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Landau’s at 102 Nassau Street has all sorts of tee shirts and fun Einstein items to help celebrate the day!
9:00 a.m. — Pie Eating Contest at McCaffrey’s in the Princeton Shopping Center – 301 North Harrison Street – Contestant Age Groups: Youth 4-8 and 9-13; Teens 14-18 and Adults 19 and above. There is no advanced registration. Simply arrive by 8:45 a.m. and report to the second floor inside McCaffrey’s to compete in this hysterical event. There is no registration for these hysterical events! (Guests with VIP Packages are guaranteed participation to this event!)
10:00 a.m.— SHHHHHH!!!!! We’re having a Surprise Birthday Party for Albert Einstein at Morven Museum and Garden – 55 Stockton Street – Arrive on time to help get ready for Albert’s big birthday bash! Albert thinks he’s arriving to see the incredible exhibit inside the museum only to find the museum dark. After he thinks he’s gotten lost again, his favorite 4yrs, 5yrs, 6yrs olds spring into action to sing Happy Birthday, watch him blow out candles and share a piece of cake! All little genius must pre-register for this popular event since space is limited. Tickets available here to reserve your spot today! (Folks can also call Kimmy Kolvites at Morven to reserve their spot at 609-924-8144 x 113.)
10:30 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Pi Themed Family Movie – 160 Nassau Street at Princeton Garden Theater – Join Princeton’s premiere movie theater for a fun family movie! $4.00 per ticket – FREE for Members!
11:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. – Einstein at Home & Einstein on the Road– 122 Nassau Street – Enjoy a conversation and signing at Josef Eisinger’s signing table with any and all questions about Einstein’s life! Eisinger will be signing both his new book, Einstein on the Road, and his previous book, Einstein at Home.
11:00 a.m. — Princeton Symphony Orchestra holds a friendly Kids of All Ages Violin Exhibition – 10 Palmer Square – inside the Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom for kids 3yrs – 6yrs! Princeton Symphony Orchestra celebrates Einstein’s love of music with a kid-friendly PSO BRAVO! String Ensemble presentation and Junior Violin Masterclass. Junior violinists who sign up in advance will receive concert ticket vouchers good for a year. Register Here. Come dressed as Einstein and stay for the Einstein Look-A-Like Contest at noon! Performance and participation in the violin masterclass is free and open to the public – feel free to bring your instruments!
11:00 a.m. – Pi X Pi(e) Bike Tour – begins at Kopp’s Cycle Shop at 38 Spring Street – Einstein never learned to drive a car so he biked or walked wherever he went! Enjoy farm-baked pie, farm store discounts, and a bike tour of Einstein’s favorite places with Princeton based NJ bike tours! The Pi x Pi(e) ride will journey through Einstein’s commute to his office buildings and favorite places in downtown PLUS a visit to Terhune Orchards for free pie tasting and farm store discounts! The tour is 9.86 miles round trip (3.14 x 3.14). All ages and fitness levels are welcomed. It’s a flat and safe ride with safety-focused guides fully supporting different fitness levels and speeds. The tour is Pi priced at $31.41, discounted by over half off normal rates, and all proceeds go to benefit the Garden State Community Kitchen charity. This family friendly bike tour will start and stop at Kopp’s bike shop on Spring Street in Princeton. Plenty of parking at the municipal garage next door. Bring your own bike, helmet and water. Limited to 30 participants – This is a single file group ride so independent riders must be 14 yrs – (younger participants may be connected to guide bikes or trailers.) For more information and to register and pay for the event, contact NJ bike tours directly!
Noon – Einstein Look-A-Like Contest – 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom – This is always a STANDING ROOM ONLY EVENT SO PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY – Smarty pants of all ages come to portray Princeton’s favorite resident genius. The competition can be fierce so educated contestants always come knowing a few facts about Albert Einstein. Pi Day Princeton moderator, Jacqui Alexander, asks tough questions like “How old are you?”, “What school do you go to?” and “What made you want to dress up like Einstein today?” All contestants 13yrs and younger are eligible to win $314.15! If your birthday is on Pi Day, you are automatically allowed to judge this event AND you can be a judge for the rest of your life! Why? Because Einstein had a life time job in Princeton, silly! Pre-register your ‘lil genius and email email@example.com. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO REGISTER YOU CHILD IF YOU AREN’T ABLE TO REGISTER ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT! (Guests with VIP Packages are guaranteed registration, participation, preferred seating and allowed to be 2017 judges to this event!)
Noon — Nerd Herd Smart Phone Grub Crawl – 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn – provided by princeton genius tours – Check in at the Pi Day information table in the Nassau Inn Lobby to receive your official Smart Phone Grub Crawl route! (Participating restaurants have Pi inspired foods that all smartypants will adore!)
Noon — Dinky Train rides with Einstein – Arts/Transit Train Station on Alexander Street – Meet Einstein, his mother and good friends. Be sure to ask “Einstein” where he is going on the train because sometimes he forgets. Einstein is played by the one and only Bill Agress, Princeton resident and world reknown professional reenactor. Departing Princeton Station at noon, 12:27 p.m. and 1 p.m.; departing Princeton Junction Station at 12:11 p.m., 12:37 p.m. and 1:11 p.m. $2.75 per adult each way, up to two kids (ages 5-11) can ride free with a passenger paying any valid fare.
Noon until 4:00pm – Einstein Facts & Fun – Updike Farmstead – 354 Quaker Road – View the Historical Society’s Einstein exhibit on your way in or out of town! $4 admission
1:00 pm – 2:oo pm — Molecular Mixology Class inside Einstein’s first residence – Peacock Inn 20 Bayard Lane – You and a friend will learn how to construct the perfect cocktail and receive an exclusive tutoring session with The Peacock Inn Master Mixologist. Pi Day priced at $53.14 per person. To pre-purchase tickets to this exclusive event contact the Peacock Inn directly. (Was this really Einstein’s first residence? Yep. He stayed at the Peacock Inn whenever he visited Princeton even the night before moving into his first home in Princeton!)
1:00 pm – “Meet the Music: Albert & Wolfgang.” – Princeton University Concerts the popular family program for kids ages 6-12 and their families returns by popular demand to Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Einstein once said, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music is “so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe.” In his day, Einstein performed Mozart sonatas on the violin and played chamber music with professional musicians all over the world. Come experience an adventure with Einstein and Mozart as Adolphe introduces the wonder of live chamber music performed by esteemed musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, in a fun narrative program. The concert will feature works by Mozart interspersed with original compositions by Adolphe. Tickets only $5 kids/$10 adults, available at princetonuniversityconcerts.org, or by calling 609-258-9220.
1:20p.m. – Screening of “Goblin Girl” at 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn in the Prince William Ballroom – 8-year-old Marcy Fiorentino wrote, directed and stars in this short animated film. Goblin Girl uses the power of Pi to save herself from the greedy Goblin King. “Goblin Girl” was recently screened at The Newtown Theater, making Marcy the youngest filmmaker to screen her movie at the country’s oldest movie theater. Goblin Girl was an official selection for three film festivals nationwide.
1:25 p.m. — Pi Recitation Demonstration at 10 Palmer Square inside Nassau Inn in the Prince William Ballroom. Robert Zorn is able to recite the first 100 digits of Pi from memory in 15 seconds. He’s able to recite the alphabet backwards in about 1.5 seconds! As our contestants prepare for the big contest, Robert’s demonstration will be a light-hearted way to celebrate Pi!
1:30 p.m. — Pi Recitation Contest at 10 Palmer Square inside Nassau Inn in the Prince William Ballroom. Marc Umile, 2007 Pi Recitation North American Champion with more than 15,000 digits of Pi is the official judge of the event along with judges are from Princeton University. Academic celebrity attendees include Gareth Conway, age 13 and 2-time Pi Day Princeton champion and his father, John Conway, Professor of Mathematics and John Von Neumann, Distinguished Professor in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. Winner of the Youth Category (aged 7yrs – 13yrs) compete to win $314.15! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your child 13yrs and younger. (We used to allow adults to perform at this event but, well, it got too long so this event is only for kids 13yrs and younger! Hope everyone understands!) THIS IS ANOTHER STANDING ROOM ONLY EVENT PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY AND PLEASE ARRIVE BY 1:15PM TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IF YOU MISSED ONLINE REGISTRATION! (Guests with VIP Packages are guaranteed participation, preferred seating and allowed to be 2017 judges to this event!)
After Pi Recitation – Princeton Pi-Rade led by winner of Pi Recitation Contest – 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom – …you read that right … it’s a “parade” to celebrate Pi! After the Pi Recitation Competition, the winner of the Pi Recitation Event will be Grand Master of the PiRade and lead the parade throughout Palmer Square. Meet in the back of the Prince William Ballroom after the winner is announced to receive a digit of Pi for each member of your family. The winner of Pi Recitation and the folks from Princeton Tour Company will lead the first 314 people to walk a circular path throughout the sidewalks of historic Palmer Square. Bring you camera for this once in a lifetime chance to be in a Pi “Parade” on 3.14.16!
1:59 pm. Pizza Pi Competition sponsored by Princeton Pi at 84 Nassau Street. One elementary, middle school and high school aged participant will be chosen to compete at this event. Contestants will be chosen based on enthusiasm and creativity! Each competitor will have 5 minutes to choose from all the ingredients at Princeton Pi to create the best pizza! Judges will be selected from the audience! Winning participant will win one free medium cheese pizza each month for the remainder of 2017! (Guests with VIP Packages are guaranteed participation, preferred seating and allowed to be 2017 judges to this event!)
2:45 p.m. — Best Apple Pie in Princeton Contest at 10 Palmer Square inside the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Nassau Inn – sponsored by Princeton Tour Company & Yankee Doodle Tap Room. The chefs of LiLLIpies, Glencairn Inn and Jammin’ Crepes face off for the 2017 best apple pie contest! VIPs and residents of Princeton determine the winner of the coveted “Best Tasting Pie in Princeton” award. The first 50 guests who arrive will serve as judges. Winning baker wins the all the bragging rights until 3/14/18! (Guests with VIP Packages are guaranteed participation, preferred seating and allowed to be 2017 judges to this event!)
3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.— Matinee Live Performance at Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ. 609.924.8777. -“Einstein!” by Jack Fry. Einstein comes back from the beyond. Upset with the way his image has been cheapened and vowing to set the record straight, he tells the remarkable and sometimes harrowing story of relativity and his struggles as a father. Based on the recent release of 15,000 documents about this curious man, Jack Fry breathes life into one of the most intriguing icons of all time. Directed by Tom Blomquist. Tickets $15/$10 ACP members, seniors & students, available on Eventbrite.com. Evening show 7:30-9:30pm. For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org
3:14 p.m. — Pie Throwing Event at the Palmer Square Green. $1 per throw with all proceeds to benefit the Princeton Educational Fund Teacher Mini-Grant Program. (Guests with VIP Packages are guaranteed participation and a complimentary throw at this event!)
3:30 p.m. Interactive Session for Children Ages 6-10yrs – Einstein Facts and Fun (ages 5 and up)– Community Room of the Princeton Public Library – Come to this fun, interactive event led by the staff of the Historical Society of Princeton and the Princeton Public Library. In this special Pi Day event we will examine the life of the man whose name has become synonymous with “genius.” There will be a story time and craft plus children will learn fascinating facts, such as how a childhood fascination with a compass played a role in the development of the Nobel prize-winning scientist. We will wrap things up by snacking on vanilla ice cream while enjoying some music by Mozart, two of Einstein’s favorite things.
4:00 pm. House of Cupcakes Decorating Competition sponsored by House of Cupcakes at 34 Witherspoon Street. Bring your besties and compete to be the #1 Cupcake Decorator in Princeton! Each competitor will have 5 minutes to decorate a cupcake which best represents Pi or Einstein! Judges will be selected from the audience and contestants will be chosen by the number of friends and family they bring to cheer them on! Grab a dozen or so friends and compete in this inaugural event! Winning participant will win one free cupcake each month for the remainder of 2017! (Guests with VIP Packages are guaranteed participation, preferred seating and allowed to be 2017 judges to this event!)
5:00 p.m. — Nerd Herd Smart Phone Pub Crawl – Check in 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn and go to Yankee Doodle Tap Room to receive your Smart Phone Pub Crawl route! (Only nerds 21 yrs and above will receive access to the map of participating bars!)
7:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.— Evening Live Performance at Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ. 609.924.8777. -“Einstein!” by Jack Fry. Einstein comes back from the beyond. Upset with the way his image has been cheapened and vowing to set the record straight, he tells the remarkable and sometimes harrowing story of relativity and his struggles as a father. Based on the recent release of 15,000 documents about this curious man, Jack Fry breathes life into one of the most intriguing icons of all time. Directed by Tom Blomquist. Tickets $15/$10 ACP members, seniors & students, available on Eventbrite.com. For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org
9:00 a.m. — Walk a Pi Event sponsored by YMCA Princeton – 59 Paul Robeson Place. Grab your gym bag and head to the new work out facility at YMCA at 59 Paul Robeson Place. Log 3.14 miles on one of the state of the art treadmills or elliptical trainers, take a photo of your Pi Mile and post it on the Pi Day Princeton Facebook Page!
9:00 a.m. – Einstein Inspired Running Event sponsored by Princeton Running Company – 108 Nassau Street. Join the weekly running group for a 6-8 mile run – at 3.14 miles the group will sing “Happy Birthday” to Princeton’s favorite genius! All participants dressed as Einstein will win a free commemorative Pi Day bracelet!
Noon until 4:00pm – Einstein Facts & Fun – Updike Farmstead – 354 Quaker Road – View the Historical Society’s Einstein exhibit on your way in or out of town! $4 admission
2:00pm – 4:00pm Einstein in Princeton Guided Walking Tour – Join Princeton Tour Company guides, Tim Fagin and Jacqui Alexander to see the homes and hangouts of Princeton’s most beloved genius. These are brisk paced walks and cover nearly 3 miles. If you’ve ever wanted to know everything you need to know about Einstein and his time here in Princeton, this is the guided tour for you! First come, first serve. Groups limited to 50 per group. (Guests with VIP Packages are guaranteed a spot on this tour!)
All Day! – YMCA Pie Celebration & Contest – 59 Paul Robeson Place – Stop by the Princeton Family YMCA on Pi Day, March 14, for a variety of delicious pies (homemade and store-bought) throughout the day. If you are interested in sharing your cooking talents, bring a pie to the YMCA to share with fellow members! If you bring a pie, you will be entered into a raffle to win one month’s membership* on us! *raffle for current members only, one entry per family
12:00 p.m. — 1:59 p.m. Nerd Herd Smart Phone Grub Crawl – 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn – provided by princeton tour company – Check in at the Nassau Inn Lobby to receive your official Pi Day Princeton glasses and Smart Phone Grub Crawl route! (Some participating restaurants have Pi inspired foods that all smartypants will adore!)
Noon – 6:00 p.m. — Princeton School Gardens Cooperative Fundraiser – the bent spoon and Lillipies are teaming up to raise funds for Princeton School Gardens Cooperative! Stop by bent spoon on Palmer Square or LiLLiPIE’s at 301 Harrison Street any time between noon and 6PM to treat yourself to a LiLLiPiE topped with bent spoon ice cream. All proceeds from that local delectable treat will be donated directly to the Princeton School Gardens Cooperative!
3:14 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Pi Day Pop Up Wedding/Vow Renewal Ceremonies – hosted by Princeton Tour Company, Dan Bauer Public Relations & Princeton Pi – 84 Nassau Street – For genius couples, being married on Pi Day & Einstein’s Birthday, in a pizza shop dedicated to Pi located in Einstein’s American home town is the key to an infinitely memorable wedding! Please email us at email@example.com to request a reservation! (We can pre-order your heart shaped pizza, direct you to brilliant local merchants for couples wanting pi themed pies, cakes, bouquets, etc.!)
Complimentary officiants will be onsite between 3:14 p.m & 6:00 p.m. for irrationally in love pre-registered couples!
6:30 p.m. — Nerd Herd Smart Phone Pub Crawl – Check in 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn and provided by Princeton Tour Company – go to Yankee Doodle Tap Room to receive your nerd glasses and Smart Phone Pub Crawl route! (Only nerds 21 yrs and above will receive access to the map of participating bars!) We’ll sing Happy Birthday to Albert Einstein and let the party begin!
7:00 p.m. – Romantic Four Course Wine Paired Culinary Adventure – elements – 66 Witherspoon Street -With just nine chef tables in the main dining room you and your guest will experience Princeton’s premier upscale bon vivant destination restaurant. Each course is delivered table side by a member of the kitchen team, accompanied by a brief explanation of each paired wine and dish components. (Did you know Einstein wrote love poems to his wife about her cooking? TRUE!) Pi Day priced at $314.15 per couple – excl tax. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for preferred seating to this usually sold out event!
Want an idea of what Pi Day in Princeton looks like? Here’s a video of the 2015 celebration done by our friends at Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty!
The gang at Pi Day Princeton loves how the town comes together to celebrate such a remarkable day!
Thank you Princeton – our perfect little town!