It’s a new year and a brand new lineup of concerts, shows and sporting events for 2017. You can find real savings by buying through services such as Goldstar and Groupon. (Be sure when buying through Groupon to check our recent posts for any promo codes, for extra savings.) Here are some discounts I’ve uncovered to concerts, plays, local tours and more from now through the summer. [Read more…] about 19 Great Deals for Upcoming Entertainment in Denver
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If you want to get up close and personal with the National Western Stock Show’s 2017 Grand Champion steer, mosey on over to The Brown Palace Hotel on Friday, January 20. The prize animal, adorned with a garland of roses, will be escorted down a red carpet at 11 a.m. to take center stage during afternoon tea (the steer takes his tea from a sterling silver punch bowl. Two sugars, please!) in the famed hotel’s lobby. This is the last hurrah before heading to the auction of champions that evening. The public is welcome to join in for FREE photos with the champ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rodeo royalty of the two-legged variety will also be on hand for pictures and autographs. 312 17th St., Denver, 303-297-3111.
There’s a new Groupon promo code. Groupon almost always saves you money, usually half off, which makes any offer, service or product you get from them more affordable. However, with this latest promotion, you can really save big. Here’s the inside scoop: Through Wednesday, January 18 at 11:59 p.m. MT, get an extra 20% off up to three Groupon Local Deals, with promo code WINTER20. That’s anything from dinners and National Western Stock Show tickets to spa treatments and fun things to do. To get the deal, use this link to take you Groupon’s Top Deals in the Denver-Boulder area. You can get up to a $50 discount per deal. There are a few exclusions: Read the fine print here.
Inspired by a true story, Gold is the epic tale of one man’s pursuit of the American dream, to discover gold. Matthew McConaughey stars as Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break. He teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on an amazing journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Getting the gold was hard, but keeping it would be even harder, sparking an adventure through the most powerful boardrooms of Wall Street. MHOTC readers can attend a FREE sneak preview of the film on Monday, January 23 at 7 p.m. at Landmark Greenwood Village. Click here to download and print an admit-two pass for the screening. 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. For more information on how previews work, read our Movie Sneak Preview Guide.
Plan your week on the cheap with this list of FREE events around Denver. And, check back often as the list is updated daily. Looking for both free and low-cost things to do? You’ll find more listings on our Mile High Events Calendar, which you can view by day or by month. If you don’t already, keep up with the latest deals, discounts and freebies by signing up for our daily email newsletter (just one a day). You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Click on each link for details, because some events require preregistration. Here’s what’s happening this week. [Read more…] about Free Things To Do This Week Around Denver
Whole Foods Market Tamarac hosts a FREE veggie-friendly cooking class based on the science of the “Food for Life” eating program. On Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m., Chef Kelley Williamson prepares easy recipes that use the power of nutrition to bring health to the body. This month’s theme is Plant-Based Brunch. Dishes include: Benedict’s, Potato Hash and Breakfast Parfaits. These classes fill fast, so reserve your spot by stopping in or calling the store’s customer service desk at 303-488-2000. 7400 E. Hampden Ave., Denver.
Stop the presses! Check out our weekly column “Cheap Checklist” in today’s The Denver Post in the Life & Culture section. You can also read it online. (If there is no link, go to the Denver Post and type “Cheap Checklist” in the search box to find our latest column.) Every Saturday, we compile the best freebies, discounts and deals in town for the upcoming week. The column now includes store sales — all the more reason for smart shoppers to make it a must-read. If you have any suggestions or tips for inclusion, send them to email@example.com 10 to 14 days in advance. We’re already working on the copy for our next deadline!
Bored on a budget? You’ve come to the right place! Mile High On The Cheap is the answer for Coloradans wanting 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.) Be sure to check out our constantly-updated list of upcoming Mile High events, which you can view by day or by month. Here are our top picks for FREE and cheap things to do this weekend. [Read more…] about Free & Cheap Things To Do in Denver This Weekend
One more reason to love your local library? FREE passes to local museums and attractions. Many library districts offer some sort of pass that gives you FREE entry to every place from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Dinosaur Ridge to the Butterfly Pavilion and Denver Firefighters Museum. For a family of four, this can be a considerable savings and a way to explore a new or favorite attraction, without having to deal with the crowds of community-wide free days. You do need a library card for each specific district to take advantage of these freebies, but don’t worry if you don’t have one. Any Colorado resident can get a card for any library as long as you present some sort of photo ID at one of the library locations. Once you have signed up, then you can typically reserve your pass online, just as you would put a hold on a book or DVD. A few systems even let you download and print out the pass. Here’s what’s available. [Read more…] about Free Attraction, Museum & Park Passes at Local Libraries
It’s back (and expanded)… Ski Free program for BOGO lift tickets to Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Monarch, Powderhorn or Sunlight Mountain Resort. In years past, this was a Shell-only promotion, but now Exxon and Mobil are on board. Here’s how it works: 1. Stop by any participating Exxon, Mobil or Shell gas station. (Exxon & Mobil stations have vouchers now, Shell stations have vouchers starting January 19); 2. Pump 10 gallons or more; 3. Ask the station attendant for a validated SKI FREE voucher and to stamp your gas receipt; 4. Take the validated, stamped voucher and gas receipt to the participating ski area’s lift ticket window; and 5. Purchase a one-day, full-price adult lift ticket and receive a second one FREE. (Both tickets must be used on the same day). The program runs through April 16 or until ski areas close for the season. Each participating resort has some restrictions and/or blackout dates, so be sure to check your favorite before heading out.
Monkey around with the family at the Denver Zoo for FREE in 2017. The world-class operation welcomes you to “talk to the animals” for FREE on January 12, 20 and 21; February 2, 12 and 13; and November 3, 6 and 16. Explore Predator Ridge populated with lions and other carnivores, the indoor rainforest Tropical Discovery, the Toyota Elephant Passage, Bear Mountain and Primate Panorama.
The zoo is on “winter hours” (during all of the FREE Days), which means they’re open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Denver’s City Park (on 23rd Ave. between Colorado Blvd. & York St.) The grounds officially shut down at 5 p.m., so be sure you’re through the gates by 4 p.m.
Be warned, parking can become a stampede, so consider using public transportation, carpooling, walking or biking. Trust us, you’ll be happier spending your time “talking to the animals” rather than circling (and circling) the parking lot searching for an open spot.
The January 31st deadline is fast approaching for Colorado Ski Country USA’s 5th and 6th passport applications. The 5th Grade Passport provides participants with three FREE days of skiing or snowboarding at each of the association’s 21 member resorts. The 6th Grade Passport Program provides four days of skiing or snowboarding at each of those 21 member resorts for $125 for a potential 84 days on the slopes. Whether these passports are used for all possible days or just a few, they are still the best value in Colorado.
Here’s a wheel deal that’s sure to rock your ride. CycleBar, a new concept in premium indoor cycling that offers a high energy workout in a concert-like atmosphere, opens on January 23 at Southwest Plaza. And you can try it for FREE. From Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 22, CycleBar will hold its CycleBlast, with 50 FREE classes over the 10 days — 2,500 FREE rides to cyclists of all levels. The studio uses a pay-per-class model, so no membership is necessary. Amenities include free towels, showers, lockers and shoes. Classes take place in special “theater” and instructors lead participants through a 50-minute energy ride. The CycleTheatre is tiered with 45 bikes, plus LED lighting, wide-screen graphics and a studio with DJ booth. Registration is required. You’ll find the complete schedule and sign-up here. 8501 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton.
We ran this post last month and it proved so popular we thought today’s storm was a good reason to repeat it, as you may need to find a cheap activity today. So it snowed… a lot. Despite the rutted and icy roads and slippery sidewalks, for many, a hefty snowfall is an excuse to go sledding, even if it is just down that tiny median in front of your home. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few with a store-bought sled and the envy of the sledding hill crowd. But if not, don’t despair. Coloradans are famous for their ingenuity when it comes to makeshift sleds. Our friend Jody Mace at Charlotte on the Cheap (a Southern gal, go figure) has come up with 17 DIY options. [Read more…] about 17 Easy Do-It-Yourself Sleds
No this isn’t a typo. Christmas may be past, but the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is holding a “Christmas” Bird Count in January, geared toward the younger crowd. The Christmas Bird Count for Kids is Monday, January 16 (which is also Martin Luther King Jr., Day so many kiddos will not be in school) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Barr Lake State Park. The event is designed to get young birders involved in the tradition of annual bird counts, foster a conservation ethic and give families a chance to get outdoors for a fun event. [Read more…] about Christmas Bird Count For Kids at Barr Lake