Find the Bee

In an effort to encourage community members to continue supporting their favorite downtown East Lansing businesses during the Center City District construction, two fun activities have been launched with the help of the #ELBUZZ bee mascot! 

Find the Bee, Park for Free

On a random day each week, free parking meter bags sporting the #ELBUZZ bee mascot are placed on various parking meters throughout the downtown. If a downtown visitor finds one that is unclaimed, they can park for free! A notification is posted each week on the City of East Lansing's Facebook and Twitter pages when the bags are out and ready to be found. Thank you for continuing to support local businesses during the downtown construction!   

Community members can find the latest updates on the Center City District project at

Find the Bee, Eat for Free (this successful promotion has ended!)

You won't want to miss out on this fun giveaway activity! Here's how to participate: 

  • Beginning Monday, March 12, 2018, check out the Downtown East Lansing Facebook page each week to find a photo of the #ELBUZZ Bee Mascot hanging out at a downtown restaurant. 
  • Head to that location, snap a selfie with the bee and post it on the Downtown East Lansing Facebook page or your personal Facebook (make sure your account is not set to private), Twitter or Instagram page using #BeeDowntownEL. 
  • That’s it! By using the hashtag, you will be automatically entered into a giveaway drawing for that week. The winner will receive a $100 gift card to the restaurant the mascot was placed in that week. 
The bee will remain in the same location for one week’s time (Monday to Monday) and will then be moved to a new restaurant location. A new photo will be posted each week giving a hint of the bee's new location! Weekly giveaway drawings will take place on Monday afternoons. Additional details can be found here.