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Plastic Combs & Cheesy Photo Backdrops, Social Club Heads Back To School: Social Club Sept. 16

So, how does one move a large ship across land? That question has WESA’s Josh Raulerson, Sarah Kovash and Rachel Carlson of Yelp Pittsburgh stumped. Luckily, there’s plenty of stuff happening in the ‘Burgh this weekend, so you don’t have to spend all week on the couch googling the answer to that one.

Friday night, you can kick off the weekend with Oktoberfest at Penn Brewery. The annual event comes back for two weekends, starting Sept. 16. Fill up on beer, pretzels and more from 5 p.m. to midnight. Be sure to check the other dates and times here!

And go back to school with the Carnegie Science Center’s 21+ night. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., take those cheesy school photos, play Oregon Trail in the “computer lab,” check out old Bill Nye the Science Guy eps and more.

Or learn something new at Phipps Conservatory with a screening of The Nature of Cities. It’s free with admission and the screening starts at 7 p.m. University of Virginia professor Tim Beatley follows city planners, ecologists and more to focus on the connection between city dwellers and nature. Plus, if you’re looking for another cool environmental find, check out Frick Park’s new environmental center. Park officials said it’s the greenest municipal building in the world -- here's how it works. 

And if you’re looking for a different kind of film, catch a free screening of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. It’s an Iranian Vampire Western, we know what you’re thinking: another one?! (Just kidding, it sounds awesome). Catch the outdoor screening at Conflict Kitchen and take in a delicious Iranian meal before they move on to a new menu.

But get ready to get silly on Saturday. You can catch the running of the wieners at the Waterfront’s Fall Festival. The festival runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., but you can catch “frankfurter-esque” dogs (25lbs or less!) in hotdog costumes, running for their victory between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Or join the Pup Crawl on the Clemente Bridge at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue League, Animal Friends and Western PA Humane Society. In addition to having the opportunity to pet lots of adorable pups, you can check out vendors, look into adopting your own fur baby and play games.

And Pittsburgh-based online retailer Modcloth stops in town for an IRL pop-up. Check out the short-term store Downtown at 625 Smithfield Street starting Saturday and going through Sept. 27. 

Sarah Kovash previously worked as a web producer for KDKA-TV, as a freelance journalist for the Valley News Dispatch covering local government throughout the Alle-Kiski Valley and at NPR station KPBS in San Diego.
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