Updated February 25, 2020
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.
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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 two years in a row in 2018 and 2019. 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?
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
925 Springvale Rd., Great Falls, VA
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Turner Farm, located in Great Falls, VA, hosts a myriad of different events about astronomy throughout March. From their Astronomy Festival (March 7), to "Nebulas, Star Clusters, and Galaxies, Oh My!" (March 18) 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.
This is an event for all; the observatory is even known for seeing up to 100 visitors at a time. Families, teens, young children, individuals, couples and students – learn something new about our galaxy by visiting Turner Farm Park Observatory.
Children’s Science Center Lab
11948 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA
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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). Located within Fair Oaks Mall.
Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, VA
Fairfax County is so fortunate to be home to such an accessible Smithsonian museum. The Udvar-Hazy Center is a great place for groups and to participate in tours about historic triumphs in air and space. Celebrate Pi Day with a little bit of flight appreciation. Do you think astronauts had freeze-dried pie?!
Sully Historic Site
3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Image courtesy Don Sweeney/Fairfax County Park Authority
Make it a two-stop trip! Right around the corner, not 5 minutes away from the Udvar-Hazy Center, is Sully Historic Site – home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first congressman. In honor of Pi Day, Sully Historic Site interpreters are baking over an open-hearth fire with pie recipes from the Lee Family time period through the 19th century.. Come watch classic cooking techniques and have a taste. Entry is $3.14 and will last from 3:14 PM – 5:00 PM.
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.