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Celebrate El Grito in Vegas!

    Celebrate Mexican Independence Day in the most exciting city on Earth. Come to Las Vegas Sept. 15-18 and experience El Grito! It's a four-day fiesta honoring Latin culture, packed with concerts, parades and mariachi festivals.

     Latin pop artist Alejandro Fernandez kicks things off with a concert at MGM Grand on Sept. 15. Marco Antonio Solis & Ana Gabriel take the stage at Mandalay Bay on Sept. 16, the same night that Pedro Fernandez performs at the Cosmopolitan. You can also catch Latin music star Luis Miguel all weekend long at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

     Go inside the mind of Carlos Mencia for a night of great comedy on Sept. 16 at Treasure Island or spend the entire weekend laughing it up with Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias at MGM Grand.

     On Sept. 17, head downtown for the Las Vegas Latino Parade and Festival, featuring an array of colorful floats, performing artists, traditional food and family activities.

Mariachi USA Fiesta at Nikki Beach is one of the many festivities at El Grito.     If you enjoy mariachi, check out the 21st Annual International Mariachi Festival at Planet Hollywood.

     Celebrate Mexican culture Las Vegas-style -- at El Grito!

These Vegas drink doctors really know how to mix things up

       When it comes to cocktails, Las Vegas bars and restaurants take their beverages seriously. Many Vegas locales employ top mixologists from around the world. These doctors of drink-making don't just mix and pour - they create a unique experience that will lift your spirits every time you, well, lift some spirits.

    The result - tasty libations you won't find anywhere else. Check out a few of these creative cocktail concoctions:

  The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has three resident mixologists that have created more than 100 new cocktails throughout the property. Try the Cynara (Old Raj Red Label gin, Cynar, Carpano Antica, orange aromatics) or the Mayan (rye, Amaro Meletti, cinnamon, fig vermouth, Angoustura bitters, Mayan spices) available at Vesper Bar, or head to the top level to the Chandelier Bar to indulge in a thin-mint cocktail with vanilla foam. Unique mixes can also be found at Bond, where you can get a spectacular view of the Strip while you sip.

 Sage inside ARIA Resort is home to several unique cocktail concoctions.    For another liquid masterpiece, try the ‘Shock and Awe' at Sage inside ARIA Resort. It's a seriously hot infusion of absinthe, flames, root beer and even Pop Rocks. The Ford Cocktail at American Fish is another favorite - the ingredients are Navy Strength gin, house-made lime cordial and fresh lime juice, with a lime peel.

    Over at the Palms Casino Resort, head out to the pool for the Coconut Colada. This signature drink includes Ciroc Coconut, fresh coconut water and Coco Lopez, and is even served in a fresh coconut shell!

     Wherever you go in Las Vegas to enjoy some unique libations, you'll find heaven for your taste buds. No place mixes it up like Las Vegas!

Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- Diva time: Kendra Wilkinson, Keri Hilson, Kelly Rowland and more!

     Celebrity pool parties and recording artists performing nightly in nightclubs -- there's a lot going on this weekend in Vegas, so make your plans to be a part of the excitement!

     Kick off the weekend at Liquid Pool Lounge at ARIA for the Cheaterville.com Reality Star Party, featuring Angelina Pivarnick (Jersey Shore), Jessie Sulidis (Bachelor/Bachelor Pad), Robb Zbacnik (CBS Survivor), Nick Frank, and Cassie McWilliams and Noah Valinsky (VH1's Saddle Ranch). There are plenty of DJs poolside, too, including TV Rock at Marquee dayclub at the Cosmopolitan, DJ Skribble, Mr. Choc and Big Syphe at TAO Beach atop The Venetian and Jazzy Jeff provides the sound at Ditch Fridays at the Palms Pool.

     The parties continue Friday night with De La Soul performing at Vanity inside the Hard Rock, Sean Paul live at The Bank at Bellagio, Steve Aoki at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas' Surrender Nightclub, Cirque De Stylz at Rain inside the Palms and Gabriel & Dresden at Marquee.

     Saturday afternoon, Kendra Wilkinson hosts at MGM Grand's Wet Republic pool and Sublime lead singer Rome will perform an acoustic set at Encore Beach Club. De La Soul plays at Rehab pool at the Hard Rock and Matt Darey is at Marquee.

     Saturday night, you can catch Kelly Rowland performing live at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas, and Keri Hilson takes the stage at Haze Nightclub at ARIA. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Keri Hilson's view on Las Vegas, which you can find along with other great Vegas videos on our official YouTube channel:


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     Also on Saturday night, the Cheaterville.com Reality Star Bash continues at ARIA's Gold Lounge, Sublime's Rome appears at Blush Boutique Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas and Method Man hosts the party at LAX inside the Luxor.

      More top DJs are spinning Saturday night, too, including Kyau & Albert at Rain, ATB at Marquee and Nicky Romero at Surrender. Speaking of DJs, be sure to cast your vote in the Vegas Spin-Off, where seven lucky finalists will be selected to compete live on Sept. 26 at Marquee.

      Close out the weekend with ATB at TAO Beach or George Acosta at Encore Beach Club. Join us for biggest celebrity parties and best music -- every weekend in Vegas!

Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- Rodman, Kevin Dillon, swimwear parties & more

     Pool parties, birthday parties and the hottest club scene -- it's no wonder why weekends in Vegas are always something special.

     This weekend is no different, with celebrities and some of the top DJs in the biz spinning all over town. Kick off your weekend at the pool today with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at Marquee Dayclub at Cosmopolitan, Carnival at TAO Beach at The Venetian or Rev. Run & Ruckus at Ditch Fridays at the Palms pool.

Vanity Nightclub at Hard Rock     Tonight, Run and Ruckus move inside to Rain, Mya performs at Vanity Nightclub inside the Hard Rock. Yelawolf plays at 1OAK at The Mirage, EDX and the EC Twins perform at Marquee, Wolfgang Gartner spins at Surrender inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas and Smoove celebrates his birthday at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.

     Saturday, enjoy some sun and sounds by Vegas Spin-Off DJ Markus Schulz, who spins with Funkagenda at Marquee. Snooki hosts at Wet Republic at MGM Grand, Mya is at Revel Saturdays at the Hard Rock's Rehab pool and DJ Erra plays at Bare pool at The Mirage.

     Kevin Dillon is sure to have an entourage for his birthday bash at Haze inside ARIA. Smoove continues his birthday weekend at Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood and Snooki is at Luxor's LAX.

     There are plenty of musical acts and sultans of spin to choose from, too, including Diplo at Marquee, Ray J at Chateau, Savoy at Rain and Mosaic at the Silverton.

     Close out the weekend with the Karmaloop Magic Kickoff party featuring DJ Franzen at Liquid Pool Lounge at ARIA, the Syrup Swimwear MAGIC Kickoff party featuring a live fashion show at Bare pool, Hardwell at TAO Beach and spend Sunday night at Ghostbar inside the Palms with Kevin Brown.

Enter the Vegas Spin-Off, then come judge some judges

Las Vegas is the perfect place to come enjoy some of the top music mixers, but here's your chance to put your own spin on things.

Surrender NightclubBut you'd better hurry -- entries for the Vegas Spin-Off close on Thursday. Here's how it works: Remix Mona's "Listen to Your Love" and submit it here. After a few weeks of online voting, seven finalists will compete live in Vegas on Sept. 26 at Marquee Nightclub at Cosmopolitan, and five celebrity judges will help determine a winner, who will receive $10,000 in DJ gear and a chance to spin at Surrender Nightclub inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.

But before they judge the contestants, here's your chance to judge the judges!

DJ Vice is at Marquee on Aug. 23 and at LAVO at The Palazzo on Sept. 4. Vice, who also is part owner of sneaker store CRSVR in the Cosmopolitan Shops, will be performing along with another one of the Vegas Spin-Off judges, spinning duo LMFAO, at TAO at The Venetian on Sept. 3.

Lil Jon and Marcus Schulz are also spinning in Vegas prior to their roles as Spin-Off judges. Lil Jon is at Surrender Nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas on Aug. 24 and again on Sept. 2 and Schulz is on the 1s and 2s at Marquee Dayclub for Sunday performances on Aug. 20 and again on Sept. 3.

So enter the Vegas Spin-Off before Thursday's deadline, and come check out our judges in action!

Your chance to judge Vegas Spin-Off panelists Marcus Schulz & Lil' Jon

Las Vegas is the new scene for electronic music lovers -- from deep house to ambient, techno to trance, you can hear every kind of sound imaginable.

Marquee NightclubThe Vegas Spin-Off is a chance for you to win a place in the mix -- by remixing Mona's "Listen to Your Love" and submitting it by Aug. 18. Seven finalists will compete live in Vegas on Sept. 26 at Marquee Nightclub at Cosmopolitan, and five celebrity judges will help determine a winner.

But before they judge the contestants, here's your chance to judge the judges! Two of the judges, Lil Jon and Marcus Schulz, are spinning in Vegas in August and again over Labor Day Weekend.

Lil Jon is at Surrender Nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas on Aug. 24 and again on Sept. 2. Markus Schulz is on the 1s and 2s at Marquee Dayclub for Sunday performances on Aug. 20 and again on Sept. 3.

So come check out our panelists in action and enjoy a great night in Vegas. Who's the best? You be the judge!

Vegas Weekend -- Setting the scene: Stars, shows & spinmasters abound

Las Vegas is closing out July with celebrating celebrities, cast parties, concerts and star spinmasters, so spend your weekend in the most exciting destination on the planet and get your party on!

Surrender NightclubStart on Friday with Randy Boyer out by the pool at Marquee Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan. When the sun sets, you've got plenty of options -- Lifehouse goes 'All-In' at Red Rock Resort, Wynter Gordon performs at Bellagio's The Bank, the Bingo Players do a DJ set at Surrender at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Xzibit spins at Vanity at the Hard Rock; catch Jazzy Jeff at CLASH Fridays at Rain inside the Palms; and you can flash back to the '80s with Eddie MacDonald and Justin Hoffman at ARIA's Gold Lounge.

You can hit the pool scene on Saturday with LA Riots at ARIA's Liquid, Chris Lake at Marquee, Ivano Bellini at Encore Beach Club and Xzibit at the Hard Rock's Rehab.

Birthday celebrations are in order on Saturday night as former "Baywatch" beauty Pamela Anderson (Chateau Nightclub and Gardens at Paris Las Vegas) and "Chuck" and "Killer Elite" star Yvonne Strahovski (Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood) blow out the candles, Vegas style.  

You can also hang out with the cast of Absinthe at Blush, witness the Playmate Takeover at the Palms' Playboy Club, dance the night away at Perfecto with Ronski Speed at Rain, or Morten Breum at Surrender and ATB at Marquee.

Close out the weekend by the pool Sunday with Anjunabeats at the Venetian's TAO Beach, Calvin Harris at Encore Beach Club and The Captains of Industry at Marquee.

Las Vegas is the place for great pool parties and nightlife all summer long, so seize the summer in Vegas!

Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- Cee Lo, Neon Trees, Ashley Tisdale, Jamie Chung and more

Celebrities, big-name music acts, and some of the world's top DJs/producers -- must mean the weekend is near. Here's a sneak peak at some of the sights and sounds you can experience this weekend, only in Vegas:

Neon Trees performs at Red Rock ResortThere's something for every musical taste on Friday, ranging from the outrageous Cee-Lo Green at MGM Grand's Wet Republic to synth pop sensations Neon Trees performing an outdoor show at the Red Rock Resort's Sandbar. Ben Folds brings his piano-driven pop sound to the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan and Taylor Dayne will perform her '80s hits at Gold Lounge at ARIA Resort

You can also help Ashley Tisdale celebrate her birthday at Pure inside Caesars Palace on Friday, or party with model/TV personality Jessa Hinton at Vanity Nightclub at the Hard Rock. Chanel from MTV's Fantasy Factory is hosting Ditch Fridays at the Palms Pool. Emanuelle Vaugier of "Covert Affair" and "Two and a Half Men" celebrates her birthday at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas. Actor Michael Madsen is pulling double-duty, appearing at the Las Vegas Film Festival afterparty at The Bank inside Bellagio and hosting an event at Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood.

Andy Moor (dayclub) and DJ Chuckie (nightclub) bring their signature sounds to Marquee at Cosmopolitan on Friday, Too Short performs at 1OAK at The Mirage and Wolfgang Gartner spins at Surrender inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

On Saturday, actress Jamie Chung hosts an event at Pure, and Madsen checks out Chateau Nightclub & Gardens. For some great music, Chamillionaire performs live at LAX inside Luxor and Ray J takes the stage at Gallery Nightclub.

Moon Nightclub at Palms HotelThere's plenty of house music available Saturday night in Vegas, too, including Klass (day) & DJ Kaskade (night) at Marquee, Diplo at Surrender, a DJ set by Scooter & Lavelle at Liquid Pool Lounge at ARIA and the Palms features DJ Jazzy Jeff at Moon and Perfecto with Zen Freeman at Rain.

Close out your weekend with some great pool parties, including Dada Life at Encore Beach Club, Gareth Emery and Blake Jarrell at Venetian's TAO Beach and Ghostbar Sundays at the Palms featuring Trevor Simpson.

Who's ready for some Vegas this weekend? Seize the summer!

Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene -- EC Twins, Khloe, Heidi, Nas & more

In Las Vegas, the concert is often just the beginning.

Tonight, after Bruno Mars performs at the Palms, you can join him for the official concert afterparty at Tao Nightclub at the Venetian.

There are a plethora of top DJs, producers and celebrities in town this weekend, too. On Friday night, double your pleasure when EC Twins provide the music at Marquee inside Cosmopolitan, or catch Diplo spinning at Rain inside the Palms for Clash Fridays.

Dragonette will be performing their hits at The Bank at Bellagio, or enjoy an outdoor concert with Steel Pulse at Red Rock Resort poolside at the Sandbar. You can also keep up with one of the Kardashians -- Khloe will be celebrating her birthday at Chateau Nightclub at Paris Las Vegas.

Do more celebrity spotting on Saturday as Heid Montag hosts a party at MGM Grand's ultrapool, Wet Republic, while Taylor Armstrong of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills celebrates her birthday at Liquid Pool Lounge at ARIA Resort.

Saturday night, pro skateboarder Bam Margera hosts a party at Gallery Nightclub inside Planet Hollywood featuring a performance by Chingy. The New Boyz are special guests at Revel Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel Rehab pool, Jeremih will be entertaining the crowd at Haze inside ARIA, Nas hosts the evening at Paris Las Vegas' Chateau, Cosmic Gate performs at Marquee at Cosmopolitan and you can even get some "ice, ice baby" when Vanilla Ice performs live at LAX inside Luxor.

Miss USA 2011: Across plains and terrains

Please note: Lion King at Mandalay Bay has since closed. 

 The contestants for Miss USA are used to answering questions, so we threw some Vegas-related Qs their way. Here are some selected answers:

MISS UTAH USA: JAMIE LYNN CRANDALL

Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?
A: Fashion Show Mall.

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: Tao Beach.

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I'd love to live at the Wynn, The Cosmopolitan or ARIA.

MISS NORTH DAKOTA USA: BRANDI LYNN SCHOENBERG

Q: What's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: The "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada" sign is probably the most recognizable thing in Vegas.

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: Why stop at one? I'd try to go to as many as I could!

Q: What would be your date for a night out in Vegas?
A: I would want it to be a total surprise, but it should include a helicopter ride at night to see the whole city lit up from above.

MISS SOUTH DAKOTA USA: CHANDRA RAE BURNHAM

Q: If you had to pick five things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: I would have to pack a fabulous swimsuit for all the amazing pool parties in Vegas, amazing dresses for clubbing, tickets to a one-of-a-kind Vegas show, a great pair of walking shoes so I can cruise up and down the Strip, and a big fat wallet so I have something to put all my winnings in on my way home.

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: Any Cirque du Soleil show and The Lion King.

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I would enjoy living at The Venetian.

MISS NEBRASKA USA: HALEY JO HEROLD

Q: Who's your favorite Las Vegas icon?
A: Frank Sinatra.

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: A fascinator headpiece.

Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: Wear comfortable shoes!

MISS OKLAHOMA USA: KAITLYN SMITH

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: I am most excited about just spending two weeks in Vegas and enjoying the whole atmosphere. Vegas is electrifying!

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: My current favorite Vegas icon is Garth Brooks! He's from Oklahoma.

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: XS at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas is a must visit!

MISS TEXAS USA: ANA CHRISTINA RODRIGUEZ

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: I'd rock an Elvis outfit if I had one.

Q: What's the most unique experience you've had in Las Vegas?
A: My first time in Vegas, I was able to experience a "Vegas wedding." My family and I had an amazing time.

Q: What's the one thing in Las Vegas you can't miss?
A: If you can't make it to the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, not a problem, because there's one in Vegas (at Paris Las Vegas), and it is beautiful.

MISS MISSOURI USA: HOPE DRISKILL

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: My dream date would be bringing all of my friends to Vegas for shopping, sun and a girls' night out!

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: All of the buffets.

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: Elton John and Peepshow.

MISS LOUISIANA USA: PAGE PENNOCK

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: My favorite Las Vegas icon is Celine Dion. I am so excited she is back in Vegas and will definitely see her show while I am in Vegas.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: My favorite restaurant in Las Vegas is the hot dog restaurant right down the street from Planet Hollywood called Pink's. They have the best hot dogs ever!

Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: The best advice to give to a first-timer in Las Vegas is to definitely take a gondola ride at The Venetian and watch the water show at Bellagio. They are both unforgettable experiences.

MISS HAWAII USA: ANGELA BYRD

Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: Besides thanking the pilot for bringing the plane safely to Vegas, I want to experience what everyone has told me to be one of the best qualities about Vegas: the great food! Vegas, ready or not, here I come!

Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?
A: I look forward to checking out the great shopping at the Fashion Outlets! Williams-Sonoma Marketplace, Vogue Italia and Vanity Fair will be the first stores I run to! If I can find a Pottery Barn, this will complete my shopping list!

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I would live at The Cosmopolitan if I had a choice to choose any Las Vegas resort to live at. The style, sophistication, interior and exterior design, (Marquee) Dayclub pool and their spa describes my personality and what I am comfortable with.

All Miss USA contestants surveyed are over 21 years of age.
Images courtesy of Miss Universe Organization.

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