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Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Turkey

Musicians in Antalya, Turkey
Rich musical traditions remain strong in Antalya.
  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival's website or with a local tourist information office.
  • 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.
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January 1:  New Year's Day (Yılbaşı; closures)

April 1–May 1:  Ramadan (Muslim holy month)

April 8–19:  Istanbul Film Festival

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

April 24:  Easter Sunday (Orthodox)

May 1:  Labor Day (closures)

May 1–2:  Ramadan Feast Days (Ramazan/Seker Bayramı, closures)

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

June 2:  Orthodox Ascension

June 6–24:  Istanbul Music Festival

June 25–July 7:  Istanbul Jazz Festival

July 9–12:  Sacrifice Feast Days (Kurban Bayramı; closures)

July 15:  Democracy and National Unity Day (closures)

August (roughly a week; tentative):  Bodrum Music Festival

August 30:  Victory Day (closures)

September 3–22 (likely):  Aspendos International Opera & Ballet Festival, Ankara

October 28–29:  Republic Day Eve and Republic Day (closures)

November 6:  Istanbul Marathon

December 10–17 (likely):  Mevlana Festival, Konya (celebrations of Whirling Dervishes)

December 10–23 (likely):  International Antalya Piano Festival

December 31:  New Year's Eve (fireworks, etc., especially in Istanbul)