1. Volunteers sort food donations at the annual Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent in Tampa in 2019.
  2. Wild Adventures Theme Park, shown here in Valdosta, Ga., is offering free admission to those displaced by Hurricane Ian this Saturday and Sunday.
  3. The Florida Aquarium and its administrative offices will be closed effective at 3 p.m. Monday because of Hurricane Ian. Administrators have not decided when it will reopen.
  4. Phil Garrett takes a photo of his girlfriend, Julie Marie Fischer, beside the new sculpture, "Home," by artist Matthew Mazzotta. The 21-foot floor-to-ceiling sculpture of a flamingo has been a popular stop for guests boarding and arriving at Tampa International Airport.
  5. 'Highlander' actor Adrian Paul, left, will be bringing his traveling swordplay course, 'The Sword Experience', right, to Tampa on Saturday.
  6. The Space Launch System rocket sits on the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39B as spectators wait across the water at Rotary Riverfront Park in Titusville, hoping to see NASA's Artemis I mission launch.
  7. The Clearwater Offshore Nationals, pictured in 2009, returns to the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.
  8. From left to right, puppeteers, Ryan Sturm, Ashley Lord, Spencer Meyers and Julia Rifino, perform with their puppets during a rehearsal performance at the Jaeb Theater at The Straz on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, in Tampa.

The adults-only musical features actors and puppets. It tells the story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment on Avenue Q.
  9. Oktoberfest 2019 at the German American Club of the Palm Beaches. This year's Oktoberfest festivities start cranking up this week in the Tampa Bay area.
  10. Sept. 19 has for more than 20 years been declared Talk Like a Pirate Day, making it easy on David Jones of Tampa, shown in January's Gasparilla Parade of Pirates as part of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.
  11. Mapo tofu is served at Flaming Mountain, a new Chinese restaurant and skewer bar in Tampa.
  12. A Joseph Mozier marble statue on display during free museum day at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg was a part of the annual Arts Alive! event in St. Petersburg in 2013, which annually coincides with the Smithsonian's Free Museum Day. It will be held this year on Sept. 17.
  13. After a scary couple of years dealing with a pandemic, Central Florida is back in the horror business for the 2022 Halloween season.
  14. Sir Henry himself, owner Zach Glaros, poses near one of his custom-made haunted houses in 2019. There are three outdoor haunted mazes to choose from at the Plant City attraction.
  15. The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare house features the music of the musician and goes inside his dark mind at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights.
  16. Flags representing man Hispanic countries fly above the field at The Lake House in Hernando County. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15-Oct. 15.
  17. Times staff writer Gabrielle Calise takes her inflatable kayak to the mangrove-lined waters of Upper Tampa Bay Park.
  18. Ringo Starr performs along with his All-Starr Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.
  19. Howl-O-Scream opens at Busch Gardens Sept. 9 with five haunted houses and seven scare zones scattered throughout the Tampa park.
  20. Margaritaville at Sea cruise line's first ship, The Paradise, launched in May.
  21. The death of Queen Elizabeth II has prompted Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts to cancel next month’s production of “The Crown — Live!”, a parody of the hit Netflix show about British royalty.
  22. Actors emerge from a simulated farmhouse at the center of the Infected haunted house at Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City in 2019. The scare park returns for its eighth year with five haunted houses and Zombie Paintball Assault from Sept. 9-Oct. 31.
  23. Tampa native J.B. Ball, who has worked with Kevin Hart nearly a dozen times, will film his first standup comedy special on Sept. 24 at the University of Tampa.
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