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Denny’s Tour of America BOGO Free New Mexico

New Mexico is today’s state in Denny’s Tour of America Buy One Get One Free promotion. Print out the coupon for a free item from the Tour of America menu when you buy another item of equal or higher value until August 17, 2011 at participating Denny’s. They’re picking a different state every day, so that link may not show the New Mexico coupon after today, Friday August 12. If you didn’t get there in time, here’s a link to the Denny’s coupon PDF.

IHOP Kids Eat Free

This August, in the Kids Eat Free at IHOP promotion, a child aged 12 and under gets a free meal from the Just for Kids menu, with the purchase of an adult entree between 4pm and 10pm.  The free kid’s meal deal runs every day through August 31, 2011 on dine-in only, at participating IHOP locations.  It’s one free kid’s meal per adult entree, and you can’t get the freebie in combination with any other discounts or coupons. Not all restaurants may be participating – call ahead if you want to be sure!

Santa Fe Museums Free Fridays

Two museums on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill and two downtown museums stay open late and offer free admission to all on Friday evenings from 5 – 8 pm through Labor Day, 2011. The museums are:

Usual admission at these museums is $9 per adult, or $6 for New Mexico Residents.

New Mexico residents also get free admission at these museums on Sundays, and New Mexico seniors aged 60+ can go free on Wednesdays. Take valid I.D. to prove residency or senior status. 

Borders Sale: Going Out Of Business

Borders Going Out Of Business Sale gives a discount of 20-40 percent on all merchandise. As an avid reader and book-lover, it’s always sad for me to see a bookstore close up, whether it’s a local indie store or a national chain like Borders. And I sincerely hope the people who do such a good job working at Borders stores find new jobs soon. But… as the store is closing, there are deals for everyone.

Borders sale prices are:

  • 20% Off Children’s books, eReaders, cookbooks, and books on fitness and travel
  • 30% Off Borders bestsellers, business books, and romance books, plus calendars and music
  • 40% Off Blu-ray, video games, greetings cards, and newsstand items

The sale is only in the stores, it’s not valid for shopping at the Borders.com website. They are still accepting gift cards, but if you have any Borders Bucks to spend the last day to redeem them is Sunday July 31, 2011.

The Santa Fe Borders store is located at 3513 Zafarano Drive.

Albuquerque – Denver Airfares: $9.99

In the Frontier Airlines flight sale, fares between Albuquerque and Denver are a bargain $9.99 each way. Travel on a Tuesday or Wednesday between September 7 and November 12, 2011 to get the $9.99 sale fares, and you must book by Monday August 1 at 9:59 pm Mountain time (11.59 pm Eastern Time).

Taxes and fees are additional – $7 on top of the $9.99 fare according to my quick test-booking.  It’s fine to book a one-way fare, there’s no need to purchase a round-trip ticket.

Checked bags is also extra at $20 per bag. But a $25 upgrade to a Classic ticket may be better value for you, including two checked bags, advance seating assignment, and other benefits. The upgrade is offered after you’ve selected a flight.

The $9.99 fares are likely to sell out quickly, so book Albuquerque – Denver sale fares at FrontierAirlines.com by August 1.

We mentioned the Southwest Airlines fall sale in a previous post, also until August 1. Southwest fares include two check in bags free, and the sale has fewer date restrictions than Frontier. I’ve just seen Albuquerque to Denver flights on Southwest starting at $24 plus taxes over this same fall period.

Free Music on the Rocks Concert at Sipapu

The free Music on the Rocks festival takes to the stage this Saturday July 30, 2011, at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort. Admission is free with live music from some much-loved regional performers, and of course dancing if you’re in the mood. (It’s usually a bit cooler up in the mountains, so maybe dancing isn’t quite as unrealistic as it sounds as I write this on a hot July afternoon!) Plus artisan booths and La Chiripada Winery of Dixon hosting free wine tastings from 12 noon.

Music on the Rocks starts at 10 am until 7:30 pm. Performers include the Taos band Last to Know, Carl Struck, the Main Street Garage Band, Jenne McIntosh, and Chris Morel and Charlie Whaler. 

Sipapu is about a 90 minute drive north of Santa Fe (20 miles southeast of Taos). Get directions to Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort.

Santa Fe Opera Free and Cheap Concerts and Events

Santa Fe Opera offers a bunch of free and cheap concerts and events for the summer 2011 season.

A Free Santa Fe Community Concert on Thursday, July 28, 2011 presents arias, sacred music and songs from musical theatre, performed by opera apprentice. It’s at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi by Santa Fe Plaza at 11:30 am, but get there early – seating starts at 11 am.

Free Opera Apprentice Concerts in Santa Fe start at 6 pm. They take place:

  • Tuesday, August 9, at Encantado Resort’s downtown concierge lounge
  • Wednesday, August 17, at La Posada Resort

Santa Fe Opera Insider Days give a free behind-the-scenes view of the opera on Saturday mornings through August 27. They even throw in free coffee and muffins at a reception hosted by Opera Guild members, followed by a talk by an Opera staff member, then a backstage tour. You have to get up early, but it should be worth it! Insider Days start at 8:30 am on Saturdays, meeting at the The Santa Fe Opera Box Office.

If you’d rather go on a weekday, regular Santa Fe Opera backstage tours run daily (excluding Sundays) at 9 am until August 27, 2011. Those require a $5 fee, although children 17 and under go free.  Again, you meet at the box offices and you don’t need to book in advance

Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Showcase Scenes offer heavily discounted opera tickets for two concerts on Sunday August 14 and Sunday August 21, both at 8 pm. These evening concerts are produced by apprentice technicians, with fully staged scenes from popular operas that should be accessible for a family visit. Tickets cost $21 for adults and $7 for children aged 6 to 17, and you need to book tickets in advance for Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Scenes concerts.

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