Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Turkey

  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival’s website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, check the official site of Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
  • This list includes major festivals in Istanbul, plus national holidays observed throughout Turkey. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn’t a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.

2014

June:  Istanbul Music Festival

June 28–July 27:  Ramadan (Muslim holy month)

July 1–16:  Istanbul Jazz Festival

July 27–30:  Ramadan Feast Days (Ramazan/Seker Bayramı, closures)

August 30:  Victory Day (closures)

October 3–7:  Sacrifice Feast Days (Kurban Bayramı; closures)

October 29:  Republic Day (national holiday)

November 13–17:  1001 International Documentary Film Festival, Istanbul

November 20–27:  Istanbul International Short Film Festival

December 31:  New Year’s Eve (fireworks, etc.)

2015

January 1:  New Year’s Day (Yılbaşı; closures)

Late March–mid-April:  Istanbul Film Festival

April 5:  Easter Sunday (Western)

April 12:  Easter Sunday (Orthodox)

April 23:  National Sovereignty and Children’s Day (closures)

May 1:  Labor Day (closures)

May 19:  Atatürk Commemoration and Youth Day (sports events, closures)

May 21:  Orthodox Ascension

June:  Istanbul Music Festival

Early July:  Istanbul Jazz Festival