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, your vehicle must be 1979 or older and you must be one of our 6,000 registered car participants. 2019 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 5th, for our out of town guests, registration opens on Tuesday, August 6th.


Is there a limit cap to car registration?

Hot August Nights will be reinstating the 6,000 car participant registration cap in 2020. As Hot August Nights continues to grow so does our dedication to ensuring the safety of our guests and the quality of our event. Beginning this year, we will start to secure spots for our registered 2019 participants in our 2020 event. So don’t wait, register today and secure your spot for many more Hot August Nights events to come! We appreciate your support and look forward to another wonderful year of Celebrating America’s Love Affair with Cars and Rock’ N’ Roll!


Is the Event held in one location?

Hot August Nights is held at several different venues during the week: downtown Reno, downtown Sparks (Hot August Nights Drag Races presented by AMSOIL), the Atlantis Casino Resort, Baldini’s Casino, Grand Sierra Resort, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno, the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (Swap Meet, Cool Car Showroom & Outdoor Car Corral) 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.


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 Auctions (Thursday $20, Friday $20, Saturday $20, or 3 day pass for $45), Drag Races & Burnouts presented by AMSOIL can be purchased nightly for $15. Entrance into the Hot August Nights Swap Meet, Cool Car Showroom & Outdoor Car Corral is $10. The Hot August Nights headline concerts located at the outdoor stages at the Grand Sierra Resort and at the Nugget Event Center in downtown Sparks are free. Entrance into The Garage, our preferred seating area at the Grand Sierra Resort, passes range from $50 – $75 daily with all week pass for $300. 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 try The Garage, our preferred seating area serving 21+ guests or 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 Nugget Event Center in downtown Sparks there will be outdoor seating 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 merchandise and posters. 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.


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 Corral & Showroom located at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center.

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.

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