From classic cars to community festivals to family fun, there’s plenty to do and see around the Silver State in early August.
See classic rides — Chevy Bel Airs, ’67 Ford Mustangs, Cadillac Eldorados and more —at the Hot August Nights car show Aug. 2-11 in South Lake Tahoe, Reno and Sparks. New this year is the Barrett-Jackson car auction, Aug. 8-10 in Reno, where serious car collectors will bid on the best. Check out the cars as they cruise Virginia Street in Reno and Victorian Square in Sparks; get up close at one of the show ’n’ shines in South Lake Tahoe. Rock around the clock as Paul Revere and the Raiders, Tower of Power and others belt out those oldies but goodies. Details: HotAugustNights.net.
Head to Gardnerville — about 50 miles south of Reno on U.S. 395 — for the Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo Aug. 2-4 and the Taste of the Towns food event Aug. 3. Horse clinics, classes, competitions and an auction of mustangs trained through the Saddle Horse Training Program at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center are scheduled at the Wild Horse and Burro Expo, Aug. 2-4 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Pinenut Road in Gardnerville. Details: wildhorseandburroexpo.com. Sample dishes from Tombstone Tap and Grill, Tiny Cakes Cupcakery, Bubba Bob, Lentines and other restaurants at Taste of the Towns, 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Carson Valley Museum parking lot, 1477 U.S. 395 in Gardnerville. Tickets, $20, are on sale at the museum. Details: 775-782-2555.
Family fun takes place in both northern and southern Nevada on Aug. 10. Kids can learn about Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Basin through hands-on activities at Children’s Environmental Science Day, 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive in Incline Village (on the Sierra Nevada College campus). The event is free. Details: http://terc.ucdavis.edu. Budding scientists can explore chemistry, biology, geology and more at Family Fun Science Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10 at the National Atomic Testing Museum, 755 E. Flamingo Road in Las Vegas. Cost is $15 for a family of five, and includes entrance to the museum’s main exhibit and activity materials. Details: nationalatomictestingmuseum.org.