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Winter Light Festival Encore

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

2/5/2019, 3:15 p.m

  1. The Cosmic Messenger by Miki Masuhara-Page is an example of the many illuminated creations that comprise the Portland Winter Light Festival, returning to the Eastbank Esplanade, OMSI grounds and Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Thursday night, Feb. 7 through Saturday night, Feb. 9 PHOTO BY SEAN GENTRY

More than 100 illuminated installations, artists, performers, interactive activities, and events will brighten the Portland cityscape and capture the city imagination this week for the 2019 Portland Winter Light Festival presented by Portland General Electric.

This free, all-ages festival, the fourth annual program of the Willamette Light Brigade, opens on Thursday night, Feb.7 and repeats on Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 8-9, mainly along the Eastbank Esplanade and OMSI grounds, but also at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland State University and other locations.

"The Portland Winter Light Festival showcases some of Portland’s best characteristics – especially its collective creativity and ingenuity. Whether it’s the interactive high tech light installations or the magic of fire and performance," said Mayor Ted Wheeler.

The Portland Streetcar will once again offer free rides on all routes after 5 p.m. on every night of the event, and Portland Spirit’s Crystal Dolphin will ferry attendees across the Willamette River from Salmon Street Springs to Caruthers Landing. Parking is extremely limited and alternate means of transit strongly recommended.


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