Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Turkey

Musicians in Antalya, 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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Apri 6–17:  Istanbul Film Festival

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

May 1:  Labor Day (closures)

May 15–June 14:  Ramadan (Muslim holy month)

May 17:  Orthodox Ascension

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

June (all month):  Istanbul Music Festival

June 14–17:  Ramadan Feast Days (Ramazan/Seker Bayramı, closures)

June 14–19:  Cappadox, Cappadocia (music and cultural festival)

July (3 weeks):  Istanbul Jazz Festival

July 15:  Democracy and National Unity Day (closures)

August 20–24:  Sacrifice Feast Days (Kurban Bayramı; closures)

August 30:  Victory Day (closures)

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

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


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

Mid-February (10 days):  Istanbul Independent Film Festival

April 21:  Easter Sunday (Western)

April 28:  Easter Sunday (Orthodox)