Updated for 2021
Looking for an excuse to eat some delicious sweet and savory goodness? Search no more! Celebrate Pi Day in Fairfax County with our unique bakeries, eateries, and attractions.
The Pie Gourmet
507 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA
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The Pie Gourmet offers handmade pies from scratch and has been crafting them with love since 1988. This local Vienna shop makes ordering easy: online, by phone, and even delivery. I feel inclined to tell you I’ve never in my life seen a Raspberry-Peach pie…and now that I have, I think I owe it to myself to pick one up from Pie Gourmet.
Image courtesy Amphora Bakery
Hands-down, Amphora has always been my favorite local breakfast place and their bakery is no exception. Crafted with care and detail, Amphora takes the time to celebrate Pi Day with a limited time Pi crust pie (are there too many pies in that sentence?).
Kiwi Pie Shop
4548 Eisenhower Ave, City of Alexandria, VA
Get the best of both worlds with a sweet and savory pie menu by Chef Bert “Ram” Todd. Kiwi Pie Shop, the "first New Zealand pie shop in Northern Virginia," has a large selection of pies inspired by local NZ bakeries. Missing his homeland cuisine here in the D.C. area, Chef Ram returned home to learn the art of perfecting handmade meat pies. Now, here in Northern Virginia, we’re able to have a little piece of authentic New Zealand. Head to their Alexandria storefront and pick up favorites like their Roast Lamb pie or their Hokey Pokey Apple Pie. Their pies are also available for order on Uber Eats, Grubhub, or Postmates.
Hot tip: Make everyone in the group happy with their "Bitser Pie," where you can choose 7 different slices that make up a whole pie!
It seems all too appropriate for Pi Day to be in March when we’re all craving Shepherd’s Pie around St. Patrick’s Day. Our Irish Pubs guide offers several places where you can most certainly find this delicious and authentic savory pie. Spots include The Auld Shebeen, Ireland’s Four Provinces, Ned Devine’s, The Old Brogue, P.J. Mulligans, and more.
The Pure Pasty Co.
128 Church St NW, Vienna, VA
Speaking of endless pie variations, did you know that the U.K. is known for its baked and fried pies? They call them pasties (pronounced past-ees). It’s so well-known, in fact, that every year since 2012, Cornwall has held the World Pasty Championships. Even cooler, Fairfax County’s very own Pure Pasty Co. in Vienna won the Open Savoury Company category for three years in a row from 2018 to 2020. If you’re unfamiliar with a pasty, (1) they’re amazing and (2) they’re full of meat and veggies wrapped within a delicious pastry. What’s awesome about Pure Pasty Co. is their attention to detail and their commitment to using better ingredients. Their famous crust is made with heritage flour and sustainable shortening, their chicken is all-natural, free-range, never with antibiotics, and their beef is all-natural and grass-fed.
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If the sweet or savory pie isn’t for you, check out our Italian listings for a Pizza Pie, because who wants to cook dinner on a Saturday night anyway?
More Pi Day Fun
Did you know that on March 12, 2009, the House of Representatives supported the designation of “National Pi Day?" This was done in an effort to recognize the importance of science, mathematical, and engineering education programs while encouraging schools and educators to observe the day with Pi-related activities.
So if you’re not a pie guy or gal, remember what Pi Day is all about…the significance of mathematics, science, and engineering to our children’s education; so celebrate with a visit to our one of a kind attractions, including:
Turner Farm Park Observatory
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Turner Farm, located in Great Falls, VA, hosts a myriad of different events about astronomy throughout March. From their Spring Equinox Celebration (March 20), to the Introduction to Astronomy Webinar (March 23) there is an event for every aspect of our solar system! Always be sure to check their Twitter before visiting, just to make sure those skies are clear! Visitors are encouraged to bring their own telescopes, binoculars, and gear and to dress very warmly. In addition, volunteers are available to help visitors use the telescopes on site.
Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Celebrate Pi Day with a little bit of flight appreciation. Although the Udvar-Hazy Center is temporarily closed for in-person visits, there's a vast library of online resources and a pretty amazing virtual tour to embark on. Do you think astronauts had freeze-dried pie?!
George Washington's 16-Sided Barn at Mount Vernon
Visit George Washington's Mount Vernon to learn more about George Washington's great farming innovation, the 16-sided treading barn. His invention was used to separate the wheat berry from the top of the wheat stalk. While previously, enslaved laborers on the estate would beat the grain with a flail to separate it from the straw, this new invention used animals treading. The power of their hooves could separate the berry from the stalk faster and more effectively. This was one of Washington's most iconic inventions, contributing immensely to the agriculture and science industry.
Children's Science Center
This one-of-a-kind interactive museum for children, families, and school groups allows for fun activities that get everyone engaged. Here you’ll find an Experiment Bar, Inspiration Hub, Tinker Shop, and Discovery Zone all centered around science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Although in-person events are suspended, they're hosting a virtual Pi Day Fun event for the whole family with Pi-themed trivia, games, scavenger hunts, and more!
Do you have a favorite spot to get pie (whichever type of pie you prefer) or a favorite place to learn about all things STEM in Fairfax County? Tell us in the comments below and be sure to join us on social media at @VisitFairfax and #FXVA.