Rev up the hotrods and make way for the Elvis impersonators – Hot August Nights is about to hit the streets of Reno and Sparks. The 2018 edition fires up on Tuesday, August 7, and goes through Sunday, August 12.

The fun begins up in Virginia City, roaring through the Comstock on Friday and Saturday, August 3 and 4. The official pre-kickoff party is on Sunday, August 5 at the Bonanza Casino in Reno.

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

Most Hot August Nights activities are free and open to the public, but if you’ve got some spare cash, you can get your own classic car at the Motorsport Auction Group (MAG) car auction at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. If you have a car and need parts and accessories, check out the swap meet or pick up one of many whole cars that will be on sale. For even more goodies, try the Big Boy’s Toy Store in downtown Reno.

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4th of July fireworks, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
The 4th of July is on a Wednesday in 2018. There is lots of family fun to be had during the 4th of July holiday in Reno and Sparks. The big fireworks show in the Truckee Meadows is the Star Spangled Sparks extravaganza in Victorian Square, accompanied by a variety of activities before the sky lights up. This is a huge show and well worth seeing.

Another local fireworks show will be after the 4th of July Reno Aces game at Greater Nevada Field. The game is against the Sacramento River Cats and it starts at 6:35 p.m.

With July being Artown in Reno, there will be a free evening concert of patriotic music in Wingfield Park on the 4th of July starting at 7:30 p.m. The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will end the performance with a choreographed fireworks show.

Up at South Lake Tahoe, “Lights on the Lake” will be particularly spectacular. The fireworks are launched from a barge out on the lake, with good vantage points all around the shoreline. Other locations around Lake Tahoe will be having fireworks shows and other activities as well, including Incline Village, Kings Beach, and Tahoe City. There will be a big party and fireworks up in Virginia City. For details about these and more, refer to “Fourth of July Fireworks in Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe.”

Fireworks are illegal in Washoe County – Firing off your own fireworks is illegal in Washoe County, at Lake Tahoe, and just about every other place in the surrounding region. With the hot, dry weather, this is a no brainer. Please, don’t even think about it.

The only exception to the no fireworks rule is at Pyramid Lake, where you can buy fireworks and shoot them off at designated locations within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation and according to the rules set forth by the tribe.

Street Vibrations Spring Rally is a shorter version of the much bigger motorcycle party held in the fall, yet still includes many of the same attractions – live entertainment, slow bike races, ride-in shows, poker runs, scavenger hunts, more than 80 vendors, VIP parties for participants and more.

Even if you aren’t particularly into the motorcycle scene, this event really is fun to attend. Street Vibrations Spring Rally runs from Friday, June 1, through Sunday, June 3, 2018. The main venue is along Virginia Street in downtown Reno, with additional action up in Virginia City.

You can freely check out the rows of shiny bikes and see what numerous vendors have to offer in the way of motorcycle clothing and accessories, food and drink, and lots of other stuff. There will be free musical entertainment on several stages.