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

Prevent Child Abuse Oregon
Cascade Life Alliance
World Parkinson's Day
Celebrating Earth Day
Make-A-Wish Foundation’s World Wish Day
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Awareness
American Lung Association
World Lupus Awareness Day
American Lung Association
Central City Concern's 45th anniversary
Children’s Tumor Foundation
World Caring Day
10 Year Anniversary Party
World Breastfeeding Week
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


Prevent Child Abuse Oregon

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! We light the bridge blue in recognition and celebration of the amazing work happening across Oregon to support child and family wellbeing. Prevention happens in partnership and together we can build and sustain healthier, safer communities for all!

Cascade Life Alliance

National Donate Life Month (April) is about the importance of registering your decision to be a donor, honoring deceased and living donors, and celebrating the lives they saved. It is the generosity of donors and donor families that makes saving lives through transplantation possible.

World Parkinson’s Day

In recognition of World Parkinson's Day, local, regional and global organizations come together to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease, the fasted growing neurological disease in the United States. Local awareness activities are being coordinated by Parkinson's Resources of Oregon.

Our Partners

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