Some of the South Cape's best restaurants, nightclubs and bars will pull out all the stops the weekend before the July 4 holiday.
The new South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Association will present the "Red, White & Brew" celebration on Saturday, June 29, from 7 to 11 p.m.
Fourteen of the downtown area's best restaurants and bars will offer beer, music, appetizers and great drink specials, and a fleet of trolleys will take participants around South Cape, stopping at various restaurants and taverns, where they will sample domestic beer and an appetizer.
Several of the stops will have live music, and turn the area into "one great big party," according to the press release.
"The idea is to promote the South Cape as a dining and entertainment destination. We have over 60 establishments here, and many people haven't discovered all the live entertainment offered," said Helen Ramey, CRA economic development manager.
Check-in will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Big John Plaza and Club Square. Participants may park in the public lots and ride the trolleys to the other locations. All participants will need to check-in by 8:30 p.m. to obtain event wristband and passport.
Participating locations include:
Ralph's Place, 1305 Cape Coral Pkwy. E.
Dixie Roadhouse, 1023 SE 47th Terrace
Rack 'Em Billiards, 1011 SE 47th Terrace
Backstreets Sports Bar, 915 SE 47th Terrace
Twisted Conch, 837 SE 47th Terrace
Ciao Wood Fire Pizza, 823 SE 47th Terrace
River Palm, 850 Lafayette St.
Tubby's, 4810 Vincennes St.
Monkey Bar & Steakhouse, 1428 Lafayette St.
Tiki Hut & Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar St.
The Dek, 4704 SE 15th Ave.
Cruisers Lounge, 1517 SE 47th Terrace
Hideaway Bar & Grill, 4720 SE 15th Ave.
Chicago Pizza, 1341 SE 47th Terrace
"We're interested in continuing great events in South Cape. The businesses want to work together to get feet in the street," said Lynn Pippenger, South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Association president and owner of Dixie Roadhouse. "When one of us has a lot of business, it bleeds out to the other businesses."
"I believe it's important in this city to bring many residents into the fold," Chris Backus, of Ciao Wood Fire Pizza, said . "Being a restaurant means bringing in younger people including their parents. Try to create a family friendly atmosphere for the South Cape."
Also, three South Cape hotels within walking distance of the event will offer special room rates to ensure participants enjoy responsibly. The special includes breakfast. Just ask for the "Red, White and Brew" room rates. The hotels are:
The Dolphin Key Resort, 1502 Miramar Street.
The Holiday Inn Express, 1538 Cape Coral Parkway E.
The Hampton Inn, 619 SE 47th Terrace.
"The fact you can step out of our hotels and you can go bar-hopping, dancing, dine and do whatever you want is really important for tourists to come here," said Magdalena Tengroth of the Dolphin Key Resort. "For events like Bike Night we offer discounts on hotels rather than have people driving with alcohol in their bodies."
Tickets are $10 and are being sold at the all participating locations, except Rack'em Billiards.
There are only 1,000 tickets so make sure you purchase them soon because a sell-out is anticipated, organizers said.
Attendees of this event must be at least 21 years old.