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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

CHUN People’s Fair Returns to Civic Center Park

The annual CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair takes over Civic Center Park on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a schedule packed full of FREE entertainment – 80+ local bands – on four stages, a wine pavilion, children’s activities and countless vendors of food and arts & crafts. Click here to read more…

Read Your Way To Prizes in JeffCo

As the days grow longer and the nights warmer, summer is a great time to sit down with a good book. If you or your children are looking for a fun and exciting way to spend the hotter months, look no further than Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, running through July 31. Everyone gets a “starting line” gift for registering. Start reading toward your goal and you’ll win a prize when you’re halfway there. Complete your reading goal to win a finisher prize. Pick up prizes at your library while supplies last. Among the freebies: water bottles, coupons from McDonald’s and Chipotle, and, of course, books.

Rock & Rails in Niwot’s Whistle Stop Park

musicianHere’s another concert series to add to your list. Rock & Rails in Niwot’s Whistle Stop Park at 1st and Murray takes place on Thursday evenings through August 25 with food vendors, artisans, kids’ activities and a swell beer/wine/margarita garden. Happy Hour in the park runs from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., with drink specials. The evening’s Headliner plays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Here’s the line-up: June 2 – Something Underground, June 9 – The Goonies, June 16 – Sammy Mayfield Blues Revue, June 23 – Last Men On Earth, June 30 – Hermonious, July 7 – The Rebecca Folsom Band, July 14 – Regi Wooten – The Teacha, July 21 – Cody Qualls, July 28 – Chris Daniels and the Kings, August 4 – The Hazel Miller Band, August 11 – Message In A Bottle, August 18 – FACE, August 25 – The Long Run.

Free Concert in Lakewood To Support Young Musicians

MusicMusic can help a child in so many ways, but instruments and lessons cost money. Often the kids who need the gift of music find it out of reach. That’s where the Music Appreciation Project (MAP) comes in. The organization was created by a small group of area musicians. The goal: to bring music into the lives of young people with the interest, but not the means, to follow their musical dreams. A benefit concert to help at-risk youth obtain musical equipment is planned for Friday, June 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rockley Music. The showcase is FREE, as is wine and snacks, though donations are welcome. Local professional musicians, as well as talented young players will perform. This way audiences get the chance to hear many of the kids who have benefited from donated instruments and lessons. Questions? Email MusicApPro@gmail.com. 8555 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood.

Evergreen Lake Summer Concert Series

instruments musicEvergreen Lake is home to a FREE concert series on Wednesday nights throughout the summer. The open-air concerts, with the rustic log-hewn Lake House as a backdrop, run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every other Wednesday and feature a variety of music from jazz to rock. Concert-goers can bring their own picnics of buy food and drink from local vendors. Here’s the schedule: June 1 – Moors and McCumber, June 15 – The Long Run, June 29 – Lipbone Redding, July 13 – Hosty Duo, July 27 – Jake Worthington, August 10 – Gipsy Moon and August 24 – Tunisia. Note that parking is limited so you are encouraged to carpool and/or park at a satellite lot (Wulf Rec Center or Christ the King Roman Catholic Church) and take a FREE shuttle. No glass bottles. Pets discouraged, but are permitted on leash.

Red Robin: Free “X-Men: Apocalypse” Movie Ticket

Red Robin logoThis is the perfect combo for a “cheap” night out — dinner and a FREE movie. Through Sunday, June 5, when you purchase a $25 limited-edition, movie-themed gift card at Red Robin, you’ll receive a code for a FREE ticket (up to $10) to see X-Men: Apocalypse. (You must redeem the code online and print your ticket by June 17. The ticket itself expires June 24.) You can purchase a gift card in the restaurant or online. If you’re purchasing $50 or more in gift cards, it’s wise to break it down into $25 increments to get more tickets. Plus, if your family dines at Red Robin often, why not “pre-pay” for a few meals and get FREE movie tickets in the process? There are 25 locations in Colorado. X-Men: Apocalypse is in theaters now.

Free Fan Fest for AMA National Motocross Race

motocrossThe world’s fastest motocross racers on the planet are headed to Lakewood for the AMA National Motocross race at Thunder Valley Motocross Park. Race tickets run about $40, but motocross fans can meet the racers for FREE on Friday, June 3 during Fan Fest 2016 at Sun Enterprises, Colorado’s largest motorcycle dealer. Festivities run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with riders signing autographs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Top motocross riders from Kawasaki, Honda and KTM will be on hand, including their satellite teams. To accommodate the expected 4,000+ fans, Pearl St. in front of the dealership will be closed. Get your photo taken on a hanging back flip bike, “stick it” to the Velcro wall, try to wheelie a motorcycle, explore a vintage MX bike collection and let the little ones enter Strider bike races. Talarico’s Italian Taste food truck will be on site. 8877 N. Washington, Thornton, 303-287-7566.

Free Summer Entertainment Series At Clement Park

Littleton’s Clement Park plays host to Foothills Entertainment Series of FREE evening concerts. Bring your family and friends to picnic in the park and enjoy this wide range of talent. Here’s this summer’s schedule: Thursday, June 2 — 7 p.m. Potcheen. Thursday, June 9 — 7 p.m. Moors & McCumber. Thursday, June 16 — 7 p.m. Rebecca Folsom. Thursday, June 23 — 7 p.m. Crystal Swing Band. Friday, July 1 — 5 p.m. Red, White & YOU featuring Wash Park Band. Thursday, July 14 — 7 p.m. Groove Nation Orchestra. Saturday, July 16 — 6 p.m. Denver Municipal Band Wind Festival. Thursday, July 21 — 7 p.m. Atomga. Thursday, July 28 — 7 p.m. My Blue Sky. Thursday, August 4 — 7 p.m. Music-Go-Round Youth Showcase. Clement Park is near the corner of Bowles & Pierce, Littleton. For more musical offerings, check out our Mile High Summer Concert Guide.

Summer Concert Series in Westminster

MusicThe city of Westminster stages six FREE concerts this summer. Concerts are presented at City Park Soccer Fields (10475 Sheridan Blvd.), Irving Street Library Park or Westminster Center Park (4801 W. 92nd Ave.). The 2016 schedule: June 2That Eighties Band, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at City Park. June 9Wash Park, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Irving Street. July 4Nacho Men, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at City Park. August 13Syndicate, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. followed by Daddy Blue, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. during Westy Fest at City Park. August 26Face, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Westminster Center Park.

50% Off Cheeseburgers at SONIC Drive-In

sonicToday, Tuesday, May 31, SONIC Drive-In is offering cheeseburgers at 50% off at participating locations. Prepared with 100% pure beef, cheese and fresh ingredients, each burger is made to order. (If you don’t like cheese, just order one without the cheese and you can still salivate over the savings.) At this price, everyone in your family can chomp on a “cheap” cheeseburger without breaking the bank. Limit 5 per person — must mention offer, when ordering. For locations, click here.

Regal Cinemas Ends Economy Pricing

Movies, movie, filmWe noticed the price change a few weeks ago, but could not confirm the change until now. Regal Cinemas quietly ended its Economy ticket pricing. The chain used to offer a discount for showings Monday through Thursday before 5 p.m. for movies that have been in release for, at least, 10 days. Now, all matinée tickets (excluding 3-D, IMAX and RPX, which are priced higher) are regular price — $9.79 for adults and $8.79 for seniors/children. (After 5 p.m., ticket prices increase by $2.) We don’t quite understand the reasons behind Regal’s changes (including the recent “improvements” to its loyalty program Regal Crown Club), given more and more people are staying home to watch movies. We love the movies, but it’s getting harder to find a reason to go with high ticket prices and the fact that most movies are mediocre. Note: As of now, Regal Cinemas will continue to offer its Value Days promo at Greenwood Plaza and Meadow Stadium on Sundays. Let’s hope it’s not on the chopping block anytime soon.

Free Summer Music in Downtown Boulder

Downtown Boulder comes to its popular summer music series. Bands on the Bricks takes place every Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. through August 13 with danceable music and a beer/wine/margarita garden beginning at 5:30 p.m. Here’s the line-up: June 1 – Euforquestra, June 8 – The Railsplitters, June 15 – That Eighties Band, June 22 – Zyzzyx, June 29 – Hazel Miller Band, July 6 – Quemando, July 13 – Wandering Natives, July 20 – Judge Roughneck, July 27 – PJ Zahn, August 3 – The Wendy Woo Band. Festivities take place on the plaza in front of the courthouse in the heart of Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall, between 13th and 14th Sts., Boulder. For more information, call Downtown Boulder at 303-449-3774. For more musical events, check out our Mile High Summer Concert Guide.

Get Ready to Be Inspired at Lakewood Arts Week

For 10 days Lakewood plans to encourage residents to experience the city’s heritage, culture and the arts. INSPIRE Arts Week Lakewood runs from Wednesday, June 1 through Sunday, June 12 with more than 30 free and discounted events. Don’t miss First Friday on June 3, when the nine artist-owned galleries of Belmar’s Block 7 open their doors to visitors. Rockley Music on W. Colfax Ave. will hold two FREE concerts: Clawhammer Bluegrass Band on Sunday, June 5 and The Resonators from Spaceman Guitars on Tuesday, June 7. A Rockin’ Block Party is planned for Saturday, June 11 at the Lakewood Heritage Center (801 S. Yarrow St.). From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., enjoy FREE museum tours, games, a concert by Chris Daniels & the Kings, beer garden and a family-friendly movie “The Sandlot” under the stars. Other events include interactive arts demonstrations, art walks, concerts, theater performances, and more. For a complete list of events and fees check out the INSPIRE Arts week website.

Lowe’s Build & Grow Free Kids Clinic

Lowes BuildGrowWe’re now publishing these on the day registration opens as they fill quickly. Here’s a great way to keep bored kids busy (and we don’t mean sitting in front of the TV or some video game.) Lowe’s holds FREE Build & Grow Clinics throughout the year. The next one is being held on Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. At this workshop children will get to use kid-friendly tools, glue, stickers and other neat stuff to craft a wooden Captain America action figure. All participants receive a FREE apron, goggles, a project-themed patch and certificate of merit upon completion. You must preregister for these workshops. Classes fill quickly, so register as soon as possible. Sign up is easy — just select a clinic and how many will attend. Then, enter your zip code and select a store. Finally, enter your e-mail and attendee(s) name(s).

BOGO Coupon for Colorado Renaissance Festival

The 40th annual Colorado Renaissance Festival & Artisans Marketplace opens on June 11. Pick up a “buy one, get one FREE” coupon at participating Colorado Wendy’s for adult tickets on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 only. We found our red and white coupon on top of the tray return/trash disposal, but some may be at the order counter or ask one of the staffers. Regular Gate Admission prices are $22 for ages 13 and older, $10 for ages 5-12, and FREE for age 4 and under. The festival’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., rain or shine, weekends through August 7. There’s plenty of FREE parking. No pets, outside food or beverages are allowed. 650 W. Perry Park Ave., Larkspur, 303-688-6010.