Frequently Asked Questions

How can I enter my car in the Reno-Sparks show?
To participate with your car at Hot August Nights, you must be one of our 6,000 registered car participants. To download an application click here.

How can I enter my car in the Virginia City?
The Virginia City Event has a separate registration from the Reno-Sparks Event. To register your vehicle for the Virginia City Event, click here.

Is the Event held in one location?
Hot August Nights is held at seven different venues during the week: downtown Reno, downtown Sparks, the Atlantis Casino Resort, Grand Sierra Resort, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno, the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (Hot August Nights Swap Meet) and the Reno-Sparks Convention Center (Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson). Additional pre-event or single day venues include the Bonanza Casino and Summit Racing.

Are tickets needed for the Event?  If so, how much are they and where can they be purchased?
Tickets for the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson (Thursday $20, Friday $20, Saturday $22, or 3 day pass for $50), Hot August Nights Swap Meet ($6) at the gate daily. Drag Races can be purchased nightly for $10. Hot August Nights headline concerts located at the outdoor stages at the Grand Sierra Resort and in downtown Sparks are free. Reno & Sparks casinos will have ticketed concerts with sales available through their websites and ticket outlets prior to the Event.  For a list of free and ticketed concerts, check out our entertainment lineup click here.

What type of seating is available at the outdoor concerts at the Grand Sierra Resort and downtown Sparks?
The Grand Sierra Resort has no outdoor bleachers or permanent seating for concerts.  We suggest you bring your own low back folding chair from which to enjoy the concert.  Unattended chairs that blow down or create an unsafe environment will be removed.  Do not remove the chairs from the food court as they are there for those who are dining.  At the downtown Sparks stage area there will be bleachers from which to view the concert.

Where can I purchase official Hot August Nights merchandise?
Prior to Hot August Nights, merchandise will be available soon in our online store.  During the Event there will be merchandise tents located at the Atlantis Casino Resort, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno, downtown Reno and downtown Sparks venues, Car Participant Check-In and at our “official merchandise store” located at the outside venue at the Grand Sierra Resort.

Where can I sell or buy a car during Hot August Nights?
Cars can be sold or purchased at either the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson located at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center or the Hot August Nights Cool Car Showroom located at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center during the Swap Meet. For information on selling or buying a car at the Barrett-Jackson, World's Greatest Collector Car Auction, visit, or call (480) 421-6694; for the Cool Car Showroom call (530) 307-9999.

For additional information during the Event, please visit our Information Booths -look for the red Hot August Nights tent in downtown Reno, and the Grand Sierra Resort. The Sparks Information Booth is located under the Gazebo on Victorian Avenue.

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