To be filed under “cool stuff that happens in Portland”…the first Winter Light Festival! This inaugural event is being hosted by OMSI and PGE to celebrate art and light bringing the community together during the dreary days of winter.
Luckily we had a lovely dry and clear-ish evening to enjoy the “exhibits” last night.
From interactive exhibits, like a person “car wash” with lights and streamers to remote controlled neon helicopters, the event was engaging for all ages.
There was a “silent” disco (although techno music was blaring, so not sure where the silence was coming from?!) with dancers twirling lighted hula-hoops.
The Portland Spirit cruised along the Willamette with a changing light display decorating the side of the ship. In addition to “new school” electrically charged light displays, there were also “old school” fire lit art displays, which sadly I did not get a picture of!
It was a lovely event that truly brought together the community at large with people of all ages enjoying the creative illuminations. We ended the evening with a nice glass of wine at Carmella’s, which I would highly recommend. The staff was amazing and they have the sweetest house dog!
The Light Festival continues tonight and tomorrow night, and since the weather should continue to be nice, I would go check it out. But if you do, take an Uber or Lyft as traffic and parking was quite congested.