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Vegas Hosts Mexican Independence Festivities Galore

Last updated: September 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Casinos, Las Vegas Restaurants, Las Vegas Shows, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Vegas Hosts Mexican Independence Festivities Galore.

It’s Mexican Independence Day (Sep. 16), and Las Vegas is hosting a weekend-long party in honor of this auspicious “fiesta patria” (“holiday of the Fatherland”).

The fact that it’s the bicentennial of Mexican Independence just serves to add more fuel to the fiesta.


Compared to Vegas fiestas, other cities blow. See what we did there?

Bonus factoid: Some mistakenly believe May 5 (“Cinco de Mayo”) is Mexican Independence Day. El wrongo (not actual Spanish). Cinco de Mayo honors the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. That’s enough history. Back to the frivolity!

The list of special events and entertainment offerings inspired by Mexican Independence Day are too many to mention here, so we’re just going to share the ones we care about, generally involving liquor or food.

Mexican flag

Mexico emancipated itself from Spain on September 21, 1861. Thanks, Interwebs!

At the Rio, it’s time for the Las Vegas Tequila Fest (Sep. 17, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m, and Sep. 18, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) in the Rio Convention Center. The festive gathering will feature live entertainment, samplings of exotic recipes, as well as tastings of cremes, liqueurs and “infusions,” whatever those might actually be. Nevermind, there’s tequila involved. You probably won’t remember much about the event, anyway.


Some blogs get photos of tequila without actually sampling the tequila. That's adorable!

Bonus tequila factoid: “El Jimador” (above) might not translate as “The Hangover,” but it should.

A Mariachi Festival will begin on Sep. 18 (8:00 p.m.), also at the Rio Convention Center. The festival will showcase 20 years of Mexican musical history. Special guests include Shaila Durcal and Antonio Aguilar Jr. (and tickets are $75).


Right now, you're totally thinking we Photoshopped that mammoth guitar. "No es verdad!"

The Krumbia Kings perform in the Amazon Ballroom at Rio on Sep. 15. The show is free and open to the public, ages 21 or older. “Adoramos gratis!” (We love us some free!)

Also at Rio, Pablo McFadden’s, inside the regular McFadden’s, we think, hosts live entertainment and all-you-can-drink margaritas, Sep. 16-17, 6:00 p.m. to midnight.


It may come as a surprise to some, but the fiddle was invented in Mexico. (We may have just made that up.)

Next, it’s Bally’s. The Tequila Bar and Grill will offer up $1 silver margaritas, $1 tacos, $2 silver tequila shots and $2 select draft beers. Mexican soccer legend, Claudio Suarez will host a meet-and-greet with fans on Sep. 18, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

At Harrah’s Vegas, it’s all about the food, baby. Buy two sandwiches, burgers or entrees and receive a free “Good to Go Mexico Quesadilla” at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill. at KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers, get free waffle fry nachos with the purchase of two burgers.

At Imperial Palace, enjoy $3 especial silver shots at Ginza Bar, Sake Bar and Geisha Bar all week long. Stop in for some comfort food at Quesadilla for 2-for-1 quesadillas.


Some quesadillas from, you know, Quesadilla.

Throughout the weekend, mariachi bands can be found throughout Vegas. We found one last night, actually, just in time to provide some authentic Mexican flair for this blog post. Ah, the circularity of the universe. Thanks to El Mariachi Nayarit De Las Vegas for volunteering to be in our blog. Well, we assume they were OK with it. Several of the band members seemed to be speaking an entirely different language.

More Mexican Independence Day photos in this pretty-much-gratuitous “galeria exclusiva.” (Figure that one out yourself.)

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