All in, Al Fresco – Week 6

All in, Al Fresco – Week 6

By Melody Pereira

Welcome back to All in, Al Fresco! My name is Melody (she/her) and I am the Downtown District’s Marketing Assistant Summer Student for 2021. Follow along with me each week for updates as we dive into the details of all the exciting things that will be happening at our hugely successful summer event – Al Fresco.

Al Fresco is back for its second year this summer until August and we are so excited for all the fun to be had. Al Fresco means “done or eaten in the open air” and this signature event is designed so that visitors can enjoy the summer rays while supporting the downtown business and promoting community!

So, get ready to come do it Al Fresco in the District with me!

Painted Pianos Are Back!

It’s your turn to create some music in the air in the Downtown District! Find your rhythm on one of our funky and fun painted pianos and have your opportunity to play us a tune under the sun. Stop by Century Village each day for the rest of the summer if you’d like to put your music talent to the test, or just simply enjoy the beautiful artwork that covers these pianos. This year we have not one, but TWO painted pianos for you to enjoy! Can’t wait to see you there and put some true talent on display in the Downtown District. Read more about the pianos here.

Due to the forecasted weather today and staff shortages tomorrow, we won’t be hosting Free Games on Front this week!
Join Melody next week on Thursday and Friday from 3-5pm for Ladder Ball and Giant Jenga provided by Scalliwag Toys.
See you next week!

Light Up Your Life!

They’re light, and they’re bright, and they’re HERE in the Downtown District! Our 5 magnificent light installations line the streets of the downtown for Al Fresco this summer. The perfect spots to relax, “hang out”, and take Instagram-worth photos, you don’t want to miss them. Come out and be WOWed by the massive PLAY sign at the corner of Front & Pinnacle, our Al Fresco archway at Bridge & Front, and the glowing walk-through tunnel placed at Victoria and Front. To continue to promote community safety, you can also find hand sanitizer stations at each installation. Tag @downtownbelleville in your pictures and show us how you #doitalfresco.

T-shirts, get your t-shirts!

Get your hands on the sweetest new summer style … the 2021 Al Fresco T-Shirt! Designed by local artist Katrien Reed, this lightweight Heather Mint shirt is the perfect colour for summer. The beautiful design depicts the downtown’s historic building fronts and the mighty Moira River flowing in the foreground – the perfect representation of all of our favourite things here Downtown.

Grab it on The Marketplace now! Be sure to share in the spirit of Al Fresco and tag us on our socials with pictures of you in this wonderful t-shirt with @downtownbelleville. Let’s #doitalfresco.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for a GIVEAWAY coming this Friday on Instagram and Facebook with cool prizes including one of our Al Fresco t-shirts!


Toro Sushi

338 Pinnacle Street 

Looking for some authentic Japanese and Korean food right here in the heart of Downtown Belleville? Look no further. Toro Sushi, voted for the best sushi in the Bay of Quinte this year, is your one-stop-shop for everything yummy and Asian fusion! Toro works to combine tradition and innovation in their cuisine and takes pride in their enthusiastic workers. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for daily specials and takeout menus and stop into Toro Sushi for some excellent quality food and service! It’s more than a restaurant, it’s truly an experience.

Thomas Estevez Design

395 Front Street 

What’s better than some brand-new jewelry to show off this summer? Thomas Estevez Designs specialize in stone and silver jewelry, using top-quality, nickel-free silver. At this spot, top quality, great prices, and beauty are the theme! At Thomas Estevez, staff will be able to help you choose the best pieces for you with their knowledge of stone energies and artistic eye. If you want to experience the jewelry for yourself be sure to pop into the store or visit The Rocks website. It gets better… Thomas Estevez Designs also specializes in beautiful oil paintings and artwork by Jesus Estevez including beautiful prints of Quinte area landscapes at affordable prices. What a beautiful home we have and such incredible talent in the Quinte area! While you’re in you will not want to miss the beautiful side mural that faces onto the end of Front Street on the side of the building!