The Willamette Light Brigade is a Portland-based nonprofit that enriches the public realm by harnessing the power of art and artful lighting to transform the cityscape. We light bridges, produce the dynamic Portland Winter Light Festival, and advocate for the importance of night-time identity and place-making using light and art.


The Willamette Light Brigade was founded in 1988 with a mission to enhance and beautify the city of Portland by lighting the bridges that span the Willamette River and therefore uniting the East and West sides of the city. Over the last four decades, Willamette Light Brigade volunteers have successfully advocated for and facilitated the lighting of many of Portland’s iconic bridges. The WLB continues to be part of long term planning for the bridges in the city of Portland.

In 2015, The Willamette Light Brigade founded the Portland Winter Light Festival in an effort to propel forward its mission of connecting community and enriching the public realm through artful lighting. The light-based art and technology event continues to be a beloved annual winter event that is presented for free to the public each February, and provides significant economic and cultural stimulation to Portland during the darkest time of year. 

Light the Morrison Bridge

Portland Pride
World Breastfeeding Week
Appendix Cancer Awareness Month
Independence Day of Ukraine
Go Timbers!
Jung Kook Birthday Event
Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation of Oregon
Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month
Sept Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Sept 21, 2024
Breast Cancer Coalition
Oregon's PANDAS/PANS Awareness Day
Breast Cancer Coalition
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Celebration of Life for Austin and Jacob
Zonta Says NO to Gender-Based Violence
World Pancreatic Cancer Day
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Are you one of the thousands of residents and visitors who enjoy the LED lights on the piers of the Morrison bridge? Want to put your colors up there? To have your say in lights on the the community’s riverfront? Thanks to the enthusiastic leadership of Multnomah County, the Lighting Partner program exists so you can do just that.

Please submit an application to reserve your dates today!

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Portland Pride

Known far and wide as a gay-friendly destination, the Rose City is open and accepting to visitors of all stripes. Portland gets friendlier than ever with the annual Portland Pride Festival and Parade, which accompanies LGBTQ+ community celebrations all over town.

World Breastfeeding Week

The Pacific Northwest boasts the highest breastfeeding rates in the nation. World Breastfeeding Week is an annual celebration which is held every year from August 1 to 7 in more than 120 countries. Northwest Mothers Milk Bank believes all babies deserve breastmilk to grow and thrive.

Appendix Cancer Awareness Month

ACPMP is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping improve outcomes of individuals with appendix cancer through efforts to raise awareness, as well as support for families and funding for additional research and education. We are supporting the "Go Amber for Appendix Cancer campaign in August.

Our Partners