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Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Events in Falmouth for 2024

Falmouth, a thriving small town on the south coast of Cornwall, has a stellar (and deserved) reputation that far exceeds its size. The buzzing university town is a favourite among Cornish locals, and visitors looking for a Cornish holiday in a vibrant, creative location. The town is full of independent shops, eateries, and galleries, with a cherry on top of beautiful beaches and scenery. 

Falmouth attracts innovators and creatives, who in turn planted seeds for our now renowned festivals that attract visitors from far and wide. Falmouth’s event calendar is one of the most impressive in the country, and we thought it might be handy to pop down all the info for events in Falmouth in 2024! 

Falmouth aerial view
Image via Falmouth Haven

Falmouth’s Cultural Scene

Falmouth is a melting pot borne from a love of the sea and a love of art and design. With a rich maritime history (Falmouth has the third largest natural harbour in the world), and the School of Art (founded in 1902), many of the festivals have grown from a celebration of this heritage.

We’ll point you in the direction of the famous Sea Shanty, Richard Mille Cup Yacht Racing, Oyster Festival, and more – if your sea legs can take it. For the art lovers, Form Art Festival, Makers Cornwall, Open Studios, and a whole host of markets, will introduce you to Cornish artists and artisans and are not to be missed!

Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival
Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival

Key Annual Events in Falmouth

The 2024 events programme in Falmouth is made up of the key established events, and the new festivals on the block. The long-standing annual events in Falmouth that take over the town are the Sea Shanty (14th-16th June 2024), The Oyster Festival (TBA October 2024), and Falmouth Week (9th-18th August 2024). 

If you’re just looking to pop the dates for all of Falmouth’s events in your diary, scroll on down to our ‘Seasonal Events Happening in Falmouth in 2024’ where you’ll find a chronological list. 

Music and Art Festivals in Falmouth

Sea Shanty Festival, 14th-16th June 2024

Falmouth’s Sea Shanty Festival is the largest free nautical music and song festival in Europe! With a long history as the first safe port of call for deepwater sailing ships, sea shanties were work songs sung aboard ships and fishing vessels.

The Falmouth Sea Shanty taps into our Cornish roots, and the three-day festival with performances from around 80 groups across various venues makes for a brilliant atmosphere. The famous Fisherman’s Friends, and the Oggymen, are often the lead acts, and combined with food stalls and raucous beer tents, a good time is had by all.

Website: www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk/
Where: Venues across Falmouth town.
Cost: Free, no booking or tickets required.

women playing the violin in a parade on Falmouth highstreet
Women standing on a table in a crowd in Falmouth's event square
Man wearing Sea Shanty Uniform

Wanderfal, 13th-14th April 2024

The Cornish Bank exploded onto Falmouth’s (and Cornwall’s) music scene, and has a fast-moving and eclectic programme of gigs throughout the year, with musicians from all over queuing up to play at this incredibly special venue. For the past two years, it has also hosted Wanderfal, bringing acts and an unmissable vibe to venues across Falmouth town. With family-friendly activities during the day, and a chance to party the night away during the evening, it’s a great way to soak up fantastic live music. 

Website: thecornishbank.co.uk/
Where: Cornish Bank and venues across Falmouth town.
Cost: Ticketed event, details yet to be announced.

Form Art Festival, 20th-22nd September 2024

Form Falmouth returns for its third year in 2024, and has become a go-to event for the creative community in Cornwall. A large three day art fair is held at the historic Princess Pavilion, nestled in the beautiful Gyllyngdune Gardens. Over 90 carefully selected artists and makers showcase their work, accompanied by live music in the bandstand and local food trucks. It’s a rare opportunity to see so many of Cornwall’s finest artists and makers in one space, and has already become a destination for collectors and visitors looking to purchase art. Creative workshops and talks are also held throughout the town as the festival brings the community together.

Website: formfalmouth.com/
Where: Princess Pavilion and venues across Falmouth town.
Cost: Free to enter the art fair. Booking and payment required for workshops.

people looking at an art stand
Princes Pavillion gazebo in Falmouth

Falmouth Cringe, 4th-7th July 2024

Keen to showcase Cornwall for the vibrant and cultural centre it is, and ensuring acts make it over the River Tamar… The Falmouth Cringe is a comedy festival going from strength to strength, securing household names in their always impressive lineup. Gigs take place in various venues across Falmouth, and there’s brilliant variety in the selection – so there is truly something for everyone. 

Website: www.falmouthcringe.com/
Where: Venues across Falmouth Town.
Cost: Ticketed event; details yet to be announced.

comedian on stage
Falmouth cringe festival

Culinary Delights and Food Festivals in Falmouth

Surrounded by farms, fishing ports and oyster beds, Falmouth loves to celebrate local produce, and we love to eat it…

Flushing Tregrew Food Barn, Saturdays 9am-1pm

Located between Mylor and Flushing, the Tregew Food Barn market takes place every Saturday, all year round. The best Cornish food and drink producers come together and it’s a brilliant way to kick off the weekend. From fresh local bread and pastries, cheeses, vegetables, fish and meat, plus a chance to buy Falmouth’s Loveday Gin and Rum, the produce is delicious, sourced locally, and your support goes towards small independent businesses who are passionate about where our food comes from. With hot drink trucks too and communal tables and benches, it’s become a community hub and the perfect place to stock up for special occasions or the week ahead.

Website: www.foodbarn-tregew.co.uk/
Where: Tregew Road, Flushing, Falmouth, TR11 5UQ. Saturdays 9am-1pm.
Cost: Free to enter, no booking or tickets required.

view of foodbarn

Saturday Food Market on the Moor

The Moor in Falmouth has been a market space for hundreds of years, and the tradition is kept alive and kicking today with a regular Saturday food market. With a handy mix of fresh produce, from meat, fish, cheese, and fruit and veg, alongside food stalls and trucks selling delicious prepared snacks and meals, it’ll brighten up your Saturday morning jaunt in Falmouth. 

Website: falmouth.co.uk/falmouth-events/falmouths-market/
Where: The Moor, Falmouth, TR11 3QA
Cost: Free to enter, no booking or tickets required. 

Falmouth Food Festival, 24th-26th May 2024

Returning from their fantastic first year in 2023, Falmouth Food Festival is a vibrant celebration of food, drink, music and art. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Falmouth’s picturesque harbour, the Falmouth Food Festival is a chance to sample those local food trucks you’ve been meaning to test out, and enjoy a great atmosphere with family and friends. There promises to be a fantastic varied selection, as Cornwall’s culinary talents draw from a range of influences, and make magic from our fresh local produce.

Website: falmouthfoodfestival.com/
Where: Falmouth town.
Cost: Free to enter, no booking or tickets required.

Food Festival crowd
speakers at food festival

Falmouth Oyster Festival, Dates TBC Oct 2024

Falmouth’s Oyster Festival has been a staple of the events calendar in Falmouth for just over 25 years. That adds up to a lot of mighty molluscs eaten and celebrated! One of Cornwall’s biggest festivals, the event highlights oysters, but also showcases a wide variety of local food, artisans, and live music. With cookery demonstrations, champagne bars, a working boat race, shucking competitions, and more, it’s fun for all the family.

Website: falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk/
Where: Falmouth, Event Square.
Cost: Free daytime entry, ticketed from 6pm.

oysters on a plate
oyster stand

Family-Friendly Events in Falmouth

Many of these events are family-friendly during the daytime, with kids enjoying the vibrant atmosphere, live music and market stalls. During the evening, a few events can get a little livelier, particularly if there’s a celebration of local beers and ales, so are less suitable for children. If you have any concerns about children, dogs or accessibility ahead of the event, get in touch with event organisers who will be able to help.

What Seasonal Events are Happening in Falmouth 2024

We hope you’ve been tempted to visit a few (or all?!) of Falmouth’s fantastic events in 2024. There are too many to shine a spotlight on, which is not a bad situation to be in, so below is a handy list of Falmouth’s events for the year ahead. Seasons by season, you can celebrate the talented innovators, creatives, producers, and revel in the best Cornwall has to offer.

Spring Events in Falmouth

Falmouth Spring Flower Show

A great way to celebrate the arrival of springtime, with blooming flowers and plenty of joy at the beauty of nature and the ebbing away of winter weather. 

Date: 23th & 24th April 2024

Best For: People who are potty about plants 

Location: Princess Pavilion, Gyllyngdune Garden

Cost: Free to enter

Website: https://www.facebook.com/p/Falmouth-Spring-Flower-Show-100064867710959/ 

Open Studios Cornwall

Artists across Cornwall open up their homes, studios, and workshops to the general public. Some participants also run workshops, which is a great way to tap into your creativity. With over 200 artists taking place, it’s a rare opportunity to get a peek behind the scenes and purchase directly from the artist themselves. 

Date: 25th May – 2nd June 2024

Best For: Art lovers and art buyers 

Location: Creative studios across Cornwall

Cost: Free 

Website: https://openstudioscornwall.co.uk/ 

Summer Events in Falmouth

Falmouth Food Fest

Falmouth Food Festival is a vibrant celebration of food, drink, music and art. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Falmouth’s picturesque harbour, the Falmouth Food Festival is a chance to sample those local food trucks you’ve been meaning to test out, and enjoy a great atmosphere with family and friends

Date: 24th-26th May 2024

Best For: Foodies

Location: Falmouth Town

Cost: Free to enter

Website: https://falmouthfoodfestival.com/ 

Richard Mille Cup Yacht Racing

Created by a classic yacht owner for qualified yacht owners, the Richard Mille Cup is a highly anticipated event for sailing enthusiasts. For spectators, it’s a great opportunity to see a number of beautiful yachts in the harbour. 

Date: 2nd-5th June 2024

Best For: Sailors and boat lovers 

Location: Falmouth 

Cost: Free to watch as a spectator 

Website: https://richardmillecup.com/ 

Sea Shanty Festival 

Falmouth’s Sea Shanty Festival is the largest free nautical music and song festival in Europe! Live music, food stalls and pop up bars see the town come alive for this three-day festival. 

Date: 14th-16th June 2024

Best For: Families in the daytime, a lively party atmosphere in the evening

Location: Falmouth Town

Cost: Free

Website: https://www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk/

Falmouth Cringe

The Falmouth Cringe is a comedy festival going from strength to strength, securing household names in their always impressive line up. Gigs take place in various venues across Falmouth, and there’s brilliant variety in the selection – so there is truly something for everyone. 

Date: 4th-7th July 2024

Best For: Those looking for a laugh! 

Location: Falmouth Town

Cost: Ticketed events

Website: https://www.falmouthcringe.com/ 

Falmouth Week

With its origins as a local sailing regatta in the early 1800s, Falmouth week has become a chance to celebrate Falmouth and its rich and vibrant history. Alongside the Falmouth Classics sailing regatta, family friendly activities take place on The Moor, and an evening schedule is put together by Southwest Bars and Events. 

Date: 9th-17th August 2024

Best For: Families, sailors, locals 

Location: Falmouth Town

Cost: Free, with varied ticketed events

Website: https://falmouthweek.co.uk/

Autumn Events in Falmouth

Form Art Festival 

A large three day art fair is held at the historic Princess Pavilion, nestled in the beautiful Gyllyngdune Gardens. Over 90 carefully selected artists and makers showcase their work, accompanied by live music in the bandstand and local food trucks. 

Date: 20th-22nd September 2024

Best For: Art lovers and art buyers

Location: Princess Pavilion and Falmouth town

Cost: Free to enter, with various ticketed events throughout town 

Website: https://formfalmouth.com/ 

Oyster Fest

One of Cornwall’s biggest festivals, the event highlights oysters, but also showcases a wide variety of local food, artisans, and live music. With cookery demonstrations, champagne bars, a working boat race, shucking competitions, and more, it’s fun for all the family. 

Date: To be announced (October 2024) 

Best For: Foodies 

Location: Falmouth Town

Cost: Free, with varied ticketed events

Website: https://falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk/ 

Falmouth Book Festival 

A literary festival in Falmouth, celebrating wordsmiths. The Festival is a place to connect, engage, learn, tell each other stories, and broaden our horizons. With interviews and onstage sessions, a varied range of established and emerging authors take to the stage. 

Date: To be announced (October 2024) 

Best For: Bookworms 

Location: Falmouth Town

Cost: Ticketed events 

Website: https://www.falmouthbookfestival.com/ 

Makers Cornwall Christmas Fair

Makers Cornwall is an art fair showcasing over 70 artists, and artisans. This Christmas fair is a great opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts and decorations, and support small businesses while you’re doing it. 

Date: 8th – 10th November 2024

Best For: Creatives, and supporters of small businesses

Location: Penryn Campus

Cost: Free to enter

Website: https://makerscornwall.co.uk/ 

Cornwall Film Festival

Cornwall Film Festival (CFF) will be celebrating its 23rd year, with an exciting programme of films and events. Details will be announced nearer the time, but it’s likely to be a month-long programme in November with events across Cornwall at various venues, celebrating the wonder of film. 

Date: To be announced (likely November 2024)

Best For: Film lovers 

Locations: Ticketed screenings and events 

Website: https://www.instagram.com/cornwallfilm/?hl=en 

Winter Events in Falmouth

We’re getting a little ahead of ourselves here, with dates yet to be announced for festive activities in 2024. However, we can guarantee that Falmouth is a festive treat to visit during December. 

Christmas Markets

Falmouth does the festive season well, and a whole host of big and small Christmas markets pop up throughout December. Keep an eye out for your favourite independent shops and galleries opening late during the Christmas lights turn on, and follow their social media to be kept in the loop. 

Falmouth’s Christmas Lights turn on takes place on the Moor, in late November, and the Festive Weekend takes over Falmouth in early December, with children’s rides, an ice rink, Santa’s grotto, and more…

How to Stay Updated and Get Involved

Our advice is to pencil in the dates of Falmouth’s events in your 2024 calendar. Nearer the time, you’ll be able to find up-to-date information about each event, alongside booking tickets for anything that takes your fancy.

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