Some gifts you open and are all excited about, but then you find, a few weeks or months later, that you have forgotten you even got it — and you've never used it. So here are some places that will sell you gifts of experiences that can last all year long.


A small number of non-theater organizations offer you the opportunity to buy tickets to all their events for a year, all at once! (See the theatrical ones next.)

BANGOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | Year-round performances of classical and contemporary music | Subscriptions start at seven shows for $80 | 207.942.5555 |

BAY CHAMBER CONCERTS | Producing a wide range of events at the Rockport Opera House | Discounts vary based on the number of shows ticketed | 207.236.2823 |

PORTLAND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL | Summertime classical performances at USM's Abromson center | subscriptions start at four shows for $100 | 800.320.0257 |

PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | Performing live classical and contemporary music year-round | classical subscriptions start at five shows for $85; PSO Pops start at four shows for $80 | 207.773.6128 |


Most theater companies also sell season tickets. We've listed as many as we could find, but if your favorite theater company isn't listed, give them a call and ask.

ARUNDEL BARN PLAYHOUSE | Starting at five shows for $125 | 207.985.5552 |

CITY THEATER | Starting at four shows for $62 | 207.282.0849 |

GOOD THEATER | Starting at four shows for $55 | 207.885.5883 |

LYRIC MUSIC THEATER | Starting at five shows for $84 | 207.799.1421 |

MAD HORSE | Starting at four shows for $60 | 207.730.2389 |

MAINE STATE MUSIC THEATER | Starting at four shows for $122 | 207.725.8769 |

OGUNQUIT PLAYHOUSE | Starting at five shows for $237 | 207.646.5511 |

PENOBSCOT THEATRE COMPANY | Starting at three shows for $75 | 207.942.3333 |

PONTINE | Five shows for $90 | 603.436.6660 |

PORTLAND PLAYERS | Mid-season mini-subscription three shows for $50; or five shows for $80 | 207.799.7337 |

PORTLAND STAGE COMPANY | Starting at five shows for $129 | 207.774.0465 |

PUBLIC THEATRE | Four shows for $72 | 207.782.3200 |

THEATER AT MONMOUTH | Four shows for $90 | 207.933.9999 |


Though they don't sell outright season tickets, you can join these non-profit organizations as a member and get free or reduced-price admission to events and exhibits throughout the year.

ONE LONGFELLOW SQUARE | Individual membership starts at $75 | 207.761.1757 |

MUSIC HALL | Friend starts at $50 | 603.433.3100 |

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY | Individual support starts at $40 | 207.774.1822 |

PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART | Individual membership starts at $50 | 207.775.6148 |

SPACE GALLERY | Individual support starts at $40 | 207.828.5600 |


There are plenty of other arts and culture institutions that could use your support, and (if you give enough) will thank you for it in their programs and publicity materials. If you're up for getting your name "out there," check in here, or with your favorite organization.

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