Albert EL Fresco

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Albert EL Fresco is a pedestrian-friendly area located in the heart of downtown East Lansing.

Both lanes of Albert Avenue, between Abbot Road and M.A.C. Avenue, will be closed to traffic through Aug. 15 to accommodate the Albert EL Fresco space, which features outdoor seating and tables, rocking chairs, hammocks, decorative lighting and shade amenities. The space also features a variety of fun activities and games, including giant Connect 4, cornhole and hopscotch. Several events will also be hosted in the space and in other adjacent downtown East Lansing areas (see schedule 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.

Albert Avenue may be closed, but downtown East Lansing is SO open and all downtown parking remains accessible. Community members are encouraged to visit downtown East Lansing to support local businesses and enjoy this exciting, new, pedestrian-centric space this summer! 

Albert EL Fresco - Summer Events

Date Time Program Location
Friday, July 9 7 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Ryan Shadbolt and the Weathermen Ann Street Plaza
Saturday, July 10 9 a.m. Yoga on Albert
Bring your own mat
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Sunday, July 11 10-10:30 a.m. & 10:30-11 a.m. Wharton pARTicipate: Early Childhood Music
15 participants max per session; ages birth-6; first come, first serve
Ann Street Plaza
Wednesday, July 14 7 p.m. Open Mic Night
Sign up to perform at the event!
Ann Street Plaza
Friday, July 16 7 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Jordan Hamilton Ann Street Plaza
Saturday, July 17 9 a.m. Yoga on Albert
Bring your own mat
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Wednesday, July 21 7 p.m. Open Mic Night
Sign up to perform at the event!
Ann Street Plaza
Thursday, July 22 Starting at 5 p.m. Game Night
Extra games will be set up in the Albert EL Fresco space
Albert EL Fresco
Thursday, July 22 7 p.m. Live music featuring Rolando Cubillos Ann Street Plaza
Friday, July 23 7 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Taylor Taylor Ann Street Plaza
Saturday, July 24 9 a.m. Yoga on Albert
Bring your own mat
Albert EL Fresco
Sunday, July 25 10-10:30 a.m. & 10:30-11 a.m. Wharton pARTicipate: Early Childhood Music
15 participants max per session; ages birth-6; first come, first serve
Ann Street Plaza
Wednesday, July 28 7 p.m. Open Mic Night
Sign up to perform at the event!
Ann Street Plaza
Friday, July 30 7 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Monte Pride Ann Street Plaza
Saturday, July 31 9 a.m. Yoga on Albert
Bring your own mat
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Saturday, July 31 11 a.m. ConTempus Initiative: Mitten Melodies
Family-friendly concert; repertoires tied to Michigan history and people (Michigan composers, Motown numbers, Native American Melodies, Henry Ford and his Stradivarius, etc.) and interactive Michigan-related crafts.
Ann Street Plaza
Sunday, Aug. 8 10 a.m. Pure Barre Pop-Up Class
Bring your own towel or yoga mat; light hand weights are welcomed, but not required
Albert EL Fresco
Friday, Aug. 13 7 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Matt Gabriel Ann Street Plaza
Saturday, Aug. 14 11 a.m. ConTempus Initiative: Let's Groove
Family-friendly concert; music that emphasizes different kinds of rhythm patterns/styles, a string quartet plus a percussionist and an interactive craft: making homemade musical instruments from recycled materials.
Ann Street Plaza
Friday, Aug. 20 7 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Z Collective Ann Street Plaza
Friday, Aug. 27 7 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Cross Eyed Strangers Ann Street Plaza

With the exception of the food truck event, all events listed above are FREE. Learn about other City of East Lansing summer events, including the East Lansing Art Festival, Moonlight Film Festival and Play in the Park children's entertainment series, at https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/133/Community-Events.