Hot August Nights Visitor Info
Rooms in the Reno-Sparks area begin filling as soon as the Event is over for the next year’s event. While rooms fill early, it is not too late to get a room, as there are a good number of hotels and motels in the area. Please click here to check out our hotel and event sponsors. Signup for our email insider to receive exclusive offers and information before it is announced.
Getting Here and Getting Around
If you are flying in to attend the Event, most hotels offer shuttles from the airport to the hotel (please check with the hotel you will be staying at). Rental cars can get you from one place to the next, but if you are not planning on driving up to Lake Tahoe or Virginia City, and plan on staying in Reno and Sparks, your best bet is to travel by ride share, taxi or RTC bus as general parking at our venues is limited.
As much as we at Hot August Nights would love to see you at our event, attendees are asked to stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19. To protect yourself and those around you, Washoe County District Health Department encourages individuals 12 years of age and older to be vaccinated and those that are not, are encouraged to wear a mask following CDC guidance if you are unvaccinated. Additionally, washing your hands and using hand sanitizer and distancing are important. We thank you for your cooperation and helping us to keep Hot August Nights events alive and going strong!
For additional COVID-19 information and resources, please see our COVID-10 Updates & Resources page.
Of any kind are strictly prohibited.
Hot August Nights is a family friendly event, and we love to see our younger generation enjoying the classics as much as we do. If you have a child that is young enough to sit in a car seat, please make sure to keep them back from the railing during cruises and the parade. Classic cars like to roar their engines and show what they’ve got under the hood. These rev’s can be very loud to your child’s ears and also give off hot fumes that can be harmful if in direct contact (on sidewalk near exhaust pipes).
No Animals allowed. EXCEPTION: IDENTIFIED SERVICE DOGS. This seems to be our most broken rule. We are asked why all the time? Why can’t I bring my dog, as another spectator walks by with their Chihuahua! Don’t get us wrong, we all LOVE our furry friends! But look at the facts, if you just spent all day shining your car and a dog walks up and urinates on the wheel how mad are you going to be? Or if your dog runs underneath a car to get off the hot asphalt and scrapes the leash on the undercarriage of the car, what do you think the owner is going to say? Let’s talk about how hot it is on the asphalt; if the air temperature is 87°, which means the asphalt temperature is 143°! In August it can get well over 90° so just think how that would feel for you to walk on with your bare feet! At 125° skin destruction can occur in just 60 seconds. Paws CAN and WILL get burned. If it’s too hot for your bare feet, then it is too hot for theirs! Please NEVER leave your animal unattended in a vehicle! Also keep in mind, that many animals have thick fur like coats; dehydration is real and can happen to your pet.
Northern Nevada weather, especially in Reno & Sparks can change at the drop of a hat. Stay hydrated, keep cool, wear a hat, and apply sunscreen!
Just like you, classic vehicle owners don’t like scratches, dings, dents, sticky fingers etc. on their vehicles either. Please be courteous and be aware of your surroundings. If you want to get a closer look at one of the vintage stunners, hold onto your purse or necklace/jewelry so it doesn’t smack into the paint. Don’t touch someone else’s car without their permission! Be careful when walking in-between the classics as your belt or design on your jeans could scrape the vehicle behind you.
Operation of drones at/over any venue site is strictly prohibited. If you are an accredited member of the media, please inquire with the Hot August Nights Marketing & PR Manager prior to the event to see if permitting is obtainable.
Camera use and videorecorders must be for personal use only. Professional equipment for commercial use is prohibited unless you are an accredited member of the media with proper Hot August Nights Media Credentials.
The City of Reno and The City of Sparks require free speech designated areas during special events. However, these locations are not always utilized, and you may be approached to sign a petition, buy a random CD, or asked for money etc. Please know that these are NOT approved vendors of Hot August Nights and we ask that you DO NOT patronize them. If you feel that your rights have been distressed, or that it has interfered with your enjoyment of the event, please report to your local police officer, City Ambassador and or City Councilman.
Scooters/Razors/ Skateboards/Bikes/Skates/Roller Blades/ Etc
Are not allowed into Hot August Nights venues. We ask that if you are using one of these listed items that you be courteous and carry or walk it through our event. If you scrape or bump a car, YOU are responsible for the damage.
No Motorized Devices, Other Than Those Used by Handicapped Individuals
To include Segways, Hoverboards, electric scooters etc. They are not permitted within any venue site.
Hot August Nights has over 500 dedicated members that volunteer their time to make sure the event is a huge success! Please, if they ask you to do something such as move your car 2’ to the right or not to walk down a certain path, show them respect and gratitude. Without our Club Members, Hot August Nights would cease to exist.
Grand Sierra Resort Entertainment Seating
Due to space availability and courtesy to all Hot August Nights patrons, we ask that no folding chairs be left out over night in front of the stage area at the Grand Sierra Resort venue. If folding chairs are left in the parking lot after the conclusion of our nightly entertainment, they will be removed and placed in a designated area within the parking lot. Hot August Nights will not be held responsible for any missing seating that is left unattended.
Umbrellas & Other Shade Items
Attached to an occupied chair are permissible as long as weather permits. Please be aware of the dangers of handheld umbrellas when walking the venue site, i.e. brushing against cars, bumping into other people or structures. PLEASE FOLD DOWN ANY CHAIR WHEN NOT OCCUPIED OR WHEN ASKED by venue Safety/Security personnel and/or Hot August Nights representative. High winds and/or weather conditions can present a hazard to the cars and/or crowds at the venue site.
Parking for Spectators
The “Victorian Square Parking Garage also knows as the “Theater Garage” will be open for parking during the main event, can hold up to 700 cars. Entrance is on Victorian Plaza Circle. You can take Pyramid to C Street turn onto Victorian Plaza Circle and into parking garage or you can take Avenue of the Oaks and follow it around to Victorian Plaza Circle to the entrance.
Shuttle – Hot August Nights has partnering with BGCTM to do continuous shuttles back and forth from Summit Racing on Glendale directly to the Drag Races in Sparks. This shuttle is FREE and will run Wednesday – Saturday from 5:30pm – 12:30am. Shuttle will drop off/pick up next to the Drag Races.
RTC – The RTC City of Reno and City of Sparks wants you to arrive at your special event,
relaxed, on time and ready to enjoy the experience. Free rides on both RAPID lines (Lincoln Line from downtown Sparks to downtown Reno & Virginia Line from downtown Reno to Meadowood Mall). This free transit service is offered to the public Tuesday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 8th all day long. These routes serve RTC Centennial Plaza and RTC 4th Street Station. Plan your trip and view schedule information at rtcwashoe.com
Registered Vehicle Car Year
Hot August Nights reserves the right to cancel any registration found not to meet requirements of Hot August Nights’ vehicle specifications; 1979 and older. – We are a nostalgic event, and we want to keep it that way.
No Physical Contact with Spectators During Cruises
I know what you’re thinking, DUH!! But in all reality, it still happens. We still have participants that throw candy or other fun items into the crowd of spectators. We all LOVE candy and fun tchotchke items, but how would you feel if a child ran out into the street to grab a piece of candy and got hit by another car?
Politically Affiliated Printed Material OR “For Sale Signs”
Are NOT ALLOWED on registered vehicles during Hot August Nights activities. We are all here to have fun and admire these vintage beauties. If you want to see a “For Sale” sign, we suggest visiting the MAG Auctions at the Reno Sparks Convention Center or to the Cool Car Corral & Showroom located at the Reno Livestock Events Center. Also, no one wants to have political views shoved in their face. So be polite to our guests, they are here to admire your hard work!
Person Merchandise Selling
Participants may not sell merchandise of any type – If you want to sell something, contact us earlier and sign up to be a vendor or sponsor. We are always welcome to new vendors or sponsors.
No Car Space Saving
Due to unique northern Nevada weather patterns that may affect the Event and the extremely heavy congestion of the venue sites, chairs, coolers, and other paraphernalia left unattended will be placed at the back of the space to allow others to utilize the parking space.
No Popup Tents/Shade Structures
High winds can and frequently do occur at the venue sites which can send a personal shade structure sailing into the crowd or into another vehicle on display. Secured shade structures are offered throughout each venue for your comfort.
]Coolers can be carried in your vehicle for use during a Cruise or the Parade. If you are parked at a Show-n-Shine we ask that you help support our Sponsors, they have many choices to choose from for food & beverage. Glass containers are not permitted at any of the venues. Un-authorized alcohol is not permitted in the streets of Downtown Reno or Sparks. Hot August Nights pays for the permit to serve alcohol which means we are liable for carding anyone that looks under 40. We ask that you drink responsibly.
Event Management reserves the right to restrict entrants to acceptable behavior during any and all activities of Hot August Nights, Inc. Open headers, unnecessary tire-spins, burnouts, or any other dangerous or inappropriate behavior will result in management eviction of an entrant and/or his/her vehicle. Law enforcement will confiscate window sticker and possibly cite any violators. In case of eviction, Hot August Nights will not refund entry fees. – This is a fun family event; there is no reason to be inappropriate. So, stay safe and have fun, this is your vacation, enjoy it!
Pneumatics & Hydraulics
For safety reasons, use of pneumatics and hydraulics is strictly prohibited during any official Hot August Nights cruise or Show-n-Shine. All four wheels must stay on the ground at all times. Again, safety is our priority and “jumping” your car can cause serious harm and or damage to another person or their vehicle.
It is advisable that gas tanks are not over-filled or topped off. Gas expands with hot weather/temperatures. Gas tank overflow can cause possible property damage within the venue and can result in damage to car paint.
At venues where drip pans are required i.e., cars parked on sidewalks or in areas where drip pans are to be used, car participants are asked to return drip pans to the collecting area after use. Returning the drips pans prevents loss and possible harm to others.
Must be in writing and received no later than July 1, of that year. No refunds or cancellations after July 1. All cancellations are subject to a $30.00 processing fee. We pride ourselves on putting on an amazing event and making sure we have a full packet of goodies for our participants. We must order these items many, many months in advance and giving enough notice is just good manners.
Due to liability waiver requirements HOT AUGUST NIGHTS ENTRIES ARE NOT TRANSFERRABLE and CANNOT BE SOLD by anyone other than Hot August Nights, Inc. The HOT AUGUST NIGHTS vehicle registration window sticker to be given at Check-In can only be used on the HOT AUGUST NIGHTS registered vehicle. – We are a business just like anyone else and to keep our traditions going for another 34 years we cannot have participants selling off their registrations.