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32 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…

Get Free Movie Preview Pass – ‘Woman in Gold’

Movies, movie, filmThe new film, Woman in Gold tells the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Together with her inexperienced, but plucky, young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, and forces her to confront difficult truths about the past along the way. MHOTC readers can attend a FREE sneak preview of the film on Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. in Greenwood Village. To get your admit-two pass, go here and then type in our promo code WIGMHOTC. These passes are limited in number, so please don’t abuse the system and get yours now – if this movie interests you. Once our limit has been reached, the system won’t issue any more. Remember, even with a pass seating is not guaranteed, so get there early.

Whole Foods Tamarac Grand Re-Opening Party

Whole FoodsWhole Foods Market Tamarac has restructured its store layout. It feels a bit more like a traditional grocery store, but with the Whole Foods Market “feel.” (We think it’s easier to navigate the aisles, without the previous twists and turns.) The store celebrates its “Grand Re-Opening” with a blow-out bash on Sunday, March 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy live music by alt-country band The Gasoline Lollipops, FREE kids activities, face painting, FREE tasty samples from area vendors, door prizes and more. 7400 E. Hampden Ave., Denver.

B2G2 Free Tickets For “SpongeBob” at Regal Cinemas

Movies, movie, filmAre you ready, kids? Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants! Through Thursday, April 2Regal Cinemas is offering a buy-two-get-two FREE tickets to see the film “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.” The offer is only valid at the box office of participating theaters. We know the offer applies to regular screenings, but we’re assuming it also applies to 3-D showings. Yes, we admit it, we’ve seen the flick. It was very clever and cute…even for adults!

Jamba Juice: $2 Fruit & Veggie Smoothie

Trying to fit more fruits and veggies into your diet? Jamba Juice is offering a Fruit & Veggie smoothie for just $2 – *new* Greens ‘n Ginger, Apples ‘n Greens, Berry UpBEET, Orange Carrot Karma or Tropical Harvest. Each one contains three servings of fruits and veggies. The discount applies to the small size only. However, if you want to upgrade to a larger size, you can — just pay the difference in price. The discount requires this printable coupon and expires Tuesday, March 31. To find a store near you, check out its store locator.

Brown Bag Lunch: Art Movie Showing – ‘Still’

Movies, movie, filmThe Center for the Arts Evergreen hosts the second film in its movie series. An hour-long documentary, STILL tells the story of Clyfford Still’s remarkable life and his contributions to American art. The film screens for FREE on Wednesday, April 1 from noon to 1 p.m. Though not as well know as his contemporaries Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, Still was one of the leaders of the Abstract Expressionist movement and deliberately turned his back on the art establishment at the height of his career. This documentary, the first-ever produced on Still, reveals the detailed and compelling story of the artist’s life, the evolution of his work, and the reasons for his prominent and permanent place in American art. Bring a bag lunch. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided. 32003B Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen, 303-674-0056.

Get 20 Weeks of The Denver Post + $25 Gift Card For $40

Hot DealsWe’re big fans of the Wednesday and Sunday papers, namely because of the weekly ads and coupons. If you’re a coupon clipper, but don’t get home delivery of The Denver Post, Groupon has a deal for you. For $40, get a 20-week subscription to The Denver Post every Wednesday and Sunday and a $25 gift card — a $95 value. (Choose from one of the following gift cards: King Soopers, Safeway, Sports Authority, Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Trader Joes, Starbucks or IKEA. After the subscription begins, you will receive a mailing with a redemption code and the website link to make your selection.) That’s a savings of 58%. (The price increases by $5 on Sunday, March 29. However, it’s still a great deal at $45.) The offer is only valid for new subscribers or those who have not received home delivery in the past 60 days. Plus, to avoid automatic renewal, cancellation is required at end of the 20-week subscription. Buyers can expect delivery within two weeks of purchase. Remember, the offer is only for the Wednesday and Sunday papersnot all week.

Monarch Mountain Hosts Free KidFest

MonarchMountain-logoMonarch Mountain’s KidFest on Sunday, April 5 is a day of FREE activities for kids 10 and under. including face painting, crafts, egg hunt, interactive snow sculptures, photobooth, kids terrain park challenge and more. If you don’t have a pass to this friendly ski area west of Gunnison, lift tickets are reasonable for the entire season. Buy online no later than 11 p.m. the day before you wish to ski and get a $57 adult ticket, $38 ticket for ages 13 to 15 and $20 for ages 7 to 12 — and if grandparents are coming along, the ticket for ages 62 to 68 is $37.  Lift/rental packages are just a few bucks more. Younger and older ski/ride FREE. Other savings include affordable lodging in Salida, FREE parking at the ski area and a commodious Picnic Area in the base lodge for thrifty brown-baggers.

Denver Art Museum: Free Entry For Kids All The Time

KIdsFunThe Denver Art Museum is now welcoming kids ages 18 and under for FREE. Grown-ups still have to pay admission (and there may be fees for special exhibits), but Free for Kids applies every day the museum is open. To get the free entry, simply come to the Denver Art Museum welcome desk, and everyone ages 18 and under receives a FREE general admission ticket. The museum offers families a ton of options. The Family Activity Cart, included with admission, offers bilingual backpacks and Art Tubes filled with activities for kids of all ages. The Just For Fun Center and Kids Corner spaces are filled with kid-centric projects including costumes, memory games, architectural blocks, art making and more. Find a list of family fun at the Denver Art Museum here. 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver.

Sprouts Farmers Market’s 3-Day Sale

SaleRedSprouts Farmers Market is holding a 72-Hour Sale today, Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29. The sale items include: sweet strawberries for 88¢ (1-lb. clamshell), a ripe Hass avocado for 33¢, Sprouts drinking water for $1.99 (24-pack, 16.9-oz. bottles), fresh meaty pork baby back ribs for $2.69 (per pound), Sprouts cage-free or Omega-3 eggs for $2.50 (Large, grade A or AA, dozen)Sprouts kettle-style potato chips for 99¢ (5-oz.), walnuts for $4.99 (per pound), Sprouts frozen vegetables for 99¢ (16-oz.), Sprouts shredded cheese for $2.50 (8-oz.) and colossal EZ peel raw shrimp for $7.99 (per pound.) Plus, Wonderful Halos California mandarins are $3.88 (5-lb. box) through Wednesday, April 1. There are 21 stores on the Front Range from Fort Collins and Greeley in the north to Colorado Springs in the south.

Free ‘First Time Home Buyers’ Seminars in Aurora

HouseWith local apartment rents soaring, many folks are considering buying a home. First time home buyers can get some insight into the process at two FREE seminars (same workshop at both locations) offered by Fitzsimons Credit Union on Wednesday & Thursday, April 1 & 2 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Learn about what a home really costs, the different types of loans available, the process of getting a mortgage and required upfront costs. Experts will be on hand to answer any questions you might have. There is no charge but RSVP is required as seats are limited. The Wednesday seminar is at the Fitzsimons Branch, 2201 N. Fitzsimons Pkwy., Aurora. You can sign up here. The Thursday seminar is at the Southlands Branch, 6359 S. Southlands Pkwy., Aurora. You can sign up here.

Bargain Bulbs at Dahlia Society Sale

dahliaThe Colorado Dahlia Society‘s annual bulb sale offers hundreds of varieties of these showy perennials at $3 each or two for $5. The sale takes place on Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. until sold out (typically around noon). Society members are on hand with information and advice for novices and advanced gardeners alike. The sale takes place at Paulino Gardens, 6300 Broadway, Denver, 303-429-8062.

Go To Film School For Just $500

movies 2Maybe you want to be the next Steven Spielberg but don’t have the big bucks to attend a fancy film school? The Open Media Foundation has a low-cost option for those seeking training in the world of film and video production. The $500 Film School allows students the chance to learn new media skills. Students get unlimited access for one year to a comprehensive curriculum in video and multimedia production. Classes include field production, TV studio production, post-production and editing, graphics and animation. Students register and take classes at their own pace throughout the year. How is this all possible? Denver Open Media, the public access television station operated by Open Media Foundation, runs the program through its Equipment and Training Access Membership. This includes access to high-end video equipment and studios to produce content for the station. If you want to learn more or purchase the $500 membership, check out this site or email John Aden, johna@openmediafoundation.org.

Gardeners Get Free Coffee Grounds at Starbucks

StarbucksGardeners are sure to dig this freebie! Need some grounds for your grounds? Have you ever wondered what Starbucks does with its used coffee grounds? Well, they just give ‘em away for FREE. Participating cafés bag ‘em up for customers in need of fertilizer for their gardens. It can also be added to compost piles. We’ve noticed they’re usually in a large basket or bucket near the register or by the front door. Just be sure to verify the sign first or you may walk out with a bag of coffee beans by accident and find yourself in really hot water. If you’re unsure, just ask a friendly barista for help.

Buy A Book, Help Change A Life

cameraOur good friend Amy K. Wright has visited India twice in the past two years. Most of us know her from her day job at Whole Foods Market Tamarac (and the host of many MHOTC talks). But Amy is also a noted travel and portrait photographer. As a WFM Team Member, she has witnessed the power of micro-lending through the Whole Planet Foundation. Now, you can see the world through Amy’s eyes with the publication of her first photography book, “A Portrait of a Microloan.” It offers a snapshot of the beauty and soul of India, as well as Amy’s firsthand experience with micro-lending in one of the poorest parts of the world. The book is currently on sale through March 30 for $14.99 at all Whole Foods Market stores in the Denver/Boulder metro area. Not only is the book beautiful, but 100% of all sales (so essentially you are making a donation and get the book for FREE) will go to empower more women around the world through microloans. So you can get something and give something back at the same time.