Competition Italiano, Biennial of the Americas and different inexpensive Denver occasions

Paul Borrillo, aka Mona Lisa, describes in front of a small audience how the Mona Lisa got her smile at the Festival Italiano 2017 in Lakewood. The annual free Italian culture and food festival returns this month. (Kathryn Scott, The Denver Post)

Are you looking for something cheap in Denver this month? From cheap shakes to Little Italy, we have everything for you:

4DX movies in Denver Pavilions

If you’ve always wanted to act in a movie, now’s your chance – and it’s easier than you think. A 4DX theater recently opened on the Regal Denver Pavilions and is the only such theater in Colorado. The immersive cinema experience offers moveable chairs as well as simulated weather or other conditions such as lightning, rain, flashing (stroboscopic) lights, fog and strong fragrances. In short: experience everything that happens on the screen right in your own place. From August 30 through September 4, Regal Cinemas is running its 4DX Best of Summer Series with tickets for just $ 10 each (roughly half that). The series includes “Toy Story 4”, “The Lion King”, “Avengers: Endgame”, “Aladdin” and more. The full title and schedule can be found at

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Cheap date at the Harkins Theater Theater

Harkins Theaters is celebrating its 86th anniversary with a blockbuster deal. From August 30th to September 4th, the chain’s loyal members (My Harkins Awards) will be able to watch any movie for $ 5. All films (including new releases) and all formats (including 3-D and Cine Capri) are included in the promotion. The only exception are special programs such as B. Fathom Event Demonstrations. Colorado has two Harkins theaters: in Arvada (5550 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.) and Denver (8300 E. Northfield Blvd.). It’s the perfect opportunity to see a movie on your must-see list without breaking the bank. For non-loyal members, the ticket price is still reduced to $ 8. However, membership to My Harkins Awards is free, so it is better to sign up for the savings only. You can attend at the box office or online.

$ 2 shakes at Smashburger

In September, when you buy a double burger from Smashburger, you can get a shake for just $ 2. The only exception is National Cheeseburger Day on September 18th. Then the Denver-born burger joint is expected to have a different deal for that day only. The shakes are made from Häagen Dazs ice cream and are available in chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, OREO, salted caramel and peanut butter.

Bow Wow Beach Doggie Day at Water World

Water World is hosting its third annual Bow Wow Beach Doggie Day on September 7th. Cowabunga Beach and Thunder Bay will be open for dogs to swim, splash around, and play. Wally World will also be open to puppies under 25 pounds. Dogs must be at least one year old to participate. Proof of the current rabies vaccination and waivers must be signed before entering the country. Owners will also wag their tails, as entry is only $ 9.99 per dog. Animal parents have free entry. New this year: Two time-controlled admission times (9-11 a.m. and 12 p.m.-2 p.m.) and tickets only available online. Attractions are not open and owners are not allowed to swim. Don’t forget to bring lots of towels and treats for the wet drive home.

Italian festival

Belmar (7337 W. Alaska Drive) in Lakewood becomes Italiano to Little Italy during its 15th annual festival. The family-friendly festival takes place on September 7th from 10am to 9pm and on September 8th from 10am to 5pm. Kids can get purple feet mashing grapes, families can enjoy flag throwing performances (flown in from Florence, Italy), and everyone will enjoy the Venetian circus show. Plus, culture fills the air with a full program of authentic Italian entertainment. Entry and parking are free.

The Stanley Arts Festival

The Stanley Arts Festival is offering two free art days on September 7th and 8th at Stanley Marketplace (2501 Dallas St.) in Aurora. The colorful festival includes a nationally judged art show featuring 90 artists, live entertainment, children’s creation activities, and interactive art installations. Find artists working in 13 categories including ceramics, mixed media, digital art, photography, metalwork, and drawing. This year’s festival also features large-scale inflatable sculpture installations. The opening times are on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking at Stanley Marketplace is free. The parking lots fill up quickly, however, so be prepared to park in the neighborhoods and do a bit of walking.

Annual sidewalk sale in Larimer Square

Grab some friends out on a bargain hunt and take a stroll downtown in search of big savings. Larimer Square hosts its annual sidewalk sale on September 13-14. Save up to 70 percent on designer clothing, accessories and other fun items in 15+ retail stores. The sale runs on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Broncos in Spanish

Everyone in Mile High City cheers for the Broncos. Our beloved soccer team and Noble Energy are hosting Broncos En Español on September 20th, an annual fan gathering in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The fiesta starts at 5:00 p.m. and lasts until 8:00 p.m. at the Broncos Stadium in Mile High. Admission is free, but tickets via Ticketmaster are required. The celebration opens the stadium doors to all fans for an entertaining evening with photo and autograph opportunities with Broncos players, cheerleaders and Miles, the mascot. In addition to the interactive activities, participants will have the opportunity to win tickets to a 2019 Broncos home game.

“Empathy in Action” at the American Biennale

The Biennial of the Americas is an international festival of ideas, art and culture taking place in Denver from September 25th to 28th. This year’s theme is “Empathy in Action”. The event gathers leaders of all kinds to identify unique opportunities and solutions to common challenges across America. However, don’t let the event put you off. The Biennale is also about food, music and fun. While the headline events (like a symposium with Sir Richard Branson) are chargeable, many programs are free and open to the public. For example, take a stroll in someone else’s shoes and listen to their story at the pop-up Empathy Museum in Tail Tracks Plaza on 16th Street (between Wynkoop and Wewatta). The museum is free and open from now until September 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The full event schedule can be found at

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A nice junk sale

For the thrill of hunting for savings, check out the semi-annual Beautiful Junk Sale on September 27th and 28th at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds (15200 W. 6th Ave.) in Golden. Sales include 10,500 square feet of bargains including jewelry, collectibles, vintage crime thrillers, Christmas decorations, and a wide variety of household items, all for a good cause. It is open Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pay $ 5 and get a second ticket for free. Entry is also free for children up to 16 years of age. (Cash only at checkout.) For the serious bargain hunter, early bird sales begin Friday at 7am with an entry fee of $ 30. The proceeds will go to the Jeffco Action Center.

Every festival

Let the strolling begin. Estes Park hosts Elk Fest, a festival that coincides with the annual fall moose rut in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. While the park charges admission, the festival is free on September 27th and 28th daily from 10am until late afternoon. The event features trumpet competitions, moose exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, moose seminars, moose-inspired crafts, Native American music, dance and storytelling, a kids’ area with moose-themed activities, and a craft beer garden. Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s on-site Elk Camp offers a variety of educational booths, and its staff will be on-site to assist while participants take part in the self-guided moose tour. All activity is centered around Bond Park at the intersection of MacGregor Avenue and, appropriately, Elkhorn Avenue.

And a giant pumpkin cradle and festival

How big can pumpkins get? As much as a ton! Get up close and personal with the giant pumpkins at the 14th Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off and Festival at Jared’s Nursery (10500 W. Bowles Ave.) in Littleton on September 28th. The free, family-friendly event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music, a bouncy castle for children, games, food trucks, the famous half-ton pumpkin weighing and more. For social media fanatics, it’s the perfect opportunity to ring in fall with a selfie with a giant pumpkin.

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