1. The menu at 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House has been completely overhauled and includes new dishes like shrimp and grits, pictured here. The restaurant, along with nearby spots Annata Restaurant & Wine Bar and Alto Mare Fish Bar, were recently purchased by new hospitality group Volet Hospitality, which has big plans for the Beach Drive NE restaurants.
  2. Oktoberfest celebrations start this week in the Tampa Bay area.
  3. Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Alex Killorn, left, and Pat Maroon, right, hoist the Stanley Cup after the Game 5 win over Montreal in the final at Amalie Arena. The three-time Stanley Cup champs will hold Launch Weekend events this weekend.
  4. For free Museum Day on Saturday, the turn-of-the-20th century Cracker Country in Tampa will be open for free, and you can see actors demonstrate how pioneers carved materials, churned butter and did their chores.
  5. A performer is seen inside of new Howl-O-Scream haunted house The Forgotten during dress rehearsal night on Wednesday in Tampa.
  6. Jambalaya is served at Bayou Bodega, a new Davis Islands restaurant in Tampa with a focus on natural wine and Creole and Caribbean fare.
  7. A black swallowtail butterfly lands on the branch of a bougainvillea bush at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
  8. From left, Hannah Rogers, associate biologist with Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s rescue team, Jordan Wolfred, rescue team intern, and Cam Fredecker, associate biologist stand near a statue of a manatee near what will be the Manatee Springs Rehabilitation Center. The CMA exhibit will take $10 million and two to three years to complete.
  9. Ed Sheeran, pictured in 2019, will help kick off the NFL season opener with a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in Tampa. (Joel C. Ryan   |   Invision/AP, file)
  10. The Harvest Jam amateur competition at Skatepark of Tampa this weekend will have divisions starting at 8 and younger, and up to 30 and older, with prizes awarded to the top five finishers in each division.
  11. Hendrik Bisanz (right) CEO and broker at Seasalt Properties and Christopher Scott, new owner of the Beach Theatre, pose for a portrait together in front of the property, which has been closed since 2012. Scott will hold a public meeting later in the month to get the community’s vision for the future of the building.
  12. The members of ABBA, from left Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Foltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson, announced they will release a new album in November, their first since 1981. Virtual versions of themselves will be used for a live show using technology from George Lucas’ special-effects company, Industrial Light & Magic.
  13. The heroic pups from the animated Nickelodeon preschool TV series "PAW Patrol" have postponed the planned live show coming to Tampa's Yuengling Center Sept. 18-19. Tickets will be honored at the rescheduled date, which hasn't yet been announced.
  14. Poet-for-hire Giovanni Cerro of St. Petersburg writes poetry for passing guests for free thanks to a sponsorship by Katee Tully of Smith and Associates during the St. Pete Pride celebration on Beach Drive in June in St. Petersburg.
  15. A view of the Crescent Lake water tower overlooking the Huggins-Stengel Baseball Field in St. Petersburg. Nearly 40 years ago, eccentric New York author Byron Priess published "The Secret," a book of fairy tale-like cryptic paintings and correlating verses that double as clues in a treasure hunt he created for 12 jewels. So far, only three have been unearthed and the author died without providing more clues. But a Nashville father and daughter believe clues point to one being buried near Crescent Lake Park's Huggins-Stengel Field.
  16. Rescue personnel with a boat help LaPlace, La., residents out of their flooded homes. The way people can most help from afar is sending money, advocates say.
  17. Passengers board the train during the Largo Train Weekend at the Largo Central Railroad in Largo. The first Saturday of every month brings free train rides for families.
  18. People gather around the table as they assemble a large Cuban sandwich during the Cuban Sandwich Festival in 2019.
  19. Italian restaurant BellaBrava is now open at Midtown Tampa.
  20. Benjamin Kanute of Phoenix won the St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg in 2019, the last time the event was held. COVID-19 and safety concerns have canceled the event two years in a row.
  21. Yellow-eye snapper is served over pea puree with Calabrian chile oil at Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria, a new restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg.
  22. Harry Styles will bring his tour to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Oct. 10. Promoters announced on Wednesday that his upcoming Love On Tour show will not only require proof of COVID-19 vaccine or a negative test result at all his upcoming shows, and he is also implementing a mask mandate each night.
  23. Busch Gardens has brought back Bier Fest for its fourth round, with food, beer and cocktails offered at stations across the park.

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