With Clark County’s Hispanic population nearing 600,000, there are a great number of cultural activities slated in celebration of Grito de Dolores, or Mexican Independence Day. The actual holiday falls on September 16, but the festivities begin a few days before—this is Las Vegas; we love getting first crack at holidays! Thousands of visitors are expected to participate in recognizing Mexico gaining independence from Spain in 1810. Here’s how to celebrate:
The Fiesta Latino Parade & Festival is an annual celebration of Hispanic culture. The free parade on Sept. 13 includes marching bands, dance groups and floats. If you can’t make it, you can stream it live at Cox96.net. (Begins along Fourth Street between Gass and Stewart, 10 a.m.-noon, FiestaLasVegas.org.) The Sept. 14 festival at Clark County Amphitheater includes food and live music. Here’s a tip: Buy tickets in advance to save $2 on admission. $5 in advance, $7 at the gate, age 12 and under free, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy., noon-10 p.m., FiestaLasVegas.org.
MexFest presents El Festival del Pueblo, Sept. 11-14 at the Silverton. Tickets start at $5, and festivities include Mexican food, carnival rides and live music. 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., 4 p.m.-midnight, Thu-Fri.; noon-midnight Sat-Sun, SilvertonCasino.com.
The Original Margarita Festival and competition Sept. 15 at the Boulevard Pool will showcase Las Vegas’ top mixologists from bars including Vesper Bar, Herbs & Rye and Velveteen Rabbit, creating their own signature margaritas. Tickets are $40 and that includes entry and unlimited margarita tasting. And your vote counts! In the Cosmopolitan, 7 p.m., CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.
For those who choose to celebrate with Mercadito, the restaurant will offer its signature specials on Sept. 15: chiles en nogada, huarache Mexicano and a La Gritona cocktail. In Red Rock Resort, MercaditoRestaurants.com/RedRock.
Stop by Cabo Wabo Cantina to enjoy a three-course pre-fixe menu of authentic Mexican favorites Sept. 12 -16. The specialty menu is available for $39 per person, and includes tortilla soup, Baja shrimp ceviche and salted-caramel fried ice cream. In the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, CaboWaboCantina.com/Vegas.
The Salted Lime in Aliante will celebrate Sept. 12-16 with $2 margaritas, $6 Dos Equis beer with an Arta Tequila shot, and half-priced chicken fajitas. 7300 N. Aliante Pkwy., AlianteGaming.com.
Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar will offer a specialty menu from Sept.12-16. Choose from items such as Mexican creamed corn served with pine nuts and a buñuelo (a fried dough ball served with mango ice cream), as well as more than 50 tequila selections. You can also take a spin on Chayo, the restaurant’s mechanical bull. In the Linq, ChayoLV.com.
Executive chef Chris Keating of Border Grill in Mandalay Bay will prepare a multi-course Sauza tequila-pairing dinner on Sept. 16. Tickets are $75 per person, and space is limited so you must RSVP by emailing Destiny.Hampton@bordergrill.com or calling 702-632-7403. 7 p.m., BorderGrill.com.
Mexican singer-songwriter Marco Antonio Solís will perform Sept. 12. at the Axis Theatre. In Planet Hollywood, 9p.m., tickets start at $99, Ticketmaster.com.
Another concert you won’t want to miss:Luis Miguel at the Colosseum. He’ll perform September 12-15. In Caesars Palace, 9 p.m., tickets start at $95, AXS.com.
Actor-singer Pepe Aguilar will be at the Pearl on Sept. 12. In the Palms, 8 p.m., tickets start at $63, Ticketmaster.com.
In addition to roaming mariachi bands and folk dancers, the Cosmopolitan welcomes Mariachi El Bronx to Book & Stage, 10:30 p.m. Sept. 12-15. At midnight on the 15th, the resort will coordinate a patriotic bell ringing in honor of the Grito. In Chandelier Bar, CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.
Stop by the Terry Fator Theatre for a comedic performance by Gabriel Iglesias. He’ll perform nightly Sept. 12-14. In The Mirage, 10 p.m., tickets start at $50, Mirage.com.