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.


Late March–mid-April:  Istanbul Film Festival

April 20:  Easter Sunday (both Orthodox and Western) 

April 23:  National Sovereignty and Children's Day (national holiday)

May 19:  Atatürk Commemoration and Youth Day (national holiday)

May 29:  Ascension (both Western and Orthodox)

June:  Istanbul Music Festival

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

Early July:  Istanbul Jazz Festival

June 29–July 31:  Ramadan Bayramı (Seker Bayramı, Muslim festival)

August 30:  Victory Day (national holiday)

Oct 3–7:  Kurban Bayramı (Muslim festival)

Mid-October:  October Film Week, Istanbul

October 29:  Republic Day (national holiday)

December 24–Jan 1:  Christmas Week


January 1:  New Year's Day (Yılbaşı)