Pi Day celebrations are taking place all over North Texas in honor of π, or pi, the mind-bogglingly long constant number that relates to the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. March 14, or 3.14 (that’s the first three digits of pi), has become a holiday for math lovers and, well, a great excuse to dig into a slice of pie. Read on for the best spots around Dallas-Fort Worth to celebrate Pi Day with your family, from bakeries and pizza shops to festivals.
Pi Day Festival
Spark the STEM spirit in your kiddos at the Pi Day festival hosted by AT&T Performing Arts Center and talkSTEM. The fest will show how math impacts the world far beyond the classroom—like in science, art and even nature. This year, KERA’s Senior Editor Sam Baker will moderate a panel discussion on STEM and how it’s used in everyday careers. To top it all off, kids can visit with teams from the Dallas Zoo, Dallas Arboretum, Texas Legends and many more. Entry is free but RSVP is required, so be sure to sign up online. The event takes place between 10am–1pm. The panel discussion starts at 10:30am, lasting about 45 minutes.
Sammons Park, 2403 Flora St., Dallas
If your tike is a math whiz, swing by Emporium Pies and take part in their Pi Day challenge. The North Texas chain is offering up free slices to anyone who can name pi up to the 20th digit (on the first try). We love Emporium’s signature Cloud Nine (a cream pie with butterscotch, custard and brown sugar) and Smooth Operator (a french silk chocolate pie with pretzel crust). For a savory alternative, try their Chicken Pot Pie made just for the holiday.
The North Texas café is serving up more than just slices in honor of Pi Day. Partnering with the Dallas Millennial Club, a portion of all sales on March 14th will benefit Millennials for STEM, which funds programs for Dallas-Fort Worth students in math and sciences. Even sweeter: Norma’s is donating a portion of proceeds from their limited edition Mint Chocolate Mile High Pie to the organization all March long.
Not to be cheesy, but your family can’t go wrong at Blaze Pizza. All 11” personal pies will be just $3.14, including your choice of all toppings, and allergy-sensitive options like vegan cheese and gluten-free crust. Blaze’s much-loved high-rise dough will be priced at its usual $2 upcharge. This option is only available for in-restaurant dining, so make it a proper night out and take your crew for a post-dinner slice of dessert pie at any of the sweet shops listed in this article.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
Make it a full dinner affair at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, offering their mini one-topping pizzas for a special price of $3.14. For dessert, opt for a mouthwatering Hot Fudge Brownie Pizcookie, topped off with three scoops of vanilla ice cream and a cherry.
The all-American diner is giving out free chicken pot pies (with a valid coupon, available here) with any individual meal and drink purchase. Save room at the end of the meal and purchase any one of their desserts, like apple pie and pecan pie, to round out your festive feast.
Whole Foods Market
It’s a one-stop shop (literally!) at Whole Foods this Pi Day. If you need to do some grocery shopping, be sure to pick up a sweet treat or two. All large Take & Bake pizzas and large bakery pies will be available for just $3.14. For some DIY Pi Day inspiration, check out Whole Foods’ free recipes for turkey pot pie or sausage and artichoke pizza.
It’s #YourPieDay at Your Pie in Frisco, where you get one 10” pizza for the rounded price of $3.14. The deal takes place all day (while supplies last). Additional charges for gluten-free crust may apply. Beware that because the restaurant is in high demand on this day, they cannot make accommodations for food allergies.
5110 Eldorado Pkwy #350, Frisco; 469/ 664-0768
This article was originally published March 2018, with updates made this year.
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