Bluegrass Jam Sessions

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Des Moines Bluegrass open jam sessions every first and third Sunday night from 7 to 8p.  Come listen, sing, and play along for a night of acoustic home-spun buegrass. For more information, and Songs of the
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Clean Cause Concert 2012

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Drake_U ONE & present Clean Cause Concert 2012 at Mars Cafe on Thursday, March 8th at 7p.

884 million people do not have access to clean water, basic sanitation facilities could transform the lives of millions. Come learn about clean water initiatives while enjoying live music and raffle prizes.


Solid Ground – The Work of Van Holmgren

Monday, March 5th, 2012

New show of completely awesome work at the best coffee shop in Des Moines. Stencils, sculptures, paintings….enough to blow your mind but leave you wanting more!!! The show will run from the beginning of March until the end of April!

Chemex/V60 Pour Over Coffee

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Pour over coffee is a great way to experience the many subtleties from one roast to the next. Stop in and share a Chemex for two, or enjoy the slightly bolder flavor of brewing a cup of coffee with the Hario V60.

birdshow by curtis poortinga

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Paintings by, Mars Cafe’s own, Curtis Poortinga

Showing from January 1st through February 2012

Opening Reception Friday, January 13th from 7-9 pm

A Conquered Family Thanksgiving

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Join us for the second annual Conquered Family Thanksgiving.  We’ll provide some instruments…you provide the songs.  Come out, play, and be heard!  No judgement; no criticism; no matter.  The way music should be enjoyed.

Tuesday Nov 22, 7pm-10pm

Cranksgiving 2011

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Cranksgiving this Sunday, Nov. 20th, come ride and race for donations for The Food Bank of Iowa.

You bring a fun attitude and your bike (road, cross, hybrid, or mountain) and we’ll provide you with a map of local stores and a list of 12 items to buy around the Des Moines area (one item per store).

Bike registration opens at 12 p.m.

Bike race starts at 1 p.m. from Mars Cafe

Sunday, November 20, 2011.

We’ll start and finish at Mars Cafe.

Come enjoy some coffee, tea, beer or food before and after the race!

I Dreamt I Was A Postcard

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011


It’s November already! For the next two months we are excited to have I Dreamt I Was A Postcard display their art on our walls. IDIWAP is a Des Moines-based photography collaborative aiming to bring back the postcard for communication and as an artform.

Mark Mandeville & Old Constitution

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Mark Mandeville & Old Constitution will be playing a live set Thursday, October 13 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

The Anatomy of Frank w/Danger Ronnie and the Spins + Matt Haydon

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Live music of The Anatomy of Frank, and Danger Ronnie and the Spins performing this Sunday, Oct. 2nd 7-10pm.

The Anatomy of Frank:

Danger Ronnie and the Spins: