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Starbucks Pours BOGO Fall Beverages

StarbucksWe don’t know exactly why, but Starbucks and fall weather always seem like a perfect fit. (Okay, maybe it’s the Pumpkin Spice Lattes and other autumn beverages on the menu!) It’s even more comforting and soothing, when it’s a bargain. Today, Wednesday, September 17 to Sunday, September 21, the ever-present café is offering a buy-one-get-0ne FREE promo on select fall drinks (hot or iced) from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Choose from a Pumpkin Spice Latte, Teavana, Oprah Chai Tea Latte or Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino and get a second one (of equal or lesser value) with its compliments. The “cheap” afternoon break is available at participating locations.

Rock Out with Arapahoe Library District

rock guitar musicAs we have said time and again, the most valuable card in your wallet is your library card. This 21st century community center offers much more than just books – 3D printers, recording studios, workshops, job search help, free DVD rentals and more. So when is the last time you walked into your local library? To celebrate all that libraries offer, the Arapahoe Library District is throwing a BIG party. Libraries Rock! is Saturday, September 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Centennial Center Park. The FREE event is headlined by 6 Million Dollar Band playing those memorable 80′s favorites. Pre-concert entertainment includes a performance by the Taiko with Toni drummers, face painting, a bubble machine, a stilt walker and more. Local food trucks will be on site to satisfy any hunger pangs. 13050 E. Peakview Ave., Centennial.

3 Ways to Save on Colorado Fall Home Show Tickets

The Colorado Fall Home Show is coming to the Colorado Convention Center with ideas for remodeling, rebuilding, refreshing and renewing your home with a timely focus on the newest products and services for increasing energy efficiency. Many of the 300 exhibitors offer FREE stuff, prize drawings and discounts for new customers from show contacts. FREE workshops and seminars are sprinkled throughout the show weekend. Adult tickets are $10, and there are three ways to save $2 on admission: be 60 or older, bring in a non-perishable food item to donate or buy discount entry at TicketWest inside King Soopers. Additionally, kids under 12  get in FREE. The show takes place Friday and Saturday, September 19 & 20, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, September 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Remember that downtown parking is FREE on Sundays.

Free Fall Fest on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall

Downtown Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall kicks into festival mode once again for this weekend’s Fall Fest. Admission and live entertainment are FREE, including the popular Funkiphino on Friday evening. Peruse more than 30 artisans’ booths, and visit Mall merchants also offering Fall Fest specials. Two big attractions flank the county courthouse on the 1300 block: the Avery Beer Tent on 13th for adults and the Children’s Carnival rides on 14th. On Friday evening, $15 buys unlimited rides (except for the WoW Bubbles attraction); on Saturday and Sunday, ride and game tickets are $1 each or 22 for $20. Most rides require 1 to 3 tickets. Hours are Friday, September 19, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, September 20, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, September 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking in downtown garages is FREE on Saturdays and Sundays.

King Soopers: 39¢ Yogurt & 88¢ Raspberries

KingSoopers-logoWe don’t often highlight just one or two grocery deals. However, when they’re this good, we just have to share it with you. Through Tuesday, September 23, get a single Private Selection Greek yogurt for just 39¢ (reg. $1.39, 5.3-oz.) at King Soopers. There are several flavors from which to choose, including raspberry-cranberry, blueberry, amber honey, strawberry and lemon. However, you must purchase in multiples of four to get the discount. There is a limit of four rewards (“buy 4, save $4″) per transaction, so the most you can buy in a single order is 16. And what’s better on yogurt than some berries? They’re also selling raspberries for just 88¢ (reg. $4.99, 6-oz.) Of course, both sale prices require a SooperCard.

Save 44% On Fast Pass to 13th Floor Haunted House

haunted house HalloweenSometimes we’re horrified at the ticket prices for haunted houses. However, we found some not-so-scary savings on one of the most popular haunted houses in town. The legendary 13th Floor Haunted House, located in Denver on Brighton Blvd., is the one of the oldest and best, with 13 floors full of scares and surprises. The attraction is a 25,000 square foot haunted house teeming with creepy animatronics and truly horrifying entertainment. (According to USA Today, it’s “one of the best 13 haunted house attractions in the U.S.”) You can buy a Fast Pass for $22 (reg. $39) through Groupon — a savings of 44%. The pass allows you to skip the general admission line for faster access to the frights — about a third of the usual wait time. You can purchase one ticket for yourself and one more as a gift. The voucher expires November 2. (Note: The voucher cannot be redeemed on October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 or 31.) Boo!

Art Night Out in Lafayette This Friday

Bonnie and the Clydes brings the sounds of bluegrass and country to Lafayette’s Festival Plaza during the next Art Night Out in downtown Lafayette on Friday, September 19. Art Night Out features artist booths, an art walk, Arty’s Creation Station – a children’s art booth, kids activities (including a balloon twister, magician and face painting), food trucks and an expanded beer & wine garden. Downtown Lafayette hosts five FREE Art Night Out events this summer. At each you’ll find a map at Festival Plaza detailing special offers from local businesses. Activities get going at 5 p.m. and continue to 9 p.m. Bands play at the Festival Plaza from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. 309 S. Public Rd. (intersection of Public & Chester Rd.) Lafayette.

Unique Boutique Craft Show Features 70+ Artisans

Autumn doesn’t “officially” begins until the 22nd, but a true sign that we’re heading into fall is the appearance of craft shows. One of the first on the schedule: Unique Boutique Craft Show on Friday & Saturday, September 19 & 20. The FREE event features more than 70 artisans selling their handcrafted goods. Hours: Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 7691 S. University (University & Dry Creek, just south of King Soopers), Centennial, 303-794-9236.

Botanic Garden’s Bulb Sale

Shop now at the Denver Botanic Gardens’ annual Fall Plant and Bulb Sale for gorgeous blooms next spring. Thousands of bulbs and unique plants are available for your autumn planting pleasure. Hours are Friday, September 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, September 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Garden’s North parking lot. Admission to the sale is FREE and Botanic Gardens members get a 10% discounts off all purchases. Also on tap: expert advice and FREE educational sessions. Be sure to bring your own wagon to cart your purchases. 1007 York St., Denver, 720-865-3500.

Free Design Materials at Zero Landfill Denver

pencils against whiteZeroLandfill Denver hosts a unique recycling event, which allows the public to “shop” for FREE design materials they can use to improve their homes, create art or provide their students with unique art supplies. The next Harvest Day event is Friday, September 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ZeroLandfill Denver serves as a way for the local interior design industry to recycle expired samples such as fabric, tile, architectural glass, carpet, laminates and wallcovering. Artists, teachers and DIYers are regulars and stock up on new or gently used materials collected by interior designers and architects. This is a very popular event. So prepare to arrive early and wait up to an hour or more prior to opening. The last event saw 1,000+ people snag 17,000 pounds of materials. Also, if you are looking for tile, remember it is heavy, so bring some sort of cart or dolly. The Design Materials warehouse is at 10498 East 49th Ave., Denver.

Save 50-90% at Your Kids Closet Consignment Sale

The semi-annual Your Kids Closet Consignment Sale & Parents Expo is set for Sunday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Half-Price Sale Day) at Family Sports Center Sports Dome. Note the new location – a 45,000 square-foot space. Admission is $1, with special offers from the Family Sports Center to stay and play and the Fun Bus will be on the sales floor. Shoppers will find a huge selection of like-new, brand-name gear for babies, kids and expectant parents including infant and kids clothes, maternity clothes, nursery and kids furniture, high chairs, books, DVDs, strollers, sports equipment, toys, holiday wear and more. A Pre-Sale is Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets to this special event are $10 in advance if purchased online and $15 at the door. Family Sports Center is at 6959 S. Peoria St., Centennial.

Arrgh! Pirates Get Free Doughnuts at Krispy Kreme

Grab yer’ eye patch and swashbucklers and head to Krispy Kreme on Friday, September 19 for some sweet treasure. Any buccaneer who dares to enter a participating location talking like a pirate gets a FREE Original Glazed doughnut. If you’re feeling really adventurous, to anyone wearing full pirate attire goes a bounty of a FREE dozen Original Glazed doughnuts. Qualifying pirate costumes must include three or more of the following items: eye patch, pirate hat, bandana, peg leg, parrot on shoulder, pirate shirt/loose white shirt, knickers, leather belt, silver/gold necklaces and/or earrings, pirate hook, pointy black boots or ragged brown sandals. (For safety reasons, no weapons — fake or real – are allowed.) If you didn’t know, September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Hence, the sweet promotion. Alas, there are only two Front Range stores – 7514 Parkway Dr., Lone Tree, 303-649-9933 and 1051 E. 120th Ave., Thornton, 720-977-8555. Arrgh!

50% Off Energy Bowls at Jamba Juice

JambaJuiceYou’ll be bowled over by the delicious savings with this promo. Through Monday, September 22, enjoy one of Jamba Juice’s NEW Energy Bowls at 50% off. Energy Bowls can make a quick and nutritious breakfast, lunch or snack. Made to order, each one comes in a convenient on-the-go bowl and is a good source of Vitamin C. You can pick from three different categories of Energy Bowls — Acai (Acai Berry, Acai Primo and Tropical Acai); Fruit & Yogurt (Berry, Chunky Strawberry and Mango Peach); and Simply Greek Yogurt (Blueberry Banana and Strawberry.) The bargain bowl requires this coupon. The bowl is only available at participating locations with an expanded menu, so check first. (If you didn’t know, the bowls were test-marketed in Denver last year as “Wellness Bowls.”)

Free Breakfast Burrito at Taco John’s

FreeThere’s no better way to start your day than with a freebie. Taco John’s is celebrating its FREE Breakfast Day on Thursday, September 18 with a FREE meat and potato breakfast burrito — choose bacon or sausage. The bargain burrito is only available during breakfast hours (before 10 a.m.) at participating locations, no purchase necessary. Limit one per customer. There are several locations in Colorado. However, just one in Denver at 5810 Logan St., 720-889-1780. We called the Denver location several times for confirmation of participation, but never got an anwer — just voicemail. As with all promos, it’s often wise to call ahead, before making a special trip.

Oktoberfest Returns To Denver This Weekend

Th annual Denver Oktoberfest is so large it spans two weekends. This FREE salute to Bavarian heritage features authentic German beer and fare, crafts, music, dance, oom-pah-pah entertainment and more. It runs in the Ballpark Neighborhood Friday to Sunday, September 19 to 21 and September 26 to 28. Among the highlights: the annual bratwurst eating contest (September 27) pits locals against each other (all for charity) to see who can consume the most sausage in five minutes. The stein hoisting event challenges locals to see who can hold up two full 1.5 liter steins of beer for the longest period of time. And, of course, the popular Long Dog Derby (September 28) allows wiener dogs (dachshunds) to show of their racing skills. Festival hours are Friday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ballpark neighborhood encompasses Larimer Street from 20th to 22nd in downtown Denver. Prosit!