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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…

Free Movie Preview Pass – Little Boy

Movies, movie, filmLittle Boy is a powerful and moving film about a little boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his dad home from World War II alive. The heartwarming story will capture your heart and lift your spirits as it reveals the indescribable love a little boy has for his father and the love a father has for his son. Set in the 1940s, the film captures the wonder of life through the eyes of a 7-year-old little boy. The cast includes Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Ben Chaplin, Michael Rapaport, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ted Levine, David Henrie, Eduardo Verastegui and newcomer Jakob Salvati. MHOTC readers can attend a FREE sneak preview of the film on Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at AMC Cherry Creek. Click here to download and print a pass. 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.

Enter For Chance at Preview Pass: ‘Age of Adaline’

Movies, movie, filmAfter miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance in the new film, The Age of Adaline. When a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever. MHOTC readers can attend an advance screening of the film on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at a local theater. For your chance at passes, go here and click on Enter This Sweepstakes. Winners will be drawn on Monday, April 20 at noon and notified with screening details. If you are lucky enough to get one of the passes, be sure to arrive early as some screenings are overbooked.

$1 For Private Karaoke Room at Punch Bowl Social

singerWith bowling, darts, ping pong, skee ball and shuffle board on the menu, Punch Bowl Social brings some fun to dining. Now the downtown Denver restaurant opens two private karaoke rooms. From Sunday, April 19 through Saturday, April 25, get those vocal pipes in order, grab some friends and rent one of the rooms for an hour at the low, low rate of $1. The deal is first-come, first-served, up to 10 people and you can use the room for one-hour maximum. The karaoke system has more than 5,000 songs from which to choose and even takes requests. After the opening-week special, the private karaoke rooms will cost $25 to $35 per hour, depending on number of people, and can be reserved up to 10 days in advance. 65 Broadway, Denver, 303-765-2695.

2015-16 Loveland Passes Include Skiing Now

SkierLoveland’s 2015-16 season passes now on sale include skiing/riding for the remainder of this season, which ends May 3. With recent snowfall (9 inches new measured early this morning), expect great spring skiing, so if you can get away in the next few weeks, you could get your money’s worth very soon. New passes are $379 for ages 23 to 69 and $269 for ages 15 to 22, with renewals $20 less. A new child’s pass for ages 6 to 14 is $169 and the adult midweek-only pass is $259, with renewals $10 less. Skiers 70-plus pay $89 and children through age 5 ski FREE. Passholders also enjoy discounts on Loveland food and services. These prices are the same as they were for 2014-15. Added value: Loveland 2015-16 season pass holders also get three FREE days at Monarch Mountain available to all Loveland passholders and three FREE days each at Purgatory, Crested Butte and Powderhorn (those last three not available to Loveland midweek passholders). Purchase online or by calling 303-571-5580, ext. 136.

Record Store Day = Vinyl Record Specials & Deals

VinylRecordsYou spin me right round, baby! The 8th annual Record Store Day is today, Saturday, April 18 and local record stores offer discounts, host FREE entertainment by favorite local bands and DJs. Plus, they introduce hundreds of new releases on vinyl by big-name stars and also some up-and-comers — all supporting the resurgence of vinyl and the real brick-and-mortar record store. Some shops provide FREE gifts or hold drawings. Because they’re independent stores, they set their own celebratory hours, events and/or giveaways. There are more than 30 stores participating in Colorado — click here for list and store links.

Sign Up Now – ‘Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra’

Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra has been introducing children age 6 and under to orchestral music for a more than quarter of a century. Children “inside” the orchestra are literally surrounded by professional musicians who play familiar melodies. It’s an unforgettable experience for little ones. The audience hears well-known music from “Looney Tunes” to Beethoven. Children stomp like giants during the “Montagues and Capulets,” grow with music during “Also sprach Zarathustra,” and ride into the sunset with the “William Tell Overture.” Through a partnership with Central City Opera, an aria will be featured in all shows. And there will be dancers from Kim Robards Dance. These 45-minute live performances start at 9:30 a.m. and repeat at 10:45 a.m. at each location. Here’s the spring schedule: Tuesday, April 28 – Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver. Saturday, May 30 – McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax, Denver. Admission is $9.95 for anyone over the age of one. Discounted and even free tickets are available to those in need. No one is turned away. Buy tickets online or at the door, but do know that spaces fill quickly.

Need A Tool? Try New Denver Tool Library

hammer toolsWould you really like to use a rototiller once a year, but can’t afford to buy one and would have nowhere to store it even if you could? Or maybe you’ve been dying for access to a circular saw and a place to use it, your apartment not being ideal for a sawdust-storm. The solution to both predicaments, and many more, is sharing. That’s where the Denver Tool Library comes in. Members can share their resources, whether that means tools, time, space, skills, or ideas. You can borrow tools and get help learning to use them. Membership is $80 per year, but that includes unlimited check-out of the more than 500 tools big or small on hand. Open Tuesday & Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 555 Santa Fe Dr. (entrance is around the back), Denver. Thanks to Jacqueline for bringing this new service to our attention!

MHOTC’s New Page on Free Wine Tastings

Wine/ Wine BarYou might have noticed that we have added a new page devoted to FREE wine tastings, but if not, we’d like to draw your attention to it. With hefty production of both New World and Old World wines, abundant supplies of quality wines are available at surprisingly moderate prices. Invest a little time for a complimentary tasting to discover what you like in the way of grapes or wine style — with some FREE coaching from the stores’ experts. Many metro area stores offer complimentary wine tastings once or even twice a week. The wines offered at the tastings are often on special, so wine lovers win two ways — a FREE tasting and a sale on the wine(s) they really like. Also, ask about case specials, which generally mean a 10% saving in each case of wine (12 750 ml bottles). You may buy a case of the same wine or a mixed case. Salud!

Free Gift Bag for 1st 100 Gals at Cabela’s Thornton

cabelas logoA few days ago we wrote about Ladies Day Out at Cabela’s Thornton location. Now comes word that the first 100 women through the door starting at 9 a.m. not only get to use an “employee discount” (good for up to 25% off purchases), but a FREE gift bag. The Camo grocery-style bag is filled with a Cabela’s clear water bottle mug with straw, a pair of Life Is Good Snuggle Socks, Columbia lip balm and some tasty snacks. A reminder, Ladies Day Out runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.n. on Saturday, April 18. 14050 Lincoln St., Thornton.

Enter For Chance at Preview: ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’

Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloë Grace Moretz light up this scintillating showbiz drama from acclaimed director Olivier Assayas (Carlos). When she’s cast as the older lover in a romantic lesbian drama opposite an upstart young starlet (Moretz), an established middle-aged actress (Binoche) is overcome with personal insecurities and professional jealousies—all while sexual tension simmers between her and her personal assistant (Stewart). A bewitching tale of backstage rivalry, Clouds of Sils Maria is propelled by tour-de-force performances from three actresses at the top of their game. MHOTC readers can enter to win a FREE pass for two to an advance screening at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27 at Landmark Chez Artiste. For your chance to score some passes, click here and enter your information. Be sure to type in MHOTC to the questions “Where did you hear about this contest?” Entry deadline is end of day, Tuesday, April 21. Winners will receive instructions on how to get their passes. Remember, movie companies overbook previews, so arrive early because seating is not guaranteed.

See Baby Animals at Farms in Greater Metro Denver

farmUnless someone on the block has backyard chickens, city and suburban youngsters don’t have many opportunities to see farm animals. Make a point of visiting some in spring, when all those cute babies are around. Here are some nearby opportunities for parents to bring their little ones to see the little animals. CALF’s Lowell Ranch, Castle Rock. See lambs, piglets, chicks, calves and kid goats on the Farm Baby Tour (by reservation only) on April 18 and 25; May 2, 16 and 23. The non-profit ranch is part of Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF). Click here for directions. For more information, call 303-688-1026…Broken Shovels Farm, Commerce City. Visit the social, curious goats and their new kids on a farm. Starting on May 3, the farm offers Free Sunday Open Farm and Market days. 8460 Dahlia St….Mountain Flower Dairy, Boulder. Bring your kids to take a hand in raising goat kids by bottle-feeding babies, milking goats and teaching them to walk on leashes. The dairy hosts an annual Goat Baby Shower (this year, Saturday, April 18) with live music, treats, wine, goat races, family photo booth and face painting. The dairy brings some its herd to the Boulder County Farmers’ Market (Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Goat visiting and bottle-feeding are between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays though July 29. 3240 Broadway, Boulder (east of the North Boulder Rec Center on the Long’s Gardens property)…Stargazer Ranch, Loveland. The ranch hosts a FREE “Open Barn” daily between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The alpacas provide the entertainment and hosts answer questions and assist with animal interactions if needed. You don’t even need to go to Loveland to witness the birth of crias (baby alpacas) via a live-streaming barn camera in the alpaca nursery. During the spring, the camera shows the outdoor alpaca-birthing pen. The farm posts an online birthing schedule. 800 Saulcy Ct., 970-635-2322.

Shop the Honey Nest Mercantile

ShoppingBagShop, eat and drink at the Honey Nest Mercantile on Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Honey Nest is a local market featuring vintage and high-quality handmade goods, a full cash bar and food truck. A suggested $5 door donation benefits Champa House shelter for women and children. 2700 Arapahoe St., Denver.

Free Shredding at Stapleton & Boulder County

DocumentShreddingAssuming you survived tax day, you can now feel free to shred those old – and we mean really old, say seven years or older – documents. Re/Max Momentum in Stapleton hosts a FREE shredding event on Saturday, April 18 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Safely destroy old documents, tax forms, check carbons and more. The truck will shred on site. And, if you happen to have any extra unused toiletries, please bring them along to donate to those in need. 7505 E. 35th Ave., Ste 360, Denver, 303-321-0455…Up to three boxes of such unwanted papers can be shredded from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at two Boulder County locations: the Elevations Diagonal Branch parking lot (2960 Diagonal Hwy.) in Boulder and the Wal-Mart parking lot at 745 U.S. Hwy. 287 in Lafayette. The service is FREE, but donations to Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers are encouraged.

Enter For Chance at “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Preview Pass

© 2015 MARVEL

© 2015 MARVEL

Was it worth the wait? We’ll soon find out, as the most anticipated movie of the year hits theaters. Yep, we’re talking the further adventures of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye and The Black Widow (and don’t forget Nick Fury) in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. MHOTC readers have the chance to attend a special 3D advance screening on Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at a Denver theater. We are super excited about this because only a few outlets in town were given an allotment of passes. (Now, you know how special we really are!) Because this is such an exclusive preview, the promoters will only be issuing hard passes (as in actual paper tickets.) The lucky fans whose names are drawn will have to pick up the passes in person, with a photo ID, at Mile High Comics in Glendale. Also, the promoters are doing everything within their “superpowers” to ensure everyone who wins has a guaranteed seat. (They are not overbooking this preview, as is common practice.) To enter to win 2 admit-one passes, carefully follow these directions: Send an e-mail to MarvelPromosDenver@gmail.com. In the Subject line include MHOTC or your entry will not be valid. Then, in the body of the e-mail, type in your full name, address and phone number. Deadline to enter is Monday, April 20 at noon. Later that day, the names drawn from the MHOTC entries will be notified and directed when and how to pick up passes. (Please don’t enter, if you’re unable to get to Mile High Comics to pick up the tickets.) If you are among the lucky few to attend the preview, you’re invited to dress as your favorite Avenger for a chance to win a special prize. However, no costume masks allowed. Here’s the full giveaway disclaimer: No purchase necessary. Limit two (2) admit-one passes per person. This film is rated PG-13. Must be 13 years of age to receive passes. Employees of all promotional partners and their agencies are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by 12:00PM (Noon) on Monday, April 20 to be eligible to receive passes. Winners will be contacted via e-mail with instructions to pick up their passes. Sponsors not responsible for incomplete, lost, late or misdirected entries or for failure to receive entries due to transmission or technical failures of any kind. Duplicate entries are not allowed, one entry per household. Seating is limited, so arrive early. Pass does not guarantee a seat at the screening. Refer to pass for further details.