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 this summer to accommodate the Albert EL Fresco space, which will feature outdoor seating and tables, rocking chairs, hammocks, decorative lighting, shade amenities and more. The space will also feature a variety of fun activities and games, including giant Connect 4, cornhole and more. 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.

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 will remain accessible during the Albert Avenue closure.

Albert EL Fresco - May 2022 Events*

Date Time Program
Thursday, May 12 (Grand Reopening) 4-6 p.m. The East Lansing Public Library's Mobile Pop-Up Library
Thursday, May 12 (Grand Reopening) 5-8 p.m. Games and giveaways
Thursday, May 12 (Grand Reopening) 5 p.m. Live music featuring The Swift Brothers
Thursday, May 12 (Grand Reopening) 6 p.m. Performance by Cultural Explosion
Thursday, May 12 (Grand Reopening) 7 p.m. Live music featuring The Carlos Perez Band
Saturday, May 14 10-11 a.m. The Barre Code East Lansing - FREE outdoor Barre class; just bring a yoga mat or towel; all are welcome!
Saturday, May 14 7-8 p.m. Live music featuring Taylor Taylor
Sunday, May 15 TBD Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Tuesday, May 17 Evening Live music
Wednesday, May 18 10-11 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Thursday, May 19 4-6 p.m. The East Lansing Public Library's Mobile Pop-Up Library
Thursday, May 19 4:30-7 p.m. Game night
Thursday, May 19 6-7 p.m. Live music featuring David Wee
Saturday, May 21 9-10 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Sara Joy Olsztyn
Saturday, May 21 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. East Lansing Art Festival 
Sunday, May 22 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. East Lansing Art Festival
Tuesday, May 24 Evening Live music
Wednesday, May 25 10-11 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Wednesday, May 25 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Thursday, May 26 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Thursday, May 26 4-6 p.m. The East Lansing Public Library's Mobile Pop-Up Library
Thursday, May 26 4:30-7 p.m. Game night
Thursday, May 26 6-8 p.m. Live music featuring Ryan Shadbolt
Friday, May 27 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Saturday, May 28 9-10 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Sara Joy Olsztyn
Saturday, May 28 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Sunday, May 29 TBD Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Tuesday, May 31 1-6 p.m. Sidewalk Sales in Albert EL Fresco
Tuesday, May 31 All day Take-out Tuesdays begins (see below for more information)
Tuesday, May 31 Evening Live music

*Additional programming for the remaining summer months will be posted at a later date.

Event Descriptions

  • Take-out Tuesdays: Every Tuesday this summer beginning May 31, community members who order take-out from a 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 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 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! DNA eGift Cards can be redeemed at any participating downtown business.  

    Also, during Take-Out Tuesdays, several downtown East Lansing retail and service businesses will be selling their goods and services from market tents set up in the Albert EL Fresco space.