Las Vegas is the place to party for pretty much any occasion. Birthdays, bachelor parties, weddings, New Year’s Eve, Halloween…you get the idea. It’s also one of the best places to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.
The holiday is technically on Sept. 16, but since that falls on a Wednesday this year we’re going to be doing the majority of our celebrating this weekend.
The city always rolls out the red, white and green carpet for guests who are here for the holiday. We’ve got shows from all of the hottest Latin music artists, Mexican food and drink specials and a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Berto.
Like Latin music? Then this is pretty much your dream weekend in Vegas. We’ve got the who’s who of the Latin entertainment world performing here.
Marco Antonio Solís and Camila kick off the weekend Sept. 11 at The AXIS Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
There are lots of choices on Saturday, Sept. 12. “La Reina del Rock” Alejandra Guzmán performs at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort. Luis Miguel is at Mandalay Bay Events Center and Chayanne performs at The AXIS Theater at Planet Hollywood.
On Sept. 13, mariachi and Latin pop legend Juan Gabriel is at Mandalay Bay Events Center and singer Ricardo Arjona entertains at Planet Hollywood. Latin music superstar Enrique Iglesias performs at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for two nights, Sept. 13 – 14.
The music doesn’t stop after the weekend. Pepe Aguilar will be at Planet Hollywood on Monday, Sept. 14 and Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives will perform at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
On Tuesday Sept. 15, fans can catch Ricky Martin at Planet Hollywood, mariachi singer Alejandro Fernández at Mandalay Bay Events Center and the “King of Opera,” Plácido Domingo at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
If you prefer comedy to music, Gabriel Iglesias will have you laughing at The Mirage Sept. 11 – 13.
Besides music, the must-do event this weekend is the big fight at MGM Grand. Floyd “Money” Mayweather will defend his welterweight world titles against Andre “The Beast” Berto at the Grand Garden Arena Sept. 12. Berto (30 – 3), a two-time welterweight world titleholder, takes on the undefeated Mayweather in what could be Mayweather’s last fight.
If you’re looking for some family fun, the Downtown Container Park will be hosting a Mexican Independence Day celebration Sept. 15 from 5 – 8 p.m. There will be a balloon artist, face painting and music from Mariachi Juvenil Estrella. You can also grab $2 tacos from Pinches Tacos. The first 100 guests will receive a festive free sombrero.
Food & Drink
When we celebrate Mexico it usually involves a lot of tequila and delicious food and this weekend will be no exception.
Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at Luxor Hotel and Casino will celebrate Mexican Independence Day with specialty menu selections and signature cocktails on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Enjoy the tampiqueña, an 8-ounce rib eye steak, served with potato poblano gratin and a cheese enchilada for $29.
Signature cocktail selections include the Pineapple Chipotle Margarita, a spicy combination of Sauza 901 Blanco Tequila and Dutch Orange Curaçao shaken with fresh lime and pineapple juice, Monin pineapple chipotle syrup and a dash of Tabasco chipotle hot sauce. If you prefer a little less heat there’s the Watermelon Cooler with Cazadores Reposado Tequila, fresh watermelon, Aperol and watermelon liqueur, each priced at $12.
Rhumbar at The Mirage is celebrating with house margaritas and signature cocktails on Sept. 16. The house margarita is made with 1800 Reserva Silver tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice and simple syrup, priced at $14. There’s also a new Cucumber Cooler — a refreshing mix of Hendrick’s gin, Genepy, fresh grapefruit and lime juices garnished with a mint sprig and a slice of cucumber, available for $14.
For more places to eat and drink this weekend, check out our guide to the best Mexican restaurants in Vegas.