Hot August Nights Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I enter my car in the Reno-Sparks show?

To participate with your car at Hot August Nights, you must be one of our 6,000 registered car participants. 2017 online and in-house registration is now open. You may also register during the Main Event at the Grand Sierra Resort in the Silver State Pavilion on Tuesday, August 8th.


Is the Event held in one location?

Hot August Nights is held at seven different venues during the week: downtown Reno, downtown Sparks, the Atlantis Casino Resort, Grand Sierra Resort, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno, the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (Hot August Nights Swap Meet/ AutoCross/Drifting) and the Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hot August Nights Auction presented by MAG Auctions). Additional pre-event or single day venues include the Bonanza Casino and Summit Racing. View the map here.


Are tickets needed for the Event?  If so, how much are they and where can they be purchased?

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 and Swap Meet ($10) at the gate daily. Drag Races & Burnouts can be purchased nightly for $10. 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.


What type of seating is available at the outdoor concerts at the Grand Sierra Resort and downtown Sparks?

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 blow down or create an unsafe environment will 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.


Where can I purchase official Hot August Nights merchandise?

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.


New Changes for HAN Check-In

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 7th, we will open the door from Noon to 7:00pm to all Hot August Nights Volunteer 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 Volunteer 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.

Where can I sell or buy a car during Hot August Nights?

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.