Mexico celebrates its 200th year of independence today, and Vegas is ready to party right alongside its neighbor to the south. Get in on the party with these 16 things to do to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.
Check out “Viva Frida” at the Las Vegas Design Center at the World Market Center through tomorrow. Revolutionary Mexican folk artist Frida Kahlo‘s work is presented by the Consulate of Mexico in Las Vegas and co-sponsored by Las Vegas Design Center. The exhibit includes 34 images of her art and life providing a unique glimpse into the mind of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
The free exhibit will run at Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center Las Vegas in the Atrium of Building A, located at 495 Grand Central Parkway, through Sept. 17 and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Afterward, stop by Mundo — a Culinary Haute Spot, one of the best new restaurants to open this year. The collaborative effort from George Harris, Irma Aguirre, Mingo Collaso and Executive Chef Robert Solano honors the long and flavorful history of Mexican cuisine, while the décor celebrates Old World Mexico and the glam of Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.mundolasvegas.com.
If it’s Mexican cuisine you want, try the tequila dinner with Ambhar Tequila at Guadalajara Restaurant at Boulder Station. The five-course meal features tequila snow crab Nopalitos cheese dip with Ambhar Añejo Suprema margarita, Pollo Reposado served with a roasted nopales and pepper sauce and Ambhar Platinum Blueberry Tejíto, pescado ala Jalisco served with a pineapple and mango butter sauce and Ambhar Tequila colada, flank steak Añejo with rock shrimp topped with a smoked chipotle demi-glaze and an Ambhar trio neat and mango Añejo flan served with a chilled shot of Ambhar Platinum infused with tropical fruit.
The dinner starts at 6 p.m. tonight, and tickets are $35 per person. For reservations, call 702.432.7954.
Sip on Ambhar tequila drink specials through the end of the month at Fusion Mixology Bar at the Palazzo. Look for hand-crafted cocktails with ingredients from Mexico created by trained mixologists who use fresh fruits and the muddling technique of grinding sugar and fresh limes and lemons to create one-of-a-kind libations. Try “El Grito de la Independencia,” named for the famous battle cry of the Mexican War of Independence, made with Ambhar tequila, strawberries, lime juice, rock candy syrup and basil leaves, and topped with lemoncello foam. Fusion is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the casino floor near Dos Caminos.
Join Dos Caminos Corporate Executive Chef Scott Linquist and Roberto Hernandez, executive chef of Dos Caminos Las Vegas for a creative cocktail and cooking demonstration celebrating Mexican Independence Day this Saturday. You’ll learn to make ponche, a fruity concoction that is traditionally made in a large wash tub and filled with various fruits, juices and liquors. Then the pork tamales in salsa verde. Then come the Chiles en Nogada, a quintessential Mexican Independence Day dish of roasted poblano chile relleno filled with a ground meat picadillo with dried fruits, nuts and olives topped with a creamy walnut sauce, pomegranate seeds and parsley all in colors commemorating La Bandera or the Mexican flag. Learn how to make Mexican corn on the cob and Bunuelos, puffy Mexican doughnuts served with a drizzle of spiced honey and fresh fruit.
The class is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity and includes coffee, Mexican hot chocolate on arrival, a signed copy of “Mod Mex” by Scott Linquist, cocktail and cooking demo with question and answer session and a lunch tasting of demonstrated food items and two cocktails. For reservations, call 702.577.9550.
MGM Resorts celebrates Mexican Independence Day with Latin Grammy Award-winners Marco Antonio Solis and Pedro Fernandez performing Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. A hilarious mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects by Gabriel Iglesias will bring the Monte Carlo Theatre to life Thursday through Saturday.
Diego at MGM Grand will feature top tequilas and high-energy dancing at Agave Jueves on Thursday and Vida! Latin Late Nights Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile, Reventon at Gonzalez y Gonzalez at New York-New York heats up The Strip with pop and rock en Español Friday and Saturday.
Hussong’s Cantina at Mandalay Place, Border Grill at Mandalay Bay and T&T: Tacos & Tequila – home of the Sunday Mariachi Brunch at the Luxor all serve up Mexican fare. For guests clamoring for a taste of the old country, Chef Julian Serrano will provide a cooking demonstration of delectable dishes from his native Spain at Tuscany Kitchen at Bellagio today.
Harrah’s Entertainment kicks off its entertainment with Latin singing superstar Luis Miguel at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace at 9 p.m. nightly through Saturday night. Miguel’s string of chart-topping hits is virtually unrivaled and he has consistently broken many box office records. Tickets for this musical experience are $95 to $250 and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 702.474.4000, in-person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace box office, or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.
The Rio is hosting the fourth annual Las Vegas Tequila Fest Sept. 17-18. Sample legendary brands from renowned international labels as well as new and upcoming brands from spirits distilled in the heart of Mexico. Continuous live entertainment adds to the festive atmosphere. The event takes place in the Miranda Room on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $60 and available in-person at the Rio Box Office, by calling 702.777.7776 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.
The celebration doesn’t end there. The Rio is also hosting the Las Vegas International Mariachi Festival on Saturday at 8 p.m. This historic gala commemorates 20 years as the most prestigious Mariachi event in the United States and includes special guests Shaila Durcal and Antonio Aguilar Jr. along with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de José Hernández and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. The festival will take place at The Pavillion with elegant table seating available. Tickets are $75 to $185, available for purchase at the Rio Box Office, by calling 702.777.7776 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.
Finally, check out Los Temerarios at the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Saturday. Adolfo Angel and Gustavo Angel, has sold millions of records and garnered multiple awards throughout the band’s successful career. Los Temerarios will indulge its audience with an exceptional live performance and continue the festivities to honor the 200-year anniversary of Mexico’s independence. Tickets start at $39.50 for the 8 p.m. show.