I received my confirmation letter yet?
We are still processing registrations however, it may take a little longer to receive your confirmation letter as our staff is keeping to the mandated social distancing/self-isolation and limiting office visits at this time.
10. My friend received their confirmation letter but I didn’t. What’s the deal?
At this time it is taking us a little longer than usual to process registrations due to limited office visits. Please know that we are working to get confirmations letters out as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience.
11. If the event is postponed or canceled, will I receive a refund or can I put it towards the 2021 event registration?
At this time we are currently working on different options should this occur. Please check back for details.