San José

Al Fresco, All the Time? [In-Person]


LUNA Mexican Kitchen

Image Courtesy of LUNA Mexican Kitchen.

This program has been rescheduled from August, and is now in person. Questions? Contact

Proposed and implemented in 2020 as a way to offer relief to struggling businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, San José Al Fresco — the city’s program to close streets, parking lots and private property for use by diners and shoppers — has led to vibrant streets and economic recovery. Though the program was unanimously extended last year, its applicability in public spaces, such as streets and sidewalks, faces big policy and implementation questions. What does the future hold for outdoor dining and commerce in San José? Join us at Luna Mexican Kitchen on The Alameda, a restaurant that adapted during the pandemic to ever evolving public and health safety guidelines and a favorite of patrons in the city, as we discuss the program's successes and challenges in the city, and learn how best practices in shared spaces and slow streets programs can lead to permanent Al Fresco adoption in San José.

  • Steve Wymer / 20Twenty
  • Nate LeBlanc / San José Downtown Association
  • Blage Zelalich / City of San José
  • Jo Lerma Lopez / Luna Mexican Kitchen


This program will be hosted at:

luna mexican kitchen logo


This event was made possible by:

Knight foundation





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