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25 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Denver This Weekend

DenverSkylineBored on a budget? You’ve come to the right place! Mile High On The Cheap is the answer for Coloradans wanting to live large for less. And our community has it all “on the cheap” — entertainment, concerts, festivals, movies, workshops, tours, sporting events and more. Let us do the work for you! Keep up with the latest deals, discounts and FREE events in the Denver/Boulder area by signing up for our daily e-newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. (If you know of any upcoming weekend events, send them to info@milehighonthecheap.com.) Here are our top picks for FREE and cheap things to do this weekend: Click here to read more…

King Soopers Free Friday: Sara Lee Bread

KingSoopers-logoEvery Friday, King Soopers offers a digital coupon for a FREE product, which you download to your SooperCard. Today, Friday, April 29, it’s a FREE loaf of Sara Lee Artesano sandwich bread (20-oz.) How does it work? 1.) Visit the “Free Friday Download” page every Friday. 2.) 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 favorite King Soopers and the digital coupon will be automatically applied at checkout. Don’t forget to add the item to your weekly grocery list!

Enter For Movie Pass: ‘Green Room’

Green Room is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band. MHOTC readers can enter to win a FREE pass for two to see the film during its Denver run at various AMC theaters. For your chance to score some passes, email AlliedIMDenver@gmail.com. Entry deadline is end of day on Sunday, May 1. Winners will be notified on Monday, May 2. with screening instructions and how to redeem their two tickets.

Meet Author and Downsizing Expert Marni Jameson

HouseThose who avidly follow nationally-syndicated home design columnist Marni Jameson (she writes the “Inside Story” column every Saturday for the Denver Post), know she is both funny and wise as she lets us peer into her life and family. Jameson recently released a new book Downsizing the Family Home – What to Save, What to Let Go, which guides readers through the process, from opening that first closet, to sorting through a lifetime’s worth of possessions, to selling the homestead itself. You can meet Marni at two FREE local events. On Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., she gives a talk and book signing at Barnes & Noble in Lone Tree (8374 S. Willow St.). On Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. she’ll be at the Denver Public Library Schlessman Branch (100 Poplar St. in the Lowry neighborhood, Denver). Throughout the book, she combines her “been-there” experience with insights from national experts – antiques appraisers, garage-sale gurus, professional organizers, and psychologists – to offer practical advice so you know with certainty what to keep, toss or sell.

IKEA Restaurant: Delicious Giveaways & Specials All Weekend

ikeaIKEA in Centennial is celebrating its newly remodeled restaurant by offering up three days of delicious deals and giveaways. Today, Friday, April 29, the first 100 people in line at 5 p.m. receive a mystery envelope with food and gift card prizes up to $100. (Plus, the first 50 FAMILY members get a gift bag filled with IKEA goodies.) Then, on Saturday, April 30, the first 30 people in line at 9:30 a.m. will receive an IKEA goodie bag filled with treats from the Swedish Food Market. The next 100 people in line will receive a mystery envelope with food and gift card prizes up to $100. Finally, on Sunday, May 1, the first 100 people in line at 9:30 a.m. receive a mystery envelope with food and gift card prizes up to $100. Of course, you can’t celebrate a “new” restaurant without food specials. Click here to read more…

Sprouts Farmers Market: 3-Day Sale

SaleRedSprouts Farmers Market is holding a 72-Hour Sale today, Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1. The sale includes the following items: whole seedless watermelon for 10¢ (per pound), jumbo navel oranges for 34¢ (per pound), raw almonds for $4.99 (per pound), Sprouts coconut water for $1 (17.5-oz.), farm-fresh pork baby back ribs for $2.99 (per pound), Tillamook yogurt for 34¢ (6-oz.), Sprouts shredded cheese for $2 (8-oz.), extra-large wild gulf shrimp for $6.99 (per pound) and dried cranberries for $1.99 (per pound.) Plus, they’re offering protein powder at 25% off (select varieties and sizes) for the 3 days. There are 29 locations in Colorado.

See ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’ $1 at Sie FilmCenter

Join film critic Howie Movshovitz at the next Tattered Cover Film Series presentation, Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m. for Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, the 1983 film by Nagisa Oshima. The title is misleading as this is in no way a holiday flick. Set in a World War II Japanese prison camp, the film centers on the hatred between the Japanese commander and a British officer (played by the late David Bowie). It screens in the Sie FilmCenter, next door to the Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue. Tickets are $1 and are available one hour before showtime, first-come, first-served. 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver; 720-381-0813.

AMC Theatres: See “Purple Rain” For $5.49

Movies, movie, filmWe simply can’t believe the Purple One is gone. It seems the whole world turned purple in the last week and is mourning his loss. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate his life than seeing his iconic film “Purple Rain.” (Bryan is a huge fan — read about his chance encounters with PRINCE here.) Through May 5, AMC Theatres is bringing back the 80’s flick to the big screen at AMC Arapahoe Crossing 16, AMC Highlands Ranch 24 and AMC Westminster Promenade 24. Tickets are just $5.49 each. The movie is playing at other theaters, but many are one-time screenings and sold out. In other cases, tickets were much more expensive. AMC Theatres offered the most screenings at the best value. For locations and times, click here. I only wanted to see you laughing in the Purple Rain

Starbucks Happy Hour: 50% Off Frappuccinos

StarbucksOnce again, Starbucks is celebrating spring afternoons with some sweet savings. (BONUS: Starbucks Rewards Gold members get to sip on the savings a week early from Thursday, April 28 to Monday, May 2 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Remember, if you make or made just one purchase with a registered Starbucks card or its app through May 2, you get automatic Gold status for one year.) From Tuesday, May 3 to Sunday, May 15, purchase any Frappuccino blended beverage for 50% off from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. — open to all customers, regardless of how you pay. (Gold members, again, get a bonus — an extra hour. For them, the promo runs until 6 p.m. You just must pay with a registered card or its app.) It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy its back-by-popular-demand S’mores Frappuccino, as well as its scrumptious Birthday Cake Frappuccino. Both flavors are available for a limited time. The sweet deal is valid at participating locations, including most cafés located within other retail or grocery stores.

Boulder SpringFest This Weekend

ArtistWithEaselBoulder gets into the swing of spring (and ushers in the arts & crafts season) with the annual Boulder SpringFest on Saturday & Sunday, April 30 & May 1 on the Pearl Street Mall. More than 100 artists and crafters are expected to set up booths along four blocks. Live musical performances and buskers will keep crowds entertained. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days from the 1100 to the 1400 block of Pearl St., Boulder.

Cinco de Mayo Carnival in Centennial

Cinco de MayoThe great thing about Cinco de Mayo is you can celebrate it a few days early and no one seems to mind. A Cinco de Mayo Carnival is planned for Sunday, May 1 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Bethany E. Free Church. Admission is FREE and includes live music, carnival games, a bounce house, entertainment, salsa contest and Mexican food. Proceeds benefit North Littleton Promise and its summer programs for elementary and middle school students. 6240 S. Broadway, Centennial.

Rx: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

It’s never a good idea to keep expired or unused prescriptions around the house, but what do you do with them? Well, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30 offers an opportunity to safely discard them for FREE. Bring any over-the-counter or prescription medication for proper disposal to any one of the drop-off sites throughout the Front Range from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find sites by clicking on the “Find a Collection Site” link on the event website. However, the following items cannot be accepted: needles & sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances and pressurized canisters.

Exploration Rewarded at Lookout Mountain Nature Center

JeffCo Open Space-logoConnecting with the natural world is easy in Colorado. All you have to do is head east to the plains or west into the mountains. Lookout Mountain Nature Center (LMNC) really has it all. This mountain-top oasis offers gentle hiking trails past ponderosa pines and through meadows. Some 134 acres provide habitat for black bears, mountain lions, bobcats, mule deer and elk. Wildflowers abound in warmer months, while peace prevails on snowy winter days. The 1.4 miles of trails are open to hikers, snowshoers and cross country skiers. Here, education is key. The Center offers a variety of nature programs with topics that explore the diversity and richness of the foothills. Discover wildlife, plants, geology, astronomy and more. FREE programs take place in a variety of Jefferson County Open Space parks including the Hiwan Homestead Museum, throughout the year. You can find and download a full list of upcoming programs here. All programs require advance registration and are FREE unless otherwise noted. Registration opens one month in advance of a program. May highlights include: “Spring Wildflowers Hike” (ages 10 to adult) on Sunday, May 1 at 10 a.m. at Hildebrand Ranch. “May Birds at Lair ‘o the Bear” (adults only) on Saturday, May 7 or Saturday, May 15 at 7:30 a.m. “Preschool Nature Nuts” – Wednesday & Thursday, May 11 & 12 or Saturday, May 14, times vary (ages 3-5 with an adult) at LMNC. “Superstition and the Stars” – a night of storytelling on Friday, May 13 at 8:30 p.m. at Hildebrand Ranch. “JCOS Nature Journal Club: Sketching Rock Formations” (all ages) on Saturday, May 21 at Alderfer/Three Sisters from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Full Moon Hike” (adults only) on Saturday, May 21 at Mount Falcon West Trailhead at 8:30 p.m.

Free Shakespeare After-Fest at DCPA

ShakespeareAll the world may be a stage, but the Denver Performing Arts Complex becomes its own stage for the Shakespeare After-Fest on Friday, April 29. Following the Denver Public Schools Shakespeare Festival (a full day of young thespians performing Shakespearean scenes), the DCPA brings together arts organizations to salute one of the world’s greatest playwrights. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. local musicians, performers and painters will use Shakespeare’s works for inspiration. No pence needed for entry — it’s FREE. Hear music from DeVotchKa’s Tom Hagerman, as well as the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, watch mini performances from The Catamounts, The Black Actors Guild, DCPA’s Off-Center and Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, Stories on Stage and PHAMALY. See canvas capture the Bard as artists paint Shakespearean-inspired art live in real-time. For more information, call 893-4100.

East Boulder County Artists’ Studio Tour

Twenty-five East Boulder County Artists open their studios for FREE visits on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 & May 1. The annual self-guided studio tour is a fine opportunity to introduce yourself and your family to real artists and their real workplaces, to see their latest creations and perhaps buy pieces directly. Some artists will be demonstrating their techniques so you can see them at work. Certain studios will house visiting artists, so there are a total of 15 stops in Longmont, Erie, Lafayette and Louisville. From the organization’s website, you can click to download a list of pickup locations for this year’s tour brochure and map or download directly.