• HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: Celtic festival at Thomas Point Beach

ST. PATRICK’S DAY in July? Well, it’s pretty close. The Saltwater Celtic Music Festival this weekend in Brunswick will bring all kinds of Irish and related music to Maine. Bands include Enter the Haggis, Young Dubliners, Screaming Orphans, The Paul McKenna Band and more.

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. Sunday

WHERE: Thomas Point Beach, 29 Meadow Road, Brunwick

HOW MUCH: $25 to $60

INFO: Saltwaterfest.com

Art and Theater: Varone and Dancers in two Bates shows

WITH THE BATES Dance Festival in full swing, now is a perfect time to take in some dance. Doug Varone and Dancers perform two shows this week, featuring new works and a favorite piece from the past.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday

WHERE: Schaeffer Theatre, 305 College St., Bates College, Lewiston

HOW MUCH: $25 adults, $18 seniors and $12 students

INFO: 786-6161 or batesdancefestival.org

Dining and Drink: Graze on cool stuff at Pineland dinner

COOL AS A CUCUMBER is the theme for the next Graze dinner, a four-course outdoor dining collaboration between Pineland Farms and Black Tie Catering.

WHEN: 4 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester

HOW MUCH: $95 includes drinks, tax and gratuity

INFO: 761-6665

Et Cetera: Clams just the appetizer in festival’s full menu

IT’S SUMMER IN Maine, which means it’s time to celebrate the clam. One of the biggest happenings around southern Maine each July is the Yarmouth Clam Festival. It’s three days of music, entertainment, clams and good times. The festival’s parade will roll down Main Street in Yarmouth around 6 p.m. Friday.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday; festival officially opens 10 a.m. Friday

WHERE: Main Street Yarmouth mostly, and some surrounding areas.

HOW MUCH: Free admission, but plenty of food and stuff to buy.

INFO: Clamfestival.com

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: In Portland, music in the heart of the city

OUTDOOR CONCERTS can’t happen very often here in Maine, so take advantage of them when you can. The Alive at Five series in Portland continues Thursday. Opening is Beware of Pedestrians, winner of the recent MAMM SLAM teen band contest, followed by Old Soul and singer-songwriter Amy Allen.

WHEN: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Monument Square, Congress and Federal streets, Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: Portlandmaine.com

Art and Theater: Maine art icon to sign calendars

LONGTIME MAINE PAINTER Dahlov Ipcar will sign her 2014 “Full Circle” calendar at the Portland Museum of Art on Saturday. The calendar is full of Ipcar’s colorful circular paintings featuring fanciful jungle animals. It’s the first time her paintings have been available in a calendar format.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday

WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org; islandportpress.com

Dining and Drink: Swap food grown, created and found

SHARE YOUR HOMEGROWN and homemade food, foraged food and kitchen projects at the next Portland Food Swap. Package your jams, jellies and other goodies in swappable containers to trade.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Rising Tide Brewery, 103 Fox St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: Register at tinyurl.com/0BR9W36

Et Cetera: Portland stories from the graveyard

YOU CAN LEARN a lot about a place by the dead people who lived there long ago. So if you want to learn about the Portland of yesteryear, take one of the guided tours of the city’s historic Eastern Cemetery, which are happening now into October.

WHEN:10:30 a.m. Saturday; 1:30 p.m. Sunday; 1:30 p.m. Wednesday

HOW MUCH: $7; $4 student and seniors; Free for 12 and younger

INFO: Spiritsalive.org