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. Fortunately, our community has it all “on the cheap” — entertainment, festivals, concerts, movies, workshops, tours, sporting events and more. And we’ve done 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 56+ Free & Cheap Things To Do in Denver This Weekend
Things To Do
Light up your holiday with a wild visit to the Denver Zoo’s annual Zoo Lights celebration, which runs nightly from December 1 to 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Experience a light safari with 60 illuminated acres of lights and more than 130 animated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in unexpected places.
For the first time, guests this year will even be able to control some of those sculptures at special interactive stations at Zoo’s Giraffe Meadows area. Two vignettes will be operated by “kid-level” control panels that include foot pedals, switches and buttons.
In addition to the wondrous displays, the pachyderms building, Elephant House, El Pomar Foundation Village Hall and Tropical Discovery are all open. Santa will also be on hand nightly from December 1 to 23. There are a few ways to save on tickets. [Read more…] about How To Save on Denver Zoo Lights Tickets
Free yourself from shopping stress on Friday, November 24 at the relaxing Clyfford Still Museum. FREE admission is being offered all day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Swing by and experience Still & Art, with nine beautiful galleries of Clyfford Still’s art, plus images of references—as diverse as Hollywood’s two Frankenstein films from the 1930s; works by the great Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco, Vincent van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso; popular cartoons; and modern sculptures — that inspired Still. Free guided tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 1250 Bannock St., Denver.
The 2018 Denver Entertainment Book is full of coupons for local shopping, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, services, and more. Books are published every year and the coupons are good until the following December. The book covers the Greater Denver Area and mountain resorts, so you can also find coupons for Breckenridge, Castle Rock, Estes Park, Frisco, Glenwood Springs, Greeley, Loveland and more. Many times, especially with coupons for local attractions, you’ll see 2-for-1 offers, so you’re saving up to 50% off. And the ski resorts often include lift ticket deals. For Black Friday you can get a screamin’ deal — 40% off with FREE shipping. [Read more…] about Black Friday Sale: All 2018 Entertainment Books and App: 40% Off + Free Shipping
Typically Thanksgiving weekend is slim pickings in the craft show world. But, a number of shows are now taking the opportunity to stand-out by staging fairs that they hope will entice you away from the big malls. We have an entire page devoted to upcoming holiday craft shows, markets and fairs in the Denver/Boulder area. It includes an interactive map to help you find the ones closest to your shopping flight path.
As always, we call out some of our favorite picks: This weekend you’ll find the insanely crowded, but always fun Horseshoe Holiday Market at the Highland Masonic Temple. The Friday Night Bazaar (on Friday, of course) lets you shop 80+ food, crafts and fashion vendors. Park Hill Masonic Lodge plays host to the Park Hill Holiday Market. And, Gypsy Farmhouse Holiday Market is at the JeffCo Fairgrounds.
Check out our Holiday Craft Shows list for more details (dates, times, entry fees, etc.) on these and other sales. And if you know of any upcoming shows, please email details to email@example.com.
Downtown Littleton officially kicks off the holiday season on Friday, November 24 with its annual Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting. Families and kids of all ages are encouraged to follow Santa Claus as he makes his way down Main Street starting at 6:30 p.m. from the courthouse. As he passes each block, he will magically illuminate the trees.
Sip FREE hot cider, visit with reindeer and enjoy holiday music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bring your camera for a photo with Santa at Town Hall Arts Center after the lighting. Candles may be purchased for 50¢. Main Street will be open to pedestrians, but closed to traffic starting at 4 p.m. FREE parking is available at Arapahoe Community College. For more information, call 303-795-3863.
Loyalty pays off, especially when it comes to being a member of AMC Stubs Insider. (Membership is FREE for the basic loyalty program.) Every Tuesday, through December 19, AMC Theatres offers members $5 Ticket Tuesdays — get a ticket for just $5. (There is an upcharge for premium formats and special events. Exclusions apply.)
Even better, members can also get a Cameo Combo for just $5 on Tuesdays, too — click here for the coupon. The combo includes a fountain drink (21-oz.) and Cameo-sized popcorn. (“Cameo-sized” is described as “snackable”, so we’re assuming it’s relatively small.)
It’s not often you can buy a ticket and enjoy popcorn & soda for $10. Let’s go to the movies!
Plan your week on the cheap with this list of FREE events around Denver. Check back often, as the list is updated daily. Looking for 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 e-newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Click on each link for details, as some events may require registration. Here’s what’s happening this week: [Read more…] about 64+ Free Things To Do This Week Around Denver
FREE ice skating returns to downtown Denver’s Skyline Park for another winter as the Southwest Rink welcomes locals anxious to lace up some blades from November 22 to February 14. Hours vary, so check the rink’s website. Bring your own skates or rent a pair ($6 for kids 12 and younger, $8 for 13 and older). On Sundays, kids 12 and younger can rent skates for FREE. Among the special programs this season: live bands and DJs on weekends, Sunday family fun days, a Broomball Challenge and and FREE learn-to-skate lessons on Saturdays. 16th and Arapahoe Streets next to the landmark D&F Clocktower. 303-825-6787.
On Sunday, November 26, the Tesoro Cultural Center again celebrates its Southwestern tradition of lighting the farolitos – paper lanterns – and burning pinecones in the courtyard of The Fort Restaurant. The festivities from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. usher in the holiday season and honor a member of the community who has enlightened the minds and souls of others. The FREE event, which is open to the public, features live music, FREE apple cider, hot chocolate and biscochitos provided by The Fort. This event is outside, so dress warmly. 19192 CO-8, Morrison.
Longmont residents can ring in the holidays with the Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. There’s a Santa and the Elves Dance Off. Hot cocoa, goody bags, and the St. Vrain Carolers provide the seasonal trimmings for this festive event. 6th Ave. Plaza, west of 6th Ave. and Main St., Longmont.
One of Littleton’s favorite holiday events, A Hudson Christmas, is back at The Hudson Gardens & Event Center. Guests enjoy a festive holiday light displays, wagon rides, visits with Santa (through December 23) and more. The outdoor walking path winds through Hudson Gardens, featuring more than 250,000 twinkling lights. Depending on your pace, it takes about 45 to 90 minutes to enjoy the display. [Read more…] about ‘A Hudson Christmas’ at Hudson Gardens
Is founding father and visionary Alexander Hamilton more popular today than during his lifetime? If you can’t get enough of this disadvantaged orphan-turned-war hero, you’re invited to relive history at Arapahoe Libraries.
Get an up-close look at Hamilton’s role in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War by checking out a unique traveling Alexander Hamilton exhibit featured from November 20 through December 17 at Koelbel Library (5955 S. Holly St., Centennial). The exhibit is free and the community is invited to stop in to view the exhibit during regular library hours.
Since Alexander Hamilton is inspiring new interest in colonial history, Arapahoe Libraries is hosting several other events inspired by Hamilton or life in colonial America. Take a step back in time with these FREE programs at several libraries: [Read more…] about Get an Up-Close View of Alexander Hamilton at Arapahoe Libraries
Kids can learn do-it-yourself skills and craft a fun item for themselves or to give to someone special by attending Home Depot’s FREE “How-To-Workshop” on Saturday, November 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at all stores. This is a special extra project for parent/guardian and child to do together. The classes promote tool safety for kids ages 5 to 12, as well as encourage some quality time between parent and child. The special Holiday project (look it up by store) is a holiday picture frame that doubles as a Christmas tree ornament.
Paint and stickers are provided for the kiddos to customize their creation. All participants not only take home their craft, but receive a FREE orange apron (a mini-version of what Home Depot associates wear) and a pin. Kids Workshop activities are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please don’t arrive before 9 a.m. Reservations are requested, but not required, as they are used just to ensure they have enough craft kits. Click on Register next to the project, then find the store nearest you.
Connecting with the natural world is easy in Colorado. All you have to do is head east to the plains or west into the mountains. FREE programs take place in a variety of Jefferson County Open Space parks including Lookout Mountain Nature Center (LMNC) and the Hiwan Homestead Museum, throughout the year. The Center offers a variety of nature programs with topics that explore the diversity and richness of the foothills. Discover wildlife, plants, geology, astronomy and more. [Read more…] about Free & Fun Nature and History Programs Through JeffCo Open Space