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

Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Pride!
10 Year Anniversary Party
8 Seconds Juneteenth Rodeo
Anonymous Anniversary
Stonewall Riots Anniversary
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
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


Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Pride!

Celebrating and recognizing the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally, and honoring the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising.

10 Year Anniversary Party

We are an outpatient mental health clinic with three locations in Portland. We are celebrating out 10 year anniversary and want to light the bridge with our company colors for the Spirit of Portland cruise we are planning.

8 Seconds Juneteenth Rodeo

This Juneteenth weekend, come celebrate the cowboys of today and the legacy of Black rodeo at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Featuring some of today’s bravest riders, nastiest bulls, tastiest food, and live beats from DJ OG One, the 8 Seconds Juneteenth Rodeo will be an experience like no other.

Our Partners

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