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‚ÄčARTOBERFEST is an annual celebration of arts and culture in Chico, CA - and a primary activity of Friends of the Arts - Butte County. It features more than 100 concerts, festivals, live performances, visual arts, and more. It is kicked off each year by Chico Palio. Do you have an event you want to post here? Please email the Who? What? Where? When? Why? How Much? And send us a photograph or poster to: friendsoftheartsupstate@gmail.com

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 day's events include FREE music, dance, art exhibits, food, activities and information about upcoming Artoberfest events. Silk flags, painted with iconic images of Chico and the local community are displayed each year. There are 21 in total and artists are commissioned every other year.


‚ÄčChico Palio’s goals include:

To support safe, creative opportunities for youth

To foster attractive and livable neighborhoods and communities

To provide greater access to the arts for individuals, families and communities

To encourage economic and community development

Chico Palio - 5:30pm-7pm Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

Downtown Chico