Center Camp Café

The Center Camp Café rises each year as one of the biggest and brightest stars in the Vault of Heaven that is Black Rock City. The Café offers an acre of art in the cool shade, hot and cold drinks, and some of the finest entertainment available. This beautifully decorated structure is the largest intergalactic convergence at Burning Man. A favorite stop for every participant, parade, mutant vehicle, marching band, and green alien, a visit to the Café is a great initiation to the event as a participant or a volunteer.

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Located in Center Camp, the Café is the largest temporary freestanding tensile shade structure in the world. With almost an acre of shade, a full-service coffee shop, two stages, and interactive art installations, the Café is one exhibit you won’t want to miss. The fabulously lighted, entertainment-filled structure is a required stop on every evening stroll through the city.

Café coffee cosmonauts are guaranteed to serve up friendly smiles as well as blazing hot and heavenly cool refreshments, including coffee, chai, lemonade and important electrolyte replenishment.

The Café is a venue that bursts with a universe of art and entertainment. A musical stage features participants playing world and instrumental music during the day with thematic performances in the evening. A spoken word stage features poetry readings, comedy, and theatrical productions.

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You can view more Café photos of previous years’ structure, coffee shop, art installations, performances and personalities in the Image Gallery.

The Café is the single largest volunteer community on the playa. The construction, coffee shop, performance events, clean up, art, decor and lighting of this amazing space rely on the devoted efforts from hundreds of volunteers. Take a look at the Café volunteer opportunities to find out how you can participate before, during, or after the event and get involved in this diverse community. If you already know what you want to do, go straight to the Volunteer Questionnaire.

The Café always needs contributions of materials and otherworldly offerings. Look at our wish list to resurrect items that might otherwise end up in a dumpster. Or if you have some relic that we haven’t thought of, contact We love donations!!