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Lewiston’s Hot August Nights kicked off in August of 1987, and began as a way to bring the Lewis Clark Valley a taste of great music and artists they never had a chance to experience before. After the initial success of the first few years, a classic car show was added to the mix. Now the Valley has its own true summer experience; a great concert and a classic car show.

Lewiston’s Hot August Nights was established by the radio station, 101.5 CAT-FM, not only to give the Valley a signature summer feature, but as a means for CAT-FM to give back to the community. In the beginning CAT-FM donated thousands of dollars to local non-profits groups; whether it was simply giving them a check, or purchasing something they desperately needed, but couldn’t find the funding for.

As time has gone on CAT-FM has grown, acquiring three additional stations, now collectively known as Pacific Empire Radio. As the company has grown, so has Lewiston’s Hot August Nights and the non-profits they have partnered with. CAT-FM partners with the non-profit group Beautiful Downtown Lewiston to organize and run the classic car show, for which they receive 100% of the profits. The classic car show has turned into a fruitful fundraiser for the group, with over three hundred cars from all over the US.

Lewiston’s Hot August Nights is truly a community event! Downtown Lewiston’s streets are closed down so all the classic cars can be displayed, with the concert just a stone’s throw away at Boomers Garden, which has been voted as one of Idaho’s top 10 music venues. The event kicks off on Thursday at a local Toyota dealership (Rogers Toyota) with a preview of classic cars on their lot. Friday night is a valley favorite with the classic car cruise. All these events lead up to Saturday night’s big concert, where old friends meet up and take in a performance to remember for a lifetime.

For more information about Lewiston’s Hot August Nights contact (208) 743-6564

Beautiful Downtown Lewiston is a great resource for anything happening down town.


Beautiful Downtown Lewiston evolved from efforts of the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce, downtown business and property owners and the City of Lewiston to revive efforts of previous downtown organizations, including the Port City Action Committee.

As participation and interest in the downtown revitalization increased, the organization left the umbrella of the Lewiston Chamber to become a stand alone non-profit organization. Beautiful Downtown Lewiston is a 501(c)6 organization, directed by its own by-laws and board of directors. With support from citizens, property owners, business owners and the City of Lewiston, Beautiful Downtown Lewiston Association is spearheading the task of revitalizing Lewiston’s downtown district.

Through application of the Main Street Program, Beautiful Downtown Lewiston is working to create a vital downtown district.