The Willamette Light Brigade is a Portland, OR based nonprofit committed to connecting community and enriching the public realm by harnessing the power of artful lighting to transform the cityscape. We light bridges, produce a dynamic winter light festival, and advocate for the importance of night-time identity and place-making.


The Willamette Light Brigade was founded in 1986 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 two decades, the Willamette Light Brigade has successfully advocated for and facilitated the lighting of many of Portland’s iconic bridges, and 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 began as a coalescence of ideas in 2016, and 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

Commemorating 30 Years of the Portland Spirit
Honoring National Cancer Survivor Month
World Caring Day
National Gun Violence Awareness Day / Wear Orange Weekend
Portland celebrates National Pride!
10 Year Anniversary Party
8 Seconds Juneteenth Rodeo
Independence Day
Waterfront Blues Festival
Portland Pride
World Breastfeeding Week
Independence Day of Ukraine
Go Timbers!
Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation of Oregon
Sept Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Sept 21, 2024
Breast Cancer Coalition
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Celebration of Life for Austin and Jacob
World Pancreatic Cancer Day
Dates of Availability

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!

Dates of Availability


Commemorating 30 Years of the Portland Spirit

Join us in celebrating Portland Spirit's 30th anniversary with a sunset cruise highlighting Portland's finest. Locally owned since 1994, don your 90s attire and join us! All ticket proceeds support two local non-profits: Willamette Light Brigade and Weird Portland United.

Honoring National Cancer Survivor Month

June is National Cancer Survivor Month and Providence Cancer Institute is shining a purple light on the Morrison Bridge to honor all those affected by cancer. It’s time to celebrate milestones during treatment and beyond, and recognize those who have provided support. Let’s #FINISHCANCER together!

World Caring Day

CaringBridge is a no-cost, nonprofit health platform that surrounds family caregivers with support while they care for a loved one on a health journey. We offer tools to share and document a health journey, simplify care coordination, and connect caregivers with a supportive community.

Our Partners

Supported in part by the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation