About Friends of the Arts


Friends of the Arts promotes communication, education, economic development, arts, culture 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
500 Main St., Ste 150
Chico, CA  95928



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Chico Palio Teams up with Chico's Parade of Lights

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Make sure your Chico Palio horse is LED-light equipped this year!

You get a FREE entry into the Parade of Lights when you participate in the 9th annual Chico Palio Sculpture Race. The Parade of Lights begins at 7:30pm AFTER our Chico Palio festivities!

Chico Palio Hours: 5:30pm-7pm

Check-in at 500 Main St., Ste. 150 - across from Has Beans & the Senator Theatre 

Four ways to win fabulous trophies for Chico Palio

1. Judge's Award for Best Designed Horse

2. People's Choice Award

3. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Race Winners

4. Community Spirit Award

Participants in Chico Palio receive a FREE entry into the Parade of Lights which begins at 7:30pm.



Chico Palio celebrates 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.

The 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