Free and cheap things to do in Colorado in August 2020

Cheers!

Drink up summer savings, thanks to the return of The Passport Program. The offer opens up a world of 2-for-1 craft beer, wine, spirits and cocktails at 64 Denver restaurants and bars. All of the establishments are hand-selected by the program’s city managers and certified to be “the best places to get your booze on.” The passport is valid through Oct. 31 for one twofer offer at each establishment. This summer, there are also four bonus spots with the Stanley Marketplace Field Trip. Plus, passport-holders get exclusive access to giveaways, pop-ups and other perks. Each pass is available online for $25. With a savings of around $500 total, the book is definitely worth the price of admission. Worried about another shutdown? In the event that bars and restaurants close their doors according to federal and/or state regulations, you can get a Passport for the next season, prorated for time lost. There is also a Boulder Passport available – valid at 50 venues. thepassportprogram.com/denver

Movie brake

Hit the parking brake and enjoy a night of family fun at The Landmark at Greenwood Village’s Drive-In Movie Nights. The shopping plaza is showing a movie at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.) from the upper level of its parking lot at 5375 Landmark Place in Greenwood Village. Parking spots are socially-distanced, with every other space open. Admission is free. However, organizers are encouraging attendees to make a small donation to the Dumb Friends League. Here’s the schedule for the month: Aug. 1, “The Secret Life of Pets 2”; Aug. 7, “Peanut Butter Falcon”; and Aug. 8, “Grease.” Space is limited, so get there early to secure your spot. facebook.com

And more movies …

Going to the movies is tricky this summer. Arapahoe County has devised a unique option with its Pictures on the Plains. Watch a flick from your very own socially-distanced “pod” on the grass. Families are invited to spend a night under the stars at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds on Aug. 12 and watch “Jurassic Park” on the big outdoor screen. Bring a picnic, games, blankets and lawn chairs. Entry opens at 5 p.m., the pre-movie concert (featuring Strings and the Box) starts at 6:30 p.m., and the movie gets rolling at approximately 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. However, reservations are required. Reservations open on Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. arapahoecountyfair.com

… And a movie just for health care workers

Health care workers deserve a night off. Car-sharing company Turo is honoring their hard work and dedication by sponsoring a Turo at the Movies Tour with free screenings for health care professionals and their guests. The tour makes a Colorado stop on Aug. 31 at the Holiday Twin Drive-In (2206 S. Overland Trail) in Fort Collins. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with the showing of the iconic original “Ghostbusters.” Space is limited and the 300 tickets available (capped at 130 cars) will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Submissions will only be accepted starting Aug. 17. To reserve a spot, e-mail [email protected] with an attached photo of your credentials proving you’re a health care worker and Colorado resident. Plus, attendees receive a $50 Turo travel credit, which can be used to upgrade their vehicle for the special night or save for a future adventure. turo.com

Re-cycled sandwiches

Having a bike opens up a world of adventure, fun and fitness for kids. However, not every child has a bicycle — and that’s where Trips For Kids Denver Metro pedals in to help. The local organization empowers at-risk and disadvantaged youths by giving them access to a bike as a tool for fostering positive life skills. Snarf’s Sandwiches is partnering with the group to encourage more donations. Every Saturday in August, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., donate a geared bicycle at the sub shop’s Denver location at 1490 S. Broadway. In return, Snarf’s will give you a free 7-inch sandwich for each bike you drop off. Now’s the time to clean out the garage or shed and put those old bikes to good use. tripsforkidsdenver.org

Small world

It’s time to play again. The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Toys and Dolls is opening the doors to its new location on Aug. 8. After 35 years in Denver, the family-friendly museum temporarily shuttered. Now, it’s ready to unveil new digs in Lakewood at 830 Kipling St. The museum celebrates and preserves many collections of various toys from the past and present. Permanent exhibits include antique and Japanese dolls and fully furnished miniatures, including dollhouses, a circus, planes and cars. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. Visitors will be required to wear a mask and enter at timed increments. The “tiny” museum is open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. dmmdt.org

Anniversary party

Since 1955, Colorado-born Natural Grocers has been leading the way down healthy grocery aisles. It has also been at the forefront of eliminating plastic bags, by encouraging shoppers to bring their own reusable bag or use one of the empty packing boxes available at the front of the store. To mark its 65th anniversary, the grocer is celebrating with giveaways and specials at all 41 Colorado locations, from Aug. 13 to 15. Customers can get a free reusable bag with any purchase. Plus, loyalty club members score a free chocolate bar. And, on Aug. 13, cool off with a free frozen dessert treat, while supplies last. Bargain hunters will find many popular items priced up to 50 percent off for all three days. Each store will also be giving away lots of prizes, including a $65 Natural Grocers gift card, Fitbit Inspire, wooden cutting board, a kid’s rolling backpack, a bag full of products and more. naturalgrocers.com/anniversary

Princess for a day

Little ones will giggle with delight at meeting their favorite princess and parents can also enjoy some bargain shopping at the Outlets at Castle Rock on Aug. 15. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the discount outlet is hosting its annual Princess Meet & Greet with five special members of fairytale royalty: Snow Queen, Snow Princess, Polynesian Princess, Sleeping Beauty and the Little Mermaid. Pictures are complimentary; just bring your own smartphone or camera. Families can pre-register for a 5-minute time slot with their favorite princess. Registration is $10. However, attendees get the money back via a $10 Outlets at Castle Rock gift card. The event will be outdoors and be modified to ensure maximum physical distancing. Princesses- and princes-in-the-making will probably want to wear their royal attire and crown to complete the experience. outletsatcastlerock.com

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