Kaleidoscopic Canopy

Presented by Mayer/Reed

We are excited to bring the park alive with light this February as part of the city-wide Portland Winter Light Festival! Walk the midway to enjoy the unique artistry of the ride lights plus view Mayer/Reed's special light-based art installation "Kaleidoscopic Canopy." Inspired by the opportunity to partner with Oaks Park, Mayer/Reed's contribution to the PWLF incorporates some of the oldest 80' tall trees at the park, situated in a tight grove on the waterfront, giving a statuesque scaffold for their display.

Within a dramatic, lofty "nest of color" in tree canopies, 30'-40' long, silvery, billowy mylar curtains drape from high cables. These ribbon-like mirrors reflect a kaleidoscope of moving color, picking up accents from amusement surroundings like the aurora borealis or a cascading waterfall. Meanwhile down on the ground, we'll stoke a glowing fire pit in a historic picnic shelter to warm visitors.

Oaks Park turned 115 years old in 2020 and continues to build on its traditions of family oriented, multi-generational fun amid its stalwart grove of oak trees. Mayer/Reed and Oaks Park appreciate how the PWLF is dispersing to venues such as Oaks Park to allow plenty of socially-distanced space this year.

Event Dates: February 5, 6, 12, and 13
Event Time: 6-10 PM
Admission: Free

Multnomah County COVID-19 mandates apply. Guests must maintain a distance of at least 6' from other guests/parties. Masks are mandatory for all visitors ages 5 and up and are strongly recommended for guests ages 2-5.


Event FAQs

How much is admission? Admission to this event is free. Oaks Park, a 501(c)(3) organization, has been hugely impacted by the COVID mandates in our area; if you wish to express your appreciation for this no-cost event, please consider making a purchase from our online fundraiser store.

How much is parking? Parking is free. There is ample space in our lots, so please take care to accommodate social-distancing needs when choosing a parking space.

Will Oaks Park's rides/roller skating be open? Due to current COVID restrictions, our rides and Roller Rink are closed at this time. Depending on the developing COVID situation, the rink may reopen during the course of the show’s run; the rink requires a separate admission ticket.

Is anything else happening at Oaks Park on those dates? Yes. We are the location for an ongoing concert series that takes place Friday and Saturday nights throughout February. The second weekend we will also be the location for the RCR Derby Team's "Love in the Time of COVID" comedy show. Both events require tickets; visit our events page for more info.

How long will it take to view the lights? We recommend allowing at least 45 minutes for walking the midway and enjoying the Mayer/Reed installation.

Is there a prescribed walking route? There is no designated walking route for the event. A distance of at least 6' must be maintained between yourself and other groups.

Where will the Mayer/Reed installation be located within Oaks Park? The display will be near Picnic Areas 12 and 14, located just to the west of the Historic Dance Pavilion.

What if the weather is bad? The event will take place rain or shine. In the case of ice/snow, the event may be postponed or cancelled; announcements will be made on oakspark.com and Oaks Park social media should the weather impact the ability to hold the event.

Will restrooms be available? Restroom facilities will be available at Area 6, adjacent to the Center Parking Lot.

May I bring in food? Yed. You are welcome to bring in your own food/non-alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is strictly prohibited. Visitors must remove trash with them when they leave. Oaks Park concessions will not be open for the event.

What should I wear? This is an outdoor event so be sure to dress warmly and be prepared for rain.

Can I attend during COVID? This event complies will all Multnomah County COVID mandates. Self-directed social-distancing and mask compliance are required. The event is subject to cancellation if mandates are revised.

Where else in the city is the PWLF happening? For full festival info, visit pdxwlf.com/.