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 some events such as the Festival of the Sea which are bi-annual. 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.
Oban is also home to the national MOD - organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach - which was founded in Oban in 1891. This world famous event is hosted throughout Scotland but every six years it returns to its home town.
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. And the largest mainland Music Festival in Argyll - Oban Live also takes place in early June so there's much to see and do.