It started as the locals celebration of the end of the holiday season, a way to kick back and celebrate whilst the sun carries on shining, but it grew and grew and is now one of the most popular periods of the year to visit.

The festival runs for the middle two weeks of September every year with events hosted in venues, squares and beaches across the town. From poetry readings, jazz, blues, traditional music, art exhibitions and all sorts of other quirkiness you can’t miss it when wandering St Ives network of cobbled streets.

This year there will be over 300 events as well as the chance to delve into the world of St Ives resident artists through the open studio program.

Each year many of our guests return for the same weeks and inevitably it has become a really busy period, so we recommend booking both accommodation and tickets to the bigger events well in advance.

September is more than our Indian summer… 


Get involved

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    Lots and lots of live music

    Every year lots of musicians take up residence within the cobble streets on St Ives. In the last few years big names have included Toploader and Beautiful South.

  • Artist painting in St Ives

    Open Studios

    Delve into the world of local artists in St Ives, with many opening their working environment to members of the public this is a great opportunity to talk to and buy local artworks direct from the artist.  

  • Sculpture in St Ives

    Poetry & Readings

    Norway Square is a great place to go on a sunny lunch time, tucked behind Mariners Gallery in Downalong, St Ives this is a place of interesting readings, casual gatherings and lunchtime sun during the September Festival. 

  • St Ives Harbour

    Guided Walks

    Get to know St Ives like a local and sign up for a guided walk around town, there so much unknown history in our little town, we’d be proud to point you in the right direction.


Pull a screen print, paint a picture or just browse one of the many galleries

St Ives and West Cornwall are brimming with creatives, artists, sculptors and everyone in between. The scene is thriving with oodles of exhibitions, workshops, courses, taster days and festivals, just dip in and out as you please. 

From the well known pieces featured at Tate, St Ives to the local artists who have built reputations, you won’t struggle to find a varied selection of works in Cornwall. 

What’s more, the Hawkes Point penthouses feature original artworks to inspire you from the time you arrive. 

If you need some advice of where to go, a course to attend or a studio to see then let us know, we’re here to help.