Celebrate Mexican Independence, Vegas-style

On September 16, Mexico is celebrating 200 years of independence from Spanish rule and Las Vegas is joining in on the festivities all weekend long with parties, food and special headline entertainment. Here’s a roundup of what’s going on:

 In celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at the Mariachi ElvisLuxor will launch the worldwide premiere of “Viva T&T” Wednesday, September 15 at 8 p.m. The wacky rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas” will showcase an entertaining routine choreographed to DJ Ernan’s mariachi mash-up, starring a mini mariachi Elvis and the sexy Elissa cast as a modern-day Ann-Margret.

 In addition, those who dress to impress in their best Elvis costume will receive a complimentary daiquiri from T&T on September 15 and can compete for prizes.

 As if that wasn’t entertaining enough, $5 margaritas, Tecate beers and shots of Hornitos tequila make it even better.

 El Segundo Sol at the Fashion Show Mall is also celebrating all things Mexico on September 16th. “Loco Hour” includes special drinks and food at half price. Try the bottomless chips and three salsas, fried peppers or a quesadilla and wash it all down with El Segundo Sol’s signature Frozen and Shakin’ tableside margaritas. Live music and mariachis will add to the fiesta atmosphere.

Chef Julian Serrano will hold a cooking demonstration/show taping Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Tuscany Kitchen at Bellagio. Experience wine pairings with Bellagio Director of Wine Jason Smith, Sommelier Arturo Valadez Sanchez and Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marie Aubione. Cost is $145 per person.  For tickets, call the Bellagio concierge at 702-693-7076.

The 20th Annual Las Vegas International Mariachi Festival, a four-hour music and dance extravaganza celebrating Mexican heritage, will be held at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. The gala will feature special guests Shaila Durcal and Antonio Aguilar Jr. along with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano.

The Rio keeps the party going with the Las Vegas Tequila Fest, Sept. 17-18. Guests can sample legendary brands as well as new and upcoming brands from spirits distilled in the heart of Mexico.

In honor of Mexican Independence Day, Fusion Mixology Bar at The Palazzo is offering Ambhar tequila drink specials throughout September. The mixologists will create a special drink called “El Grito de la Independencia,” after the famous battle cry of the Mexican War of Independence. The drink features Ambhar tequila, strawberries, lime juice, rock candy syrup and basil leaves, topped with lemoncello foam. Fusion will also offer shots of Ambhar tequila for $7.

For those who want to celebrate with a little dancing, Rhumbar at the Mirage hosts a Latin fiesta Sept. 15 with free salsa lessons from 9 – 9:30 p.m.

Top Latin DJs spin the latest reggaeton, Spanish pop and rock at Vida! Late Latin Nights at Diego inside the MGM Grand Sept. 17. The party lasts from 11:30 p.m. – 4 a.m.

Gonzalez y Gonzalez inside New York-New York hosts Dulce Latin Nights Sept. 17 -18, a dance party featuring pop and rock en Español, electronica and more. Dance from midnight – 2 a.m.

Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel will host Los Grandes Bailes Friday, September 17 at 9 p.m. This Latin dance event will feature live performances by Banda Zacatecana de Tony Flores, First Prize winners at the War of the Bands (Guerra de Las Bandas) in 2009, and El Conjuto Peña Blanca, First Prize winners at the War of the Bands in 2010.  Additionally, DJ Lee, from the radio station La Nueva 103.5 fm will be on site providing dance music throughout the night.

Some other hot spots that are sure to be hopping during the Independence Day weekend include Lolita’s Cantina at Town Square, a restaurant and nightclub with a Latin flair.

Vince Neil’s Tres Rios Cantina at the Las Vegas Hilton will be the place to throw back a shot or two, or three of tequila.

 Hussong’s Cantina at Mandalay Place is just like its counterpart in Ensenada, Mexico with an abundance of tequilas, margaritas, tacos, enchiladas and taquitos.

 Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood is always a good place to party with Hagar’s own Cabo Wabo tequila and a patio with a Strip view.

 Diablo’s Cantina at the Monte Carlo is Vegas’ take on a Mexican cantina. With drink specials offered up at the whim of a party wheel-of-fortune, lots of entertainment options and great Mexican bar food, you can’t go wrong.

 No celebration would be complete without some good music and a few laughs and there will be no shortage of Latin-themed entertainment in town for the Independence Day celebration:

 Gabriel Iglesias
Sept. 13-18, Monte Carlo


Luis Miguel

 Luis Miguel
Sept. 15-18, Caesars Palace

 Alejandro Fernandez
Sept. 15, MGM Grand

 Carlos Mencia
Sept. 17, Treasure Island

Sept. 17, Mandalay Bay Beach

 Los Temerarios
Sept. 18, Hard Rock Hotel

 Marco Antonio Solis and Pedro Fernandez
Sept. 18, Mandalay Bay

Groupo Niche
Sept. 18, Crown Theater at the Rio


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