The summer season is coming to an end at public swimming pools in Reno and Sparks. Many of our pools will be operating on reduced schedules and most will close for the season on Labor Day, September 4, 2017. For more information about which facilities are open and when, refer to “Public Swimming Pools and Water Play Places in Reno and Sparks.”

Washoe County is also set to close up shop at its water recreation places – the pool at Bowers Mansion Regional Park in Washoe Valley and water play splash parks at Lazy 5 Regional Park and North Valleys Regional Park.

For free water play, there is no season limit on the Truckee River at Wingfield Park in Reno and Rock Park in Sparks. Both parks have whitewater features for kids and families to enjoy during visits to the river. However, use extra caution when in and around the Truckee River this summer and fall. The water has gone down from the raging flows earlier this year, but it is still higher and colder than you may be used to at this time of year.

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 2017 edition fires up on Tuesday, August 8, and goes through Sunday, August 13.

The fun begins in Virginia City, roaring through the Comstock on Friday and Saturday, August 4 and 5. The official pre-kickoff party is on Sunday, August 6 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.

Even though it’s still summer, the traditional school year for 2017-2018 begins on Monday, August 7. You can get up to speed on important dates for this session with “Washoe County School District Calendar: 2017-2018 School Year.”

Your student(s) vaccinations must be up-to-date before they can be enrolled with the Washoe County School District. Learn more about vaccination events and other information about obtaining immunizations for your children from “Student vaccinations for the Washoe County School District.” Contact the Washoe County School District for more information.

School or not, there are still a bunch of family friendly activities happening around the Truckee Meadows in August. Among these are Hot August Nights, Reno Aces baseball, music events, Reno 1868 FC soccer, and lots more. See what’s up at “August 2017 Events and Activities in the Reno Region” and on the NewToReno events calendar.