Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends take the top billing for holidays in Las Vegas but Mexican Independence Day isn’t far behind. While Sept. 16 marks the anniversary of Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain, the only thing tourists will be fighting for in Vegas is what event to attend.
The Cosmopolitan is holding a two-day celebration with a poolside performance at 8 p.m. Friday by Mexican star Pedro Fernandez, along with strolling Mariachi performers, Mexican folk dancers and jewelry carts. Tickets start at $50.
Tacos & Tequila inside the Luxor celebrates with a three-day fiesta that includes plenty of food and drink specials. T&T kicks off the party Friday with $5 fiesta nachos, habanero wings, chicken quesadillas, flautas, guacamole, Jose Cuervo shots, Dos Equis Lager along with well drinks, house wines and sangria. Guests can start off their Saturday and Sunday with Mariachi brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and entertainment from “The Kings of Cuervo,” Mariachi band.
The MGM Grand put together a blockbuster lineup for the holiday weekend with Latin pop star Alejandro Fernandez starting the festivities at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Fernandez is one of the most accomplished artists in Latin music history and is known for his romantic ballads and traditional rancheras. Tickets start at $45.
Gabriel Iglesias, also known as “Fluffy,” brings his Hawaiian shirt and comedy routine to the Hollywood Theatre inside MGM Grand Thursday to Saturday. Tickets start at $65.99.
MGM caps off the weekend with the return of Floyd Mayweather, Jr., to the boxing ring Saturday where he will face Victor Ortiz in the Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) is a six-time world champion, who hasn’t fought since May 2010, while Ortiz (29-2, 22 KOs) is a rising star and current WBC Welterweight title holder. Doors open at 3 p.m. and tickets start at $150. Fight fans can also catch the action on closed-circuit TV for $50 a person.
Comedian Carlos Mencia takes the stage at 8 p.m. Friday at Treasure Island. The former host of “Mind of Mencia,” is known for his routines that cross ethnic lines and poke fun at everyone. Tickets start at $62.85.
Latin music star Luis Miguel, the only Latin artist to go platinum on two Spanish-language albums, comes to Caesars Palace for four nights, Thu.-Sat. Miguel has won multiple Grammys during his 25-year career in music with hits such as, “Te Necesito.” The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets start at $115.
Marco Antonio Solis and Ana Gabriel bring their long and storied careers to Mandalay Bay at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $75.
Mystère premiered at Treasure Island in 1993 and has captivated audiences ever since. The wild Cirque du Soleil show takes the circus show to a new level with colorful sets, zany clowns, imaginative costumes and makeup. Chiseled performers display their power and grace as they spring up and down between poles and balance each other in a hand-to-hand routine. Mystère performs Saturday through Wednesday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $63.99.
Best friends and two of the funniest men in show business, Ray Romano and Kevin James take the stage together at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Mirage for a night of side-splitting comedy. Tickets start at $117.49.
Planet Hollywood brings together two headlining performances on one stage at 8 p.m. Friday when Ke$sha and LMFAO combine for a party-rocking concert. Tickets start at $49.50.
OneRepublic comes to Mandalay Beach at Mandalay Bay at 9 p.m. Friday where the band will perform some of their hits such as “All the Right Moves,” “Good Life,” and “Secrets.” Tickets are $45.
Maroon 5 comes to the Pearl at the Palms at 9 p.m. Saturday. The band is known for its distinct sound, part R&B, part rock, with memorable melodies. Maroon 5’s hit songs like “She Will Be Loved,” “Harder to Breathe,” and “Sunday Morning,” along with its newest single “Moves Like Jagger,” featuring Christina Aguilera. Lead singer Adam Levine was recently a judge on NBC’s “The Voice.” Tickets start at $77.85.
Mandalay Bay hosts the sixth annual Rock ‘n Roll Wine Amplified Festival on Friday and Saturday where more than 150 wines from 50 wineries will be on hand for tastings. Additionally, the rock band Train will perform poolside at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $65.
The crowning event in all of bodybuilding comes to the Orleans when Mr. Olympia 2011 rolls into town Friday and Saturday. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno have both won the prestigious competition, which names winners in five different categories including Mr. and Mrs. Olympia, bikini Olympia and the 202 Showdown. The event also features a full trade show with the newest products in sport nutrition along with powerlifting championships, a strongman challenge and more. Tickets start at $20.