Mexican Independence Day has grown into quite the fiesta in Las Vegas – some say even bigger than Cinco de Mayo. Whether you’re looking for some great Mexican food, live music or a boxing match starring one of Mexico’s best fighters, Las Vegas offers plenty to choose from.
The One: Mayweather vs. Canelo
Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez takes on boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sept. 14. The fight is one of the most anticipated in recent history. Both boxers are undefeated champions – Mayweather is an eight-time, five division world champion (44-0, 26 KOs) and Alvarez is a Super Welterweight World Champion (42-0-1, 30 KOs).
Grito Mexicano – the cry of patriotism – rings in at midnight at the Cosmopolitan’s Chandelier bar Sept. 15.
Comedian Carlos Mencia performs at Treasure Island Sept. 13.
Fiesta! Las Vegas Latino Parade & Festival will be held Sept. 14. The parade runs along 4th Street between Gass and Stewart from 10 a.m. to noon. The festival is from noon to 11 p.m. at the Fremont Street Experience.
The Las Vegas Mariachi Festival starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Paris Las Vegas Event Center.
Latin pop star Alejandro Fernandez returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sept. 15.
International superstars Marco Antonio Solis and Lupita D’Alessio bring their Gracias Por Estar Aqui 2013 Tour to the Mandalay Events Center Sept. 13.
Mexican-American singer-songwriter Lila Downs performs at the House of Blues Sept. 13.
Carlos Santana’s residency continues at the House of Blues Sept. 14-15.
Los Horóscopos de Durango performs at Mandalay Beach Sept. 14.
Mexican-American comedian Gabriel Iglesias returns to the Aces of Comedy Series Sept. 13-15.
Enrique Iglesias headlines at the Boulevard Pool Sept. 13 & 15.
Mariachis El Bronx band brings a punk rock vibe to Book & Stage for two energy-filled sets Sept. 13-16.
Marc Anthony performs at The Pearl at 8 p.m. Sept. 13 as part of his world tour, Vivir Mi Vida.
She by Morton’s steakhouse is offering a prix fixe, three-course Mexican-inspired meal Sept. 13-16 to celebrate partner Eva Longoria’s Hispanic heritage. The cost is $65 per person. The entrée is a choice of marinated skirt steak with a roasted jalapeño marmalade; free range chicken chop with Mexican mole; and pan-seared baquetta with sour orange chimichurri and crispy yucca.
Tacos & Tequila is hosting a celebration featuring authentic Mexican street tacos, margaritas and a Mariachi brunch Sept. 13-16. The brunch is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Cabo Wabo is throwing a weekend-long fiesta Sept. 13-16, including chair chugs and piñata smashing. Upstairs, boxing fans can watch the Mayweather-Canelo fight at 5 p.m. Sept. 14. Tickets start at $100 and include two drinks and a margarita.
Downtown Las Vegas
La Comida is hosting a weekend brunch and evening entertainment by Mariachi Mexico. Drink specials include $15 Jimador tequila flights with sangrita, $5 Cazadores margaritas and the traditional Mexican Tequila Bandera shot that resembles the Mexican flag.
Hussong’s Cantina & Taqueria offers food and drink specials paired with live entertainment Sept. 14-16.
China Poblano will feature a series of tequila and mezcal tastings, specialty dishes and cocktails Sept. 13-16. Following the Enrique Inglesias concert, China Poblano will offer an after-concert party from 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
Rhumbar is offering Mexican-inspired drink specials Sept. 16.
Hyde Bellagio will feature Enrique Iglesias as host Sept. 14.