Events in East Neuk & St Andrews


This page contains a calendar of selected events I recommend in the East Neuk of Fife and St Andrews area - the majority are annual events. Music, nature, science, poetry, art, dance, theatre, food, beer, shopping, sailing and golf - there's something for everyone!

Regular markets

  • First Saturday of each month: Fife Farmer's Market in St Andrews from 9am to 1pm - "fresh food from Fife", a market with a wide range of food from some great local suppliers plus some plants and craft stalls. There are also live cooking demos from the Head Chef at The Old Course hotel from 10am. 
    Arbroath smokies, Fife Farmers Market
  • 5 April 2015 (other 2015 dates TBC): The Little Birds Market, St Andrews - Brings together an extensive range of quirky exhibitors to create a unique shopping experience. From 12pm. 
  • 2015 dates TBC: The Night Market, Balgove Larder Steak Barn, outside St Andrews - The Night Market is about bringing people together midweek for food, drink, stalls and music! Wednesdays are the new weekend. 5-9pm. Summer only.

Quarter 1 events (January, February & March)

  • 6-8 February 2015: Fife Jazz Festival - now in its 9th year of jazz concerts and club sessions across Fife including in The Byre Theatre, St Andrews.
    Snowdrops by Starlight, Cambo Estate
  • 11-15 February 2015: Snowdrops by Starlight, Cambo Estate, Kingsbarns (pictured) - a light, music and art spectacular creating a magical wonderland in the famous Cambo snowdrop woods (if you can't make the starlight event you can also visit the famous snowdrops in the daytime from 30 January - 15 March 2015). Read my blog post about the event.
  • 4-8 March 2015: StAnza Poetry Festival, St Andrews - the only regular festival dedicated to poetry in Scotland, StAnza is international in outlook. Founded in 1998 it is held each March in St Andrews.
  • 13-22 March 2015: Fife Science Festival - hands-on family fun days and demonstrations in venues, typically including the Castle and University in St Andrews.

Quarter 2 events (April, May & June)

  • 4-12 April 2015: "On the Rocks" Arts Festival, St Andrews - Scotland's largest student-run arts festival, holding over 40 events many of which are sell-outs.
  • 9 May 2015: Cambolicious Craft Beer Festival, Cambo Estate, Kingsbarns - Music – Food – Delicious Beer and yet also family-friendly! Read my blog post about the event (no. 4). 
    Craft cider, Cambolicious
  • 23-24 and 30-31 May 2015: East Neuk Open Studios - unique opportunity to see East Neuk artists' work in their own studios. Paintings, drawings, prints, illustrations, ceramics, etchings, jewellery, textile art. 30 artists. Free)
  • 12-14 June 2015: Crail Food Festival - a weekend of foodie fun in the East Neuk which is now in its 5th year. Expect tastings, food market, cookery demos, live music and family fun. 
  • 29-31 May 2015: Anstruther Harbour Festival including Anstruther Muster, Anstruther - annual sailing race of 200+ boats organised by the Anstruther Sailing Club which has now expanded into a community harbour event offering a wide range of events and activities for visiting yachtsmen, locals and holidaymakers alike.

Quarter 3 events (July, August & September)

  • 27 June-5 July 2015: East Neuk Festival - annual event presenting world class site-specific music, installations and literature. Read this article about the 2013 event from The Scotsman newspaper.
  • 22 July-1 August 2015: Crail Festival - annual arts and children's festival held in the East Neuk village of Crail. Widely varied programme aimed at all ages and tastes.
  • 18-19 July 2015: Crail Gardens Open Day - unique opportunity to visit the lovely private gardens of the residents of Crail, including some superb harbour views. 
  • 26 July 2015: St Andrews Highland Games, Station Park (in front of the Old Course Hotel), St Andrews - Events are: Running, Cycling, Heavy Weights, Tug-of-war, Solo Piping and Highland Dance.
  • 1-9 August 2015: Pittenweem Arts Festival (check out my blog post on this too!) - annual celebration of the arts with venues across the whole picturesque village of Pittenweem - from people's living rooms and gardens to the galleries and the pier (10am-5pm, free).
  • Crail Food Festival
  • 11-13 September 2015: St Monans Community Arts Festival  - A community arts festival for all ages featuring workshops, exhibitions and other creative activities. Free events. 

Quarter 4 events (October, November & December)

  • 1-4 October 2015: Alfred Dunhill Links Golf Championship (check out my blog post on this too!), Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns - annual golf championship where professional golfers team up with celebrity amateurs to compete ("pro am") - great for golf fans or those who fancy a bit of celebrity-spotting. On the Saturday night there is also a firework display in St Andrews.
  • 10-11 and 17-18 October 2015: East Neuk Open Studios (ENOS) - unique opportunity to see East Neuk artists' work in their own studies. Check out my blog post on this too!
  • TBC in 2015 (was 23-26 October in 2014): St Andrews Voices - third year of this vocal festival. Opera, cabaret, lieder, jazz, early music, folk and much more...
  • November 2015: St Andrews Food and Drink Festival - The third annual St Andrews Food and Drink Festival will take place all month in venues around the town, with events held each weekend during November, building up to a flurry of activities over St Andrew's Day 
  • 7 November 2015: Cambolicious Craft Beer Festival, Cambo Estate, Kingsbarns - For the second time in 2015 it's the East Neuk's very own beer festival! Showcasing the best in Scottish craft beer and cider together with live music, delicious food, games and crafts. 2-8pm. Read my blog post about the event (no. 4). 
  • Dunhill Links Championship, Old Course, St Andrews
  • 2015 dates TBC (was late Nov in 2014): Pittenweem Artists and Galleries Weekend - Winter exhibitions in 5 Pittenweem galleries show a wide range of artwork. The weather might be bracing, but the superb scenery, architecture and artistic diversity all add up to a perfect day out. And in between venues, enjoy coffee or lunch in our two High Street cafes; both offer a great choice of food and refreshments. 

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Text and photos copyright © Sara Scott 2015

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