Albert EL Fresco

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Albert EL Fresco is a pedestrian-friendly area located along Albert Avenue, between Abbot Road and M.A.C. Avenue. The space features outdoor seating and tables, rocking chairs, hammocks, decorative lighting, shade amenities, games and more. Several events and programs are also hosted in the space (see schedule and event descriptions below).

Open alcohol is not permitted in the space, but food and alcohol can be enjoyed at the approved outdoor dining areas operated by adjacent restaurants. Take-out food and non-alcoholic drinks can be enjoyed in the space.

Community members are encouraged to visit downtown East Lansing this summer to support local businesses and enjoy this popular pedestrian-centric space! All downtown parking continues to be accessible during this closure of a portion of Albert Avenue.

Albert EL Fresco - Schedule of Events

**see event descriptions below**
Date Time Program
Tuesday, Aug. 2 all day Takeout Tuesday
Wednesday, Aug. 3 9:30-10:30 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Thursday, Aug. 4 5-9 p.m. Game Night
ELPL's Mobile Pop-Up Library visits Albert EL Fresco from 4-6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 5 7-9 p.m. East Lansing Summer Concert Series featuring Cross Eyed Strangers
Saturday, Aug. 6 9-10 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Sara Joy Yoga
Sunday, Aug. 7 10-11 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Tuesday, Aug. 9 all day Takeout Tuesday
Wednesday, Aug. 10 9:30-10:30 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Thursday, Aug. 11 5-9 p.m. Game Night
ELPL's Mobile Pop-Up Library visits Albert EL Fresco from 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 11 7-9 p.m. Live music by Whorled
West Michigan-based World Folk trio
Friday, Aug. 12 7-9 p.m. East Lansing Summer Concert Series featuring On the Lash
Saturday, Aug. 13 9-10 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Sara Joy Yoga
Sunday, Aug. 14 10-11 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Tuesday, Aug. 16 all day Takeout Tuesday
Wednesday, Aug. 17 9:30-10:30 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Thursday, Aug. 18 5-9 p.m. Game Night
ELPL's Mobile Pop-Up Library visits Albert EL Fresco from 4-6 p.m., Live Music by Be SEAN from 6-7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 21 10-11 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Tuesday, Aug. 23 all day Takeout Tuesday
Thursday, Aug. 25 5-9 p.m. Game Night
ELPL's Mobile Pop-Up Library visits Albert EL Fresco from 4-6 p.m., Live Music by From Big Sur from 6-8 p.m.

Event Descriptions

1.) Takeout Tuesdays: Every Tuesday this summer, beginning May 31, community members who order take-out from a participating downtown business and enjoy it in the Albert EL Fresco space can enter into a drawing for the chance to win a $100 DNA eGift Card!

How does it work? Community members who purchase take-out from a participating downtown business (see below) will see a sticker on their take-out with a QR code. After scanning the QR code with their phone and making sure that they follow Downtown East Lansing on Instagram, community members can take a photo of themselves enjoying their take-out, post it to their Instagram story and tag @downtowneastlansing to be entered into a weekly drawing to win a $100 DNA eGift Card! 

Takeout Tuesday participating businesses and specials include the following:

  • Aloha Cookin': $10 Takeout Tuesday bowls
  • Campbell's Market Basket: $10 grilled cheese + soup combo
  • Capo’s Cheesesteak: Free fry with any sandwich order (1 per customer)
  • Ding Tea East Lansing: Special: Monster Boba Latte
  • Foster Coffee Company: 10% off food menu between 1-5pm
  • Georgios Pizza: Any 2 slices of pizza + a soft drink for $10.99
  • Harper's Restaurant & Brewpub: Buy One, Get One food
  • HopCat: 10%-off each order
  • Lou and Harry's: 20% off any one food item
  • Playa Bowls: 10% off
  • Poké Fresh: $1 regular (16 oz) fruit bubble tea or fountain drink with any bowl purchase
  • TOASTE: Indonesian Special (on top of regular menu)

2.) Game Nights: Come out to enjoy a variety of activities and games in the Albert EL Fresco, including giant Connect 4, cornhole, giant Jenga, ping pong, giant chess and more. Look for the East Lansing Public Library's Library on the Go mobile pop-up library while you're there!

3.) Yoga on Albert: Enjoy FREE, outdoor yoga classes three times a week over the summer months! No registration is required and all ages, genders and abilities are welcome. Just bring a yoga mat/towel, water and a friend if you’d like!

Wednesdays (see dates above)
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Host: Yoga State

Saturdays (see dates above)
Time: 9-10 a.m.
Host: Sara Joy Yoga (Sara Olsztyn)

Sundays (see dates above)
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Host: Yoga State