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Indy Readathon

Join our Read-A-Thon

To celebrate summer reading we are hosting our first-ever Read-a-Thon! You have 7 days to try and read as many books as you can. We have prompts to guide your book selections. Gather your books, plan out your To-Be-Read pile, and get ready to start reading! Also, celebrate the end of the Read-A-Thon with us at our Pints For Press event for a book talk and book exchange!

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Nominate a Local Hero

Nominate a person you know who makes our community a better place to live and whose good works and deeds may otherwise go unsung. Submit your nomination here by Friday, September 6.

Get involved in the Indy community.

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Pints for Press

Pints for Press

Listen and learn from our editorial staff as they go “behind the pages” of our cover stories. Events will be held regularly. Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting journalism.

UPCOMING

Wednesday, July 24

5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m.

@ Night Lizard Brewing Company

End the Indy Read-A-Thon with us with a book talk and a book exchange! Bring a book to give and leave with your next read. Buy a pint and $1 goes to supporting our journalism.
PAST

Wednesday, April 24

5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m.

@ Night Lizard Brewing Company

Join senior editors Tyler Hayden and Matt Kettmann to discuss the reporting and writing of this week’s cover story, “The Fight For the Frozen Head.” Buy a pint and $1 goes to supporting our journalism.
PAST

Wednesday, March 27

5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m.

@ Night Lizard Brewing Company

Join senior editor Michelle Drown and and the Santa Barbara Zoo’s Rich Block and Liz Beem for pints and a brief conversation where they’ll discuss the zoo’s lone Asian elephant, Little Mac, and what her future holds.
PAST

Wednesday, Jan 16

5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m.

@ Night Lizard Brewing Company

For our first event, join our senior editor Matt Kettmann and “agave evangelist” Doug Richardson of the Drylands Farming Company for pints of ale and a brief conversation about the potential for growing and producing distilled agave spirits in Santa Barbara County and beyond. Click here to read the cover story.
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Backyard Brunch

Backyard Brunch

Eat and drink from over 30 of Santa Barbara’s hotspots as they dish out brunch under the trees. Proceeds from the event go towards supporting the Santa Barbara Gives! campaign.

PAST

Saturday, April 6

VIB: 11:30a.m.

GA: 12:30p.m.

@ Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Santa Barbara’s food and drink hotspots will bring out the best of their brunch fare for you and fellow brunch lovers to devour. Are you serious about your brunch? Be a V.I.B. (Very Important Bruncher) to get early access to all the food, drinks, music, and lawn games. The next Backyard Brunch will be held April 2020.
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Best Fest

Best Fest

Mingle and boogie with with some of the finest folks in town as we celebrate the winners of our annual Best of Santa Barbara® Readers’ Poll.

UPCOMING

Thursday, Oct 17

5:30p.m.

@ Santa Barbara Carriage and Western Art Museum

Mark your calendars and join us at our 4th Annual Best Fest on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Enjoy sips and bites from many of the winning restaurants, wineries, and breweries featured in our Best of Santa Barbara® issue, publishing October 17. Tickets on sale August 15, 2019.
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Burger Week

Burger Week

To kick off summer, we team up with eateries all over Santa Barbara County to bring you 7 days of $7 burgers. Vegans, meat lovers, and everyone in between can find something delicious and up their alley. Burger Week 2019 ran from June 27 – July 3. You can read all the juicy details here. Burger Week 2020 dates TBA.

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St. Patrick’s Day Stroll

St. Patrick’s Day Stroll

Get out your green and join The Santa Barbara Independent for our 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Stroll! Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 5pm. We start at Indy HQ – 12 E. Figueroa St. and stroll down State St. Kids are welcome!

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Santa Barbara Gives!

Santa Barbara Gives!

Santa Barbara Gives! is a year-end giving campaign for Santa Barbara nonprofits born from a partnership between the Santa Barbara Independent and The Fund for Santa Barbara. The goal is to create a new network of donors for participating nonprofits, make it easy for people to donate via SBGives.org, and inspire first-time donors to support a wide variety of causes in Santa Barbara. A project-based program, Santa Barbara Gives! donors are motivated by both the overall mission of an organization and a specific social change project. Applications for the 2019 Santa Barbara Gives! campaign close Friday, July 12. Click here to apply.

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Local Heroes

Local Heroes

Local Heroes is our annual celebration of our fantastic neighbors. In 1986, the first-ever issue of the Santa Barbara Independent was dedicated to showcasing the amazingly selfless people who call Santa Barbara home. We christened those honorees as our “Local Heroes,” and a Thanksgiving week tradition was born. Know someone who smakes our community a better place to live and whose good works and deeds may otherwise go unsung? Nominate them! Submit your nomination here by Friday, September 6.

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Indy Awards

Indy Awards

The Indy Awards is our annual celebration of Santa Barbara’s fantastic theater and dance community. On May 20, we honored performers, directors, and more at our 26th annual Indy Awards. Click here for the full list of 2019 Indy Award honorees.

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Hutton Parker Foundation Media Grant

Hutton Parker Foundation Media Grant

The Santa Barbara Independent and Hutton Parker Foundation have partnered to create a unique Media Grant opportunity to benefit local area nonprofit agencies by providing a professionally produced newspaper insert specific to selected applicants.

Applicants apply to Hutton Parker Foundation using the online Media Grant Application. Applications will remain current through the end of the year in which they are received. All applications will be reviewed quarterly with applicant notifications made by Foundation staff. Once applicants are notified of approval, they will work directly with The Santa Barbara Independent staff to create their insert. Click here for more details on how to apply.

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Santa Barbara Independent Tickets

Santa Barbara Independent Tickets

The Santa Barbara Independent Tickets is a free self-service ticketing system, backed by marketing muscle and sales expertise.

Email tickets@independent.com to learn more about Santa Barbara Independent Tickets or visit sbindytickets.com to see upcoming events in Santa Barbara.

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