Scottish Series Yacht Race
Tarbert annually hosts the Bell Lawrie Scottish Series Yacht Race (last weekend in May), which has become Scotland's biggest yachting event, and second indeed, in Britain's waters, only to Cowes Week. During the Series, there is a range of competitive events on high class, professionally designed courses, everything from Family Cruisers to Grand Prix Racers, meaning that many types of boats, and many different levels of skill can be seen in action. Social events are organised, adding to the atmosphere, making the Series memorable, and highly popular, for all.
The month of June is host to the Seafood Festival, a weekend full of fun activities for all the family. There are Cookery demonstrations where approximately 18 chefs demonstrate their skills with local produce and imagination, the results being tasted by the onlookers Street entertainment in the street are led off by the Mid-Argyll Pipe Band and the newly crowned Seafood Queen at the head of a huge parade of floats processing along the harbour side. The Argyll Samba Band keep a good rhythm all afternoon. All day on Saturday the street is lined with stalls selling excellent local seafood produce and a wide variety of local arts and crafts. Fun and games are provided by a great selection of kids rides and games on the quay with bands playing all kinds of music from pop to jazz. Jugglers, Magicians and a Face Painter and much much more..... After an action packed day you can spend your evening relaxing with live music in the pubs.
The Music Festival
In September Tarbert is host to the Music Festival, which has been so successful it is now in it's 25th year. The Music Festival starts on the Friday night and every pub and hotel in the village participate, with three bands per venue (so if you miss one you want to hear you can move on to the next pub to hear them later on). On the Saturday the village really comes alive with activities on the Fish Quay and live music in the pubs and hotels during the afternoon. At approximately 7pm you can see the Pipe Band on procession through the village and then its back to the live bands in the pubs and hotels for the remainder of the evening. Although the Festival ends on late Sunday afternoon after live music on the fish quay, the local people of Tarbert and the visitors to the Festival like to show off their own musical talents by taking instruments to the pubs and having live jamming sessions until the pubs close.