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50 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Denver This Weekend

Bored 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…

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema & DIA’s Free “Film on the Fly”

Airplane airline travelPack your bags for this new film series — not with clothes, but with snacks! Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Denver International Airport are teaming up to bring “Film on the Fly” to the airport. On Thursday, June 30, the movie series takes off with Top Gun at sunset. The event is FREE and open to the public. The fun-filled evening will take place at the new open-air plaza, connecting the Jeppesen terminal with the Westin Denver International Airport. New Sensation ‘80s tribute band will perform at 5 p.m. The Alamo will be giving away FREE food vouchers to the first 100 people for BBQ and a snow cone. Plus, there will be other giveaways, including Top Gun-style aviator sunglasses and movie prizes. In addition to a cash bar, food will be available for purchase. The series continues down the runway with E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial on August 18. Titles will be announced at later date for the final two screenings on October 20 and December 15. The series may be FREE, but what about parking? Parking at DIA ranges from $8 to $24. The University of Colorado A-Line train is $9 round trip from Union Station.

Loveland: Free “Movies on Main” Film Series

MoonAndStarsWho says summer film series are only limited to the big city? The Promenade Shops at Centerra (5971 Sky Pond Dr.) in Loveland is hosting a Friday night family film series — Movies on Main. Admission is FREE. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Here’s the line-up: July 1 – Hotel Transylvania 2; July 8 – Home; July 15The Good Dinosaur; July 22Kung Fu Panda 3; and July 29Cinderella. Movies start at around 9 p.m. in the main plaza. However, get there early for pre-show fun starting at 7 p.m.

Whole Foods Colorado Blvd. Cooks Up Summer Rolls

chef hatWhat says summer better than a recipe named after our favorite season? Chef Elizabeth Buckingham shows you how to make fresh, delicious Vietnamese summer rolls at Whole Foods Market Colorado Blvd on Wednesday, June 29 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Elizabeth will teach you how to customize summer rolls any way that suits. Once you learn the simple techniques for making these, you’ll enjoy this chill, no-cook meal all summer long. All participants receive an exclusive Whole Foods Market coupon to help you get started shopping. To register, stop by the Customer Service Desk or call 303-691-0101. 870 S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale.

Save $3 On Online Order at Panera Bread

Panera BreadWe’re always looking for deals, everywhere we go. We found this coupon code on the counter at Panera Bread yesterday. Through Thursday, June 30, get $3 off on an online Rapid Pick-up order of $6 or more. For the savings, use promo code RPUBC at checkout. Just like most restaurants nowadays, you can place an order online (or via the Panera Bread app), pay for it and have it waiting for you to pick-up at Panera Bread. Rapid Pick-Up orders are placed on designated shelves near the entrance with your name on it — just stop by and pick it up. It’s that easy! You must be logged into an active MyPanera account to receive the discount. Limit one redemption per MyPanera account. The offer is only valid online. And, according to the coupon details, “order must be placed with a credit card.” The savings may seem small, but it’s a big deal because the chain rarely offers any coupons or discounts.

Movie Sneak Preview: ‘The BFG’

Movies, movie, filmIn the new Disney film The BFG, 10-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all. MHOTC readers can attend an advance screening of the film in 3D on Tuesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. at a local theater. For your chance at a pass, please email AlliedIMDenver@gmail.com with your name and mailing address plus THE BFG – MILE HIGH ON THE CHEAP in the subject line for your entry to be valid. Entry deadline is Monday, June 27 at 10 a.m. Duplicate entries are NOT allowed and only one entry per household. Winners will be notified by email with screening details with instructions on picking up passes. If you are lucky enough to get one of the passes, be sure to arrive early as preview screenings are overbooked and seating is not guaranteed.

BMX Freestyle Bike Show at Erie Library

Ten-time X-Games veteran and author John Parker will wow crowds with a freestyle bicycle performance at the Erie Community Library on Tuesday, June 28 at 3 p.m. Enjoy spectacular stunts on the ground and in the air. John will also discuss and sign his book, “Whaddaya Want?” 400 Powers St., Erie, 1-888-861-7323.

50% Off Greek Dining at Axios Estiatorio

Dining restaurantGet thee to the Greek. One of the best Greek restaurants in town (at least according to Laura and crew who ate there during Denver Restaurant Week), Axios Estiatorio will make you feel like you are Zorba. Travelzoo has a new deal in which two people can get $40 worth of food and non-alcoholic drinks for $20. Order anything off the menu such as moussaka, gyros, lamb shank or ribs (yum!) and the traditional baklava. A group of four can also get $80 worth of food for $39. This deal is for dinner on Sunday through Thursday nights. Tax and gratuity are not included. Vouchers are good through September 15. 3901 Tennyson St. Denver, 720-328-2225. For similar offers, check our Daily Deals page.

Aspen Grove’s Free Family Film Night

We love catching a flick under the stars. It makes for the perfect summer night out with the kids “on the cheap.” Aspen Grove, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Alpine Buick GMC are hosting a Family Film Night at the shopping center (731 S. Santa Fe Dr. in Littleton) on two nights. The outdoor theater opens at 7 p.m., with movies beginning at dusk. (Bring your own chair.) Here’s the line-up: June 29 The Hunger Games and July 13The LEGO Movie. Admission is FREE. Before each film, families can enjoy entertainment, kids activities, contests and tasty treats. For adults, beer is available, benefitting that evening’s local nonprofit partner.

Check Out “Cheap Checklist” in Today’s Denver Post

Stop the presses! Check out our weekly column “Cheap Checklist” in today’s The Denver Post in the Life & Culture section. You can also read it online. (If there is no link here in our post, go to the Denver Post and type “cheap checklist” into the search box in the upper right corner to find our latest column.) Every Saturday, we compile the best freebies, discounts and deals in town for the upcoming week. The column now includes store sales — all the more reason for smart shoppers to make it a must-read. If you have any suggestions or tips for inclusion, send them to info@milehighonthecheap.com 10 to 14 days in advance. We’re already working on the copy for our next deadline!

16th Street Mall’s Meet in the Street

Fun SmallThe 16th Street Mall is closing down to traffic, but opening in a way to build more community and encourage people to experience the Mall differently with its Meet in the Street events. For five weekends this summer, the 16th Street Free MallRide service will be detoured onto 15th and 17th Streets all day via the Free MetroRide busses. This makes more room for visitors to stroll, bike and play on the Mall. Each weekend will bring something different, but expect games (and surprises) for the young and old alike, as well was live music, cool activities, movies, art installation, performances and more. Rain or shine, the fun takes place on June 25 & 26, July 2 & 3, July 9 & 10, July 16 & 17, and July 23 & 24 — all afternoon and into the evening. Here’s a weekend-by-weekend schedule. Walk, ride a bike, eat at your favorite restaurant or just relax and unwind. The street is all yours!

Free Monday Movie Madness at Infinity Park

The first date (June 13) was rained out. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been rescheduled for June 27. (The Goonies has been rescheduled for July 18.) Stars in the sky and on the big screen — a perfect combo for a summer night in the park. Infinity Park has set the schedule for its 2016 Monday Movie Madness of FREE flicks — now in its 9th year. See a family-friendly flick under the stars on the park’s rugby-ready lawn. Bring your own blankets and chairs. Then, kick back and enjoy a film on the park’s jumbo screen. (Concessions are available for sale.) Gates open at 7 p.m. and movies start at 8 p.m. Here’s the line-up: June 27Star Wars: The Force Awakens; July 11 – Mamma Mia!; July 18The Goonies; July 25Mrs. Doubtfire; and August 8Aladdin. No alcohol or pets, please. 4599 E. Tennessee Ave., Glendale.

Tons of Food and Music at Sunday Groove

music notes jazzHere’s a fun way to spend this Sunday, June 26: the Sunday Groove at The Tre3Hau5. The 14-hour event (yep, that’s 14 hours) runs from noon to 2 a.m. with three stages and 42 DJs spinning all types of music including techno, trance, breaks, drum & bass, bass music, 80s/90s/00s party jams, remixes & throwbacks. FREE hot dogs and hamburgers (veggie burgers and gluten-free buns, too) and fresh fruit and snacks galore will be dished out all day and night. The first 100 people through the door get a FREE water pistol to keep cool. Also on the schedule: artists painting live. According to organizer Ryan Dykstra, the venue will have plenty of misting machines to fill the entire front patio upstairs facing Lincoln. These machines drop the air temperature outside by up to 30 degrees. So…..feel free to wear your tank tops, bikini tops, swim trunks if you like. Entry is $10 at the door and includes all the food you can eat from the grill. Do note that this is strictly a 21+ event and held rain or shine. 776 Lincoln St., Denver.

Sprouts Farmers Market: 3-Day Sale

SaleRedSprouts Farmers Market is holding a 72-Hour Sale today, Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26. The sale includes the following items: sweet blueberries for 98¢ (6-oz.), sweet corn for 20¢ (per ear), USDA Choice all-natural chuck steak or roast for $2.99 (per pound), Sprouts extra virgin olive oil for $4.99 (1-ltr.), bulk gourmet coffee for $5.99 (per pound), double-dipped peanuts for $1.99 (per pound), muenster or domestic Swiss cheese for $2.99 (per pound), EZ peel colossal shrimp for $6.99 (per pound), bourbon maple turkey breast for $4.99 (per pound) and Kettle Brand potato chips for 99¢ (4.2- to 5-oz.) There are 29 locations in Colorado.

Free Yoga at Union Station

YogaThe latest venue for FREE yoga this summer is the Terminal Bar Patio at Union Station (1701 Wynkoop St.). Yoga On The Plaza, sponsored by The Oxford Club, Spa & Salon, takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23 and July 30. Taught by Janet Otto, the class is FREE, but limited to 25 participants. Bring your yoga mat, face towel, water and sunscreen. In case of inclement weather, the class moves into the studio at The Oxford Club (1616 17th St.). For more information, call 303-628-5435.