Free, cheap events and deals in Colorado this June

Free admission and rides at Mile High Flea Market

Whether you’re a seasoned bargain hunter or new to thrifting, the Mile High Flea Market (I-76 & 88th Avenue) has lots of deals to be found. The enormous flea market offers everything you need for a fun weekend on the cheap, including a farmers market, covered shops, food stands and amusement rides for the kids. Open every weekend year-round from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the market often boasts more than 2,500 sellers. Regular admission is affordable at $2 per person on Fridays and $3 on Saturdays and Sundays. A $5 three-day pass is good all weekend. Kids (11 and under) get in at no cost. This summer, admission is free on select Fridays: June 24, July 29 and Aug. 26. Plus, the shopping mecca is offering Free Ride Fridays on June 10 and Aug. 5 with complimentary rides all day.

National Donut Day

It’s National Donut Day on June 3, when everyone celebrates the sweet goodness of the iconic and popular treat. To mark the occasion, Dunkin’ is offering a free Classic Donut with the purchase of any beverage at regular price. Through June 21, DD Perks members in Denver can enjoy a medium iced coffee for just $2 at the popular donut shop. There are more National Donut Day giveaways and deals expected from other chains, including LaMar’s Donuts, Krispy Kreme and Shipley Do-Nuts. Plus, Denver has many great local donut shops and bakeries, so you may want to stop by to check for any National Donut Day specials.

Jefferson County Used Book Sale

Mark your calendars, bookworms on a budget. There’s an ocean of deals at the Jefferson County Library Foundation’s Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 3 and 4 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 5. Held in the massive exhibit hall of the Jefferson County Fairgrounds (15200 W. 6th Ave.) in Golden, the sale boasts more than 90,000 books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, puzzles, games and more. Prices run from 50 cents to $2.50 on most items. Sunday is Bag Day, when $8 buys you as many items as can fit into a standard grocery-size bag. Admission is $5 each day. Die-hard bargain bibliophiles can beat the crowds on Friday with early admission at 8 a.m. for $10.

Regal Cinemas’ Summer Movie Express

All aboard, bored kids! Regal Cinemas has scheduled 16 weeks of family-friendly flicks at select theaters for its popular (and budget-friendly) Summer Movie Express, from May 24 to Sept. 7. During the summer film series, selected G- and PG-rated movies show every Tuesday and Wednesday, the first show of the day, usually around 10 a.m. (Showtimes vary by location.) Each week, there are two family-friendly flicks and both play each day. Here in Colorado, the series starts June 7 at most participating locations, with a few getting started May 31. The series is not available at all locations, so be sure to check first. Tickets are just $2 each and can be purchased at the box office or online.

Urban Market

Find a cornucopia of local arts and crafts sold directly by the artist, including clothing, jewelry, antiques, furniture, unique treasures, delicious food and more at the Urban Market in Skyline Park in downtown Denver. Have fun in the sun while supporting local artists and businesses. Plus, there will be a live concert at each market starting at noon. This summer, the Urban Market is held most weekends, with an occasional Thursday market. It’s open June 3, 4, 5,11 and 12; July 9, 10, 23 and 24; Aug. 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21; Sept. 22; and Oct. 8, 9, 15 and 16. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in June to September and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in October. Admission is free.

Free Fishing Weekend

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) invites anglers of all ages and skillsets to participate in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on June 4 and 5. Although no license is required, all other rules and regulations apply. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a favorite pastime or bait a hook for the first time. The CPW website is a river of helpful of information, including stocking reports, bait fishing basics and the best spots to take kids fishing. If you’re fishing for other savings, kids (15 and under) always fish for free and seniors (Colorado residents 65 and older) can obtain an annual fishing license for $10.23.

DFL Harmony Horse Expo

Horse around with fellow horse lovers at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center (5540 E. Hwy. 86) in Franktown for the Harmony Horse Expo on June 10 and 11. The free event gives visitors the opportunity to take guided tours of the 168-acre property, learn more about horses and meet adoptable horses. Attendees will enjoy a variety of workshops and training demos. The event is open Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, the center is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a free concert by Brenn Hill on June 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. Bring a picnic basket and chairs to enjoy the festivities. Harmony Equine Center is a private rehabilitation and adoption facility for horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that have been removed from owners’ care by law enforcement.

Harkins Theatres’ Summer Movie Fun

Harkins Theatres offers blockbuster savings with its Summer Movie Fun series. The family-friendly series shows one kids’ flick every weekday at 9:45 a.m. from June 6 to July 29. Tickets are just $2 each. Or you can buy a Summer Movie Fun Pass for $8, making each movie just $1. With the pass, you must select a specific theatre and day of the week and attend each screening accordingly. This year’s line-up includes “Sing 2,” “Tom & Jerry,” “Space Jam: A New Legacy” and more. Harkins Theatres include Northfield 18 (8300 E. Northfield Blvd.) in Denver and Arvada 14 (5550 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.).

Greek Festival

Opa! Eat, drink and dance like a Greek at the Greek Festival June 17-19 on the grounds of Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral (4610 E. Alameda Ave.) in Denver. With more than 25,000 attendees every year, the festival offers homemade Greek food, live music, dance performances and a boutique stocked with jewelry, clothing, fine art and more. Plus, don’t miss the tours inside one of the coolest historic and cultural landmarks in Denver, “The Gold Dome” of the Assumption Cathedral of the Theotokos. Tickets are available online for $5, with seniors getting in for $3 and children (12 and under) at no cost. The festivities run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Infinity Park’s Music & Movie Nights

Infinity Park (4599 E. Tennessee Ave.) in Glendale is offering families a night of fun under the stars with its Music & Movie Nights this summer. Bring your chairs or big blanket and secure your spot on the lawn for a relaxing summer evening. Pack a dinner and snacks to complete the experience. Each night, the live music from a local band fills the air at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 7:30 on the park’s stadium-quality jumbo screen. Gates open at 6 p.m. The band-movie line-up for 2022: June 24, Dumm Friends League and “Happy Gilmore”; July 8, SuperMagik and “Cruella”; July 22, Cass Clayton Band and “Sing 2”; and Aug. 12, Classic Vinyl and  “Yesterday.” Admission is free.

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

Coloradans can get a taste of a solstice celebration at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at Bond Park (250 Park Lane) in Estes Park from June 24 to 26. Entertainment runs continuously throughout the day, with dancing, live music, Viking age re-enactors and combat demos with swords, axes and spears. In addition, there will be a Viking tent encampment with demonstrations of various skills, including textile arts, blacksmith and carpentry. And check out the Scandinavian Classic Car Show, enjoy Scandinavian food, and shop more than 80 artisans selling original work. Hours are 4-8 p.m. on Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Unicorn Festival

A magical world is springing up at Clement Park (7306 W. Bowles Ave.) in Littleton on June 25 and 26. Princesses, fairies, mermaids and, of course, real unicorns will be fluttering and prancing around at the Unicorn Festival. The event will be full of fanciful fun, including bouncy castles, storytelling, a unicorn petting corral, a mermaid, photos with a princess, a 66-foot dragon slide, castle obstacle course and more. Plus, the Unicycling Unicorn performs two family-friendly shows daily with daredevil stunts, tricks and comedy. Snacks and treats will be sold. Tickets are $25 per person and valid all weekend long. (Children 2 and younger get in for free.) However, the best deal is the family four-pack for $79, only available online. Attend both days and the ticket price drops to about $10 per person (with the discounted family pack.) All entertainment and activities are included with admission. The festival’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Park at Southwest Plaza for free and enjoy a complimentary shuttle to the event.

Einstein Bros. Bagels Gift Card Discount

Through June 24, Einstein Bros. Bagels is offering 20 percent off digital gift cards purchased online. (The discount is not available in-restaurant nor on physical gift cards.) For example, buy a $50 gift card for $40 or $100 for $80. Whatever the amount, it all adds up to lots of savings, perfect for workday lunches or weekend bagel runs. Plus, for maximum savings, you could use the discounted gift cards on the shop’s Monday special: get 13 bagels for $8. Add two tubs of cream cheese for $5. The weekly offer is only available to the chain’s Shmear Society Rewards members.


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