Hot August Nights Frequently Asked Questions
To participate with your car at Hot August Nights, you must be one of our 6,000 registered car participants. 2018 online and in-house registration is now open. If you are a local and hold a Nevada drivers license then you may also register during the Main Event at the Grand Sierra Resort in the Silver State Pavilion on Monday, August 6th, for our out of town guests, registration opens on Tuesday, August 7th.
Hot August Nights is held at several different venues during the week: downtown Reno, downtown Sparks, the Atlantis Casino Resort, Baldini’s Casino (Hot August Nights Swap Meet), Grand Sierra Resort, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno, the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (Cool Car Corral, AutoCross & Drifting presented by AMSOIL) and the Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hot August Nights Auction presented by MAG Auctions). Additional pre-event or single day venue such as Summit Racing. View the map here.
Tickets for the Hot August Nights Auction presented by MAG (Thursday $20, Friday $20, Saturday $20, or 3 day pass for $45), Hot August Nights AutoCross and Drifting presented by AMSOIL ($12) at the gate daily. Drag Races & Burnouts can be purchased nightly for $12. Hot August Nights Swap Meet ($8) Hot August Nights headline concerts located at the outdoor stages at the Grand Sierra Resort and in downtown Sparks are free. Reno & Sparks casinos will have ticketed concerts with sales available through their websites and ticket outlets prior to the Event. For a list of free and ticketed concerts, check out our entertainment lineup click here.
The Grand Sierra Resort has no outdoor bleachers or permanent seating for concerts. We suggest you bring your own low back folding chair from which to enjoy the concert. Unattended chairs that are left over night will be removed as well as unattended chairs that may blow down or create an unsafe environment will also be removed. Do not remove the chairs from the food court as they are there for those who are dining. At the downtown Sparks stage area there will be bleachers from which to view the concert.
Our online store is open to purchase your favorite Hot August Nights Poster. For all other merchandise, during the Event there will be merchandise tents located at the Atlantis Casino Resort, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno, downtown Reno and downtown Sparks venues, Car Participant Check-In and at our official merchandise store located at the outside venue at the Grand Sierra Resort.
We are listening, and heard your displeasure with our registered car participant check-in process. In efforts to cut down the wait time for all of our registrants, we are introducing new Locals Day for Check-In. On Monday, August 6th, we will open the door from Noon to 7:00pm to all Hot August Nights Club Members and Nevada driver license holders only, that are pre-registered, to be able to get their registration packets a day early. Not to displease any of our out of state friends, this early check-in will be no different than if you picked up your packet on Tuesday. To continue with the shortening of standing in line, we will also be going back to car participant registration number designated lines in Small Packets, and no need to show proof of insurance. All you need to bring is your ID and your DMV registration. Our Club Members will be ready and waiting for you with a smile and a pre-printed window sticker. If you have a last minute car change, please notify the office prior to July 1st. Any changes after this date, we will have a “Car Change” line ready for you.
Cars can be sold or purchased at either the Hot August Nights Auction presented by MAG Auctions located at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center or the Hot August Nights Cool Car Showroom located at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center during the Swap Meet.
For additional information during the Event, please visit our Information Booths—look for the red Hot August Nights tent in downtown Reno, and the Grand Sierra Resort. The Sparks Information Booth is located under the Gazebo on Victorian Avenue.