Special to GUIDON
Hot Summer Nights has become a part of summer at the Lake of the Ozarks with monthly events that feature vintage cars, family fun and music on the Bagnell Dam Strip.
This year’s cruise-in series will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. on the second Friday of every month for five months, rain or shine, starting May 11.
Hot Summer Nights attracts thousands of visitors every year to each of its five Friday-night events, making it the largest cruise-ins in Missouri.
The overall theme for this year’s Hot Summer Nights series is “Cruisin’ the Midwest Coast,” but each monthly event has its own individual theme as well.
“Here Comes Summer!” is the theme for the opening event on May 11. On June 8, the legendary Route 66 gets all the attention with “The Mother Road, Rt. 66 – Still Kickin’.” The Missouri Route 66 Association will set up a Route 66 “village” where visitors can get a real sense of the magic and history of this storied thoroughfare. July 13 is all about “Rods & Rock ‘N’ Roll” and August 10 focuses on “Keep on Cruisin’.” The September 7 event is called “Salute to Our Heroes… Military, Police, Firefighters and EMTs.”
The historic Bagnell Dam Strip is home to many restaurants, stores, arcades and more, making it an ideal location for Hot Summer Nights, and other events that take visitors back in time to the halcyon days of American automobiles.
During Hot Summer Nights, many of the Lake of the Ozarks area hotels, motels and other lodging properties offer specials for guests traveling to the lake. From full-service resorts to smaller family-owned resorts, bed and breakfasts, vacation homes, condominiums, cabins, campgrounds and RV parks, there are accommodations to fit every need and budget.
A complete list of available accommodations can be found by clicking the “lodging” tab at www.FunLake.com.
For more information and updates on Hot Summer Nights, visit the event’s website at www.HotSummerNightsCruise.com or visit its Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/cruisehotsummernights/. To find out more about other summer events at the Lake of the Ozarks, call 800.386.5253, or visit www.FunLake.com.
(Editor’s note: Information provided by the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau.)