Get the latest information and behind the scenes activities of the Portland Winter Light Festival.

DIY Bling Your Thing Workshops

Prepare to participate in the Portland Winter Light Festival and light yourself up! We are offering DIY workshops to learn basic electronic light decoration. Learn how to light up your wearable gear with LEDs and EL wire; become a pro at making your stuff glow; bring a thing and learn how to bling it! We […]

DIY – Light up your hat

Grey days, bright nights… celebrate PWLF by sparkling, inside and out! The Portland Winter Light Festival warmly invites everyone to attend as a participant — come on down decked out in your finest lighted hats, glowing gloves, and other cozy clothes — and show off your shine!   Want to support local? Pay a visit […]

2018 Portland Winter Light Festival Seeks Event Coordinator – RFP

The Portland Winter Light Festival is seeking a coordinator for the 2018 festival and is taking a phased approach! First step is: Evaluate the Festival in 2017!   ATTENTION: New extended deadline for submissions. Submit your application by January 16th, 2017! Request for Proposals and more information found here – PWLF Evaluator FINAL RFP.

Spotlight on the Artists: Jo Lundberg and Scott Wilson

Jo is from Portland and using a pew as a desk and kneelers as her seat taught herself how to draw portraits during Catholic mass as a child and never stopped doodling. Scott is also from Portland and is a woodworker focusing on natural sculptural elements. Their collaborative piece Wolf Totem is an interactive sculpture […]

Spotlight on the Artists: Amy Meyer, Forrest Grenfell and Jacob Highlanden

Amy, Forrest and Jacob each come from multidisciplinary creative backgrounds and feel that projection-mapping is a unique and experimental medium with endless possibilities. Treeflection uses projection-mapping and reflective materials to create a playground of light. They are looking forward to collaborating and creating an immersive light-based installation the community can experience. You can find Amy […]

Spotlight on the Artist: The BadFire

The BadFire is a Portland based arts collective founded by Bohdi Baber and Heather Linn that has been active in fire-based art installations for over 10 years. PontExurere is an “almost” touchable fire-based warming station for festival participants traveling through the chilly winter evening connecting them to features in the local environment and with their […]

Spotlight on the Artist: Matthew Pfliiger

Kicking off this year’s artist profiles is Portland native Matthew Pfliiger. We recently caught up with Matthew and chatted with him about his work and involvement in the festival this year. What’s your background, tell us about more about your voyage into light based art? Graduated with a B.F.A (Bachelors of Fine Art) in Digital […]

Lantern Parade 2017

Looking for a way to get your community, work, school, friends and/or family together and involved in this year’s festival? We’re doing a light parade!!!! Join creative forces with us as we celebrate the last night of the festival in a glowing procession of light, color, creativity, music and fun on Saturday, February 4th. The […]

Affiliate Events Sparkle Throughout Portland

The Portland Winter Light Festival is excited to partner this year with 14 Affiliate Events, featuring a dazzling array of artists, performers, and interactive experiences during the four nights of the festival. Our affiliate events bring the spirit of light and community, to venues spread throughout the city.  Each helping to shape the character of our annual […]