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20 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Denver This Weekend

mhotc dollar sign logoIf you’re looking for fun on a budget this weekend, you’ve come to the right place. Mile High On The Cheap is the answer for Coloradans who want to live large for less. And the Front Range has it all – entertainment, concerts, festivals, workshops, tours, sporting events and more. To keep up with latest news on deals, discounts and FREE events in the Denver/Boulder area, sign up for our daily Mile High On The Cheap e-newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Here are our top picks for FREE and cheap things to do this weekend: Click here to read more…

Easter Egg Hunts This Holiday Weekend

Looks like the entire Front Range is hopping with Easter Egg Hunts. Here’s the latest based on what we could dig up. Most are FREE, and remember to bring some sort of basket or bucket for the kids to collect their goodies. Be sure to note the time and date of all events, as some segment the hunting based on age. And plan to arrive early before the official hunt start time to nab a good spot, as candy-seeking kiddos can sweep a field of treats completely clean in a few minutes. Click here to read more…

Free Movie Preview Pass – ‘The Railway Man’

Movies, movie, filmBased on the remarkable bestselling autobiography, The Railway Man tells the true story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax and his love interest Patti (Nicole Kidman) discover that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and set out to confront him, and his haunting past, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love. MHOTC readers can attend a FREE sneak preview of the film on Monday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Greenwood Village. Click here to download and print a pass. These passes are limited in number, so please don’t abuse the system and get yours now – if this movie interests you. Once our limit has been reached, the system won’t issue any more. Remember, even with a pass seating is not guaranteed, so get there early.

King Soopers Free Friday Download: Chobani Yogurt

KingSoopers-logoEvery Friday (usually), King Soopers offers a digital coupon for a FREE product, which you download directly to your SooperCard. Today, Friday, April 18, it’s a FREE cup of Chobani Flip Greek Yogurt (5.3-oz.) How does it work? 1.) Visit this page each Friday; 2.) On Friday, download the digital coupon for the FREE product between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. PST; 3.) You have two weeks to redeem the coupon — just pick up the product at your local King Soopers and the digital coupon will automatically be applied at checkout. Be sure to add the item to your weekly grocery list, so you don’t forget!

Safeway $5 Friday Deals: What’s On Sale?

Today, Friday, April 18, Safeway is offering many items for just $5 each (or less.) This week’s bargains include: Signature Café fish (5-piece), All-American sub sandwich (32-oz.), tender green asparagus (2-lb. bag), O Organics salad (16-oz.), Dunkin’ Donuts coffee (11- to 12-oz.), cream puffs or eclairs (7- to 9-ct.), Pillsbury crescent rolls for $1.67 (8-oz.), Quaker chewy granola bars for $1.67 (8-ct.), California Pizza Kitchen pizza (13.4- to 17-oz.), Pepperidge Farm Goldfish carton (30- to 35-oz.)Martinelli’s sparkling cider for $1.67 (25.4-oz.), Signature Café chicken tenders (per pound), Folgers K-Cups (12-ct.), Michael Angelo’s family-size meal (26-oz.), Signature Café family-size cheese pizza (37.7-oz.), Quilted Northern bath tissue (12-double roll), Ghirardelli chocolate bag for $2.50 (4.12- to 5.32-oz.), Fisher Boy fish sticks (48-oz.), Pillsbury cinnamon rolls for $1.67 (12.4- to 13.9-oz.), Safeway Home paper towels (6- or 8-roll), General Mills Lucky Charms cereal for $1.67 (11.5-oz.), Primo Taglio applewood ham or medium cheddar cheese (per pound), Oscar Mayer turkey bacon or Farmer John Hot Louisiana brand sausage (36- to 42-oz.) and Coca-Cola for $2.50 (6-pack, 16.9-oz. bottles, limit 6.) The deals are valid today only and require a Safeway Club Card. For a complete listing of the $5 sale items, review its Weekly Specials site or newspaper circular. MHOTC Tip: Use manufacturer’s coupons on top of sale prices for maximum savings. Plus, when you find a good deal on one of your household staples, stock up. You’ll save money down the road.

Free Cake at KFC with Meal Purchase

There’s no need to worry about dessert with this sweet deal from KFC. Through Monday, April 21, KFC is offering a FREE double chocolate chip or lemon cake with the purchase of a 10-piece (or larger) family meal at participating locations — coupon required.

Enter for Chance at Preview Pass: ‘The Quiet Ones’

Inspired by true events, university students are recruited to carry out a private experiment — to create a poltergeist — in The Quiet Ones. Tucked away in an estate outside of London, a professor and his students conduct an “experiment” on Jane Harper, a young girl who harbors unspeakable secrets. What dark forces they uncover are more terrifying than any of them expected. The film stars Jared Harris, Sam Claflin and Olivia Cooke. MHOTC readers are invited to a special advance screening on Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Denver. This uses a distribution system designed to give everyone a chance. Here’s how it works. Go to this Lionsgate page and click on Enter Sweepstakes. Type in the requested information. Deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, with winners drawn by noon on April 23. Winners will receive a unique link and code by e-mail to download their screening pass. Remember, passes do not guarantee admissions. Preview screenings are always overbooked to ensure a full house, so arrive early. True horror fans should check out this Horrorgram app. It’s a photo filter similar to Instagram and Camera+ that includes a fun new fan gallery feature where users can submit their amazing creations from The Quiet Ones and other popular past horror films.

Free Exercise Classes at Civic Center Park

ExerciseClassDowntown dwellers and workers have a new option when it comes to exercise. Civic Center MOVES is a FREE program of exercise classes held four days a week in Civic Center Park. The line-up and instructors vary each day but nearly everyone should fit a time and workout to suit. Here’s the schedule: MondaysYoga Flow from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. taught by Im’Unique. TuesdaysYoga from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and Boot Camp from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. both taught by folks from Denver Parks and Recreation. WednesdaysFitness Tribe from 6:15 a.m. to 7 a.m. under the watchful eye of November Project Denver. ThursdaysFull Body Workout from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. taught by Pearl Street Fitness. Classes will meet in various areas of the park, including the Great Lawn, the Broadway Terrace, the Greek Theater and around the Seal Pond. Look for the Civic Center MOVES flag for the class location. Note note that restrooms, changing areas and locker space are not available in the park. Classes are scheduled to run through mid-October.

Find Easter Egg, Win $10 Gift Card at Goodwill

goodwillWe all know you can find treasures at the Goodwill with a little hunting. However, on Saturday, April 19, you really need to go “on the hunt” for a special egg. Each store will hide a plastic Easter egg with a $10 Goodwill gift card inside. Only one egg will be hidden per store, so plan accordingly. (It’s probably wise to show up early.) We’re told the eggs will be ”hiding in plain sight”, so don’t tear the store apart, okay? The promo will be available at each of its 25 retail stores and Déjà Blue Boutique. Most stores open at 9 a.m. (Note: Déjà Blue Boutique opens at 10 a.m.) For locations and hours, click here. By the way, Goodwill stores will be closed on Easter Sunday.

Hunting For Lowest Price on Eggs?

Easter BunnyWe went on an Easter egg hunt a few days early to find the best price on a dozen eggs. (Our Easter Bunny is very frugal, so we didn’t check prices on organic eggs. However, they’re priced much higher. We even saw some at $7.89 a dozen!) We hopped from store to store and here’s what we found: Whole Foods Market$2.99 (Grade A Large, cage-free), Safeway$2.49 (Grade AA Large), King Soopers$2.09 (Grade AA Large), Albertsons* - $2.09 (Grade AA Large), Sprouts Farmers Market - $1.99 (Grade AA Large), Walmart$1.98 (Grade AA Large), Walgreens99¢ (Grade A Large), Target99¢ (Grade A Large.) All of the eggs were at regular price, with the exception of Target and Walgreens whose sale price ends Saturday, April 19. Prices may vary by location. *Albertsons is offering a FREE dozen eggs with a $20+ purchase and coupon. (Restrictions apply. The coupon is available in its weekly ad and expires Tuesday, April 22.) Happy Easter!

Text For Chance to See The Met: Live on Screen

opera singer The Metropolitan Opera’s eighth season of The Met: Live in HD continues with Cosi fan tutte on Saturday, April 26. Music Director James Levine conducts Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina. Plus, go behind the scenes with Met opera stars including interviews with cast, crew, and production teams for a look at what goes into the staging of an opera. The show starts at 10:55 a.m. and runs about 4 hours. 43KIXDenver is giving away tickets to see the event LIVE, on-screen at several theatres around town. These are guaranteed seats. MHOTC readers can enter to win a FREE pair of tickets to watch the performance live. For your chance, text the word COSI and your ZIP CODE to 43549 (for example, COSI 80206). Deadline to text is Tuesday, April 22. Winners will be drawn Wednesday, April 23 at 9 a.m. and notified with screening details. Note: Late, incorrect, and/or duplicate entries will not be considered. Limit one entry per cell phone. You can buy tickets to the show here.

Heritage Square’s Free Easter Fun Day

EasterIf you’re looking for some springtime fun, hop over to Heritage Square’s Easter Fun Day. The “family entertainment village” will host its annual Easter Fun Day on Saturday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. As the Easter Bunny hops around greeting visitors, there will be Stretch the Clown, a balloon artist, a stilt-walking clinic, face painting and lots of FREE candy & prizes (while supplies last.) Rides and attractions will be open, weather permitting, at an additional cost. Parking and general admission are FREE. 18301 W. Colfax Ave., Golden.

Broncos Autograph Event in Castle Rock

Broncos DenverWait a sec, isn’t football season over? Apparently the Broncos are getting out and about this spring. The Mile High Salute to Fans Tour makes a stop in downtown Castle Rock on Saturday, April 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Broncos players will be on hand to sign autographs. Enjoy the Denver Broncos cheerleaders, Miles the mascot, music, food and FREE activities courtesy downtown businesses. As always, you’ll find FREE parking in the garage on Third St. White Pavilion, 414 N. Perry St., Castle Rock.

Cirque du Soleil ‘Varekai’ Tickets: Up to 20% Off

VarekaiDeep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world – a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai. It’s the latest Cirque du Soleil production to come to town. From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. The word Varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. Tickets aren’t cheap, but you’ll enjoy the show even more knowing you saved 10 to 20% from ScoreBig. The show flies into Broomfield May 7 to 11 at the 1stBank Center. To buy through ScoreBig start here. Choose your performance date. Click on the seating area and number of seats you want to buy. The sections with prices will light up as you mouse over what’s available. Then, click on “Select.” You’ll see a box to Enter Your Price and a bar that shows how likely you are that your price will be selected. Start with the suggested % off and then lower your bid $1 at a time to see if you can stay in the green. We found three-star seats for $72.80 with a 10% off bid likely accepted. We typed in $62, which got a green light, but then got it down to about $60. Once you are happy with your bid, click on “Continue.” Enter your contact info and payment information. ScoreBig does not charge any additional service or handling fees.

Cook Park Citywide Art Show & Festival

craft fairCook Park Recreation Center hosts a citywide art show on Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students and instructors from various city recreation centers will show and sell their wares including pottery, glass jewelry, paintings, textiles and more. Enjoy demos on the potters wheel, face painting, food and refreshments. The band Around the Bend will play from noon to 1 p.m. 7100 Cherry Creek Dr. South, Denver, 720-865-0610. Thanks Jeannie!

Record Store Day = Vinyl Record Specials & Deals

The 7th annual Record Store Day is Saturday, April 19 and local record stores offer discounts, host FREE entertainment by favorite local bands and DJs. Plus, they introduce some 300 new releases on vinyl by big-name stars and also some up-and-comers — all supporting the resurgence of vinyl and the real brick-and-mortar record store. Some shops provide FREE gifts or hold drawings. Because they’re independent stores, they set their own celebratory hours and events/giveaways. There are more than 30 stores participating in Colorado — click here for list and links (check by state).