Pi Day Princeton
Don’t forget! We have a long weekend of events! The Official Information Desk will be inside the Nassau Inn Lobby!
9 a.m. — Pie Eating Contest at McCaffrey’s in the Princeton Shopping Center – 301 North Harrison Street – moderated by Princeton comedic celebrity, Adam Bierman. 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!
9:30 a.m. — The Westminster Cello Orchestra is an ensemble of cello students from Princeton’s own Westminster Conservatory of Music – 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom – In its fourteenth year, the ensemble plays tunes by Bach, Bernstein, Vivaldi, The Beatles, Tchaikovsky and The Turtles, to name a few! (Did you know Einstein adored music? TRUE! He once said that had he not been a scientist, he would have been a musician. “Life without playing music is in-conceivable for me,” he declared. “I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music…I get most joy in life out of music.”
10 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! Extra credit will be awarded to those who come dressed as Einstein. Don’t forget, the Einstein Look A Like Contest immediately follows this event! All participants will win free Pi Day Princeton commemorative bracelets and PSO ticket vouchers! For more information, please email email@example.com
11 a.m. — 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. Mimi Omiecinski, founder of Pi Day Princeton, 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 participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative wrist band and 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! Register your ‘lil genius and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
11 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!
1 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. All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative tee shirt and Winner of the Youth Category (aged 7yrs – 13yrs) compete to win $314.15! Email email@example.com 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!
1:59pm – Princeton Pi-Rade by Princeton Tour Company – 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn – Go to Pi Day information desk for details on where the parade will begin …you read that right … it’s a “parade” to celebrate Pi! Go to the Pi Day Princeton information desk at to receive a digit of Pi for each member of your family. 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 3.14.15!
1:59 p.m. — Serious Inventors Only Cocktail Making 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 Master Mixologist Josean Rosado. Pi priced at $31.41 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!)
1:59 pm. Pizza Pi Competition sponsored by Princeton Pi and princeton genius tours at 86 Nassau Street. On Pi Day, 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! All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative wrist band and winning participant will win one free medium cheese pizza each month for the remainder of 2015!
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. The residents of Princeton determine the winner of the coveted “Best Tasting Apple Pie in Princeton” award. The first 50 guests who arrive will serve as judges. All will enjoy samples of gluten free apple pies from local bakeries. Winning baker wins the all the bragging rights until 3/14/17!
3:14 p.m. — Guided Einstein Tour by Mimi Omiecinski, founder of Pi Day Princeton and owner of Princeton Tour Company and princeton genius tours. 10 Palmer Square inside the lobby of the Nassau Inn and weave through downtown Princeton, hearing darling stories of Einstein’s life and his experience in Princeton. We’ll end at the only museum dedicated to Einstein in North America!
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 nerd glasses and Smart Phone Pub Crawl route! (Only nerds 21 yrs and above will receive access to the map of participating bars!)
7:30 p.m. The Arts Council of Princeton presents an Einstein or Pi themed performance. We’ll release the details closer to the date! Suggested donation of $3.14. For more information, please visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or 609-924-0777.
7:00 p.m. – Smart Phone Self Guided Pub Crawl provided by princeton genius tours, where the founder of Pi Day, Mimi Omiecinski, will announce how much money was raised to benefit the Princeton Education Foundation Teacher Mini-Grant Program via the 3.14.15 commemorative bracelets!
Pi Day Princeton
9 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! All participants will win free two week trial membership with a waived joiner fee if you join the YMCA!
10:00 a.m. — Hourly Guided Tours of Einstein Museum – 10a thru 4p sponsored by Landau at 102 Nassau Street! Join Princeton Tour Company tour guides to see the only museum dedicated to Time Magazine’s Man of the Century! First come, first served. Groups limited to 25 each hour. Commemorative tee shirts for sale at the only Einstein Museum in North America inside Landau at 102 Nassau Street!
10:00 a.m. – Einstein in Princeton Guided Walking Tour – Join Princeton Tour Company Guides to see the homes and hangouts of Prineton’s most beloved genius. These are brisk paced walks and cover nearly 3 miles. If you’re worried about keeping up with the group, consider the hourly tours of the museum at Landau. First come, first serve. Groups limited to 50 per group.
2:00 p.m. – Einstein in Princeton Guided Walking Tour – Join Princeton Tour Company Guides to see the homes and hangouts of Prineton’s most beloved genius. These are brisk paced walks and cover nearly 3 miles. If you’re worried about keeping up with the group, consider the hourly tours of the museum at Landau. First come, first serve. Groups limited to 50 per group.
4:00 p.m. – Einstein in Princeton Guided Walking Tour – Join Princeton Tour Company Guides to see the homes and hangouts of Prineton’s most beloved genius. These are brisk paced walks and cover nearly 3 miles. If you’re worried about keeping up with the group, consider the hourly tours of the museum at Landau. First come, first serve. Groups limited to 50 per group.
Pi Day Princeton
12:00 p.m. – Toddler Tour of Einstein Salon – Updike Farm at Quaker Bridge Road – Join the Historical Society of Princeton’s celebrations of Einstein’s birthday while viewing furniture from 112 Mercer Street!
1:59 p.m. — Once in a Lifetime Princeton Teacher Winner Announcement – 86 Nassau Street inside Princeton Pi . Pi Day is a celebration of Einstein. This contest was borne in honor and celebration of Einstein’s favorite teachers. Einstein was the first to disclose he did not believe he was a genius but credited his teachers as changing his love for learning. His teachers in Switzerland demonstrated the revolutionary modern education principles created by Johann Pestalozzi. The Once in a Lifetime Princeton Teacher Video Contest is calling out to all Princeton Students (age 18 and younger) to submit an short iPhone video describing how their Princeton teacher changed them for a lifetime of learning! Please include the name of the teacher, the school, the grade, and the why/how this teacher made such an impact. The winning student video and highlighted teacher will win $314.15! Send your video to firstname.lastname@example.org and start dreaming of how you and your teacher might spend that money!
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 Pi Day Princeton glasses and Smart Phone Grub Crawl route! (Participating restaurants have Pi inspired foods that all smartypants will adore!)
3:30 p.m. – Elementary Childrens’ Tour of Einstein Salon – Updike Farm at Quaker Bridge Road – Join the Historical Society of Princeton’s celebrations of Einstein’s birthday while viewing furniture from 112 Mercer Street!
6:30 p.m. — Birthday Toast to Einstein and Nerd Herd Smart Phone Pub Crawl – Check in 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn and provided by princeton genius tours – 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!