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Pi Day Princeton

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Pi Recitation & Einstein Look a Like Registration

About the Princeton Pi Day Celebration

Einstein was born on March 14 — 3.14 — the numeric equivalent of Pi! Every year, the town of Princeton celebrates with an irrational number of events, including pie eating, pie throwing, pi recitation, pizza pie, and cupcake decorating contests!

  • Einstein Look-A-Like winner receives $314.15!
  • Pre-Teen Pi Recitation winner receives $314.15!
  • Pizza Pie Contest winner receives a free pizza for three months!
  • Memorization suggestions from the first champion to break 10,000 digits!
  • Einstein inspired dance party!

For the non-competitive types, there are surprise birthday parties, a Pi-Rade, story time and book signing, and a professionally guided tour of Einstein’s neighborhood. Be sure to head to Landau’s at 102 Nassau Street to get commemorative tees!

Princeton is honored to host the world to celebrate our most beloved Princeton genius!

Click here for the expanded schedule with full descriptions and locations for each official event!

Event Partners

Princeton Tour Company & Nassau Inn

Event Sponsors

Yankee Doodle Tap Room, McCaffrey’s SuperMarket, Princeton Pi, Princeton Black Squirrel Promotions, Palmer Square,  Landau’s, Princeton Public Library,  Historical Society of Princeton, Institute for Advanced Study & Paul Robeson Center for the Arts

Pi Recitation & Einstein Look-A-Like Registration – $3.14 per contestant | 
Ages 12 and under | Guarantees participation in Pi Recitation & Einstein Look-A-Like events | Winners of Einstein Look-A-Like & Pi Recitation contest each receive $314.15

Most events are free to the public. Some non-profits charge nominal fees. See schedule for details.

Check-In Information

  • Most events are free and located in downtown Princeton. We recommend arriving early to guarantee participation; however, the purchase of contestant registration guarantees participation to compete in the Einstein Look-A-Like and Pi Recitation Contests.

Pi Day Celebration Schedule

Wednesday 3.11.20 – 7:30  p.m. Author’s Presentation – Einstein in Bohemia by Professor Michael Gordin at Princeton Public Library

Friday 3.13.20 – 7:30  p.m.  Pi Day Princeton Dance Party – 2nd Floor inside Paul Robeson Arts Council of Princeton

  • Saturday – PI DAY – 3.14.20
    •  9:00  a.m.   Apple Pie Eating Contest – 2nd Floor Dining Area inside McCaffrey’s Supermarket
    • 10:00 a.m.   Surprise Birthday Party for Albert Einstein – Princeton Room inside Nassau Inn
    • 10:30 a.m.   Einstein in Princeton Guided Walking Tour – 2nd Floor Lobby of Nassau Inn
    • 12:00 p.m.   Princeton School Gardens Cooperative Fundraiser – the bent spoon & LiLLiPiES
    • 12:30 p.m.   Einstein Look-A-Like Contest – Princeton Room inside Nassau Inn
    •  1:00 p.m.    Learn to recite Pi from the first person to achieve 10,000 digits! –Princeton Room inside Nassau Inn
    •  1:30 p.m.    Pi Recitation Contest – Princeton Room inside Nassau Inn
    •  1:59 p.m.   “Our Magnetic Universe” Presentation by Dr. Susan Clark, Institute for Advanced Study Member
    • 2:00 p.m.    Einstein Gallery Talk  – Historical Society of Princeton at 354 Quaker Bridge Road
    •  2:45 p.m.    Pizza Pi Competition – Princeton Pi
    •  3:14 p.m.    Pie Throwing Event – Palmer Square Green
    •  4:00 p.m.   Complimentary Wedding/Vow Renewal & Prom-posal Ceremonies – Princeton Pi
    •  5:00 p.m.   Cookbook Signing – Lillipies – 301 Harrison Street

Monday 3.16.20 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – “IQ” Movie Screening and Open Archive –  Princeton Public Library- 65 Witherspoon Street

Click here for the expanded descriptions and rules for each event!

Cancellation Policy

  • Most events are free; however, Einstein Look-A-Like and Pi Recitation contestants are encouraged to register in advance to guarantee participation. Payment is a one-time upfront payment with no refunds for cancellations for any reason