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Every Day:

This one goes out to my fellow frugal foodies out there. If you’ve been to Saratoga Olive Oil Co., you know how magical it is. If you haven’t, you’re doing Burlington wrong. What makes it so great? Two words: FREE SAMPLES. Get creative dipping chunks of baguette into different flavors of infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Add a sprinkle of their gourmet sea salts, if you dare. No matter how you do it, a visit to this place is a fun and free afternoon outing for any day of the week. Plus, if there’s a holiday coming up, their stuff makes the perfect gift for parents! Keep that in mind when you make your way over to 86 Church St.

Every Tuesday:

Welcome to Tilted Tuesdays at Tilt Classic Arcade and Alehouse, home of FREE pinball and $1.50 16oz cans of Narragansett Lager! This South Burlington “barcade” is the definition of old-school fun, with food, drinks, and games all in one. Liven up your weeknight at 7 Fayette Rd., South Burlington.

Every Wednesday:

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Free Coffee Tasting—Every Wednesday at noon, Maglianero Café, on Maple Street, does a quick little coffee demonstration, and free tasting! Now you know the best time to casually stop by for an in-between-class caffeine fix, or when to schedule your next off-campus study-athon for.

Every Other Thursday:

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Thursday Free Bowl—Champlain kids bowl FOR FREE every other Thursday night at Spare Time in Colchester. Sign up at the Hub and meet the bus at the Maple Street shuttle stop at 9:15. Count off every other week from April 9th!

Saturday:

The Burlington Farmer’s Market is the epitome of all things local, handmade, and delicious. Stroll through stands of ethnic foods from samosas to dumplings, feast your eyes on fresh, local produce, sniff some homemade soaps, and best of all, snack on FREE samples of the best Vermont cheeses you’ve ever tried. During the summer, this free and lively event sprawls through City Hall Park and St. Paul Street. In the cooler months, it’s brought inside to the Memorial Auditorium on South Union and Main St. The Burlington Farmer’s Market takes place 8:30am-2pm every Saturday, May-October, and 10am-2pm every other Saturday during winter months.

Every Friday:

All summer, the Green Mountain Gore Society is hosting their Outdoor Free B-Movie BBQ every Friday. What does this mean? In their words, “we’ll be firing up the grill and projecting a themed double feature of crowd pleasing, mind melting, eye rotting trash cinema on our MASSIVE outdoor screen!” Sounds fun, right? Best of all, admission and popcorn is FREE. Seating is limited so please, BYOC (bring your own chair). The first screening starts at dusk, and the event is conveniently located behind  Speaking Volumes on Pine St. Perfect after-foodtrucks party? We think so. Check out their Facebook (link above) and Twitter (@greenmtngore) for their scheduled weekly showings!

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