Reno’s Annual Hot August Nights

It is more than necessary to clarify that I am a new ‘local’ of the Biggest Little City of Reno, NV. But that doesn’t hold back anyone from falling in love with this desert treasure of a city and the landscape of variety leading all the way up Mount Rose Highway to the majestic waters of North Lake Tahoe. “The Biggest Little City in the World” holds many secrets much like any other city, but particularly for the soul-searcher, artist, culture-seeker, adventurist, and wine/brew enthusiast, and foodie.

One of my first experiences of August 2012 included taking a Harley ride with my fiancé to the shores of Incline Village, NV. After having lunch at T’s Rotisserie and a brew at the Village Pub, we cruised smooth all the way back to Reno in time for the annual kick-off event, Hot August Nights! But I can’t dismiss the change in temperature coming down the mountain, the difference between cold mountain air to warm desert air was exhilarating!

Hot August Nights started August 1st, 1986 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center to help fuel tourism. Owners of classic cars (and the live concert collaboration of Righteous Brothers, Wolfman Jack, and Jan & Dean) were in awe of the unexpected thousands of fans filling the streets. Today it is the largest annual event in Reno, creating a tradition that both brings over 800,000 visitors to the region as well as donating to the community charities. You can expect to see rock n’ roll tribute bands, classic cars rolling down the strip, muscle cars gleaming, auctions, and even an earlier pre-kick off Hot August Nights in South Lake Tahoe! Don’t forget to mark your calendar for this major event!

If you enjoyed learning about Hot August Nights, follow my blog and me at @jessicacbales to receive information on activities, photography, and special events in the Reno-Tahoe area.



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