Oban and the surrounding area hosts a variety of festivals and events each year. From the famous Highland Games to the West Highland Yachting Week, from The Winter Festival to the Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival and the Festival of the Sea. There are also many small events taking place throughout the area and throughout the year! In winter, the Isle of Coll hosts regular stargazing weekends, Coll & The Cosmos making the most of the island’s incredible dark skies.
In May each year another wee island - Easdale - becomes the centre for small boat cruising in Scotland. Easdale RIB Rendezvous is a RIB adventure weekend on the glorious West Coast of Scotland, one of the most stunning areas in the UK for boaters due to the fantastic scenery, myriad islands, pristine waters and amazing wildlife. RIBers from all over the UK meet on Easdale.
The Highland and Islands Music and Dance Festival is also held each May in Oban and competitors travel from all over Scotland to take part. And in June each year the Oban Provincial Mod brings even more Gaelic performers to the town.
There are regular food events throught the area and several of Argyll's finest food producers are based in Oban and Lorn. The Best in the West festival each September at Inveraray is not to be missed and of course the national MOD - organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach - which was founded in Oban in 1891 - returns to its home town every four years. This year's event takes place from the 9th to the 16th October 2015 so look out for plenty of extra live music playing in the town's pubs and bars.
At the beginning of June the town holds the annual 'Charities Day' where local charities set up stalls with all sorts of fund raising ideas! The Oban Pipe Band play and there is a very festive atmosphere. For more festivities Oban is also host to a humdinger of a Hogmanay party - and full details of this and many other local events can be found by visiting the Oban Town Diary.