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.


Artown’s closing night concert and celebration in Wingfield Park will feature Raging Fyah, the new generation of roots, rock reggae music straight out of Kingston, Jamaica. The free show will be on Tuesday, 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 donating to the “Keep Artown Free” campaign. With most events free, Artown is soliciting a few extra bucks to support this non-profit organization. The goal is to increase individual contributions so Artown can continue to present the high-caliber free programming attendees have come to expect. You can donate at various venues during Artown or go to the website and kick in a few bucks online.

The Barracuda Championship is the only PGA Tour golf tournament in the Reno area. The 2018 event starts on Monday, July 30, and runs through Sunday, August 5. The event brings big name professional golfers to play right here at the Montreux Golf and Country Club in south Reno. Past winners have included Kirk Triplett, Vaughn Taylor, John Cook, Will MacKenzie, John Rollins, Matt Bettencourt, and the 2017 champion Chris Stroud. Play starts on Monday with the Reno Open, a chance for amateurs to play with the pros. The actual Barracuda Championship tournament begins on Thursday.

The Barracuda Championship is all set up for spectators. In addition to the golf, there are numerous other activities for fans around the Montreaux course. For all the details, including information about tickets, parking, and the schedule, refer to my “2018 Barracuda Championship” article.

Public parking is at nearby Galena High School, with free shuttle buses to and from the event.