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

Current Happenings

Fido’s Photo Contest

Fido’s Photo Contest ran May 2 – May 15, sponsored by our friends at Wilder Animal Hospital! This contest has now ended. You can see the winning dog photos in the June 6 issue of the Santa Barbara Independent.

Best of Santa Barbara® Nominations

Our annual readers’ poll is now open. Nomination period is June 6 – July 3. Followed by voting July 31 – Aug 28. Winner announced in our October 17, 2024 publication.

Celebrate Your Dad & Grads

Throughout the month of June the Independent invites you to celebrate your Dad and highlight your grad in our online photo gallery.

Annual Events & Projects

Get involved in the Indy community.

St. Patrick's Day Stroll

Annual stroll down State Street on March 17. Join us in 2025 for our annual stroll.

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 in 2021. Stay tuned for 2024 Burrito Week beginning Sept 19, 2024. Are you a restaurant interested in participating, contact advertising@independent.com.

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. This event will return May 2024

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 Mickey Flacks Journalism Fund.


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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