Denver Deals: Affordable Arts Festival, Colorado Ski Pass Discounts & More!
posted by: Gretchen
Have you ever bought something that is so totally unnecessary but you loved it for every penny you spent on it anyway? I am sort of wondering if I will feel that way if I buy the new Ninja Cremi, which I saw at Costco. It is a homemade ice cream maker and ice cream is my favorite. Would it be worth it? When my kids were young I collected DVDs of Disney movies, maybe this is the next step in saying I’m collecting something for them [kitchen appliances] when it’s really for me.
Affordable Arts Festival. Arapahoe Community College will host the Affordable Arts Festival on Sunday, August 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Paintings, mixed media, jewelry, glass, fiber works, photography, metal, sculptures, ceramics and wood all on sale – normally under $100. But just because it is a deal does not mean the art is cheap. See some of the best deals here. There are top artists are incredible deals. Admission is $12 (kids 12 and under are free).
Ski Season Passes. If you like to ski or are thinking of getting a pass this year, now is the time to do it. I know it is hard to think of snow when it feels like it is still summer. You only have until Labor Day to get the Epic Pass and Ikon pass at their lowest prices (seriously, waiting just one week after Labor Day could cost you $20/pass more). There are also often deals right around Labor Day for other ski areas as they introduce their packages for this ski year.
Loveland Corn Roast Festival. One of my favorite things about late summer in Colorado is the awesome crop of peaches but, also corn! Get Corny on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27 at the Loveland Fairgrounds Park. Celebrate corn with live music, corn shucking, beer garden, Kids Zone and a parade all celebrating corn.
Free Ride [RTD]. RTD is offering free rides this whole month! Any time in August you will not have to pay for a ride on a bus or the light rail. When my kids went to Washington DC several years ago, they said they loved navigating public transportation the best. So why not teach your kids how to do that right here – and take a free ride downtown just for the outing of it all?
Four Mile Historic Park Pumpkin Harvest Festival. October may feel like a long way away, but now is the time to get your tickets for the Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Four Mile Historic Park on October 8 and 9. Tickets are on sale to purchase visit: https://www.
Aspen Grove. Aspen Grove has a lot happening this fall! Silent Yoga (like silent disco) with CorePower Yoga is only happening for three more weeks. Tickets are $10. Date night idea with the Murder Mystery Event on 27. Tickets are $40/person (includes 90-minute murder mystery, silent headphone rentals, food truck bites, and a drink). Saturday mornings doing the 60-minute fit camp [plus a cold beverage after] for just $7/person. Thursday nights through August swing dance (includes lessons). Every Sunday play some Bingo for a good cause – bring a pack of men’s/boys underwear for a free 10 oz drink and play bingo for prizes.
SNAP Access. Families that receive SNAP benefits can also visit area museums and cultural centers for just $1 or $2 per admission (up to 10). These Explorer Passes are not restricted to certain days – just show your EBT card at the ticket counter ate one of these great venues: Butterfly Pavilion, Children’s Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens (York St or Chatfield Farms), Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Zoo, History Colorado Center, Molly Brown House, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.
Elitch Gardens 2023 Season Passes. Season passes are on sale already for Elitch Gardens and they are almost 60% off. The sale goes through Labor Day for just %59.99/pass. They do also have a payment plan AND you can add Dining plans at a discount as well. The pass includes unlimited park admission April through October 2023 (including Fright Fest THIS year), free parking, free souvenir cup, free friend ticket for 2023 (use by May 29, 2023), two (2) free bring a friend tickets for 2023, in-park discounts and more! The discount is available online only.
Consignment Sales. I love consignment sales especially when it is kid’s clothes. We have once again rounded up the season’s best sales for you! This week’s highlights are the Just Between Friends of Longmont Thursday, August 24 – Sunday, August 28 at the Boulder County Fairgrounds or if you live on the South side of town go to the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 217 for the Mothers of Multiples sale! Visit our page for details all season long.
Free Concerts and Movies. Have you checked out our lists for this summer? They are chock-full of events in nearly every corner of the city on almost any night of the summer, you can find free Denver outdoor concerts or outdoor movies to enjoy with the whole family outside!