The Saltwater Celtic Music Festival is coming to Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick on July 31, and at satellite locations leading up to the festival. Saltwater’s line-up includes Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, Karan Casey and John Doyle, Buille, The Prodigals, The Dublin City Ramblers, The Screaming Orphans and more. Author Kevin O’Hara (“Last of the Donkey Pilgrims”) will serve as emcee.

Among the satellite events are Canada’s Bb Sisters at the Unity Performing Arts Center on Thursday; Maeve Gilchrist at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath and an all-star Maine Celtic session at Byrne’s Irish Pub in Brunswick, both on Saturday.

Saltwater tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate, and are free for ages 11 and younger. Tickets are available online at and at Bull Moose Music and Coffee By Design locations. 

This year’s Freeport Shakespeare Festival includes three productions on three stages beginning Thursday.

First up at the Freeport Factory Stage is “Before Bill: A Comic Romp Through Medieval Times.” The Worshipful Company of Black Pudding Makers and Sausage Purveyors presents a three-part farce with four actors and a stage wench who holds them in check. Conceived and directed by Andrew Harris, “Before Bill” runs Thursdays through Saturdays, beginning this week and continuing through Aug. 6, and then Aug. 11-14. Evening curtain times are 8 p.m., with the final Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $17 and $20, and are available at or by calling 865-5505.

The festival’s mainstage production of “Twelfth Night,” directed by Dennis McLernon, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. nightly Aug. 2-12 (except for Aug. 8) at L.L. Bean Discovery Park. Admission is free.

Finally, the children’s company Shakespeare’s Kids presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Bess Weldon directs this one-hour production. It will run Aug. 6-7 at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay as part of the annual Fairy House Festival, then moves to Discovery Park Aug. 9-11. Performances are at 2 p.m. at the Botanical Gardens and 4 p.m. at Discovery Park. All performances are free; however, there is an admission fee to the Botanical Gardens.

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