Everything the Santa Barbara Independent is doing beyond our pages – including events, promotions, contests, quizzes, and more.

Current Happenings

Best of Santa Barbara® Readers’ Poll

It is time to nominate your favorite businesses in the 2023 Best of Santa Barbara® Readers’ Poll. Nominate your favorites now on our online ballot. The nomination period is June 8 – July 05, 2023. Final voting will begin in August 2023.

We are switching things up in a major way for the Indy Book Club in 2023. Instead of doing monthly reads and discussions, we will be hosting quarterly meet-ups. Our hope is to create more opportunity for readers to come together and share their love of reading. Our first meet up was at the end of January and focused on book clubs. Our next meeting will be in March. More details to come. I hope you’ll join us!

Annual Events & Projects

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Burger Week

We team up with eateries all over Santa Barbara County to bring you 7 days of $10 burgers. Vegans, meat lovers, and everyone in between can find something delicious and up their alley. Burger Week 2023 dates March 2 -8.

St. Patrick's Day Stroll

The Santa Barbara Independent will stroll down State Street for our 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Stroll on Thursday, March 17, 2022 @ 5pm.

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.

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.

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.

Burrito Week

In celebration of this burrito bounty, the Santa Barbara Independent launched our first-ever Burrito Week, from September 23 – 29, 2021, which we plan to make an annual affair. 16 participating restaurants served $7 burritos for the week. Stay tuned for 2023 Burrito Week details.

Indy Hops

Santa Barbara's month-long beer crawl hosted by the Santa Barbara Independent. Next event: July 2023

Quizzes & Contests

Test your Fiesta Trivia or win a pair of tickets to see the Santa Barbara Foresters! We host a variety of fun quizzes and contests throughout the year. Click here to explore our most recent line up. Stay up to date on all quizzes and contests we are running by signing up for our Extra! newsletter. Interested in partnering with us on a quiz or contest? Email us at contest@independent.com

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.

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.


Santa Barbara Independent Tickets

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

Hutton Parker Foundation Media Grants

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.


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