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35 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Denver This Weekend

DenverSkylineBored on a budget? 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! 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…

9 Safeway Stores Closing — Now Up To 60% Off

Safeway-logoIf you haven’t heard Safeway is closing nine stores in the metro area. All of the stores are expected to shutter on or about June 13. Lucky for us, bargain hunters, the close-out sale has started. Right now, the discount ranges from 5% to 50%. Here’s the current breakdown: 5% off fresh & frozen meat, produce, seafood, delicatessan and food service; 10% off dairy (excludes milk), grocery and frozen foods; 25% off general merchandise and healthy & beauty; and 60% off greeting cards. Of course, as the final business day approaches, the discount increases. (If you work or live near one of the stores closing, it might be wise to stop by and check every day for the next price drop. Bargain hunters know that to find the best deals you need to one of the first to hit the shelves.) We were at two stores yesterday and the shelves are still very full. One of our super fans, Jacqueline, confirms that you can still use the Just4U discounts on top of the close-out sale prices through today, Saturday, May 23 for even bigger savings. (If this sale is like its close-out sale at the Leetsdale location last year, you can also still use manufacturer’s coupons. We’re trying to confirm the details, so please ask about coupons and/or Just4U discounts before loading up your cart.) Happy bargain hunting! For a full listing of stores closing, read on… Click here to read more…

Lakeside Amusement Park’s 2-for-1 Holiday Special

Lakeside Amusement Park’s Memorial Day weekend special lets you visit twice for one price. Here’s the deal: Buy gate admission and an unlimited ride ticket at regular price ($22.50) today, Saturday, May 23, Sunday, May 24 or Monday, May 25 and they’ll give you a FREE gate admission and unlimited ride pass to be used any public day during the month of August. Not only is Lakeside famous for its Cyclone coaster, but the park is also family-friendly with a merry-go-round, bumper cars, spinning rides and Kiddie’s Playland. The park opens at noon all three days. Parking is FREE. Sheridan Blvd. just south of I-70, Denver, 303-477-1621.

Memorial Day: 25% Off Family Meal at Boston Market

Boston MarketIf you’re not in the mood to grill (or cook) this Memorial Day, consider this money-saving, belly-filling promo from Boston Market. They’re offering 25% off a family meal on Monday, May 25. A coupon is required — just click and print. The deal includes any of its family meals (for up to 6 people), including rotisserie chicken, roasted turkey, BBQ ribs or homestyle meatloaf. Plus, your choice of gourmet sides, including mashed potatoes, sweet corn, macaroni & cheese, creamed spinach and more. If you’re planning a big gathering, you might pick up a few of the bargain meals. There are 7 locations in Colorado.

Free Admission to 13 Central Colorado Attractions

Colorado FlagLooking for a fun, family getaway that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? Take a road trip and see the Colorado nobody told you about. Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson and Lincoln counties have joined forces to create Our Journey, a website that showcases interesting things to do on Colorado’s Central Plains. As an incentive, if you visit www.ourjourney.info or call 800-825-0208 and request a FREE travel kit, you’ll also receive a tour card for FREE admission through Labor Day to 13 museums and attractions: Lincoln County’s Hedlund House Museum, Limon Heirtage Museum & Railroad Park, Arriva Museum, Elbert County Museum, Bailey Saddleland Museum, Grampa Jerry’s Clown Museum, Flagler Hospital Museum, Second Central School Museum, Kit Carson County Carousel, Old Town Burlington, Kit Carson Museum, Cheyenne Wells Old Jail Museum and Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Museum, as well as information on upcoming events and unique places to visit in a day or a weekend. Each kit includes a map with driving instructions highlighting cool things to see along the way including eight geocaching sites, interesting historical information and even a song book and CD to keep travelers entertained on the journey east.

Concert Deal! Barenaked Ladies at Red Rocks

rock guitar music“It’s been … ” three years since multiplatinum-selling Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies first took their rollicking roadshow Last Summer on Earth on tour. Now, more sure than ever that the Mayans were off by just a few years, they’re bringing the 2015 edition of the Last Summer on Earth Tour to Red Rocks The group performs at Red Rocks on Wednesday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. Right now, you can buy tickets for almost 40% off through Goldstar. They have general admission tickets on sale for $32 (plus a $5.50 service fee). Jam along to the latest songs from BNL’s new album, Silverball, along with their biggest hits like the chart-topping “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” “Brian Wilson,” “If I Had $1000000″ and the theme song to The Big Bang Theory. Opening for Barenaked Ladies are alt-rock heroes Violent Femmes (“Blister in the Sun”) and Colin Hay of Men at Work. Note that ticket quantities are limited, and when the supply is gone, the sale is over. 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison.

Super Dinner Deal at the Downtown Broker

Broker-logoThe Broker Restaurant, a downtown Denver classic where it is possible to dine in century-old bank vault, is offering a steal of a deal via Travelzoo. For just $89, diners can get a four-course dinner for two (shared appetizer, two soups or salads, two entrées, two desserts and a bottle of preselected red or white wine from Stone Cellars). The choice of four entrées includes the Broker’s signature 16-ounce prime rib. The meal is a $180 value, and if there are four of you, pay $177 for a feast that is regularly $360. The voucher is valid through September 30 (holidays and holiday weekends excepted.) Taxes and gratuities are additional, and please remember to tip on the full value of the dinner. Buy for yourself or to give as a gift. 821 17th St., Denver, 303-292-5065.

‘Local Makers’ Class at Whole Foods Cap Hill

Whole FoodsLearn about and celebrate local food culture at a new “Local Makers” Class to be held on Wednesday, May 27 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Whole Foods Market Capitol Hill. This new series will let you get up close and personal with producers and, of course, taste their amazing products. This FREE class features Huckleberry Coffee Roasters & Deliciousness Jam from Red Camper. Learn what makes these products so special and get a few tricks of the trade straight from the makers. This class is expected to fill quickly, so RSVP here to hold your spot. Meet in the café. 900 E 11th Ave., Denver.

Free ‘Physical Therapy For Cats’ Seminar at CCS

catMeow! Cats may have 9 lives, but they do get older in each one of ’em. Just like humans, pets can often feel the aches and pains of getting older. (Don’t you wish they could stay kittens forever?) The Cat Care Society is hosting a “Physical Therapy For Cats” seminar on Saturday, May 30 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Kerry Muhovich, DVM, will teach cat owners how to assess potential pain in their felines, determine appropriate pain management techniques and find resources for helping cats feel younger. Admission is FREE. However, seating is limited. RSVP by calling 303-239-9680 or e-mailing frontdesk@CatCareSociety.org. Individuals who RSVP will be given first priority. 5787 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood.

Elitch’s Half-Price Deal for Military, Vets & Families

fourth july flagElitch Gardens & Water Park is offering a 12 hours of half-price of fun for active military, veterans and their families on Sunday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to the rides and slides, extras include the 101st Army Dixieland Band performing at the Big Wheel from 12 noon  to 2 p.m. and a fireworks extravaganza at park closing. If you don’t already have a GovX account to verify your status, click here to create one in order to get the discount. If you already have a GovX account, click here. For more information, call 303-595-4386, ext 162.

Boulder Creek Festival Awash with Free Fun

fourth july flagThe 28th annual Boulder Creek Festival, a Memorial Day weekend tradition, is the unofficial kickoff to summer. It begins on Friday, May 22 at 6 p.m. with a Dead Phish Orchestra concert at the historic bandshell and wraps up on Monday, May 25 with Hazel Miller performing there from 5 to 7 p.m. In between are three days of varied events, activities and entertainment. Most are FREE. Nine separate event areas host 500 vendors showcasing everything from community arts and crafts to healthier alternatives and technology. Four performance stages present a spectrum of music and dance with an emphasis on the local; click here for a performance schedule. The festival also features carnival rides, food and beverage vendors, and the signature event, the rubber duck race down the creek for charity. Another local Memorial Day tradition is the BolderBOULDER, a 10K footrace through local streets that features some 50,000 participants from citizen runners and walkers of all ages to elite amateurs and pros on the road racing circuit. The finish line is at Folsom Field on the University of Colorado campus. Everyone is invited to watch the participants come in, followed by the grand finale at 12 noon. Members of the Mile-Hi Skydiving Team carry flags as they jump into the stadium; new enlistees and veterans are honored, and miitary jets perform a flyover.

Commerce City Hosts Ginormous Memorial Day Parade

memorial dayOne of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation is held in Commerce City. More than 150 entries including antique and classic cars, motorcycles, floats, horses, bands and marching units will travel the nearly two-mile parade route on Monday, May 25. The parade begins at 10 a.m. It starts at 64th Avenue and Newport Street, proceeding west on 64th Avenue, south on Holly Street west on 62nd Avenue and west on Parkway Drive ending at E. 60th and Colorado Blvd. Parade watchers are welcome to line the route with lawn chairs and blankets.

Boulder Concert Band Memorial Day Concert

MusicThe Boulder Concert Band and Boulder Veterans Council join forces on Sunday, May 24 for a special Memorial Day ceremony and concert as part of the Boulder Creekfest. The event starts at 10 a.m. at the Boulder Bandshell. A military honor guard leads the program, followed by the Boulder Concert Band performing a musical salute to all veterans. Additional soloists and guests will participate in the meaningful 90-minute ceremony. 1212 Canyon Rd., Boulder. Thanks Marilyn! Click here for more information on the entire weekend-long Boulder Creek Festival.

Elitch Gardens Theatre’s 2015 Summer Outdoor Film Series

MoonAndStarsWhile this summer film series is not FREE, it’s still a good deal — even more so because it supports an important Denver cultural landmark. For the third year, the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre is bringing back its outdoor Summer Film Series. It’s even bigger this year with two more films added to the series. Lawn seating and live music begins at 7 p.m. (Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.) Films start at 8:30 p.m., rain or shine. Here’s the line-up: May 29Grease; June 12101 Dalmations; June 26The Goonies; July 10Back to the FutureJuly 24 – Cinderella and August 7Into The Woods. The summer evening under the stars not only includes live music, but food trucks, contests (with prizes), kid’s activities and more. Once again, Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli will be offering sandwiches for sale, with 100% of the proceeds go to the theatre restoration. Admission is $5 per adult and kids (6 and under) get in for FREE. Proceeds benefit the ongoing operations of the theatre, a non-profit organization. 4655 W. 37th Ave., Denver.

Concert Deal! Steve Miller Band at Red Rocks

music instrumentWith some of the most singable songs in classic rock, the Steve Miller Band has remained a radio staple since the ’70s. The group performs at Red Rocks on Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. Right now, you can buy tickets for almost 45% off through Goldstar. They have both reserved seats and general admission on sale from $35 to $55 (plus a $7.25 to $8 service fee). Favorite tunes like “The Joker,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Rock’n Me,” “Abracadabra,” “Jet Airliner” and “Jungle Love” have earned the band’s greatest hits album platinum status 13 times over. Joining the Steve Miller Band is another classic rock legend: Don Felder, the former lead guitarist for the Eagles, who wrote some of that band’s most successful songs, including “Hotel California.” Note that ticket quantities are limited, and when the supply is gone, the sale is over. 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison.