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February 5-6 & February 12-13, 2021

Celebrating art in an extraordinary time, the Portland Winter Light (non)Festival is a TRULY decentralized experience.

This means that now, more than ever, it's all about what YOU do!

Here are some ways that your entire household can participate as you visit the citywide art installations:

  • Update your (required) mask with glitter and LEDs

  • Adorn your entire outfit with el-wire, rechargeable glowsticks, and other multi-use illuminated objects

  • Decorate your bicycle for visibility and fashion

  • Umbrellas are allowed (even welcomed!) at the (non)Festival. Illuminate yours for a festive kick

  • Keep your household holiday lights up past December (energy-efficient bulbs on early evening timers preferred)

  • Bring your favorite light-up hula hoops, frisbees, lanterns, and other toys out on your adventure nights

Our vision is that in February 2021, the entire city is not just watching the art, but we all are part of the art.


Be the light!

Tag us on Instagram #pdxlightfest for a chance to be featured!

The theme for 2021 is A Brighter Future. We invite you to consider ideas of connection, the environment, and breaking barriers. Please see below for the full thematic inspiration by Artistic Director Chris Herring. 

Theme 2021: A Brighter Future

As we leave the darkness behind us, let us turn all eyes ahead.
Plant our feet firmly into the earth and move forward together.
It's time for us to give each other a gift.

Makers, miners, machinists, and magicians!

This year the light is in your hands.
Bring the color.
The spectrum
Make your ideas real.

Persons, pioneers, planners, and perfectionists!

It’s your turn to sparkle.
Show us your radiance, glow, and rainbows.
Take them out of your pocket and toss them into the air for all to see.

Creatives, cogs, citizens, and centenarians!

Choose a color to be a beacon for your community.
Find new ways to connect, make art, make light, and show your true color.

It's 2021, we are deep in the future, the only one we have.
Let's run headfirst into possibility and make a better tomorrow. 
The 21st century is demanding change.

Let our light guide us out of the darkness.

Another way to participate in the Portland Winter Light (non)Festival is by making a donation to support the activities planned in 2021. Gifts ensure that we are able to continue offering this unique light experience of art and technology to our community at no charge. Your gift will help create a brighter future for the Portland Winter Light Festival and our community.

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