The Midcoast cities of Belfast and Rockland will mark mid-summer with art-filled evenings Friday, Aug. 2. Belfast’s downtown First Friday event, which includes live entertainment, runs from 5 to 8 p.m.; and Rockland’s runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

Belfast art studios, galleries and shops will be open, with many serving refreshments, and there will be roving and stationary entertainment throughout the evening. This month’s performers are Toussaint St. Negritude, who will be performing his newly composed “Belfast Suite” on bass clarinet and as spoken poetry; dancer Bethany Louisos, who will be a “moving work of literary art” as she slowly dances from the top of Main Street to the sea; and Matt Corey and his Wild at Heart band, playing an original mix of blues, folk and Americana music.

In Rockland, galleries will be open from Water Street to Summer Street; and the side streets around the Farnsworth Art Museum — Winter, Elm and Oak streets. The Farnsworth will be open with free admission from 5 to 8 p.m. Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause truck will be in front of 407 Main St., giving away treats and collecting donations for The Rig, Camden’s youth-serving nonprofit. There also be live music performed by a Camden Hills Regional High School student; and cold water for sale. And from 6 to 8 p.m. upstairs at 407 Main, there will be an open studio night with demos, a 7:30 p.m. performance and refreshments at Shalimar's Studio of Oriental Dance.

Belfast’s art walks continue every Friday through August, re-joining Rockland in First Friday scheduling in September.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or