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Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Turkey

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

April 10–21:  Istanbul Film Festival

April 12:  Easter Sunday (Western)

April 19:  Easter Sunday (Orthodox)

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

May 1:  Labor Day (closures)

May 5–June 3:  Ramadan (Muslim holy month)

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

May 23–May 26:  Ramadan Feast Days (Ramazan/Seker Bayramı, closures)

May 28:  Orthodox Ascension

June (all month):  Istanbul Music Festival

June–mid-September:  Aspendos International Opera & Ballet Festival, Ankara

Mid-June (6 days):  Cappadox, Cappadocia (music and cultural festival)

Late June–mid-July (3 weeks):  Istanbul Jazz Festival

July 15:  Democracy and National Unity Day (closures)

July 30–August 3:  Sacrifice Feast Days (Kurban Bayramı; closures)

August 20–23 (likely):  Bodrum Music Festival

August 21–September 7 (likely):  Marmaris Jazz Festival

August 30:  Victory Day (closures)

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

November 14–28 (likely):  International Antalya Piano Festival

Mid-December (8 days; tentative):  Istanbul International Short Film Festival

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

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