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Posted on: May 2, 2023

Community Members Invited to Albert EL Fresco Grand Reopening on May 11

People playing a giant Connect 4 game, others sit on benches or walk in downtown East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The City of East Lansing’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is pleased to announce the grand reopening of Albert EL Fresco on Thursday, May 11, from 5-9 p.m.

Albert EL Fresco is located on Albert Avenue, between Abbot Road and M.A.C. Avenue. The area is designed to be pedestrian-friendly, without sacrificing parking. All downtown parking garages will remain open during Albert EL Fresco. For more information on parking downtown, including a live look at how many spots are available, visit

The Albert EL Fresco grand reopening event will include a variety of games and activities. In addition to ping-pong, cornhole and Giant Chess, an inflatable free-throw basketball game has been added this year. 

The grand reopening event will also include live music performances. Acoustic artist Mark Collins will perform at 5:30 p.m. and Detroit-based pop/rap artist BE SEAN will perform at 7 p.m.

Additionally, the East Lansing Public Library’s Library on the Go, a mobile pop-up library, will be parked at Albert EL Fresco from 5-7 p.m. 

Community members are advised that the portion of Albert Avenue comprising Albert EL Fresco will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, May 8 to accommodate setup of the space. 

The Albert EL Fresco grand reopening event on May 11 is just the beginning of a fun-filled summer in downtown East Lansing. Throughout the summer, community members will be able to enjoy the area’s outdoor seating and tables, shade amenities, hammocks, decorative lighting and outdoor games. A variety of programs will also be hosted throughout the summer at Albert EL Fresco, including game nights, outdoor yoga, live music and more. 

Visit for more information and for the latest announcements regarding Albert EL Fresco events and programming.

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