Bell Tower Shops will be THE place for Southwest Florida residents to gather on May 5 as the landmark destination hosts Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby festivities on the same day.

The trifecta of shopping, dining and entertainment includes drink specials, giveaways and a hat contest on Saturday, May 5.

Cantina Laredo is planning a grand party in honor of Cinco de Mayo, offering $3 Mexican beers, $5 house margaritas and shot specials throughout the evening. The restaurant will have live music, prizes and giveaways for patrons.

Society will host two levels of parties, with DJ Ben Nigrelli downstairs and DJs Mambo and Carlos Higuera upstairs in Treehouse, hosted by Unique Latin Nights. Society will be offering $2.50 Coronas, $4 well margaritas, $8 Don Julio shots, $25 margarita pitchers and $35 Don Julio pitchers.

Shoeless Joe’s is hosting a Kentucky Derby party, allowing Churchill Downs to take over all 40 high-definition TV screens. In addition to drink specials, the eatery will host a Derby Hat Contest with prizes for the most creative, outrageous and ornamental derby-style hats. The race begins at 6:46 p.m.

To learn more about events at Bell Tower Shops, visit www.thebelltowershops.com or www.facebook.com/BellTowerShops/.

About Bell Tower Shops

Bell Tower Shops is a landmark shopping, dining and entertainment destination centrally located in Fort Myers, Florida. The open-air center offers fine retail shops including eclectic boutiques and shopping favorites Williams-Sonoma, Chico’s, White House | Black Market, Victoria’s Secret, Pink and Talbots. Exceptional shopping is complemented by distinctive restaurants: Bistro 41, Cru, DaRuMa Japanese Steak House, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill, Cantina Laredo, Mimi’s Café, T.G.I. Friday’s and Society. In addition to The Fresh Market, Bed Bath & Beyond and a 20-screen Regal Cinema complex, Bell Tower Shops is home to exceptional specialty retailers and restaurants including Society, World of Beer, Francesca’s Collection and Ulta. A community partner and pet-friendly destination, Bell Tower Shops hosts special events throughout the year, including concerts, fundraisers, art fairs and more. Visit www.thebelltowershops.com for more information.

About Madison Marquette

Madison Marquette is a leading private real estate investment manager, developer, operator and service provider headquartered in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1992, the company’s reputation is built on the successful development, repositioning and redevelopment of commercial mixed-use assets in major gateway and emerging high-growth markets throughout the United States. Madison Marquette partners with global institutional and private investors to achieve industry-leading investment performance across asset classes. In addition, the firm provides integrated management and leasing services to many of the most sophisticated institutional owners in the industry. On behalf of owners and investors, Madison Marquette provides insight, and often innovative incorporation of retail, that results in high-performing and unique real estate destinations that add long-term value to their communities. Current high-profile projects include The Wharf in Washington, D.C., the redevelopment of the Asbury Park waterfront in New Jersey and Pacific Place in Seattle, WA. The firm covers major U.S. markets through its primary offices in Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Fort Lauderdale.  Madison Marquette is a member of the Capital Guidance global group of companies. For more information, visit www.MadisonMarquette.com.