Come to the light!

We are excited to announce the 2017 Portland Winter Light Festival Call For Artists, Designers, Creatives, and Makers. Please send all proposals to our CaFÉ portal. Our theme for 2017 is “Between the River and the Stars”.

February 1-4, 2017

Presented by the Willamette Light Brigade and powered by PGE renewable energy, the Portland Winter Light Festival, is a premier winter event hosted at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). This outdoor celebration illuminates Portland’s waterfront through contemporary light-based art installations, engaging performance, and fun activities for all ages. Free and open to the public, this nighttime community-supported event generates critical opportunities for artists, designers, creatives, makers and performers to collectively expand art, performance and technology innovations in our region. No tickets are needed for this outdoor event - simply show up and enjoy the show! Please note: If you are visiting OMSI, an admission fee will be charged. Visit their website for hours.

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Why Should You Attend?

The Portland Winter Light Festival sets the stage for community engagement and free, all-ages outdoor interactive fun and entertainment through innovative illuminated artworks, performance and activities along the Willamette River’s east bank Esplanade. Artists from across the region present visually compelling work for the public’s enjoyment. Everyone is welcome.

Why During Winter?

Inspired by light festivals in some of the most popular cities around the globe, the Portland Winter Light Festival is designed to celebrate the spirit of winter and warmth of community. Using light, color, artistry, performance, and imagination, PWLF will bring people together during a time of year typically reserved for the indoors. Bundle up and come celebrate with us!

All Ages Welcome!

The Portland Winter Light Festival is family friendly and designed to inspire adults and kids alike. Combining art and technology, families of all ages will find something to capture their spirit and fill their minds with imagination and wonder.