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Current Happenings

Downtown Business Spotlight is a virtual interview series hosted by the Santa Barbara Independent and Downtown Santa Barbara where we chat and get to know our Santa Barbara business owners Thursdays at 3pm on Zoom. Check out past and upcoming talks here.

Downtown Business Spotlight: Home & Garden

Join Leslie Dinaberg in conversation with Hannah Bangs (Idyll Mercantile), Lisa Faitell (Faitell Attractions), and Stephanie Payne-Campbell (domecil) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.

We are hosting a Reading Challenge. Where we challenge you to read one book per month that fits into a specified theme. We have partnered with the Santa Barbara Public Library, which will have extra copies of each chosen book available at the library.


Book of the MonthSigns Preceding the End of the World, by Yuri Herrera

Publisher’s Synopsis: Signs Preceding the End of the World is one of the most arresting novels to be published in Spanish in the last ten years. Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it. He explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there’s no going back.

Get Your Copy: Borrow a physical copy from the Santa Barbara Public Library, or read the ebook on Libby.

The Santa Barbara Independent and League of Women Voters discussion with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner candidates. Hosted on May 10, 2022. Moderated by Ryan P. Cruz.

Class of 2022 Graduate Photo Gallery

Let’s celebrate the class of 2022 and give them the recognition they deserve! Share a photo of a special high school graduate in your life below in our online photo gallery.

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 $7 burgers. Vegans, meat lovers, and everyone in between can find something delicious and up their alley. Burger Week 2022 dates March 10 -16.

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 2022.

Indy Hops

Santa Barbara's month-long beer crawl hosted by the Santa Barbara Independent. Next event: July 2022

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 Barker 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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