View a festival schedule and purchase tickets and passes. Be sure to check VIA’s Facebook page for the latest updates.

Courtesy of Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Courtesy of Pittsburgh Glass Center.

10. Art on Fire Celebration and Auction at American Eagle Outfitters Headquarters: September 25

The temps might be starting to fall, but the vibe will be on fire at Pittsburgh’s only contemporary glass art auction. Find out why it’s always 2,000-degrees in the creative cauldrons at Pittsburgh Glass Center when the Garfield-based facility takes its hot aura off-site for its signature fundraiser. Dubbed “Art on Fire,” the glass bash will showcase 100-plus handmade objects in live and silent auctions—from glass pumpkins to table decor. And there is a piece for every glass enthusiast, because price points range from $25 to $10,000.

This year, the buzzworthy event is honoring artist Toots Zynsky, who created the auction’s signature item. The recipient of two NEA grants and a Smithsonian Institute Visionary Award, Zynsky’s work is represented in museums and private collections around the world. Part of a group of pioneering artists who studied with glass phenom Dale Chihuly at RISD in the 1970s, Zynsky co-founded the Pilchuck Glass School and the New York Experimental Glass Workshop. Merging traditions of painting, sculpture and decorative arts, her highly distinctive heat-formed filet de verre (glass thread) vessels have gained worldwide attention for their extraordinary use of color.

Proceeds from Art on Fire—which raised more than $100,000 last year—will support the PGC’s educational programming and exhibitions. Purchase tickets. Register for the auction here.

DJ Rekha. Photo by Nisha Sondhe.

DJ Rekha. Photo by Nisha Sondhe.

11. India in Focus in the Cultural District: September 25 – November 9

After presenting festivals focused on places around the globe, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust now turns its compass to India. Showcasing a broad spectrum of classical and contemporary work that’s been created in and influenced by India—including dance, theater, music and visual art—the cultural festival features a large-scale street party, 10 performances and numerous exhibitions—including shows that have never been seen in the U.S.

Don’t miss the kick-off when India in Focus takes the festivities outdoors during the Sept. 25th Gallery Crawl. At the helm of the free large-scale street party will be DJ Rekha—who has appeared everywhere from edgy NYC clubs to the White House. Rekha’s wildly popular parties showcase her distinct blend of Bhangra, Bollywood and contemporary electronic dance music. The multi-talented DJ also designs sound for Broadway, produces programs for NPR and leads workshops at the Smithsonian.

India in Focus will also feature performances by classical tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, Nrityagrim Dance Ensemble, Bollywood dance troupe Mystic India, Indian Ink Theatre Company and others. Featured visual artists include Hetain Patel, Nandini Valli Muthiah, Shilpa Gupta, Sumakshi Singh, Surabhi Saraf, Avinash Veeraraghavan, Gauri Gill and Sarika Goulatia. View a complete schedule.

The Moth. Home for the Holidays: Family Gatherings and Un-Gatherings. 12/08/2011.

Adam Gopnik. Photo by Sara Stacke.

12. Tangled Up: The Moth in Pittsburgh at the Byham Theater: September 30

Storytelling is our most powerful form of communication and connection. The best place to experience the thrill of a great story told live? The Moth Mainstage. By now you’ve heard the buzz, so when bestselling author, essayist and commentator Adam Gopnik takes the stage and grabs the mic to host Pittsburgh’s next installment of the storytelling phenom, make sure you’re in your seat.

How’s it all work? With witty Gopnik steering the storytelling ship, the raconteur revelry will feature five charismatic tellers TBA (check this space)—all sharing evocative tales of being “turned around and twisted in knots, caught in a tangle of lies or getting the story straight.” Every Moth show starts with a theme and also includes a lively local musician serving as timekeeper.

With a career spanning 30 years at The New Yorker, Gopnik has written hundreds of essays, as well as fiction and humor. His numerous books range from essay collections about Paris and food to children’s novels. Recipient of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters medal and three National Magazine Awards, Gopnik was born in Philadelphia in 1956 and raised in Montreal.

Grab tickets now, because this event is consistently a sell-out.

Arbor Aid.

Arbor Aid.

Because all good lists must come to an end, we give you our 10 not-to-miss honorable mentions for September: 

1. PSO Cinema Serenade Soiree at Heinz Hall: September 12

2. HACLab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern exhibition and roundtable discussion at Carnegie Museum of Art: September 11 & 12