Friday, September 18 Mingle with your eventual masters at the Carnegie Science Center’s 21+ “Robots” night! Grab a drink and challenge an air-hockey robot to a game; see if you can hear the difference between human or machine-made musical compositions; and take pictures with C3PO!

Saturday, September 19 Pittsburgh is the country’s self-professed #CityOfDumplings and this Saturday it’s cementing that reputation with its third annual Pierogi Festival at the North Side’s Stage AE. With over 30 vendors, live folk and polka music, and appearances by the Pittsburgh Pirates famous 5th inning Racing Pierogies, the fest promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Sunday, September 20 As the weather slowly gets colder it’s time to keep warm with Allison Park’s fourth annual Pepper Festival; run by Reyna Foods, the event includes vendors, cooking demos, live music, artists, crafters, hayrides, and more.

Monday, September 21 After all those pierogis and peppers, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to fit into anything at the 6th annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week, kicking off today at Highmark Stadium and featuring a VIP reception and “Designer’s Showcase” displaying clothing by Mayfield Avenue, Exotic Hush, Jenkins & Baldwin Originals, and many more.

Tuesday, September 22 Cats. Doing fun tricks. Running from the 17th to the 27th, Acro Cats features over one dozen feline performers (all rescue cats personally cared for by their trainer Samantha Martin) displaying amazing feats. The troupe includes a cat who holds a Guinness World Record for the longest leap, and a “band,” Tuna and the Rock Cats (Tuna, the leader, plays cowbell). Again, should any further convincing be needed, these are cats doing fun tricks in downtown Pittsburgh.

Wednesday, September 23 The writing game is hard and, often, information about the publishing end of things can be scarce and/or confounding. However, this Wednesday local writers will have the chance to listen to three literary agents from across the country at Sewickley’s Penguin Bookshop. The agents will give tips to querying authors seeking representation and also open the floor to a Q&A.

Thursday, September 24 Summer’s end means an end to farmer’s markets, but each Thursday from now until October Pittsburghers have a chance go downtown to pick up fresh, local produce from the Market Square farmer’s market. Take advantage of the fruits and veggies while they last!

Planning next weekend, too? Come to Cleveland for Belt’s Industry Tour on the 26th for an expert-led tour of Slavic Village followed by beer, bowling and (free Belt) books.