Vegas Weekender: Festival, football and Phantom fans

Although it’s not until Wednesday, the Mexican Independence Day celebration is already making its mark on Las Vegas. With more than a few Latin headliners in town this weekend, Sin City is the perfect place to kick off the party. And if you’re not current on the latest in Latin pop music, don’t worry, there are still plenty of other parties and events.


Spice it up at Paris with the Mariachi Festival

Featuring Latin and Mariachi sensation Lucero, as well as Mariachis Vargas De Tecalitlán and Sol de México’s José Hernández, the Mariachi Festival parades into Paris Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.

Sin City Brewing Company's beer selection

Sin City Brewing Company's beer selection

Listen in on the music of the night at fan week

“Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular” at the Venetian (see photo at right) is launching its first “Phantom Fans Week” Sept. 16-20 with special behind-the-scenes access, a masquerade ball with the cast of “Phantom” and a keynote address from Director Hal Prince.


UNLV Rebels take on Oregon State at Sam Boyd Stadium

It’s not always all about gambling, drinking and dancing, sometimes it’s about football. University of Nevada Las Vegas plays Oregon State Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Engage in a sportsbook experience at Palazzo

With football season in full swing, check out Lagasse’s Stadium – a sportsbook experience with an Emeril Lagasse flair. Located inside the Palazzo, Lagasse’s Stadium offers deals on drinks and Lagasse’s world-famous cuisine. Restaurant and sportsbook open daily.


Palms, Green Valley Ranch put the party at the pool

Party poolside at Ditch Fridays at the Palms as DJ Mark Stylz and DJ Scene keep the crowds moving on Sept. 11 at noon at the Palms Pool.

Keep your summer endless at The Pond at Green Valley Ranch. A reggae party sponsored by Rock ‘n’ Roll Wine and Red Stripe beer, Endless Summers at The Pond feature drink specials, live music and a low-key vibe Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.

‘G. Love’ and ‘Collective Soul’ to play poolside

From Philly to Vegas, G. Love & Special Sauce always keep the party rolling. Put that together with the cool vibe at Mandalay Bay Beach and you’ve got yourself a pretty chill Friday night, starting at 9:30 p.m., Sept. 11.

What’s better than a rock concert in Vegas on a Friday night? One by the pool in Vegas on a Friday night. Collective Soul plays a 21 and older show at 9 p.m. Sept. 11 at the pool at the Hard Rock.

‘A pint or two of microbrew? Don’t mind if I do.’

Celebrate the opening of the newest Sin City Brewing Co. by having a pint of one of their four microbrews. Sin City Brewing Co. will open its third Vegas location inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian on Sept. 10.

In Vegas, the night doesn’t start until at least 10 p.m.

Get your “American Idol” fix Friday, Sept. 11 as David Hernandez, a season seven finalist, drops into Sunset Station’s Club Madrid to perform with the band ENVY as a co-lead singer at 10 p.m.

Paul Oakenfold is back for another spin on the tables as part of his Perfecto Vegas event at Rain inside the Palms Sept 12 at 10 p.m.


Headliners, headliners and more headliners

Whether you’re a little bit country or a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, Donny and Marie Osmond are sure to have something up your alley. The famous siblings perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10-12 at the Flamingo.

Bringing her amazing energy and sizable guitar chops, Charo performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10-12 at the Riviera.

It’ll be “one sweet day” (or two) when Mariah Carey plays the Pearl at the Palms at 8 p.m. Sept. 11-12.

Everybody may love Raymond, but Brad’s no slouch either. Check out both Ray Romano and Brad Garrett at the Mirage this weekend – 10 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 9 p.m. on Sept. 13.

It’s not quite the Beatles, but Sgt. Pepper Live featuring Cheap Trick is an amazing opportunity to hear the seminal album as performed by one of America’s favorite rock bands. The show goes on Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Resident headliner Carlos Santana performs his greatest hits in his show “Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits” at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel at 9 p.m. Sept. 11 – 12.

It’ll be a lively night when two of the world’s most impressive Latin singers take over the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay. Marco Antonio Solis and Pepe Aguiliar will perform at 8 p.m. on Sept. 12.

Luis Miguel has four Latin Grammy Awards and he’s performing at the Colosseum inside Caesars Palace for four nights. Show time is 9 p.m., Sept. 12 – 15 at Caesars Palace.

Mexican comedian Polo Polo doesn’t pull any punches and his adult-themed comedy will have audiences rolling in the aisles. Check him out Sept. 13 at the House of Blues for an 8:30 p.m. show.

Grammy Award-winning singer Ricardo Arjona brings the best of his Latin pop to The Joint at the Hard Rock at 8 p.m. on Sept. 13.

David Copperfield has audiences mystified in his show at MGM Grand Sept.10 – 23 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. nightly; plus 4:30 p.m. Sat.