Cheap things to do in Denver (May 2022): DBG plant sale, BOGO food, free comic books and more

Denver Botanic Gardens plant sale

Grab your garden gloves and dig in to the always-anticipated annual spring plant sale at the Denver Botanic Gardens on May 6 and 7, with tens of thousands of plants available. In addition to 15 plant divisions (herbs, vegetables, hanging baskets, seeds, container gardens, water-smart plants, etc.), the sale includes gardening supplies and gifts. Plus, the Gardens’ renowned horticulturists will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on the best plants for your own garden. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own wagons and carts or even recycled boxes to transport plants. The sale runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Arrive early for the best selection. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Leave your green at home because credit/debit cards and checks are only accepted. botanicgardens.org

Crisp & Green grand opening

Denver is turning over a new leaf. Crisp & Green, a fast-casual eatery offering made-from-scratch healthy fare, opens its first Denver location (7111 E. Lowry Blvd.) in The Exchange at Boulevard One on May 7. The grand opening celebration kicks off on May 6 with 50 percent off online and app orders using promo code DENVER50, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then, on May 7, Crisp & Green has partnered with local fitness studio Yoga Six for a free on-site class at 9 a.m. (Be sure to bring your own mat.) From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the restaurant is giving away one free signature salad or grain bowl to all customers. You must be in line by 1:30 p.m. for the freebie. The weekend wraps up on May 8 with a fitness class at 9:30 a.m. and an opportunity for the first 100 lunch customers, starting at 10:30 a.m., to receive a free tumbler. crispandgreen.com

Subway BOGO special

With so many options — bread, meats, cheeses and condiments — Subway customers can definitely create the perfect sub. However, it’s even tastier when they can slather on the savings, too. Through May 21, the popular sub shop is offering a buy-one-get-one free Footlong Sub online with promo code FREEFOOTLONG. Any extras or add-ons are additional. The discount is only available via the chain’s site or app. Plus, through June 30, get a free bonus card for a complimentary 6-inch sub with the purchase of a $25 gift card online. subway.com

Green Line Music Festival

In honor of Mental Health Month in May, Denver-based nonprofit Fishing the Good Fight (FTGF) is throwing a music festival at Local 46 (4586 Tennyson St.) on May 7 from 3 to 8 p.m. to raise awareness and funds for its mission of improving all lives by serving men facing mental health challenges. The free Green Line Music Festival will feature music from Gasoline Lollipops, Morsel and other artists. There will also be a silent auction, with prizes including a custom FTGF-branded skis from Icelantic Nomadic Skis, a two-day guided wade trip and more. In addition to the funds raised by the auction, donations are welcome at the event. fishingthegoodfight.org

Free Comic Book Day

Pow! Zap! Free! Comic book enthusiasts can swoop into local comic book shops around Denver for super fun on May 7. For more than 20 years, independent shops have given away comic books on Free Comic Book Day. It’s the biggest event in the comic book industry — a single day when shops around the world give away comic books for free to all. It’s the perfect opportunity for newbies to ignite a new hobby or true fans to add to their growing collection. Many local shops are participating, including 5280 Comics, All C’s Collectibles, Hall of Justice Comics & Collectibles, Mile High Comics and Mutiny Information Café.  freecomicbookday.com

Illegal Pete’s BOGO offer

Free food is one of the best ways to show your appreciation for a job well done. And Illegal Pete’s is thanking our community heroes with a big discount on its popular fare, including those large Mission-style burritos. Educators and health care workers can get a lunch or dinner break on a budget by enjoying a buy-one-get-one-free special on all entrées at the popular local eatery every Tuesday for the remainder of 2022. Just flash a proper work ID at checkout to get the discount. instagram.com

Taste of Iceland

Iceland, a hotbed for emerging music and innovative cuisine, brings a taste of its culture to Denver as part of the Taste of Iceland 2022.  The tour lands in the Mile High City May 12-15 with a series of events inspired by, and in celebration of, the best of Icelandic culture through food and beverage, music, literature, films, art and more. Throughout the four-day festival, events will be hosted at Coohills, Globe Hall, Mercantile, Tattered Cover, Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre and Ironworks. All events, aside from the Icelandic Culinary Experience at Coohills, are free to the public. For more information, including the event schedule and how to register, visit inspiredbyiceland.com

Erie Town Fair

Summertime means road trips — even if it’s just for the day. And Erie has a high-flying reason to get up early, pack some snacks and hit the road on May 21. You don’t want to miss the colorful hot air balloon launch that highlights the 25th annual Erie Town Fair & Balloon Festival. Weather permitting, the balloons take flight between 6 and 8 a.m. on the east side of Collier’s Hill. Historic downtown Erie hosts more than 150 craft booths, food vendors and kids’ activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as live music and a beer garden from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  eriechamber.org

Parker Science Day

Unleash your curiosity and explore the wonders of hands-on science, technology and engineering during Parker Science Day on May 22 in Discovery Park (20115 Mainstreet). The science exhibits will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a drop-in event, so you may arrive and leave whenever you like. Find exhibits and demonstrations from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cool Science, Hawk Quest, Denver Audubon Society, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Phoenix Gold Mine, South Metro Fire Rescue, Tagawa Gardens, Wings Over The Rockies, Thalimer Observatory and more. casc4u.org

Rocky Mountain Stamp Show

Philatelists of all ages are placing a stamp on Denver. What’s a philatelist? A stamp collector. Hundreds will be at the Rocky Mountain Stamp Show May 27-29 at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds (25690 E. Quincy Ave.) in Aurora. Young collectors, ages 8 to 14, can attend Stamp Camp Denver with lots of fun activities, including stamp identification, care of stamps and their value, creating 3-D exhibits and earning “Stamp Camp Cash” for use in a real auction. Plus, vendors will be available with advice for those attendees wanting to learn more about inherited or family stamp collections. Admission and parking are free. The show runs Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. rockymountainstampshow.com

Landmark Theatres’ Retro Replay

Landmark Theatres is presenting Retro Replay, at the Mayan Theatre (110 Broadway) in Denver. The theme changes every month so you can check out a different film every Tuesday at a blockbuster price: just $7 per ticket. Expect lots of pop culture classics, including cult favorites, on the big screen. For May, the theme is “May is for Mothers!” Mark your calendar for May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Typically, there are two showtimes each Tuesday. However, showtimes may vary. If you don’t make it to the series, Landmark Theatres also offers a weekly discount at all locations. Tickets are just $7 every Monday and Tuesday. landmarktheatres.com

Kids bowl free

Families will be bowled over by this fun, budget-friendly offer, especially with the start of summer. Through September, kids (15 and under) can bowl two games every day for free at various participating bowling centers around the state. For participating locations, visit kidsbowlfree.com. Hours and age requirements vary by location. If a family knocks down pins every day, organizers estimate the program’s value can be in the hundreds of dollars per child. Kids Bowl Free participants must be registered at the specific alley. Shoe rental is required, but not included in the offer. However, some bowling centers offer an unlimited shoe rental pass at a special rate. kidsbowlfree.com

Day of Rock

Denver’s big Day of Rock with four stages and dozens of bands has fans of all ages rocking out on the streets of LoDo on May 28.  Whatever your taste in rock music, you’ll find your jam somewhere along Wazee and Blake streets. The bass starts pumping at 1:15 p.m. and fills the air until 10 p.m. This year, the headliners are Chris Isaak and Lauren Dunn. Plus, there are lots of family-friendly activities located throughout the area. Plus, a beer garden with Colorado craft beer and ciders will be open from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Day of Rock is a fundraiser and celebration of the work of local nonprofit Amp the Cause. ampthecause.org

Boulder Creek Festival

The Boulder Creek Festival is returning to downtown Boulder Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30. And, for the first time, the weekend kicks off with a free concert at the Glen Huntington Bandshell on Friday night. Deadphish Orchestra jams out on the evening of May 27, followed by three days of music, food and fun. Celebrating its 33rd year, the festival features live music, a Creekside Beer Fest with more than 15 Colorado breweries, Makers Market and Creekside for Kids and lots of local eats with more than 30 food trucks. bouldercreekfest.com

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