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Things to Do in D.C. in April: How to Save $100 a Week

BY: Sean O'Toole | Mar 30, 2018

Drink being poured at Cherry Blossom fest

The National Park Service predicts DC's cherry blossoms will reach peak bloom between April 8 and 12. In other words, it's not a great month to spend cooped up indoors. To help you get out and get active, we put together an itinerary for each week in April containing three items: a weekend outing, a weeknight activity, and something you might need to get done this month. Add up the savings and you can see how easy Groupon makes it to save up to $100 a week on what you do every day.

Week 1: April 2–8

People having fun at the Cherry Blossom Festival

Weekend Idea: Cherry Blossom Wine & Beer Festival on April 7–8

The Deal: $25 for general admission on Sunday, April 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. ($50 value)
Amount Saved: $50 for two people
The Story: Celebrate the brilliant pink bursts of cherry blossom season with a few glasses of red and white. For three hours, you get unlimited tastings of more than 100 wines, craft beers, and ciders (plus full pours of beer, cider, and wine spritzers). You can also munch on food truck fare and play lawn games.

Weeknight Idea: Japanese Cuisine at Tokyo Japanese Steak House

The Deal: $16.50 for $30 worth of Japanese cuisine for two or more, valid Sunday–Thursday
Amount Saved: $13.50 for two people
The Story: Gather around the flat-top grill to watch a chef sear filet mignon and sauté shrimp and scallops right in front of you, teppanyaki style. The show's even better with a fruity house cocktail such as the Sakura, made with rum, peach schnapps, plum wine, and pineapple juice.

Get It Done: Hair Services at Spa Logic

The Deal: $43 for a women's haircut and blowout ($75 value)
Amount Saved: $32

Weekly Savings: $95.50

Week 2: April 9–15

Child rock climbing indoors

Weekend Idea: Rock Climbing at Earth Treks

The Deal: $35 for a two-hour Intro to Climbing course and all-day pass for two ($111 value)
Amount Saved: $76 for two people
The Story: If you're new to climbing, this package is a great way to find your footing at finding footholds. After a two-hour instruction class, you can come back another day to explore the gym's hundreds of climbing routes and bouldering-specific area, with gear included.

Weeknight Idea: Wine, Cider, and Cheese Tasting at Great Shoals Winery

The Deal: $25 for a wine, cider, and cheese tasting for two with two take-home wine glasses, valid Monday–Thursday ($40 value)
Amount Saved: $15 for two people
The Story: Great Shoals produces more than two dozen hard ciders, fruit wines, and traditional reds and whites, so their tasting flights are sure to be full of variety. If the weather cooperates, sit outside for a view of Heyser Farms in early spring.

Get It Done: Mani-Pedi at The Salon Professional Academy

The Deal: $36 for a gel manicure and spa pedicure ($48 value)
Amount Saved: $12

Weekly Savings: $103

Week 3: April 16–22

Hello Fresh meal kit

Weekend Idea: Catch Me: The Magic Duel on Saturday, April 21

The Deal: $24 for one general admission ticket (up to $53.74 value)
Amount Saved: $59.48 for two people
The Story: Magicians Brian Curry and Mark Phillips square off at the Mayflower Hotel in a battle of wits, imagination, and prestidigitation. The audience is in charge: not only do they decide which styles of magic each man must perform, they also vote on who will win the "Golden Wand" at the end of the night.

Weeknight Idea: Mediterranean Cuisine at Jerusalem Restaurant

The Deal: $26 for $40 worth of dine-in Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern food
Amount Saved: $14
The Story: Dig into braised lamb, kafta kabobs, and abundant vegetarian options at this Falls Church favorite named a Cheap Eats highlight by the Washingtonian.

Get It Done: Meal Prep from HelloFresh

The Deal: $30 for one week of classic meals for two, including three recipes per week ($60 value)
Amount Saved: $30 for two people

Weekly Savings: $103.48

Week 4: April 23–29

Whiskey barrels at a distillery

Weekend Idea: Tour and Tasting at One Eight Distilling

The Deal: $24 for a tour, tasting, and cocktails for two ($54 value)
Amount Saved: $30 for two people
The Story: See the imported Dutch and German stills that produce One Eight's signature District Made Vodka, Rock Creek Whiskey, and Ivy City Gin, then retire to the tasting room to sample the spirits for yourself.

Weeknight Idea: International Cuisine at Smith Commons

The Deal: $28 for $45 worth of international cuisine for two
Amount Saved: $17 for two people
The Story: Exposed brick walls and dark wood accents characterize all three floors of this popular neighborhood bistro, where Chef Kamal Chanaka serves such upscale fare as Moulard duck breast and lobster quinoa.

Get It Done: Housecleaning from Dapper Maids

The Deal: $69 for two and a half hours of cleaning ($125 value)
Amount Saved: $56

Weekly Savings: $103

Total Monthly Savings: $404.98