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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
Mile High on the Cheap is a member of Living on the Cheap, a network of websites published by frugalistas, journalists and consumer advocates. Find practical advice on saving money on groceries, travel and shopping, plus tips from our experts on how to live the good life for less at Living on the Cheap.

Enter To Win: 2 Dozen Dunkin’ Donuts

dunkindonuts_logoWe love Dunkin’ Donuts because it has all of the deliciousness of a certain ubiquitous coffee shop, but without the high prices. Dunkin’ Donuts has hot, iced and frozen beverages. (We love the Vanilla Chai!) Plus, its menu includes donuts, muffins, croissants, biscuits, toasted English muffins and more — including sandwiches! It’s the perfect stop to start your day or for an afternoon treat. Our friends at Dunkin’ Donuts have given us two dozen donuts to give away. One lucky MHOTC reader will win four vouchers ($20 total value) — each good for six donuts. (The vouchers are only valid in the Denver metro area and expire December 31.) You must be a Colorado resident and subscriber to our daily e-newsletter. (If you aren’t a subscriber, sign up here.) To enter, tell us why you love Dunkin’ Donuts in the comments below. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, October 7 by 6 p.m. We will randomly select two winners and contact them via e-mail.

Wesco Fabrics Enormous Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale

Wesco fabricLocal interior designers favor Wesco Fabrics as their “go-to” outlet. That’s no surprise as the store is the oldest and largest wholesaler of decorative fabrics in the Rocky Mountain region. Now you can shop the same enormous collection and save like industry insiders. The showroom opens to the public twice a year, with the giant warehouse sale Thursday to Saturday, October 8 to 10. Wesco has more than 100,000 yards of fabulous fabrics (starting at $4 a yard), perfect for window coverings, furniture, DIY’ers, quilters, weddings, parties and even fashion. They also just received new shipments of Mid-Century modern style furniture, which is for sale, along with lamps, accessories, stone carvings, jewelry and drapery hardware. An insider tip: Remember to bring your window measurements. MHOTC readers can save an additional 10% with the promo code CHEAP DEALS, just by printing this post and presenting it at checkout. You can also show this post on your smartphone. Hours are Thursday & Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Designers only can shop Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 4001 Forest St., Denver, 303-388-4101. Post sponsored by Wesco Fabrics.

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Punkin Chunkin Comes to Aurora

Punkin Chunkin involves very large slingshots, catapults, centrifuges, trebuchets and pneumatic air cannons used to hurl pumpkins as far as possible. We’re not sure whether it’s a sport or a mechanical challenge, but it’s a hoot to watch. Punkin Chunkin events elsewhere have even been televised nationally, and Punkin Chunkin Colorado returns to Aurora for two days on Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11. Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes a day of chunkin’ (with a full one-mile range this year), a pumpkin patch, pumpkin obstacle course, carving, lumber jack show, scarecrow making, fall market, food vendors, beer garden, live music and children’s activities. Admission is $5 each day for adults, children 12 and under are FREE. Some activities charge an additional fee. Parking is FREE. Arapahoe Park Racetrack, 26000 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora.

Arvada’s Annual Festival of Scarecrows

Dorothy may miss the Tin Man most of all, but we hold a particular fondness for the Scarecrow. Arvada will showcase scarecrows of all shapes, sizes and costume at its Annual Festival of Scarecrows on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Arvada Olde Town Square. At noon, tiny ghosts and goblins march in the Costumed Kids’ Parade around Town Square. And every parade participant gets a bag of goodies. A Kiddie “Cone” Stalk Maze will be set up for the little ones (admission is FREE, but a canned food donation is appreciated for the Arvada Food Bank). Among the scheduled activities: Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest and a Baked Pumpkin Dish Cooking Contest (no pies, please). You can register in advance for most of the contests online. The Great Pumpkin Contest starts its weigh-in at 2:30 p.m. Expect the usual food booths, face painting, animal balloons and games. Plus, everyone can vote for his or her favorite scarecrows and buy pumpkins, gourds and cornstalks. W. 57th Ave. & Olde Wadsworth.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Pumpkin Festival

Come search for the perfect pumpkin for all your Halloween and fall festivities in Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield’s 10-acre pumpkin patch. The Pumpkin Festival, held Friday to Sunday, October 9 to 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m each day, is filled with children’s activities and vendors selling handcrafted gifts. Families can enjoy hay, pony and barrel rides, pumpkin carving demonstrations, face painting, carnival games and more. Plus, you can explore the 750 acres of native flora, fauna and beautiful wetlands at Chatfield. $7 Adult, $5 Child, $6 Member Adult, $4 Member Child & Children 2 and under are FREE. Admission includes all activities within the festival. Separate costs include the Corn Maze ($6 extra), Barrel Train Rides, mechanical bull ride, pumpkins (average $8), food or other purchases from vendors. 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton. Find similar attractions on our Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches page.

Free Gift Bags: Ladies Day Out at Cabela’s Thornton

cabelas logoThis one is for the gals. Cabela’s Thornton hosts Ladies Day Out on Saturday, October 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day is filled with FREE hands-on demonstrations, seminars, live archery practice, samples and more. The first 25 women through the doors also receive a FREE gift bag filled with really good goodies (plus a mocktail) and the first 250 women get the “employee discount” of up to 25% off their purchases. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. join the experts at LightenUp Fitness for tips on hiking and their three best Colorado hikes. At 9:30 a.m. learn the basics of archery, with prizes for accuracy. At noon it’s all about smokers (the kind you cook with) as you plan a week’s worth of meals you can prepare in one day. Sit in on a Women’s Hunting Forum starting at 1 p.m. Learn tips and tricks for big game hunting with archery, muzzle loading, and rifle hunting from Lisa Thompson and Donnelle Johnson. 14050 Lincoln St., Thornton.

$20 Book for BOGO Deals at Denver Bars

Barventure-logoBuy a Barventure map book for $20 and get BOGO drink deals (including mugs of beer and glasses of wine) at scores of bars in neighborhoods all over Denver. Super-premium drinks are excluded, and as the publisher notes, “A drink means a drink . . . not a bottle of wine, bottle of whiskey or a pitcher/growler of beer.” Each bar stamps its spot in your map book to confirm that you have used your Barventure there. The current BOGO offers are in effect through December 29. Click here to purchase.

Free Coffee & Bagels For A Year at Grand Opening

bagelTwo worlds are about to collide and in the most delicious way. Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels are now under one roof in Aurora. To celebrate the partnership and grand opening of its dual-store at 16495 E. 40th Circle, the first 50 people in line on Wednesday, October 7 get FREE coffee and bagels for a year*. Doors open at 5 a.m. (* The giveaway equates to one coffee and bagel & shmear a week for one year.)  All others in line will receive a FREE coffee and bagel & shmear, while supplies last. Who ever said donuts have an exclusive partnership with coffee?

Lock in Vail Resorts’ Season Pass Prices by 10/11

Vail-logoIt finally feels like fall, and snow guns are starting to coat high-country slopes with white. Keystone Resort’s opening day for is just 30 days away, so it’s time to get serious about season pass purchases. The deadline to lock in Vail Resorts’ current low prices is Sunday, October 11.  The Epic Local Pass. Unlimited skiing/riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, plus 10 days total at Vail and Beaver Creek (holiday restrictions) and, for those wishing to explore out of state, limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. $599 and $309 for ages 5 to 12. Summit Value Pass. Unlimited use at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Breckenridge. $509 adults and $289 for ages five to 12. Keystone A-Basin Pass. Access to Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited holiday restrictions. $309 adults and $229 for ages five to 12. Fans of this option point out that not only is it a drop-dead bargain, use avoids crowded holiday periods, includes night skiing at Keystone and offers A-Basin’s long, long season. Click here to purchase online.

Customers Wearing PJs Get Free Egg McMuffin

McDonalds2Why didn’t McDonald’s do this sooner? Everyone has had the experience of rushing to get to McDonald’s by 10:30 a.m. for breakfast — only to be a source of chagrin, when they realize they’re a few minutes late. Well, no more! Starting October 6, you can now get breakfast all day at McDonald’s. (Yes, you can actually have a Sausage McMuffin with Egg for dinner! Life is good.) To celebrate the launch, on Wednesday, October 7, McDonald’s will give a FREE Egg McMuffin to anyone wearing their PJs at participating restaurants in Colorado. The offer runs from 5 a.m. to midnightshirt and shoes required. (If you go to bed in your underwear, borrow some PJs for the promo!) In addition, starting October 7, the first 3,000 to submit a photo via Twitter (@McD_Colorado) of them wearing PJs in McDonald’s will win McDonald’s coupons. (Note for McDonald’s breakfast fans: Unfortunately, the entire breakfast menu is not available all day — only the following items: Egg McMuffin, Sausage McMuffin with Egg, Sausage McMuffin, Hotcakes with Sausage, Hotcakes, Sausage Burrito, Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait, Fruit & Maple Oatmeal and Hash Browns.)

Enter For Chance at Sneak Preview Pass: ‘Steve Jobs’

Set backstage in the minutes before three iconic product launches spanning Jobs’ career – beginning with the Macintosh in 1984, and ending with the unveiling of the iMac in 1998- Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter. Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh.  Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels is former Apple CEO John Sculley. MHOTC readers are invited to a special advance screening on Monday, October 12 at the UA Denver Pavilions. For your chance to win a pass: Go here and type in the requested information. Be sure to type in MHOTC or Mile High on the Cheap to answer, “Where did you hear about this? Then, click on “Submit.Deadline to enter is end of day, Thursday, October 8. Winners will be notified by email on Friday, October 9 with screening instructions. Remember, passes do not guarantee admissions. Preview screenings are always overbooked to ensure a full house, so arrive early.

This Week’s Holiday Craft Shows, Markets and Fairs

It’s never too early to start shopping for the holidays. Our page devoted to upcoming holiday craft shows, markets and fairs in the Denver/Boulder area, includes an interactive map, so you can find your way to these last-chance markets. As always, we call out some of our favorite picks. On Saturday, October 10 make a beeline for Aurora and the Overland High School Fall Craft Fair with more than 130 vendors on hand. Check out our Holiday Craft Shows page for more details (dates, times, entry fees, etc.) on this and other sales. And if you know of any upcoming holiday craft shows, email details to info@milehighonthecheap.com.

Explore: What’s Out There Weekend Denver

TreeParks and open spaces have been invaluable components of the city’s design and development since Denver’s earliest days. Discover the Mile High City’s diverse range of landscapes through FREE, expert-led tours of more than two dozen sites, ranging from mountain parks to downtown pedestrian malls during What’s Out There Weekend Denver on Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11.  Choose from tours of the Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion or Fairmount Cemetery or Babi Yar Memorial Park, among others. On Saturday, there is also a bicycle tour of Denver Parks and Parkway Systems. Check out tour details, times (tours are scheduled throughout each day), guides and meeting places, then register to secure your spot. What’s Out There Weekend dovetails with the website What’s Out There, North America’s most comprehensive searchable database of historic designed landscapes. The database currently features more than 1,800 sites, 10,000 images, and 900 designer profiles.

Free Access to National Parks on Senior Skip Day

NatlParkServiceLogoJust because a person is a little older and wiser doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun every now and then. On Thursday, October 8, Humana is sponsoring Senior Skip Day, a day created to encourage people 62 years of age and older to skip out on their normal, daily routine to enjoy a healthy day in one of the national parks. On this day, seniors will have FREE access to more than 400 national park sites across the U.S. In addition, Humana will host celebratory events for seniors in select national park locations. They will also offer up to 10,000 FREE vouchers for lifetime access to the national parks with the Interagency Senior Pass. (The pass is valued at $10.) People 62 years of age or older can download the voucher here. The voucher can then be redeemed at any National Park Service site that issues The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass. Go have fun — just remember to behave yourself!

No Join Fee Now at Boulder Y

YMCA-smalllogoJoin the YMCA of Boulder Valley between October 5 and October 20 and the Y waives the joining fee (up to $75). To try out the pool, gym and classes, download a FREE three-day pass. To do so, go to this page and scroll down to “Try the Y For Free” in the News Flash section. The Y offers FREE and very low-cost child minding and also can help low-income members join. There are two locations: Mapleton Center, 2850 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303-442-2778, and Arapahoe Center, 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette, 303-664-5455.