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Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, right, says goodbye to Cael Wintjen, 2, and Bethany Clark with a high five after they got a jersey and T-shirt autographed during Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest in 2014. The fest returns this weekend. Times (2014)

Things to Do Planner: Lightning Fan Fest, model Nyle DiMarco, horror convention, Lego Mustang

GO BOLTS: Lightning Fan Fest Time to hit the ice, Bolts fans. Sunday brings a free day to get ramped up for hockey season at the Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest. There will be player autograph sessions, team scrimmages, selfie stations with players, a high school hockey shootout, food and beverage discounts, merchandi …


  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2.


    Super Boat National Championship and Festival: Powerboats compete in the seventh annual championship race off the shore of Clearwater Beach on Sunday. A festival on Friday and Saturday includes a Baystar Race Village at Coachman Park, a block party and parade of boats, a seafood festival and fireworks on the …

    NP_312303_CLIF_SUPERBOAT_8 SUNDAY (10/4/2009) CLEARWATER BEACH Fan favorite Miss Geico navigates the first turn Sunday while competing in the first Clearwater Super Boat Offshore National Championship and Festival (Oct. 2-4). Miss Geico took an early lead over point leader Aqua Mania in the turbine class, which was never relinquished. "This was big time," Bob Clifford, President and CEO of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, said of the race. Clifford said the boats require copious amounts of money to subsidize and can cost upward of $20,000 to run for a day, including the cost of bringing a team to town, housing and feeding them. "My understanding is that the budget for the Geico team is $10-million a year," Clifford said. [ Douglas R. Clifford, Times]
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 25


    Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest: The Tampa Bay Lightning welcomes back fans and kicks off the hockey season with this free event including player autograph sessions, team scrimmages, selfie stations with players, high school hockey shoot out, food and beverage discounts, merchandise specials, hockey equipment sale …

    Riley Cole, 11, makes a slap shot while her sister, Skylar, 8, watches at Fan Fest at Tampa Bay Lightning training camp in Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015.
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 24


    Smithsonian Museum Day Live: Museums across the nation partner with the Smithsonian to offer free admission for one day. Participating Tampa Bay museums include: Largo Armed Forces Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and the Henry B. Plant Museum. Museum hours may vary. To receive your free ticket, go to …

    The new exhibit, Contemplating Character at the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg on February 24, 2016.
  4. Grab your lederhosen: Oktoberfest season is here with 19 local festivals


    Munich mayor Dieter Reiter swung his mallet twice — a respectable amount, according to those who judge such things — and drove a tap into wooden barrel of Märzen, shouting "O'zapft is!" He served the first mug to the Bavarian prime minister in September, and thus kicked off the world's largest beer fest …

     Contestants of the Stein Hoisting competition hold large beer steins at the Tampa Oktoberfest in Curtis Hixon Park in 2015.   [Luis Santana | Times]
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 23


    Toby Keith: The Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue and Beer For My Horses country singer embarks on the Interstates and Tailgates tour. 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$89. (813) 740-2446.

    INGLEWOOD, CA - MAY 01:  Recording artist Toby Keith performs during the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards at The Forum on May 1, 2016 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for dcp)
  6. Plan your weekend Sept. 23-25: Howl-o-Scream, Free Museum Day, Lightning Fan Fest, the Illusionists


    Plan your weekend


    Howl-O-Scream: Halloween attractions and haunted houses are already popping up. Busch Gardens brings an Evil Encore theme to its annual scare fest starting Friday. Tickets start at $45.99; buschgarden …