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Enter To Win: Miner’s Maze Adventureland 4-Pack

EnterToWinWinner is Wendy! As the only human maze in the Denver metro area, Miner’s Maze Adventureland is THE place to get “lost” and let your imagination run wild. With a challenging, brain-bending, action-packed two-level labyrinth, the maze offers exciting adventures. If that’s not enough, you can climb four different surfaces on the Magic Mountain Climbing Wall or try the Silver Spring Bungee. For those more faint-at-heart, the Web Crawl offers a vertical webbed maze. The Jewel Jump’n Bouncy is another favorite for the younger fun-seekers. When you ready to stop crawling and hopping, step into the Water Walkerz. And, don’t forget to check out the Tunnel Tumbler or cool off with a game of Squirt Gun Fun in the Giant Miner’s Maze. Then you can take your adventure to new heights with the two-level ropes course, situated on top of all the fun. One lucky MHOTC reader gets a Family 4-Pack of “Unlimited” Activity Passes (an $88 value) thanks to our friends at Colorado Action Pass, a 2-for-1 summer activity pass voucher you get by buying fueling you car at Shell gas stations. To enter: Leave a comment telling us which Miner’s Maze activity would get your heart rate jumping. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22. We’ll randomly draw one winner and notify him or her via email. Be sure to check your spam filters. If we can’t reach you, we’ll pass the prize along to the alternate name drawn.

Golden’s Buffalo Bill Days This Weekend

The annual Buffalo Bill Days festival brings rootin’ tootin’ FREE Wild West fun to Golden, July 25 to 27. The weekend includes western-style entertainment, Best of the West Parade, Mutton Bustin’ competition and an authentic Cody’s Wild West Show complete with dancing horses, roping and pistol tricks. Local bands provide music on the main stage and car shows, arts & crafts, duck race, kids’ games and train rides fill Golden’s downtown streets. The festival officially opens at 5 p.m. on Friday with Chris Daniels & The Kings on stage at 7 p.m. in Parfet Park (710 Tenth St.). Brad Lee Schroeder is the featured band on Saturday night. The Long Run “Colorado’s Tribute to the Eagles” closes out Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Find a complete schedule here. Weekend hours are Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 303-279-3342.

Starbucks’ Treat Receipt = $2 Grande Cold Beverage

It’s back! Once again, Starbucks is making afternoons a little cooler with its popular “Treat Receipt” promo. Through August 17, when you make a purchase in the morning and bring the receipt back the same day after 2 p.m., get any Grande cold beverage for just $2 — a savings of about 60% (in most cases.) Remember, you do not have to redeem your receipt at the same location at which you made your morning purchase — any participating location will honor the receipt. For the budget-conscious, there’s no minimum purchase requirement for the morning receipt, so consider buying a petite vanilla scone for 95-cents or banana for $1 to keep your costs down. MHOTC Tip: If you’re buying a morning round of coffee for the office (or, at least, buying more than one menu item), pay for each one separately. Then, you’ll have more “treat receipts” to share with friends and family. Or, maybe, you can treat yourself to two bargain beverages — one in the early afternoon and one late at night.

Kids Will Love Free ‘Touch-A-Truck’ Event

dump truckPut your imagination in gear and go. It’s time for Touch-a-Truck, where kids get a chance to get behind the wheel and rub elbows with their hometown heroes on Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch. During the FREE event, children are invited to climb on and explore their favorite vehicles including big rigs, fire engines, police cars, construction trucks, Zamboni’s, helicopters, and much more. We counted several dozen vehicles on the list, so if one truck is crowded, likely another will be less so. (For those young and old with sensitive ears, there’s a “horn-free” hour from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.) Activities such as Monster Truck rides, bounce houses, an obstacle course, face painting and games are available for an extra fee. And no one will go hungry with plenty of food trucks on hand selling their fare. 3900 E. Grace Blvd., Highlands Ranch.

Make Denver Restaurants Week Summer Reservations

How do you make Denver Restaurant Week twice as nice? By splitting it into two periods this year. The second one runs Saturday to Friday, August 23 to 29Menus go live on at noon on Wednesday, July 23 so you can start making those reservations. More than 200 restaurants are participating. Each offers a multi-course dinner (usually three courses) for the “mile high” fixed price of $30 per person, plus tax, tip and beverages. Some offer other optional popular dishes for an up-charge. The fun of this food fest is checking out all the menus and then nabbing a spot at that restaurant you have always wanted to try, but couldn’t afford or hadn’t gotten too yet. Many of the city’s hottest spots are on the list, as well as many neighborhood bistros. And note that “Denver” in this case stretches from Longmont to Littleton. MHOTC Tip: Make your reservations through OpenTable.com and collect 100 points every time you dine. Points can be converted into gift certificates good at any OpenTable restaurant.

BYOB: ‘Bring Your Own Bag’ Boutique Sale

sale tagClothing, shoes, household goods and accessories all can be yours at a fraction of retail at the Dress For Success BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) Boutique Sale on Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local retailers donate goods which are deeply discounted and priced from $5 to $50. All proceeds (100%) go to Dress For Success Denver, which helps local women find jobs by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools. Among the shops donating: A Line boutique, Adornments, Amy’s Hallmark, AnnaFesta, The Brass Bed, Bella Bridesmaids, Eccentricity, Fancy Tiger Clothing, Garbarini, Janska, Rags, Sol Shine Boutique, Steve Madden Shoes, True Love Shoes, Two Sole Sisters and Wild Blue Boutique. If you want first pick at the goodies, there is a VIP pre-sale which costs $20 on Friday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. BYOB is held at Djuna (a furniture/accessories store), 899 N. Broadway, Denver.

Text For Chance at Preview Pass: ‘Get On Up’

Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd. MHOTC readers can enter to win a pass for two to see the film at a special preview screening Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. at the UA Denver Pavilions. For your chance to score two passes, text the word MILEHIGH and your ZIP CODE to 43549 (example: MHOTC 80202). Deadline to text is Sunday, July 27 at 11:59 p.m.. Note: Limit one entry per cell phone. Winners will be randomly drawn and notified via text message with screening details on Monday, July 28. Reminder: Theaters are overbooked to ensure a full house. Seating is not guaranteed, so arrive early.

Sweet! Free Peaches at Larimer Square Sidewalk Sale

SidewalkSaleLarimer Square hosts its annual “Peachy Sidewalk Sale” from Friday to Sunday, July 25 to 27. Get up to 75% off on designer clothing, accessories and more from more than 20 Larimer Square retail shops. Come early on Friday for FREE Colorado peaches (while supplies last) and enter to win tickets to Larimer Square’s Dining Al Fresco on August 16. Some of the special deals include:  Blush merchandise at up to 70% off – designer labels include: Chan Luu, Mother Denim, Velvet, Vince, Tibi, Rebecca Taylor, LA Made, Sanctuary (just to name a few), Hailee Grace will be offering 15% off the entire store, 50% off the sale rack and will also have $20, $30 and $40 racks upstairs in the Hailee Grace tent. Other participating boutiques include Cry Baby Ranch, Gusterman Silversmiths, Jewelry at the Square, FRINJE, Timbuk2, Whatever Pops Up, Blue Ruby, Equipment de Vin, Goorin Bros., John Atencio, Moda Man, Scarpaletto, Victoriana Antique & Fine Jewelry, Blush, Dog Savvy Boutique & Spa, Eve, Hailee Grace, John Fluevog Shoes and Nest Children’s Boutique. Hours are: Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Larimer Square is located at 1430 Larimer Street in downtown Denver, 303-534-2367.

Freebies at ULTA Beauty Westminster Grand Opening

Hair SalonHere’s a beautiful way to spend your weekend. ULTA Beauty, which stocks name-brand, beauty products including cosmetics, shampoo, fragrances and lotions, opens its newest store with a blow-out celebration Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27 at Westminster City Center. The celebration runs all three days and promises tons of freebies. The first 100 customers in the door each day receive a gift certificate valued at up to $100, as well as a FREE service at the in-store salon. Also promised are FREE makeovers and consultations with makeup and skincare experts and stylists, plus giveaways. Typically, ULTA opens at 10 a.m. on Friday & Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. 9320 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster, 303-429-1705.

$2 Margaritas & Tequila Shots at On The Border

margaritaWhat to drink on National Tequila Day is a no-brainer, right? On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is celebrating National Tequila Day with a popular drink whose main ingredient is…tequila! Get a 12-oz. House Margarita (frozen or on the rocks) with Gold Tequila, for just $2 all day on Thursday, July 24. Or, if you’re looking for more excitement, you can get a Lunazul Reposado Tequila shot for $2, too. Combine the drinks with its complimentary endless chips and salsa and you’ll have your very own little frugal fiesta. There are 4 participating locations in the Denver metro area – Aurora, Golden, Highlands Ranch and Loveland. Please remember to drink responsibly and never drink & drive.

High-Action Freeride Festival Exciting to Watch

ColoFreerideFest-logoCar racing, rodeo and those arena shows in which cars, trucks and motorcycles do all sorts of loud stunts can cost big bucks, but the exciting Colorado Freeride Festival at Winter Park from Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27 is FREE. Spectators watch 900 0r so of the world’s best mountain bikers from 20 countries do impossible two-wheel tricks in five disciplines in the resort’s thrilling Trestle Bike Park. Also FREE are the Family Bike Fest in The Village at Winter Park featuring a Strider Bike Adventure Zone for the little riders (5 years and under), a modular pump track for bigger kids (ages 6 to 12), a bike parade and decoration contest, free face painting. Also, giveaways and raffles, lessons, product demos, meet-and-greets with competitors and parking. Additionally, Subaru owners who bring their keys to the Subaru tent receive special prizes. The competition and event schedule: July 24: Air Downhill; Slopestyle Training. July 25: Specialized Enduro stages 1 & 2; Slopestyle Training & Qualifications.. July 26: Epic Singletrack XC; Specialized Enduro stages 3 & 4; FMB Gold Slopestyle Finals; Intergalactic Pond Crossing. July 27: Specialized Enduro final stage; Weather Day for Slopestyle.

Untitled #69 at Denver Art Museum

ArtistThe Denver Art Museum sets aside the final Friday of most months for its Untitled social gatherings. The next one is Friday, July 25 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Uncharted follows in the footsteps of Tom Wesselmann and other boundary-pushing artists. Enjoy activities such as country music artist Kevin Trainor performing tunes he recorded with Wesselmann. As always, you’ll find unusual art encounters, music, munchies, a cash bar and a dose of the unexpected. Untitled events are FREE with museum general admission ($10 for Colorado residents, $8 for students and seniors 65+). Students should show their ID onsite for a 2-for-1 deal. DAM members get in free. 13th Avenue (Broadway & Bannock), Denver. 720-865-5000.

26 Places For Free & Cheap Movies in Denver This Summer

MoonAndStarsTwo tickets, please! We love going to the movies in the summertime, especially under the stars…or in an air-conditioned theater. The list of summer film series seems to grow each year (woo-hoo!). Therefore, we thought a round-up of the flicks being screened, outdoors and indoors, might be helpful. Aimed at families, most of the films are your typical family fare (animation, comedy) — usually G- or PG-Rated. Not just for kids though, some line-ups include classic pop culture films from the 80s and 90s for adults. Most are FREE, if not totally cheap. Dates and times vary – either morning or at dusk. If we missed any, send us an e-mail at info@milehighonthecheap.com. Click here to read more…

Tons of Fun at Arapahoe County Fair

It’s time for the 2014 Arapahoe County Fair, Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27, at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora. The Fair is sure to thrill with a demolition derby, tractor pull, fireworks and pro-rodeo. Fairgoers will find their dollar goes a long way with gate admission that includes unlimited carnival rides, plus all concerts, rodeos, livestock shows, petting zoo, mutton bustin’ for the little buckaroos and more. Kids 12 and younger get in FREE all week. Only midway games cost extra. Pay just $10 per person if you buy tickets online by July 23 or $15 per person (cash only) at the gate. Do note that the fair is a cash only event, no credit cards or checks accepted though they do have ATMs on-site. For directions and a complete schedule of events, visit the Fair’s website. Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 East Quincy Ave., Aurora.

Follow Us? “Cheap, Cheap” – Our 17,500th Tweet

We officially sent our 17,500th tweet today to our 2,300 followers. (Okay, so it’s an odd number to acknowledge, but it gave us an opportunity to remind you about our Twitter account!) Did you know you could follow us on Twitter at @milehighcheap? We tweet our daily posts and giveaways, as well as any last-minute deals or promotions we just couldn’t post in time. Our next goal is to cross the 6-million mark in all-time views. Betcha you didn’t know we were that big, right? It’s all thanks to you, our loyal followers and subscribers! If you do follow us, we always appreciate a mention or retweet.

$10 for 2 Three-Day Tickets to Denver County Fair

Denver Fair 2014The Denver County Fair, which runs Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3, celebrates the creativity and personality of Denver with 275 events, 12 stages, exhibitors, blue ribbon competitions and more at the National Western Complex. The latest VOICE Daily deal gets you two 3-day adult passes for just $10, a 50% savings and in our estimation a great deal. (If you don’t see this as the main deal look to the far right column on the VOICE page and you’ll find it there.) This year, the fair boasts 16 interlocking indoor pavilions - each with its own exhibitors, vendors, stage demonstrations, lectures and entertainment. Plus, you’ll find an indoor carnival, kooky contests (anyone for speed knitting?) and all of the usual (and unusual) fair-style foods. Expanded fair hours are Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are good all three days and you can buy as many vouchers as you wish. Do note that parking is $8 per car.