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35 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Denver This Weekend

DenverSkylineIf you’re looking for frugal fun 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 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! To keep up with the latest deals, discounts and FREE events in the Denver/Boulder area, sign-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…

52 Gift Card Promos & Bonuses

gift-cardOnce again, gift cards are at the top of many people’s wish list this holiday season. (There’s just something about being able to splurge on exactly what you want that’s fun, right?) Gift cards are always an efficient and convenient way to shop for the holidays. Best of all, it pays to give gift cards because of the many bonus offers, this time of year. Our elves (a.k.a Laura and Bryan) have been on the hunt for weeks now and they’ve compiled a list of all the promos they could find. Some are available online or in-store only, while others are available both online and in-store. Most of the gift card offers end December 31. Click here to read more…

Kids Free at Toy Train Show This Weekend

Grown men become little boys again at the Rocky Mountain Toy Train Show on Saturday & Sunday, November 29 & 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Denver Mart. This popular show features 2.5 acres of toy trains, 30 operating model railroads, a marketplace with more than 600 tables, hands-on exhibits, Kids Corner, demonstrations and workshops. Admission is $9 for both days. Kids under the age of 12 and military/scouts in uniform enter FREE. Save on admission by using this coupon for $1 off tickets. Denver Mart, 451 East 58th Ave., Denver.

City Floral’s Holiday Opening House Savings

Established in 1911, City Floral is the oldest remaining greenhouse in Denver.  The full service garden center holds its annual Holiday Open House from November 28 to 30 with 15% off everything in the store including poinsettias, cyclamen, fresh cut trees, wreaths and garlands and tree ornaments. Bring the family in for FREE hot chocolate, cider and snacks while you shop, plus after 2 p.m. they break out the wine. You can even shop during Open House to receive the discount and pick up live merchandise from will call later in the season. This place has it all: indoor blooming plants, houseplants, orchids, annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, roses, herbs and vegetables, seeds, and bulbs. Open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1440 Kearney Street, Denver, 303-399-1177.

BOGO Beverage at Peet’s Coffee & Tea

coffee cup 1If Starbucks isn’t your “cup of coffee”, you might want to give Peet’s Coffee & Tea a sip this weekend. The Berkley, California-based coffee chain is offering a FREE beverage with the purchase of one (of equal or lesser value), through Sunday, November 30. (No bottle beverages included.) The offer requires this coupon, which you can print or show on your mobile device. Die-hard fans, or “Peetniks” (as they’re better known), claim it’s better than Starbucks. However, unlike their ubiquitous competitor, Peet’s Coffee & Tea only has 3 cafés in Colorado – Boulder, Centennial and Denver.

Black Friday: Save $5 at Olive Garden After 4 p.m.

After a full day of shopping, who wants to go home and cook? No one! TItalyoday, Friday, November 28, you can save a few bucks at Olive Garden. After 4 p.m., save $5 on two dinner entrées. For the savings, just print the coupon here. One coupon per table. It’s not the biggest savings, but it will probably cover your tip.

Tokyo Joe’s: BOGO on Black Friday

Tokyo JoesIf you need a break from shopping, you’ll appreciate the healthy savings from Tokyo Joe’s today, Black Friday. They’re offering a buy-one-get-one FREE special today, Friday, November 28 – purchase any bowl, salad or 8-piece sushi and get a second one for FREE (of equal or lesser value.) The offer is for Addict Club members exclusively and for dine-in or to-go. If you’re not a member of Tokyo Joe’s Addict Club, you can sign-up online… it’s quick, easy and FREE.

Free JW Marriott Denver Holiday Trunk Shows

fashion showLet’s be clear from the start. A “trunk show” is not an event featuring a bunch of suitcases. Instead it is a small sales event designed to show merchandise to customers. The JW Marriott Denver, Second Home Kitchen + Bar and Cherry Creek North are hosting four Pop-Up Holiday Trunk Shows in the JW lobby. Each Friday event features a handful of local merchants including O2, Title Nine, Dan Sharp Luxury Outerwear, Eccentricity, Simply Moore Makeup Artistry and Inspyre Boutique. Shows are FREE from 9 a.m. to noon on the following Fridays: November 28, December 5, December 12 and December 19. Drop in any time to see some of the latest fashions and accessories. 150 Clayton Lane, Denver.

Annual Farolito Lighting at The Fort

Christmas treeOn Sunday, November 30, the Tesoro Cultural Center again celebrates its Southwestern tradition of lighting the farolitos – paper lanterns – and burning pinecones in the courtyard of The Fort Restaurant. The festivities usher in the holiday season and honor a member of the community who has enlightened the minds and souls of others. This year’s honoree is Dr. Alexa Roberts, Superintendent of the National Park Service Sand Creek Massacre site and Bent’s Old Fort, for her efforts in uniting the tribes involved in the Sand Creek Massacre, 150 years ago, with education and understanding in order to inspire healing. This event, which is FREE and open to the public, features live music, complimentary apple cider, coffee and biscochitos provided by The Fort.

Free Valet Parking in Cherry Creek North

ParkingSymbolIn an effort to attract customers after the mess that was made by road construction at the intersection of Josephine and University (and all the other ongoing building projects in the district), Cherry Creek North is offering FREE valet parking beginning Friday, November 28 and continuing every Thursday to Saturday in December from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking will be FREE for up to two hours with proof-of-purchase from a Cherry Creek North store or restaurant. There are two drop off locations: Fillmore Plaza (Fillmore Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues) on the west side of the street and Josephine Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues on the east side of the street. And, if you spend a lot of time in Cherry Creek North consider this deal. Receive a FREE $5 ParkSmart Denver parking card for every ParkSmart gift card purchased. ParkSmart cards can be used at any CCN ParkSmart parking meter and can be bought online, in-person (299 Milwaukee St., Ste. 201), or over the phone by calling 303-394-2904. MHOTC Tip: Break up your purchase into multiple smaller values so you can maximize the number of bonus cards.

Harkins Theatres: Free Loyalty Cup With T-Shirt Buy

movies 2For movie fanatics, this deal is poppin’! Harkins Northfield 18 is once again offering its annual Loyalty Cup and T-Shirt promo. The program rewards frequent moviegoers with FREE popcorn and “cheap” soft drinks every time they go to the movies at the theatre in 2015. For $5.25, purchase a 2015 Loyalty Cup and sip on $1.50 soft drink refills. For $25, purchase a 2015 Loyalty T-Shirt and munch on a FREE medium popcorn. (Black Friday Deal: Today, Friday, November 28, they’re offering a FREE cup with the purchase of a t-shirt. The bargain requires this voucher and can only be redeemed at the theatre from noon to 6 p.m.) The savings are in the numbers: If you get just two FREE popcorns every month (24 total), you’ll end up saving about $125 by year’s end. Of course, the more you go, the more you save. Plus, the sooner you buy it, the more you can use it next year. Obviously, to get the offers, you must bring your cup or wear your t-shirt to the theatre…or, better yet, both for the best deal. 8300 E. Northfield Blvd., Denver, 720-374-3118.

Buy Home Furnishings, IKEA Buys Your Meal

If you were planning to buy some home furnishings at IKEA, consider doing so this big shopping weekend. Dine in the IKEA Restaurant and deduct your restaurant receipt (eaten the same day) total from any home furnishings purchase of $100 or more (before taxes.) The deal is valid today, Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30. Here’s how it works: 1.) Purchase your meal in the restaurant; 2.) Receive a coupon with your receipt; and 3.) Give your coupon and receipt to the cashier at check-out and receive the total amount of your meal deducted from your purchase of $100 or more in home furnishings. Limit one restaurant receipt per store discount. Plus, the restaurant purchase must be consumed on the premises. (The offer isn’t valid for Bistro or Swedish Food Market purchases.) IKEA is at I-25 and County Line Rd. Plus, all soft toys are 50% off from Friday, November 28 to Sunday, November 30. Finally, get 50% off all Swedish Food Market products on Black Friday with a store purchase of $100 in home furnishings.

Extra 25% Off Any LivingSocial Deal

Dollar sign buttonLivingSocial is holding a special Black Friday Doorbuster deal that gets you an extra 25% off any deal – that means anywhere on the site (up to a maximum discount of $50). That includes show tickets, spa or salon treatments, activities and more. The 25% off promo code is ONLY good from 6 p.m. Mountain Time on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27 until noon on Friday, November 28. After that, you can still get 15% off any deal through 9:59 p.m. MST on Thursday. Here’s how to get the extra discount: Go to LivingSocial. Find the deal you want. Click the “Buy Now” button. Then, click on “Redeem Promo Code” during the checkout process. Enter promo code SKIPTHELINES and click on “Apply”. The amount of the savings will be reflected on the final purchase confirmation page. The code may be used only once per account.

This Week’s Holiday Craft Markets, Shows & Fairs

The weekend after Thanksgiving is usually reserved for Black Friday shoppers. But if you’d rather seek out unusual gifts and not fight the crowds, you’ll find a few holiday craft fairs. Our page devoted to upcoming holiday craft shows, markets and fairs in the Denver/Boulder area, includes an interactive map, which can help you find the events close to home (and just keep you from getting lost in pursuit of bargains). As always, we call out some of our favorite picks. The Arvada Center Holiday Craft Fair is a post-Thanksgiving tradition for many. The curated sale is back to two days (Friday & Saturday) this year and entry is $5. The Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock hosts a Holiday Fair & Artisan Show on Saturday (note that Santa will be in attendance) and if you are in Boulder, stop by the Firefly Handmade Market. Check out our Holiday Craft Shows page for more details on these and other sales. And if you know of any upcoming holiday craft shows, email details to info@milehighonthecheap.com.

Botanic Gardens Light Up For Holidays

Holiday LightsIt may seem strange to visit the Denver Botanic Gardens at night, but with the addition of colorful lights at both the gardens and farm, it is a dazzling way to celebrate the holiday season. Blossoms of Light at the main Botanic Gardens features a tunnel of twinkling lights, a brand new path and a fire pit at the Hive Garden Bistro. Colorful lights turn the Japanese Garden, South African Plaza, Cottonwood Border, Shady Lane and other gardens into magical winter landscapes. Strolling carolers perform on select evenings. You can also buy roasted nuts, sweet treats and hot beverages. Trail of Lights at the Chatfield location offers a more rustic, but just as amazing experience. The 1880s Hildebrand Ranch homestead is decorated in a vintage Colorado Christmas theme. The barn and antique tractors are also illuminated, along with the children’s play area and tree house that are synchronized to holiday music. There’s a warming hut, free hayrides and live entertainment on select evenings. You can also buy treats and hot drinks. Trail of Lights is open Thanksgiving weekend (November 28 to 30), then both locations are open Friday, December 5 to Thursday, January 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. This includes Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Tickets for non-peak days (November 28-30 at Chatfield and December 5 to 13, both locations) is $10/adults, $8/senior (65+), student or military, $7/child (ages 3-12). Denver Botanic Gardens members get a $2 per ticket discount. Peak admission from December 14 to January 1 is $12/adults, $10/senior, student, military and $9/child. Entry is free for children age 2 and younger.