Discounted tickets, festivals, more in August

Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Thrill-seekers enjoy the Mind Eraser roller coaster at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park in 2021. Discounted tickets are available for a limited time. (Photo by Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Half price tickets to Elitch Gardens

Summer isn’t over, and that means there’s still time to “thrill” at one of Denver’s most popular attractions. Frugal families can scream and splash on a budget, thanks to the park’s Pepsi summer sale. Until August 7 at midnight, the Elitch Gardens theme and water park is offering an exciting discount – 50% on tickets. Regular door admission is $69.99. The sale is only available online. However, tickets are valid for any opening day until October of this season. The water park is open until Labor Day.

Ride RTD for free in August

RTD makes the month of August a “fare for everyone”, whether you are a regular passenger, an occasional user or a newcomer to public transport. During the month of August, RTD is offering zero fares across its entire system for all passengers, as part of the Zero Fare of Better Air initiative to reduce ozone levels. The freebie is the perfect opportunity to hop on a bus or light rail and explore the city without having to worry about gas or parking.

Colorado Lottery Winning Wednesdays

Midweek isn’t so bad anymore, thanks to the Colorado Lottery. Place your bet on Wednesday for an extra chance to win big money. The Lottery offers players a bonus ticket on the first Wednesday of the month. And every ticket is another chance to earn money for a dream vacation, a new car, or just to pay your bills. Mark your calendar for August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, and December 7. On select Wednesdays, buy $12 or more of Colorado Lotto+ (with or without Plus) and receive a $2 Colorado Lotto+ ticket for free. Bonus offer is valid at participating lottery retailers, while supplies last.

Jackalope Independent Artisan Fair

Olde Town Arvada turns into a weekend shopping destination with the Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair on August 5-6. The two-day market allows attendees to browse the works of more than 130 hand-selected local artisans, artisans and DIYers. Find cutting-edge independent products, original fashion, jewelry, ceramics, paper goods, home decor, art, photography, food and more. Free entry. The fair will be held in the heart of Olde Town Arvada. The hours are Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Car parks and street parking are available. For a more leisurely weekend adventure, take public transport (free) with the G-line or RTD commuter train.

A frosted glass tankard of A&W root beer, topped with a head of moss.

Provided by A&W Restaurants

Celebrate A&W’s birthday with a free little root beer float. (Provided by A&W Restaurants)

A&W offers root beer floats

Bargains always float to the top, especially on National Root Beer Float Day. A&W Restaurants began with a root beer stand in 1919. And to this day, the chain’s signature drink is still freshly made on site with real cane sugar and a proprietary blend of herbs, barks, spices spices and berries. To celebrate the sweet day, the restaurant is giving customers a free little root beer float – no purchase necessary. Register online for the A&W Mug Club to obtain the required coupon. Then, stop by the restaurant anytime through August 6 to enjoy the iconic treat with a spoon and straw.

Young Americans Bank 35th Anniversary Celebration

It is important to show children the benefits of budgeting and saving money. And the world’s only children’s bank, Young Americans Bank, is celebrating 35 years of doing just that for so many families. The “young” financial institution is hosting its 35th anniversary on Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its two Colorado branches – Belmar (401 S. Pierce St.) in Lakewood and Cherry Creek (3550 E. 1st Ave.) in Denver. The celebration will be filled with family activities, including a cash cube/money kiosk and temporary airbrush tattoos at the Cherry Creek branch of the bank. At its Belmar branch, there will be a prize wheel, pop-its and snow cones. Both locations will also offer games, goodie bags, birthday cake, popcorn and other treats.

VegFest Colorado

If you love veggies and fruits, head to VegFest Colorado on August 6-7 at Improper City (3201 Walnut St.) in Denver. The successful event includes speakers, demonstrations, children’s activities, food samples and more. In fact, there will be no animal products of any kind at the festival. Get advance tickets online to save – $11 per day or get a weekend pass for $18. Children (12 and under) enter free. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Attendees are encouraged to carpool, use public transit (free) or ride a bike to help reduce the carbon footprint of the event.

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The Montaine Estate Collection by Toll Brothers is included in the 2022 Homes Parade. (Provided by The Toll Brothers)

Home Parade 2022

Whether you’re in the market to buy or just need some design inspiration, the 2022 Homes Parade is a fun way to spend the day with friends and family. From August 11-28, the self-guided tour includes 49 newly designed and custom homes, from Firestone to Castle Rock, Arvada to Aurora and neighborhoods in between. Admission is free and open to the public. Discover unique homes and floor plans, the latest interior design trends, advanced home technology, exterior finishes, outdoor living and landscaping. Best of all, how you experience the houses is up to you – at your convenience Thursday through Sunday between noon and 5 p.m. No reservations required for tours. If you are a homebody, you can also take the tour virtually. Find a helpful map and directions at

bubble party

Popular! Kids of all ages and adults will have a blast during Bubble Bash at the Orchard Town Center (14697 Delaware St.) in Westminster on August 13. Free entry. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., families will enjoy a variety of bubble stations where they will experience smoky bubbles, bubble art, giant bubbles and more. Participants can even enter a gigantic bubble or jump into a giant foam pit for a special selfie. Plus, the fun continues with bubble-themed shows, games and contests, plus roving “bubblers” for more interactive play.

Natural Grocery 67th Anniversary Celebration

Natural Grocers has been packaging healthy groceries for shoppers since 1955. To mark the Colorado-born store’s 67th anniversary, the company is celebrating August 18-20 across all of its 41 Colorado locations. Members of the store’s {N}power Loyalty Club receive a free limited-edition reusable bag with any purchase. Plus, members can unwrap a free Natural Grocers brand organic chocolate bar. Kids can also collect free collectible stickers. On August 18, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., all customers will receive a free frozen dessert. And what’s a store birthday party without a big sale? Bargain hunters will find sale prices on over 500 popular products in a variety of categories – up to 60% off.

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Enjoy fresh peaches straight from Palisade at the Lafayette Peach Festival. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

Lafayette Fishing Festival

Summer is simply peachy, especially during the 23rd Annual Lafayette Peach Festival. The sweet event turns South Public Road, the city’s main street, into a peach-filled carnival on August 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free entry. Find truckloads of over 30,000 pounds of Palisade Organic Peaches for sale at three locations – Public Road and Cleveland, Public Road and East Chester, and Public Road and Kimbark. You will also find food vendors, artisans, antique dealers and artisans. Plus, kids can enjoy face painting and balloon sculpting for free. Pie lovers will want to get their hands on over 600 molds of fresh peach and peach cobbler pies. Act fast because baked goods always sell out fast.

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Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Enjoy fresh corn – on the cob or in a variety of dishes – at the Loveland Corn Roast Festival. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Loveland Corn Roast Festival

There’s nothing corny about having a good time on a summer weekend. Loveland pays homage to one of the world’s favorite crops: corn! On August 26 and 27, the city’s Old Fairgrounds Park (700 S. Railroad Ave.) hosts the 2022 Corn Roast Festival. The 126th annual event erupts Friday from 5-10 p.m. Then, on Saturday, the fun continues with a Corn Roast Parade at 9:30 a.m. and festivities at the park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Live music, corn peeling competition, beer garden, food vendors, children’s activities, and lots of roast corn fill both days. Additionally, the Loveland Rotary Duck Race hits the water at 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Affordable Arts Festival

The annual Affordable Arts Festival is unlike any art festival you’ve attended, as all the art is $100 or less. The colorful event takes place outdoors August 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Arapahoe Community College (5900 S. Santa Fe Drive). It’s the Black Friday of art sales with over 160 artists from across the country selling their works in a variety of mediums at great prices. Art lovers and enthusiasts will find paintings, mixed media, jewelry, glass, photography, sculptures and more, some of which originally cost thousands of dollars. Doors open at 9 a.m., but eager shoppers who line up early will appreciate a coffee cart, pastries, and live music. Admission is $12 online or at the door, with proceeds going to the Arapahoe Community College Scholarship Program. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

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