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Looking for inexpensive or free things to do in the Denver/Boulder area? Want to sample local stores, restaurants, & attractions without breaking the bank? Mile High Cheapskates
Laura Daily, Bryan K. Chavez and Claire Walter show you how to get the best for less. To get in touch, email us: info@milehighonthecheap.com
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Free Admission to Colorado History Center

Colorado FlagColorado celebrates the 139th anniversary of its entry to the Union on August 1, a date known as Colorado Day. To celebrate, the History Colorado Center is offering FREE admission on Saturday, August 1 — from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The family-friendly festivities include lots of performances and hands-on activities — square dancers, adobe brick making, panning for gold, a performance by Top Hogs (Colorado’s most talented pigs) and more. 1200 Broadway, Denver, 303-447-8679.

Endless Appetizers for $10 at TGI Friday’s

Hot DealsThe promo is back with a $2 price decrease (woo-hoo!), a few menu changes and any refill of your choice. We find this deal quite appetizing for both the quantity of food and savings. TGI Friday’s is serving an endless supply of some of its most popular appetizers for just $10 per person at participating locations. Choose from French Onion Dumplings, Garlic & Basil Bruschetta Flatbread, Spicy Chicken Tostada, Sriracha Chicken Potato Skins, Spinach Florentine Flatbread, Loaded Potato Skins, Pan-Seared Pot Stickers, Mozzarella Sticks and Boneless Wings. After enjoying your first order, receive unlimited reorders of any appetizer from the select menu during your visit. While the appetizers are endless, the promo itself is for a limited time. At this price, hungry bargain hunters might just skip an entrée and indulge on an all-appetizer lunch or dinner.

Garage Sales This Weekend

Garage Sale (load full size) It’s the start of August and we see no sign of garage sales slowing down. MHOTC’s Garage Sale page is an interactive map, where you can find sales of all sizes, some with pictures of items for sale. You can even add your own sale for FREE. The service is provided by Garage Sales By Map. The map shows 100+ sales this weekend, and as always, we crown a sale or two as our “picks of the week.” On Friday & Saturday check out the Meadowood area off S. Dartmouth at E. Chambers Rd. in Aurora. More than 35 homes are participating from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with at least six on Saturday only. Here’s a map. On Saturday, take a jaunt to the east side of Washington Park where more than 55 homes are participating in a neighborhood yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You’ll find a map here. If you want us to feature your community sale in our weekly post, drop us an email at info@milehighonthecheap.com. Just note that you still need to add any sale to the Garage Sale map yourself.

Denver Qrunch-A-Q: Free Gluten-Free Wash Park BBQ

BBQ, barbecue, bbqWhat’s a Qrunch-A-Q? It’s a gluten-free, vegan, organic twist on the traditional summer barbecue. Qrunch Foods hosts a FREE hometown BBQ in Denver’s Washington Park on Sunday, August 2 from noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy your choice of Qrunch’s signature line of gluten-free, soy-free, vegan and quinoa-based organic veggie burgers, along with the classic cookout sides, condiments, drinks and more. Everyone is welcome and the meal is FREE, no strings attached. You’ll find the event in the park next to the fire station.

Elitch Gardens: Child’s Admission For All

Elitch GardensAdults deserve to have some summer fun for a day…and, now, they can pay like a kid, too. For a limited time, Elitch Gardens is letting adults “Play Like A Kid, Pay Like A Kid” by offering kids-at-heart the child’s rate for a day’s admission to the theme and water park — just $31.99. It’s a savings of $15, as an adult main gate admission is regularly $46.99. The offer is only valid online, so a $5 processing fee applies to each order — not per ticket.

Get Your New Free Denver Bike Map

bicycle bikeNavigating the city has never been easier for those who ride on two wheels. A new bike map gives Denver residents and visitors a latest look at the city’s bicycle program. The map shows the city’s off-street trail system as well as its network of on-street bike facilities, including another 39 miles of bike lanes and sharrows that have been added since the map was last updated in 2012. Denver Public Works transportation planners also made the new map simpler and more compact, including helpful biking information such as: rules of the road and trail courtesy, how to load your bike on the bus and train, and a guide to Denver’s green bike markings and what they mean. To get your FREE map, download it here or pick up one at Denver libraries, recreation centers and through BikeDenver.

Sprouts: 75¢ Blueberries, Melons

vegetables farmer farmWe don’t often highlight just one grocery deal. However, when the sale is this juicy, we just have to share it with you. Through Wednesday, August 5, get blueberries for just 75¢ (6-oz.) at Sprouts Farmers Market. (If they’re sold out, ask for a rain check.) We only buy berries, when they’re on sale. Otherwise, they’re just too expensive for our tastes. The bargain berries are perfect for topping yogurt or oatmeal. Or, better yet, putting ’em in smoothies or muffins. They also have cantaloupes and honeydew melons on sale for 75¢ each. There are 26 stores in Colorado.

Fans Invited to Free Broncos Open Training Camp

Broncos DenverBroncos fans can again watch pre-season Training Camp sessions for FREE at Dove Valley beginning on Friday, July 31. Parking and gates open approximately one hour before each session.  Practices are from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following days: Friday, July 31; Saturday, August 1; Sunday, August 2; Monday, August 3; Tuesday, August 4; Thursday, August 6; Friday, August 7; Saturday, August 8; Sunday, August 9; Tuesday, August 11; Wednesday, August 12; Monday, August 17; Tuesday, August 18, and Thursday, August 20. The seating area is on a natural grass surface with a very limited amount of shade, so bring proper footwear, clothing and sunscreen. Following each open practice to the public, fans have the opportunity to get autographs from players by the guest seating area located on the west end of the practice fields. Players are designated by position groups (WRs, DLs, DBs, etc.) to sign autographs. Here are the rules that are strictly enforced: There are no bleachers and lawn chairs are prohibited, as are umbrellas. The same bag policy at Sports Authority Field at Mile High will be in affect at all training camp sessions. Each fan may carry one bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC, no larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″ or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc or similar). Fans may also bring a small purse or clutch bag the size of a hand, with or without straps. and still cameras, but no video cameras or detachable lenses longer than a credit card. BYO food, with non-alcoholic beverages sold on site. Fan parking is on the west side of the practice fields; ADA parking is on the east side. FREE parking is on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited. Broncos Headquarters at Dove Valley, 7505 S. Potomac St., Englewood.

Almost Free Tickets to Denver Arts Events

FreeGoldstar is having a really big sale, Wednesday & Thursday, July 29 & 30, offering tickets to concerts, plays and other events around the country, including Denver, for the ultimate low price: FREE (plus a small service fee). The company works with entertainment companies and venues to sell excess tickets to theater, concerts, comedy shows and sports. Often the ticket discounts are as much as 50% off, and occasionally there are free tickets to a few events, with service fees of $4 to $9 added. Today, there are FREE tickets to plays, musicals, concerts, stand-up comedy and more, as part of its “Comp Train” promotion. With nothing to lose (except the service fee), get out and try something new! Buying tickets is easy and straightforward.

Colorado Day Freebies & More

Colorado Day, August 1, marks the anniversary of Colorado’s statehood, granted in 1876. Celebrate the state’s 139th birthday one day early on Friday, July 31, with 7News at the Denver Pavilions. Get a FREE Colorado t-shirt starting at 10:30 a.m. (while supplies last) and through 1:30 p.m. enjoy FREE food, music and more. Also, on Friday, head to  Fairmount Cemetery for the annual Colorado Day Concert (and 125th anniversary party) with the Big Band swing ensemble, William and the Romantics. Pre-concert tours of the grounds begin at 5 p.m. The FREE music starts at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Fairmount Mausoleum. Bring your blankets, chairs and picnics. 430 S. Quebec St., Denver, 303-399-0692. Then, on Saturday, August 1, it’s FREE day at the History Colorado Center, (1200 Broadway, Denver, 303-447-8679), as well as five other History Colorado museums, including Byers-Evans House Museum and Ute Indian Museum.

Highlands Ranch Children’s Concert in the Park

The Highlands Ranch Concert Band presents its annual FREE children’s concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, August 1 at Civic Green Park. Kids are invited to conduct the band, see the instruments when the music is done and enjoy a FREE frozen popsicle. This year’s program celebrates our favorite holidays including Easter Monday on the White House Lawn by John Philip Sousa, a medley of music from the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and a bit of Halloween with The Witching Hour. Joining the band this year are dancers from The Wick School, which promotes Irish step dance. Band members include volunteer professional, amateur and high school musicians. 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch.

Free Home Depot Kids ‘How To Workshop’

Kids can learn do-it-yourself skills and craft a fun item for themselves or to give to someone special by attending Home Depot’s FREE “How-To-Workshop” on Saturday, August 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at all stores. The classes promote tool safety for kids ages 5 to 12, as well as encourage some quality time between parent and child. The August project (click on the Kids Workshops tab) is a Chalkboard Door Hanger. Paint and stickers are provided for the kiddos to customize their creation. All participants not only take home their craft, but receive a FREE orange apron (a mini-version of what Home Depot associates wear) and a pin. Kids Workshop activities are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please don’t arrive before 9 a.m. Reservations are requested, but not required, as they are used just to ensure they have enough craft kits. Click on Register next to the project, then find the store nearest you.

$20 Tickets for Tinariwen at Gothic Theatre

music notes jazzTinariwen has variously been described as the “most compelling of any band” (Songlines), “the most rock ‘n roll of them all” (The Irish Times), “hard-bitten” (Slate.com) and “dramatic” (The Independent). The group performs in concert at the Gothic Theater on Wednesday, August 12. Through this VOICE Daily Deal, you can get a tickets to the concert for just $20 (a savings of 47%). Over the past seven years, the group have played over 700 concerts in Europe, North America, Japan and Australia. Their name has graced the bills of most of the worlds premier rock and world music festivals including Glastonbury, Coachella, Roskilde, Paleo, Les Vieilles Charrues, WOMAD and Printemps de Bourges. Their 2004 CD Amassakoul (The Traveller) and its follow-up in 2007 Aman Iman (Water Is Life), have established them as one of the most popular and best selling African groups on the planet. 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.

National Western Site of Denver County Fair

DenverCountyFair15There’s no better place to combine city convenience and country Colorado than the National Western Complex. It’s the site of the annual Denver County Fair, whose 15 interlocking indoor themed pavilions hold activities, attractions, demos, shows and competition for all ages. Hours are Friday, July 31, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a crazy mash up of urban homesteading, backyard farming, arts and crafts, local foods, zombies and cat shows. Pie baking and eating, wine and beer tastings, a flea circus, unicorn rides and Top Hogs, an amazing pig agility show are highlights. The super-popular Kids Pavilion includes the 4-H Pavilion and an indoor playground area with more bounce houses and inflatables. Three-day admission, including all stage entertainment is included in the price of $10 per adult, $5 per kid 12 and under and senior 65 and older, and $25 for a family of four for all three days if you buy tickets online. Adults pay $12 at the door. Parking is $8 per day. 4655 Humboldt St., Denver.

Lots Free at Boulder County Fair

fairIt is county fair season on Colorado’s Front Range. The Boulder County Fair, at 146 years Colorado’s oldest, from Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 9 continues the spirit of old-time Western fun and entertainment. The parade through downtown Longmont from Roosevelt Park and Eighth Avenue begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 1. The fair’s slogan is “Kickin Up Some Fun.” The fun includes carnival rides, Western and Mexican rodeo, petting zoo, livestock barns, truck & tractor pulls, ballet on horseback, concerts and much more. Parking and gate admission are both FREE, with most special events fee-based, ranging from $5 to $15 for adults. Click here for a schedule. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont, 720-864-6460.