It’s hot in Reno, with hot event to entertain vacationers and local people. Hot August Nights is a “Blast from the Past” with classic cruisers and lots of entertainment. The Best of the West Nugget Rib Cook off offers plenty of good eating as 24 cookers compete for the top title. Hot Air Balloons will decorate the skies as they float through the air at sunrise in September. Motorcycles of all types roar into town for “Street Vibrations”
Following is an overview of the summer events in Reno, Nevada.
Hot August Nights is a “Blast from the Past”
Vintage auto buffs and fans of rock ‘n’ roll love Hot August Nights. Hot August Nights rocks the streets of Reno and Sparks from August 3 – 12. Classic cars from 1972 and older bring back the happy days of yesteryear. Tunes form the 50’s and 60’s. The event attracts more that 700,000 people to Reno every year. The “Blast from the Past” brings in baby boomers reliving “Happy Days” and introduces the era to a new generation who missed it the first time around. “Cruisin” cars that are “way cool” are the stars of the bobby socker event.
Hot August Nights offers plenty of “cool” entertainment. There are dozens of concerts throughout the event. Most of concerts are free. On Prom Night sweethearts can dance the night away to the sounds of cool tunes:
For many, the highlight of “Hot August Nights” is the car parade.. This year the car parade will be held on August 12 at 10 am. Proud owners show off their classic cruisers and vintage automobiles as they cruise the streets of Reno.
Shake Rattle ‘n’ Roll, August 6. Victorian Square, Sparks.
Abracadabra The True Tribute to ABBA, August 7 at Grand Sierra Resort.
Lil’ Elmo & the Socmos, August 7 at Victorian Square, Sparks.
The World’s Greatest Tribute to Elvis, August 8 at Grant Sierra Resort.
The Broadway Stars of Beatlemania, August 8 at Victorian Square, Sparks.
Winter Dance Party The official tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper at Grand Sierra Resort.
Fantastic Diamond A Tribute to the Music of Neal Diamond, August 9 at Victorian Square.
Ricky Nelson Remembered Featuring Ricky’s Sons Mathew and Gunnar, August 10 at Grand Sierra Resort.
Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, August 10 at Victorian Square.
Tony Orlando, August 11 at Grand Sierra Resort.
Sonny Turner of the Platters, August 11 at Victorian Square.
Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook off on Labor Day weekend.
August 29 to September 3, at Victorian Square. The big rib cook-off gets national attention. Rib specialists from around the nation gather to compete for the Best Ribs title. Food booths sell their special ribs to eager crowds. In 2006 the winner of the cookoff was Famous Daves.
This year there are 24 cookers competing in Cook off. Restaurants from around the country come to Reno to show off their expertise., including: The Barbecue Company, Inc. – AZ, Johnson’s BBQ – VA, Butch’s Smack You Lips BBQ -NJ, Chicago BBQ Company – IL, Desperado’s BBQ Rib Co – OH, Back Forty Texas Barbecue – CA, Texas Outlaw Barbecue- KY, Maui Wowie BBQ Co. – NV, Kinder’s Custom Meats Inc. – CA, Carson City BBQ – NV, Moonshiner Grill & Cafe – KY, Rasta Joe’s BBQ Inc. – IN, Bone Daddy’s BBQ – MI, Porky ‘n Beans BBQ – OH, Smokehouse Specialities – CA, Joey’s Texas Thunder – TX, Razorback Cookers – AR, B>J>’s Barbeque – NV, Sweet Meat Cooking Team – TX, Aussom Aussie – PA, Memphis Championship Barbecue – NV, Checkered Pig BBQ – VA and Famous Dave’s BBQ- MN.
Food booths will be open so bring your appetite. Six stages of entertainment feature music to eat tasty ribs by.
The Great Balloon Race
September 7 – 9, celebrates 25 years of flying high. Hot air balloons rise before the sun in Reno
2007 Street Vibrations,
September 19-23. Reported to be America’s sixth largest motorcycle event. Bikes of all makes and models roll into Reno for five days of fun, concerts, stunts, poker runs, bike games, 200 retail vendors and the Harley Davidson Factory Display.
Information subject to change. Check the event websites for additional information.