Rev up the classic cars and make way for lots of rock ‘n roll music – Hot August Nights is about to hit the streets of Reno and Sparks. The 2022 event starts on Tuesday, August 2 and goes through Sunday, August 7. There are numerous related activities, many of which are free. Things that require some money include drag races and burnouts, car auction, the swap meet and tons of goodies from various vendors.

The fun begins up in Virginia City, roaring through the Comstock on Friday and Saturday, July 29 – 30, 2022. A related event is Cruisin’ for the Cure on Sunday, July 31 at the Bonanza Casino in Reno. This car show features hot cars, live music, food trucks and more as a fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Hot August Nights event, Reno, Nevada, NV

Hot August Nights brings thousands of classic cars to the streets of Reno and Sparks, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Artown’s closing night concert and celebration in Wingfield Park will feature reggae artist Mike Love with opener Tim Snider and Wolfgang Timber. The free show will be on Sunday, July 31, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The park will open at 5 p.m. for the show.

Artown closing night concerts are extremely popular and the park will be packed out. If you really want a good viewing spot to set up a chair or spread a blanket, get there early. Even if you are back a ways, these shows are worth attending.

If you have enjoyed Artown during July, consider becoming a member. Friends of Artown not only support this unique event, they enjoy a number of exclusive benefits. Visit the Membership page for details.

Join Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space for a series fun family campfire programs. Each week will feature a different presenter for kids of all ages to enjoy. These programs will be at Eagle Meadow, inside the north entrance to Galena Creek Regional Park (that’s the Galena Creek Visitor Center entrance at 18250 Mt. Rose Highway).

Programs are every Friday through August 5, 2022. The campfire will be lit at 8 p.m. for marshmallows and s’mores. Programs start at 8:30 p.m. Come early and bring a picnic dinner. The programs are free, but a $4 per person donation is requested to help fund the program. Low-back chairs or blankets, bug repellent and flashlights recommended. For more information, call (775) 849-2511.

  • July 22: Nevada Discovery Ride – Samantha Szesciorka’s adventure across Nevada
  • July 29: Star Gazing with Astronomical Society of Nevada
  • August 5: Nevada Dept. of Wildlife presents – Bears