For the third straight year, the Santa Barbara Independent presents its annual Homes & Gardens special section, a roundup of profiles, advice, and insight into what makes our developed and cultivated landscapes thrive. This year’s edition looks at a tiny home built by high schoolers, the history of adobe construction, how to make your yard look like Lotusland, and much, much more.

Emily Cosentino, Marketing and Promotions Manager

Name: Emily Cosentino

Title: Marketing and Promotions Manager

What’s so fun about Best Fest? Why buy a ticket? Every vendor and sponsor who comes has been crowned the very best by Indy readers, and there are very few events in Santa Barbara where you can drink a beer with your dentist, your dog trainer, and your barber all in one night. It brings all those different parts of our community under one roof, and that’s what makes it magical.

There’s been some incredible food and drink at past parties. What were some of your favorites? The Good Lion and their dangerously delicious cocktails. We are lucky to have them back again this year. Their line gets long, but it’s 100 percent worth the wait.

Besides all the good nosh and booze, what can attendees expect this year? Dancing to beats all night long, snapping photos in our photo booth, and having the BEST time.

In Print

Little Free Libraries Thrive in Santa Barbara

Neighborhood Book Exchange Fosters Reading and Community

Neighborhood book exchange fosters reading and community. Read story.

Read All About It

From Little Free Libraries to Reading Lists to Interviews with Literary Luminaries

It’s all about the printed page — from Little Free Libraries to an Indy staff reading lists to interviews with area literary luminaries. Read story.

‘Indy’ Staff’s Reading Picks

Books We Love — From Mystery to Romance to History

The books we love — from mystery to romance to history. Read story.

Land of the Talking Dead

Santa Barbara Spiritualism Then and Now

Santa Barbara Spiritualism then and now Read story.

After-School Activities Guide 2018

Check Out All There Is to Do When Class Ends with Our Complete Listings

Find just the right activities for kids ages 2-19 to participate in when class ends, including dance, arts, education, social groups, sports, and more. Read story.

Top 10 Tips for Fixing State Street

Experts from Across the Country Offer Advice on Improving Santa Barbara’s Main Drag

Experts from across the country offer advice on improving Santa Barbara's main drag. Read story.

Viva la Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2018

The Complete Guide to Fiesta 2018

Use S.B.’s complete guide to this year’s Fiesta celebration to make your plans, from parades and performances to food, music, and more. Read story.

Santa Barbara’s Fiesta Horse Parade

One of the Largest Equestrian Parades in the United States

El Desfile Histórico is Santa Barbara’s Fiesta celebration of the horse and one of the largest equestrian parades in the United States Read story.

The Fight for State Street

Why Santa Barbara's Main Drag Is Suffering and How to Fix It

Our report on why Santa Barbara's main drag Is suffering and suggestions on how to fix it. Read story.

Active Aging in 2018

A Guide to Making Your Golden Years Shine in Santa Barbara

A guide to making your golden years shine in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Unwrapping the Bean-to-Bar Boom

Twenty-Four Blackbirds, Chocolate Maya, and Santa Barbara’s Place in America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution

Twenty-Four Blackbirds, Chocolate Maya, and Santa Barbara’s place in America’s craft chocolate revolution. Read story.

Koalas in Our Midst

Santa Barbara Zoo Hosts Two of the Australian Natives

Santa Barbara Zoo hosts two of the adorable Australian natives. Read story.

Imagine Inventing Waves: Scott Claassen and His Ministry of Surfing and Spirit

UCSB Students Get Close to Creation on the Waves

UCSB Chaplain Scott Claassen, through his ministry of Surfing and Spirituality, helps connect UCSB students to the creation by riding the waves. Read story.

Isla Vista Chaplain Scott Claassen Runs a Ministry of Surfing and Spirit

UCSB Students Get Close to Creation on the Waves

Isla Vista Chaplain Scott Claassen connects UCSB students to the creation by riding the waves. Read story.

Burger Week 2018 Begins

Our Second Annual Celebration of America’s Favorite Food

It’s our second annual celebration of America’s favorite food. Read story.

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