THE PORTLAND WINTER LIGHT FESTIVAL
FEBRUARY 3 – 12, 2023
2023 Theme: The Light of STARS
The Portland Winter Light Festival (PDXWLF) is an annual event of the Willamette Light Brigade, a non-profit arts organization. PDXWLF is presented to guests for free, and builds community by bringing art and technology to inclusive audiences while invigorating Portland in the winter.
On February 4-12 2022, the festival returned for a seventh year as a decentralized citywide event with pop-up art in windows, businesses, and unusual spaces, encouraging guests to explore the city to view art while allowing for equitable access for more families and guests.
The Willamette Light Brigade (WLB) founded PDXWLF in an effort to propel forward its mission of connecting community and enriching the public realm through artful lighting. The festival began as a coalescence of ideas in 2016 and was propelled into existence by dedicated community members too numerous to mention.
We are committed to keeping the Portland Winter Light Festival family-friendly, free to attend, and open to everyone. So bundle up and celebrate the power of light and community with us!
The 2023 Festival:
The Portland Winter Light Festival (PDXWLF) is Portland’s premier outdoor winter art activity that transforms, illuminates, and animates Portland’s nighttime urban landscape. The theme this year is “The Light of Stars.” For the eighth year running, PDXWLF will be presented by PGE. In an evolution from previous years, the 2023 event is scheduled to take place at dozens of locations throughout Portland, focusing on two weekends of interactivity and installations in the downtown core. As always, admission is free.
PDXWLF will present major anchor sites at Pioneer Courthouse Square, the World Trade Center, The Electric Blocks, and more. Interspersed will be a web of pop-up installations throughout the entire city, from the Lents neighborhood to Northwest and beyond, leading guests to get out and explore the city. Pop-ups will occur in retail windows, empty storefronts, front yards, and public spaces.
Weekend-based anchor sites will host large, dynamic light-art sculptures and performances.
Highlights will include:
A 16-foot-tall robot, PDXWLF’s first formal artist commission, by local artist Tyler FuQua, a long-time creative contributor to PDXWLF
The return of fire-based sculpture and performances
Dozens of interactive digital art installations
Large-scale building projection mapping
Opportunities for community participation include volunteering, dressing up in lights, joining the Illuminated Bike Ride, and more!