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

Date Time Program
Thursday, June 30 4-6 p.m. ELPL's Mobile Pop-Up Library visits Albert EL Fresco
Thursday, June 30 4:30-7 p.m. Game Night
Saturday, July 2 9-10 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Sara Joy Yoga
Sunday, July 3 10-11 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Tuesday, July 5 all day Takeout Tuesday
Wednesday, July 6 9:30-10:30 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Thursday, July 7 4-6 p.m. ELPL's Mobile Pop-Up Library visits Albert EL Fresco
Thursday, July 7 4:30-7 p.m. Game Night
Saturday, July 9 9-10 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Sara Joy Yoga
Sunday, July 10 10-11 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Tuesday, July 12 all day Takeout Tuesday
Sidewalk Sales beginning at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 12 6-7 p.m. Live Music featuring David Wee
Wednesday, July 13 9:30-10:30 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Thursday, July 14 4-6 p.m. ELPL's Mobile Pop-Up Library visits Albert EL Fresco
Thursday, July 14 4:30-7 p.m. Game Night
Live Music featuring Taylor Taylor from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 16 9-10 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Sara Joy Yoga
Sunday, July 17 10-11 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Tuesday, July 19 all day Takeout Tuesday
Sidewalk Sales beginning at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19 5-7 p.m. Live Music featuring Ryan Shadbolt
Tuesday, July 19 7 p.m. Live Music featuring Taylor Taylor
Wednesday, July 20 9:30-10:30 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Thursday, July 21 4-6 p.m. ELPL's Mobile Pop-Up Library visits Albert EL Fresco
Thursday, July 21 4:30-7 p.m. Game Night
Live Music featuring From Big Sur from 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, July 23 9-10 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Sara Joy Yoga
Sunday, July 24 10-11 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Tuesday, July 26 all day Takeout Tuesday
Sidewalk Sales beginning at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 26 6-7 p.m. Live Music Featuring Be SEAN
Wednesday, July 27 9:30-10:30 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Thursday, July 28 4-6 p.m. ELPL's Mobile Pop-Up Library visits Albert EL Fresco
Thursday, July 28 4:30-7 p.m. Game Night
Saturday, July 30 9-10 a.m. The Barre Code East Lansing
Sunday, July 31 10-11 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State

*In addition to the Albert EL Fresco programming listed above, community members are encouraged to check out the 2022 lineups for the East Lansing Summer Concert SeriesPlay in the Park and the Field of View: An Art x Science Film Series

Additional Albert EL Fresco programming for the remainder of summer 2022 will be posted to this webpage at a later date. See event descriptions below.

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)

Also during Takeout Tuesday, several downtown East Lansing retail and service businesses will be selling their goods and services from pop-up shops set up in the Albert EL Fresco space from 4-8 p.m.

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
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Host: Yoga State

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

Sundays
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Host: Yoga State