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.

Peace Tree Brewing Co. Party

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Join us and the crew from Peace Tree Brewing Co. Oct 27th for a public (free!) beer tasting, starting at 6 pm.  We’re excited to show off our brand new tap beer selection for this amazing local brewery as well as a great selection of bottled beers.  As if delicious beer isn’t enough, we’ll also have surprise giveaways & Dan spinning some vinyl records!

Intelligentsia Coffee Throwdown – Saturday, October 22nd 6p-8p

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The Intelligentsia crew is coming to Des Moines! And they’re bringing us a BRAND NEW coffee! (We’re pretty excited)

We want to share it with all of you so please join us for a public cupping party. Expect free coffee tastings, good music, pourover demonstrations, giveaways, and hang out time with some really awesome people.

Want to know more about this whole cupping thing? Visit coffeegeek or check out Intelligentsia Coffee to learn about our awesome roaster and why we love them so much.

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.

Younger American Poets Reading Series

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Friday October 7, 7pm – 9pm

The Younger American Poets Reading Series is a monthly poetry reading event which brings nationally renowned writers to Des Moines.

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:

Dogtown Fest – Sept 24, 2pm-10pm

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011