About Friends of the Arts


Friends of the Arts promotes communication, education, economic development, appreciation and collaboration in Butte County. Events are hosted throughout the year where community members have the chance to enjoy silent films, make sculptural horses, attend a jazz festival and more! Large community events and campaigns include Artoberfest, Chico Palio, the Oroville Salmon Festival, the Silent Film Festival and the Nor-Cal Jazz Festival.



Contact Friends of the Arts

Debra Lucero
Upstate Community Enhancement Foundation - Friends of the Arts
805 Whispering Winds Lane
Chico, CA  95928
530-342-8243 FAX



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Upstate Community Enhancement Foundation Presents ...

Chico Palio - Noon-5pm Saturday, Sept 6, 2014

One-Mile & Sycamore Field

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Noon - Full Force Dance

12:15 - Chico Community Ballet

12:30 - Chico Theater Company

1:00   - Ni Wayan Ekarini, Balinese Dancer

1:15   - Chico World Dancers

1:30   - Inspire School

2:00   - Pork Chop

3:00   - Feather River Gypsies

4:00   - Clean Ocean

4:45   - Rain Dance with ChiVAA

5:00 Chico Palio Race


Chico Palio is the kickoff event for Artoberfest. The event is community based,  with “palio” referring to the Italian word of competition between neighbors. Instead of racing real horses like in the Palio di Siena in Italy, community members create and race horse sculptures made of papier-mache, recycled materials and more. It's a time for arts, culture and nonprofit organizations to come together to celebrate community and let people know what they do and how they serve our local citizenry.


Chico Palio had been held in Chico's Downtown Plaza for eight years but in 2012 the event moved to its NEW, cooler location at One-Mile and Sycamore Field. The day's events include FREE music, dance, art exhibits, food, activities and information about upcoming Artoberfest events.

Chico Palio’s goals include:

  1. To support safe, creative opportunities for youth
  2. To foster attractive and livable neighborhoods and communities
  3. To provide greater access to the arts for individuals, families and communities
  4. To encourage economic and community development