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Celebrate the Real Mexican Independence Day This Weekend

Contrary to popular American belief, Mexican Independence Day is not on Cinco de Drinko, er, Mayo. Quick history lesson: Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of the Mexican Militia over the French Army; Mexican Independence Day is on September 16 and celebrates the country's independence from Spain. Ok back to the eating and drinking: here are the best fiestas going down this Saturday, September 15.

MIDTOWN— Mexican Mariachis and margaritas at Mercadito Midtown. Say that ten times fast and remember it because on Saturday September 15 that's what's in store. Tradition meets technology as Mariachis serenade the typical meal of Chile en Nogada and Huarache Mexicano, and later a DJ will take over and keep things going until late into the noche. [EaterWire]

CORAL GABLES— Chef Oscar del Rivero is no stranger to celebrations as his three Gables/Grove restaurants are some of the most celebrated in the area: Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar and Latam Grill, Peacock Garden Cafe, and Talavera. His Mexican restaurant Talavera will have a fiesta with live music and the traditional El Grito ceremony to honor Mexico's heroes while you down some kiwi margaritas and dine off their special holiday menu of eats from 6p.m. on (the menu will still be available until the end of September, sans Mariachi band). []

MIAMI— Don't miss El Main Evento (forgive the Spanglish) at the Magic City Casino. This special edition of the Wheelin' Dealin' Street Food Festival that typically runs on the third Saturday of the month will honor the Mexican holiday. From 5 to 10p.m. there will be Mariachis, margaritas, a burrito eating contest, and Mexican wrestlers- Lucha Libre! Ole! [BurgerBeast]
[Photo of Talavera via Coral Coconut]

Mercadito Midtown

3252 NE First Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 786 369 0430