Vegas throws a party for Mexican Independence Day

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Thousands of people will be celebrating Mexican Independence Day on September 16 and Las Vegas is joining the party with a stellar lineup of entertainment, dining and special events going on all weekend.


Latin pop star Alejandro Fernandez brings his “Dos Mundos” tour to the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sept. 15 at 8:30 p.m. Fernandez’s greatest hits include romantic ballads and traditional rancheras. Tickets are $125, $79, $59 and $39.

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias appears at the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand on Sept. 15, 16 and 18 at 9 p.m. and Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. Tickets are $55.99 and $65.99.

International superstars Marco Antonio Solis and Ana Gabriel have made the rounds this summer with their first ever tour together. The “Haciendo Historia” tour stops at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Friday, Sept. 16 at 8:30 p.m. Solis has more than 300 songs, 20 recordings and 30 years of success while Gabriel leads one of the most successful and versatile careers in Latin music. Tickets are $135, $95 and $75.

Latin heartthrob Luis Miguel takes the stage at Caesars Palace’s Colosseum Sept. 15 – 18. Show time is 9 p.m. and tickets start at $115.

Carlos Mencia cracks up audiences at TI at 9 p.m. Sept. 16. Tickets start at $49.65.

Mexican recording artist and actor Pedro Fernández will perform in concert at The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan September 16. VIP tickets are $75 and general admission tickets are $50. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with MARIACHI USA Fiesta (MUSA), one of the most popular mariachi reviews in the U.S., at the Tropicana. A dynamic and colorful spectacle of traditional Mexican music, costumes, dance and song, MARIACHI USA has played for more than 20 years. This fast paced, cutting edge show mixes traditional mariachi tunes with a sprinkle of Cuban and Central American influence in a 90-minute performance. The show will take place at Nikki Beach Club starting at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17.


Floyd “Money” Mayweather and WBC Welterweight World Champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, will be ready to rumble when they meet in “STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz.”  The fight, which will be contested for Ortiz’s WBC Welterweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $1250, $1000, $600, $300 and $150.


 Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at the Luxor will celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a three-day bash from September 16 – 18.

 On Friday, T&T will kick off the party with $5 fiesta nachos, habanero wings, chicken quesadilla, flautas and guacamole.  Patrons can also partake in $5 Jose Cuervo shots and Dos Equis Lager, in addition to $5 well drinks, house red and white wine and sangria while T&T’s resident DJ, Mika Gold, will keep the party going.

 Guests can finish off their weekend with Mariachi brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The menu offers generous brunch selections to appease any appetite, including chilaquiles, T&T’s signature breakfast burrito and huevos rancheros. There will also be two-for-one Bloody Marias and two-for-one top shelf margaritas.Diablos_Michelada_L

 T&T’s house Mariachi band, “The Kings of Cuervo” will serenade guests in true Mariachi style.

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay will celebrate Mexican Independence Day with an array of tasty cocktail and dining specials.  In addition to Border Grill’s daily menu, guests can enjoy a specialty menu highlighting handcrafted cocktails and dining selections  including ahi tuna ceviche, chicken pozole, seafood chile relleno, turkey mole negro enchiladas and a sweet corn ice cream crepe. 

 Other events

 The Fiesta Las Vegas Latino Parade and Festival will take place downtown on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Fiesta Las Vegas will feature an array of colorful floats, performing artists, traditional food and family activities. The event is free and will take place on 4th Street between Gass and Stewart.

 In honor of Mexican Independence Day The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas presents its Mexican Independence Day celebration September 15 – 17. The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. on September 15. Attendees will have the opportunity to witness the “Grito Mexicano,” a cry of patriotism, as it kicks off the festivities, as well as performances by folkloric dancers and traveling Mexican jewelry carts at a Street Fair. Also, Mariachis will be performing throughout each day at various hotel locations including the hotel lobby, The Pool District, and the hotel’s centerpiece bar, The Chandelier.





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