Pi Day Princeton
Every year the town of Princeton celebrates with irrationally fun events! Presentations by a recent Nobel Prize winner, Pie Judging Experience, tours and more! For the Einstein Look-a-Like and Pi Recitation contests, youth winners take home $314.15! This year, the world’s first person to recite 10,000 digits of pi will reveal the secrets to memorizing so many digits!
For the noncompetitive types, there are Dinky rides with Einstein (featuring Bill Agress, professional reenactor), a Pi-Rade, a presentation from famous children’s book author Dan Gutman, interactive Einstein Open Archive stations, family-friendly self-guided Albert Einstein tours … even a Genius Pub Crawl for adults!
“Pi Day Princeton is a real treat for anyone who loves pi, pie and Einstein!” says Mimi Omiecinski, founder and coordinator for the delightful event. When asked how the event was started, Mimi credits the remarkable collaboration between Princeton businesses, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions and residents: “In 2009, various folks and I called in a ton of favors from shop owners, local officials, family and friends and created the first Pi Day Princeton, which attracted nearly 4,000 visitors! Over the years, crowds grew so large we had to move the events to various downtown locations. This year, major events are being held throughout various areas of downtown Princeton and the Princeton Shopping Center, including the very popular Einstein Look-a-Like & Pi Recitation contests at the Arts Council of Princeton and the Pie Judging Experience at LiLLiPiES at the Princeton Shopping Center.
While contests and family-friendly events are strategically scheduled on Saturday, March 11th, the celebrations on actual Pi Day (3.14) are unique this year. “I was thrilled the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber decided to change their Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture Series to March 14th,” says Mimi. “It’s the only Nobel Lecture Series of its kind presented by a Chamber of Commerce. The fact that it is held in an award-winning architectural building on Princeton University’s campus makes it that much more of a ‘must do’ for real deal Pi Day fans.”
The celebration is meant to honor pi, mathematics, science, famous Princeton geniuses, local merchants and, of course, Einstein’s big day. Mimi encourages everyone to come and enjoy the activities and see firsthand how Princeton residents, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions and business communities work together brilliantly to celebrate our one-of-a-kind Ivy League town!
Mimi is quick to note the magic comes together because of the Event Partners who present the irrational number of events!
Arts Council of Princeton hosts the Einstein Look-a-Like Contest, Pi Recitation, Pi-Rade and American World Record Pi Recitation Demonstration; Princeton Public Library hosts famed children’s author Dan Gutman, and offers interactive projects with the Historical Society of Princeton; LiLLiPiES manages the Best Pie Experience while Princeton Tour Company offers the Adult Pub Crawl and self-guided Albert Einstein tours.
The Pi Day Princeton event coordination and information team can be reached at 855-743-1415.
Pi Day Princeton, celebrated in Princeton, New Jersey, was founded in 2009 by Mimi Omiecinski, who owns Princeton Tour Company, a full-service tour company offering Princeton walking tours, bus tours, ghost tours, and team building/private corporate events since 2007. She admits she is “strangely possessed” by All Things Princeton and never tires of celebrating the university’s/town’s unique history, architecture and fascinating residents. She began Princeton Tour Company as a fun way to spend her mornings; with the help of her world-class guides, it has grown and is rated the #1 Princeton Activity by Tripadvisor, AAA Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post and more.
EVENT NAME: PI DAY PRINCETON
LOCATION: Events located throughout the heart of Princeton and Princeton Shopping Center
DATES: March 11, 2023 and March 14, 2023
COST: Free unless specified
CONTESTANTS: Register online at www.princetontourcompany.com
For more information please contact:
Mimi Omiecinski — (855) 743-1415 or (609) 865-0234 (cell)
2023 Pi Day Celebration Schedule
Saturday – 3.11.23
- 8:00 a.m. Pie Flight Experience – LiLLiPiES at Princeton Shopping Center (pi priced experience offered through 2:00 p.m.)
- 10:30 a.m. Youth Einstein Look-a-Like Contests – Arts Council of Princeton
- 11:30 a.m. Learn to recite pi from the first person to achieve 10,000 digits! – Arts Council of Princeton
- 12:00 p.m. Pi Recitation Contest – Arts Council of Princeton (Pi-Rade immediately follows)
- 12:00 p.m. Einstein exhibition – Historical Society of Princeton at Updike Farmstead (open through 4:00 p.m.)
- 1:00 p.m. Princeton School Gardens Cooperative Fundraiser – The Bent Spoon & LilliPiES (all day pi priced pairing)
- 1:30 p.m. Children’s author Dan Gutman appears via Zoom to discuss his children’s book with Historical Society staff – Princeton Public Library
- 2:00 p.m. Dinky Train rides with Albert Einstein (meet at Wawa Station)
- 2:30 p.m. Einstein Open Archives Event for families with crafts and STEM activities – Princeton Public Library 3rd Floor (open through 4:30 p.m.)
- 3:14 p.m. Einstein Self-Guided Walking Tour (available to participants attending the Einstein Look-a-Like or Pi Recitation events)
- 5:00 p.m. Adult Look-a-Like Contest & Pi Day Pub Crawl – Adults Only – begins at Yankee Doodle Tap Room
Tuesday, Pi Day – 3.14.23
- 1:00 p.m. PSGC Fundraiser – The Bent Spoon & LilliPiES (thru 5:00 p.m.) – at The Bent Spoon or LiLLiPiES
- 3:14 p.m. Guided Walking Tour of Albert Einstein’s famous homes and hangouts! – Register online
- 5:00 p.m. Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture – Robertson Hall, Princeton University
- 7:00 p.m. Adult Look-a-Like Contest & Pi Day Pub Crawl – Adults Only – starts at Winberie’s on Palmer Square
- 7:00 p.m. Einstein Open Archives – Princeton Public Library