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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May 30–June 15:  Istanbul Music Festival

June 13:  Orthodox Ascension

June 16–19:  Sacrifice Feast Days (Kurban Bayramı; closures)

July 5–17:  Istanbul Jazz Festival

July 15:  Democracy and National Unity Day (closures)

August 30:  Victory Day (closures)

September 2–19:  Aspendos International Opera & Ballet Festival, Ankara

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

November 3:  Istanbul Marathon

December 7–17:  Mevlana Festival, Konya (celebrations of Whirling Dervishes)

December 20–21 (likely):  International Antalya Piano Festival

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


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

March 1–29:  Ramadan (Muslim holy month)

March 30–April 1:  Ramadan Feast Days (Ramazan/Seker Bayramı, closures)

April 16–27 (likely):  Istanbul Film Festival

April 20:  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 29:  Orthodox Ascension

May 29–June 14 (likely):  Istanbul Music Festival

June 6–9:  Sacrifice Feast Days (Kurban Bayramı; closures)