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. Many events are free, including lunchtime music and poetry in Norway Square (pictured right) on all 15 Festival days. Plus Open Studios with artists inviting visitors into their studios – some not normally open to the public – to view and discuss their work.
Whatever your Festival interest, check out the relevant pages on the bar above on a laptop. On a mobile phone or tablet click on the three bars top right to move to the individual 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 . . .


LOVE DELUXX AT LATE AT TATE at Tate St Ives bring the carnival vibes of Rio de Janeiro to the September Festival on Friday September 27 with a celebration of the vibrant exhibition by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes. The Tate will also be presenting the UK premiere of Australian artist Rochelle Haley’s A Sun Dance. READ MORE


ARKANGEL’S CIDER WITH ROSIE sees Katherine and Alan Clark return to the Mariners 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 . . .


AN OPEN SECRET at multiple locations all over St Ives – an exhibition of interventions, art drops, transient art pieces and sound instillation from Zoe Eaton and Peter Giles of Barnoon Arts. DETAILS

LIVE AT THE R BAR on all 15 Festival nights with free admission. Mainly jazz, some blues and more. See  R-BAR VENUE PAGE

. . . and some favourites return

STREET ENTERTAINMENT Two vibrant Saturday afternoons of Aspects-sponsored street entertainment all over town with a host of entertainers on September 14 and 21. Performers appearing for the first time this year include 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.

OPEN STUDIOS Artists will once again be opening their doors all over town and welcoming visitors. See OPEN STUDIOS page for artist info, opening days and times.

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). Full details 

SQUARE DEAL sale of St Ives Society of Artists members paintings at the Mariners Gallery on Friday September 20. Viewing from 10am. Sale 2pm.  Full details

GLOBAL JAMMING, the St Ives community collective, are back with six events – Songs Of St Ia at the Arts Club, Full Moon Drumming on Porthmeor Beach, a Sea Junk Jam and Songs From The Core at St Ives Community Orchard and two Wednesday sessions at the Western Hotel. See Venue Pages, What’s On Daily and Special Events page.  

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 and Cork an Barbor 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 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 for a major renovation butthe 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:

We are really looking forward to this year’s St Ives September Festival. As always it promises to be a vibrant celebration of music, arts and community. From street entertainment to art workshops, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We will see you there, from September 14 to 28, for an unforgettable experience that showcases the spirit of St Ives.


More than 250 events which make the St Ives September Festival are co-ordinated by a small organising committee. Three new recruits have joined us this year and we are always delighted to hear from anyone willing to help the Festival continue to improve and progress.
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