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 this schedule)

Date Time Program
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 10-11 a.m. 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)
Wednesday, June 1 9:30-10:30 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Wednesday, June 1 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Thursday, June 2 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Thursday, June 2 4-6 p.m. The East Lansing Public Library's Mobile Pop-Up Library
Thursday, June 2 4:30-7 p.m. Game Night
Friday, June 3 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Saturday, June 4 9-10 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Sara Joy Olsztyn
Saturday, June 4 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Saturday, June 4 6-8 p.m. Performance by Spartan Tartan Cedilih
Sunday, June 5 10-11 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Tuesday, June 7 All day Take-out Tuesdays
Tuesday, June 7 1-6 p.m. Sidewalk Sales in Albert EL Fresco
Tuesday, June 7 6-8 p.m. Live music featuring Cherry TV
Wednesday, June 8 9:30-10:30 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Wednesday, June 8 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Thursday, June 9 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Thursday, June 9 4-6 p.m. The East Lansing Public Library's Mobile Pop-Up Library
Thursday, June 9 4:30-7 p.m. Game Night
Friday, June 10 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Saturday, June 11 9-10 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Sara Joy Olsztyn
Saturday, June 11 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Sunday, June 12 10-11 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Tuesday, June 14 All day Take-out Tuesdays
Tuesday, June 14 1-6 p.m. Sidewalk Sales in Albert EL Fresco
Wednesday, June 15 9:30-10:30 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Wednesday, June 15 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Thursday, June 16 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Thursday, June 16 4-6 p.m. The East Lansing Public Library's Mobile Pop-Up Library
Thursday, June 16 4:30-7 p.m. Game Night
Thursday, June 16 6-7 p.m. Live music featuring BE SEAN
Friday, June 17 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Friday, June 17 3:30-11 p.m. Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in downtown East Lansing 
Saturday, June 18 9-10 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Sara Joy Olsztyn
Saturday, June 18 2-11 p.m. Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in downtown East Lansing 
Sunday, June 19 9-10 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Tuesday, June 21 All day  Take-out Tuesdays
Tuesday, June 21 4 p.m. Community Chalk Walk
Tuesday, June 21 1-6 p.m. Sidewalk Sales in Albert EL Fresco
Tuesday, June 21 6-9 p.m. Live music featuring The Swift Brothers
Wednesday, June 22 9:30-10:30 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Wednesday, June 22 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Thursday, June 23 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Thursday, June 23 4-6 p.m. The East Lansing Public Library's Mobile Pop-Up Library
Thursday, June 23 4:30-7 p.m. Game Night
Thursday, June 23 4-7 p.m. GLAM JAM Summer Kickoff hosted by the Greater Lansing Area Moms
Thursday, June 23 6-8 p.m. Live music featuring Ryan Shadbolt
Friday, June 24 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Saturday, June 25 9-10 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Sara Joy Olsztyn
Saturday, June 25 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Saturday, June 25 4-7 p.m. Pride East Lansing hosted by the Spartan Housing Cooperative
Sunday, June 26 10-11 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Tuesday, June 28 All day Take-out Tuesdays
Tuesday, June 28 1-6 p.m. Sidewalk Sales in Albert EL Fresco
Wednesday, June 29 9:30-10:30 a.m. Yoga on Albert with Yoga State
Wednesday, June 29 12-3 p.m. Live music featuring Carlos Perez
Wednesday, June 29 6-7 p.m. Live music featuring David Wee
Thursday, June 30 4-6 p.m. The East Lansing Public Library's Mobile Pop-Up Library
Thursday, June 30 4:30-7 p.m. Game Night

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

Event Descriptions

1.) Take-out 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! 

Take-Out 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 Take-Out Tuesdays, 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 1-6 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