Hot August Nights is the biggest Reno event of the year. It's a celebration of everything to do with classic cars, vintage rock 'n roll, and the American era of the 50s and 60s, when cruising, sock hops, and high school proms were all the rage. Classic cars fill the streets, rock 'n roll fills the air, and entertainment galore makes Hot August Nights the premier fun festival in Reno. One of the coolest things about Hot August Nights is that most of the shows and events are free.
Classic '62 Chevy Impala cruising during Hot August Nights in Reno, Nevada.
Photo © Stan White
After starting with the South Lake Tahoe Experience, Hot August Nights 2012 opens the main attractions in Reno and Sparks on Tuesday, August 7 and continues through Sunday, August 12. Car shows, cruising, live music, and lots of other action will be at numerous venues all over the Truckee Meadows - downtown Reno, Victorian Square in Sparks, the Atlantis and Peppermill Casinos, Grand Sierra Resort, and many more. Get the complete lowdown from the Hot August Nights schedule. If you've never been and want to see what it's like, check out my Hot August Nights pictures.
There will be numerous street closures and detours associated with Hot August Nights. Driving and parking around any of the big venues can be a real pain. If you can do it, save yourself some hassle and gas money by using one of the transportation alternatives available in the Reno and Sparks areas, such as the RTC bus system and Sierra Spirit, Reno's free downtown transit system.
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