St Ives September Festival


ST IVES will once again be buzzing with 15 event-packed days of music and arts at the 2024 September Festival.
The Festival will burst into life on Saturday September 14 with the first of two vibrant Saturday afternoons of street entertainment, sponsored for a third successive year by Aspects.It runs until Saturday September 28 with, hopefully, something for everyone. As well as daily music at a selection of venues all over town there will be films, exhibitions, art and craft workshops, walks, talks and so much more.Tree Toni at AspectsMany events are free, including lunchtime music and poetry in Norway Square (pictured right) on all 15 days of the Festival. Plus Open Studios with artists inviting people into their studios – some not normally open to the public – to view and discuss their work.
Whatever your Festival interest, check the relevant pages on this website for regular updates, including on the bar above What’s On Daily, Exhibitions, Workshops and the individual Venue pages.

NEW FOR 2024 . . .

RAY LEWIS, FORMER LEAD SINGER OF THE DRIFTERS will be the headline attraction at St Ia Church for the 2024 September Festival. Also making their Festival debuts at the Parish Church are Fleetwood Mac tribute band Tango In the Night, progressive world folk trio The Trouble Notes and rising Cornwall indie-pop singer Daisy Clark READ MORE AND BOOK

LEGENDARY CORNWALL SONGWRITER HARRY GLASSON, who wrote the modern-day anthem Cornwall My Home, talks about his extraordinary life in An Audience With… singer-songwriter Will Keating as they perform Harry’s songs at St Ives Arts Club on Sunday September 15. READ MORE AND BOOK . . .

ARKANGEL’S CIDER WITH ROSIE sees Katherine and Alan Clark (right) return to the Mariner’s Gallery on Wednesday September 18 with their new show – another Laurie Lee classic as they follow-up last year’s successful As I Walked Out . . . with their latest Arts Council-backed creation. READ MORE AND BOOK . . .

CATCH THE WIND: ST IVES IN THE 60s, the new film from award-winning Newlyn-based director Diana Taylor will be screened four times at the Arts Club during this year’s September Festival, with a special Swinging 60s Theme Night on Tuesday September 17. READ MORE AND BOOK . . .


…and some old favourites return

STREET ENTERTAINMENT Two vibrant Saturday afternoons of street entertainment all over town with a host of entertainers on September 14 and 21. Performers appearing for the first time this year are Samba Cambada (pictured), Redruth Festival Band and Tatters Morris, Petty Criminals, The Islanders, Stuns’ls Shanty along with returning favourites from previous September Festivals. See STREET ENTERTAINMENT page for the latest info.

SPOT THE ARTIST St Ives Rotary’s popular charity art sale returns to Porthmeor Studios on the Festival’s middle weekend. Viewing days will be on Friday and Saturday (September 20 and 21) with the sale on the Sunday (September 22). See PORTHMEOR STUDIOS page for full details.

ST IVES ENTERTAINS was a regular Festival favourite in the pre-Covid years. It returns this year at a new venue – Carbis Bay Memorial Hall. See SPECIAL EVENTS page for full details and ticket-booking.

POPULAR PERFORMERS RETURNING include St Ives very own Molly Hocking, Bailey Tomkinson, shanty group Bryher’s Boys and the Celtic Male Ensemble at St Ia Church . . . with the Arts Club line-up including Martyn Barker, Carly and Sven, Green Diesel, Du Glas, Baldrick’s Plan, Nicole Tesseyman  and comedian Rob Barratt while Dave and Dee Brotherton return to Cafe Art. Check out the Venue pages.

THANKS to all the visitors and locals who supported our hugely-successful 2023 Festival. We hope to see you in 2024 along with lots of September Festival newcomers.


If you would like your music or arts event, exhibition or workshop, walk or talk – or pretty much anything else really! – to be part of the 2024 St Ives September Festival email us at and we’ll get back to you.

THE 2024 SEPTEMBER FESTIVAL will inevitably have a slightly “different” look  with The Guildhall, the town’s largest venue, closed until the Spring of 2025 for a major renovation project. But the temporary enforced change offers the opportunity for bigger audiences and more attention for rising stars to step into the Festival spotlight at other venues all over town.
These are, however, exciting times at The Guildhall and the short-term loss of the venue will hopefully provide the town – and the September Festival – with a much-improved facility for years to come.


Councillor Johnnie Wells, Mayor of St Ives, writes:
“Yet again the September Festival has filled St Ives with some late summer music, arts and general coming togetherness! A huge thank-you to all the volunteers and organisers of all the events.”
Talking about the Guildhall project, he added: “It’s pretty exciting to see what the future holds for this amazing space.”


More than 250 events which made up last year’s St Ives September Festival were co-ordinated by a main organising committee of just five people – and that number needs to increase if the Festival is to continue, attract more innovative events and progress.
Some good people, who had provided many years of hard work and experience, left the volunteer-run Festival in the aftermath of the Covid lockdown and the organisers would love to hear from anyone wishing to join the Festival team. Particularly enthusiastic people with ideas they would like to bring to the Festival and develop.
“We are very flexible, there are no set times or hours and you can basically contribute and work on what appeals to you,” is the message from the Festival. Interested? Email tell us what you can offer and we’ll get back to you.”


All our wonderful sponsors – Tregenna Castle Hotel and Resort, St Ives Town Council, St Ives BID, Aspects Holidays, St Ives Brewery, St Ives Rotary, Carbis Bay Holidays, A1 Cars and Greenwood Wilson accountants. If your company or organisation would like to enjoy the benefits of sponsoring the St Ives September Festival please email us at and we’ll get someone to talk to you.

The dates for future years’ September Festivals are:
2024: 14th – 28th, 2025: 13th – 27th