Even tony Aspen can be an affordable getaway. Camp or use your favorite site to book economical accommodations. Bar food, picnicking and happy hour bring down the cost of restaurant meals. The city’s newest restaurant is the A$pen Dollar Bar (no website yet), which offers $6 nightly dinner specials and other entrées only $9-$12. Food served till midnight. 301 E Hopkins, 970-429-4218. ♦ Save gas and spare yourself the parking hassles by using RFTA buses, which are FREE throughout Aspen, to Snowmass and Maroon Lake, one of the nation’s most beautiful, most photographed scenes and a key gateway to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Book at least two nights of lodging and get a FREE 3-day WE-cycle bike share pass for any number of 30-minute uses. Click here or call 888-649-5982 and ask about the Free Bike Rental Package. ♦ Admission to the Aspen Art Museum is FREE and will still be free after the new museum opens next month. Closed Mondays. E. Hyman and S. Spring, 970-925-8050. ♦ The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) offers a number of FREE programs including nature walks and hikes. The 2-hour Maroon Bells-Crater Lake hike and the 45-minute Maroon Bell Landmarks in Time tour both begin at 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Donations suggested. 100 Puppy Smith St., 970-925-5756. ♦ Aspen Music Festival & School offers more than 300 events in a season that runs through August 17. Tickets to classical concerts in the Benedict Tent are $85, but bring a blanket or a lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy the music for FREE on the shady lawn. It is perhaps the country’s only summer music festival with free lawn seating. Also, student concerts, music in local chapels and churches, and walking tours from the Hotel Jerome to the festival tent are FREE. For details, pick up the orange and white 2014 season calendar or call 970-925-9042. ♦ Every Thursday through August 14 from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m., the FREE Snowmass Summer Concert series features performers from reggae to classical jazz at the end of the Snowmass Village Mall. Again, bring a chair or blanket and a picnic; an area for dogs and their owners is set aside above Woodrun V. ♦ Chef demonstrations at today’s Snowmass Culinary Festival (Saturday, July 12) are FREE. If you’re in town, check the schedule and head over. ♦ If you are a shopper, check out local thrift shops. The granddaddy of them all is the Thrift Shop of Aspen, which celebrates its 65th anniversary this fall, sells well-priced clothing, electronics, household goods, sporting goods, linens, toys and more. Closed Sundays. 422 E Hopkins Ave., 970-925-3121.