Reno Arch Cruise

July 30 – 31 Virginia City Kickoff and Aug. 3 – 8 Reno-Sparks

RENO, Nevada (May 27, 2021) — Hot August Nights, the week-long celebration dedicated to classic cars and classic music, returns for its 34th year starting July 30, 2021. Picking up from the 2020 postponement, since 1986 thousands of classic cars and car lovers from near and far descend on the Reno-Tahoe region to participate in one of the largest annual classic car events in the world.

The must-attend event kicks off Friday, July 30 in the historic mining town of Virginia City, Nevada, located 23 miles from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The main street is lined with registered cars for a Classic Car Show-n-Shine for spectators of all ages followed by a late afternoon cruise and an awards presentation Saturday, July 31.

The main 2021 event in Reno-Sparks starts Tuesday, Aug. 3 and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 8 with the final cruise in downtown Reno, known as the grand finale parade beginning at 10 a.m.

“The whole world was put on pause last year and we were one of the events that postponed in light of the pandemic, but we’re back to tell you that you can count on Hot August Nights this year,” said Executive Director of Hot August Nights Alan Tom. “We’re ready, our community is ready and I can tell you, our participants are really ready. The schedule includes hundreds of activities to include Show-n-Shines, nightly cruises, MAG Auctions, free live entertainment our ever-popular Drag Races and Burnouts presented by AMSOIL along with many other fun activities for the whole family. We sincerely thank our many dedicated volunteer members, participants and sponsors for their support throughout last year. Now, let’s make it happen.”

Official registered cars are capped at 6,000 for the main Reno-Sparks event with currently less than 2,000 available spots open and the Virginia City kickoff is sold out with 400 registered classic cars. Car registration for the Reno-Sparks portion remains open until the limit is reached. Register online at Pending availability, onsite registration takes place at the Silver State Pavilion located inside the Grand Sierra Resort for locals starting Monday, Aug. 2 and is open to all walk-ins Tuesday, Aug. 3.

Hot August Nights, a nonprofit organization, started as a way to drive tourism to the area during August while raising money for local charities. Now, it’s considered an iconic special event for attendees and participants to relive and celebrate the nostalgic times of the 50s, 60s and 70s. The full itinerary is available online at

For registration or information, visit online at or call 775-356-1956. Keep up to date with the latest by following on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Hot August Nights, a nonprofit organization, is the world’s premier classic car event, annually drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators and participants to northern Nevada to revel in nostalgia, enjoy top entertainers from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s and participate in a variety of events including Show-n-Shines, controlled cruises, an auction, drag races, and more.

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