Celebrate Mexican Independence Day in Vegas


Where’s the fiesta at? Whether you’re actually from Mexico or just looking for another excuse to let loose, Vegas offers plenty of reasons to party this Mexican Independence Day weekend Sept. 14 – 16, also known as El Grito. From Mexican restaurants to cool bars and nightclubs, Vegas venues are offering food and drink specials and entertainment to celebrate what’s bound to be one spicy weekend in Vegas. Get ready for mariachis, tequila and Mexican food favorites, it’s fiesta time. Here’s a listing of places to celebrate.


Where: Mirage
When: Sept. 14 – 16
Known for its cool Caribbean-inspired ambiance and outdoor patio, Rhumbar at the Mirage is celebrating Mexican Independence Day with a weekend full of drink specials Sept. 14 – 16. Drink specials include $5 Dos Equis and two-for-one Spicy Lovers cocktails. A balance of sweet and heat, the Spicy Lover consists of Jose Cuervo Platino Tequila, English cucumber, Mexican cilantro, lime juice, sweet agave nectar and a dash of spicy Tabasco pepper sauce. Guests can have a celebratory sip inside Rhumbar’s contemporary cocktail and cigar lounge or relax on the plush patio where a DJ will be spinning starting at 3 p.m. throughout the weekend.

Cabo Wabo Cantina
Where: The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood
When: Sept. 14 – 16
Add a little rock to your Mexican Independence Day celebration at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Beginning Sept. 14 – 16 the restaurant, bar and live music venue is celebrating with $25 buckets of Sol for guests who are in the mood for an ice cold beer and a party atmosphere. Cabo Wabo’s Strip-side patio is a lively spot to enjoy a drink, some Tex-Mex fare and check out at the action from the people walking by on the sidewalk below. Guests with a hearty appetite can indulge in Cabo Wabo’s $55 “I Can’t Drive 55” nacho challenge consisting of eight pounds of towering nachos. Finish the nachos with a friend and get them for free.

The Chandelier
Where: The Cosmopolitan
When: Sept. 14 – 16
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is celebrating with an exciting lineup of live entertainment, authentic Mexican tastings and traditional commemorations, including “Grito Mexicano.” The party starts on Sept. 14 with eight mariachi performers and six folkloric dancers roaming throughout the venue and providing festive entertainment to kick off the weekend from 5 a.m. – 12 a.m. The live mariachi band and dancers will perform throughout the weekend. The schedule is as follows: 1 p.m.  – 1 a.m. on Sept. 15 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sept. 16.

In the evening of Sept. 15 the party moves to The Chandelier, a three-story bar surrounded by crystals and located in the center of The Cosmopolitan. At 10 p.m. the bar will host one-of-a-kind beverage specials featuring cocktails with ingredients familiar to Mexico.  At 11 p.m. at The Chandelier, The Cosmopolitan will ring in the official Grito Mexicano, a cry of patriotism, through a ceremonial ringing of the bell. Complete with a Mexican flag backdrop, the celebration will also feature mariachis and dancers.

On Sept. 16 the celebration continues from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a Mexican “street fair” taking place on P2 of the East Tower. The street fair will include various carts selling food and beverages in addition to family-friendly activities like temporary tattooing, face painting and candy sculpting.

T&T's Bloody Maria gives everyone something to celebrate.

Tacos & Tequila
Where: Luxor
When: Sept. 16
Tacos & Tequila, a stylized Mexican restaurant and bar at the Luxor, is throwing a Vegas-style fiesta on Sept. 16 in honor of Mexican Independence Day. This over-the-top celebration features a Mariachi brunch, drink specials and live music. The festivities start at 11 a.m. with T&T’s signature Mariachi brunch featuring Chef Saul Ortiz’s flavorful favorites like traditional huevos rancheros, albondigas soup, T&T’s signature chilaquiles and breakfast burritos. Guests can add to their meal with T&T’s drink specials including 2-for-1 Bloody Marias and top shelf margaritas and $5 Dos Equis and $10 Dos Equis Lager with a shot of Patron. The brunch ends at 3 p.m. Tequila lovers can get infatuated with T&T’s summer tequila flights offered 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. for $15. The flights include three shots of tequila. Starting at 8 p.m. DJ Larry Lynx will add to the revelry, providing partiers with dance-worthy beats into the evening.

Encore Beach Club
Where: Encore
When: Sept. 15 – 16
Start your holiday partying poolside at Encore Beach Club Sept. 15 – 16 with some of the hottest electronic dance music DJs in the world. On Sept. 15 Avicci will get the Mexican Independence Day party started with his world-renowned beats. The revelry continues on Sept. 16 with Tiësto spinning throughout the day. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Where: Encore
When: Sept. 14 – 15
Declare your Mexican Independence on the dance floor as guest DJ Tiësto spins until the wee morning hours on Sept. 14. On Sept. 15 Diplo takes to the tables, moving the masses with his electrifying beats. Doors open at 10:30 p.m.

Hussong’s Cantina
Where: Mandalay Place
When: Sept. 15 – 16
Hussong’s Cantina at Mandalay Place is offering plenty of reasons to party this Mexican Independence Day with food and drink specials on Sept. 15 – 16. Executive Chef Noe Alcala will get the party started with his $16 Caesar crispy chicken tacos consisting of two tacos made with six-inch sundried tomato tortillas topped with Caesar salad, chicken tenders breaded with green corn tortilla, drizzled with a cumin sour cream and served with whole pinto beans and Mexican-style red rice.  Along with the food there’s plenty of good times to drink in with Hussong’s half-priced pitchers and drafts of Pacifico, Victoria, Negra Modelo and Modelo Especial. Drinks specials also include $5 shots of Hornitos, $5 Hornitos margaritas and $15 buckets of Corona. To set the mood a rock ’n’ roll mariachi band will be performing in the evening, amping up guests with their catalog of hit songs spanning classic rock to Latin serenades.


If it’s Latin-inspired entertainment you’re after to celebrate El Grito, Vegas has it. The weekend lineup includes acts from Mana to Carlos Mencia and Marc Anthony. Music, comedy and fights — the festive entertainment runs the gambit for El Grito in Vegas.

Luis Miguel
Where: Caesars Palace
When: 9 p.m. Sept. 13 – 15
Nicknamed “El Sol de Mexico,” Luis Miguel brings his chart-topping hits to fans in Vegas. An international star loved for both his albums and live performances, Miguel has amassed an incredible list of awards in both the United States and Latin America. After more than 30 years of performing he continues to captivate audiences around with world his beloved music.

Carlos Mencia
Where: Treasure Island
When: 9 p.m. Sept. 14
Comedian and actor Carlos Mencia makes audiences laugh with his insightful humor on race, culture and social class. Much of his material is inspired by his background as the 17th out of a family of 18 children.

GIGANT3s Tour with Marc Anthony
Where: Mandalay Bay
When: 8 p.m. Sept. 14
Three giant names in Latin music,  Chayanne, Marco A. Solis and Marc Anthony, team up for an incredible night of music on the Gigantes Tour.

Jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval brings his Afro-Cuban music to Vegas at the Orleans.

Arturo Sandoval
Where: Orleans
When: 8 p.m. Sept. 15
A multitalented performer, jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is fluent in at least four musical languages. Afro-Cuban grooves, bebop tunes, a Mozart concerto and sensual ballads are all part of his repertoire. He’s known as a pillar of excellence for Afro-Cuban music, a style he mastered through working with fellow trumpet player and jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.

Alejandro Fernandez
Where: Mandalay Bay
When: 9 p.m. Sept. 15
One of the most influential singers of traditional Mexican music, Alejandro Frenando has been credited with inspiring the rebirth of this genre. His dedication to the ranchera sound and romantic ballads has made Fernandez a favorite among international audiences.

Knockout Kings
Where: MGM Grand
When: 3 p.m. Sept. 15
Undefeated Mexican boxing sensation Canelo Alvarez goes head to head with breakout star Josesito Lopez in this action-packed event. The contenders of Knockout Kings will battle for the WBC Super Welterweight World Championship.


Where: MGM Grand
When: 7 p.m. Sept. 16
Award-winning Mexican rock band, Mana bring their international hit songs to audiences in Vegas. From  Guadalajara, Jalisco the group has been performing for more than three decades. Some of their career highlights include four Grammy Awards,  seven Latin Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards Latin America and nine Billboard Latin Music awards.

Mariachi Festival
Where: Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
When: 8 p.m. Sept. 15
For one night only Las Vegas will be home to the International Mariachi Festival. Grammy-nominated Mariachi Sol de Mexico, Jose Hernandez, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Shaila Durcal, the Mariachi Divas and others perform.