Check out the exciting festivals, cultural celebrations and events in Turkey that occur all year round. Click on one of our destinations below to see what Turkey events are happening locally!
Every summer, operas and ballets are performed in the 20,000-capacity Aspendos Amphitheatre in Antalya as part of the Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival.
Fifth International Antalya Sand Festival, also known as the world's largest festival of sand will take place in Lara Beach Park, Antalya, between the 4th of June and 14th of November.
The International Istanbul Jazz Festival presents a remarkable variety of music, ranging from traditional and contemporary jazz to rock, electronica and world music. But, it's jazz in particular that is performed by big names at venues all over the city.
Famous for bringing outstanding local and international music stars to Hezarfen Airport's stage, Rock'n Coke guarantees three days of non-stop party action. This is Turkey's biggest open-air music festival, attracting more than 40,000 rock fans.
Jazz aficionados are in for a treat this summer, as the acoustically brilliant 20,000-seat Aspendos Theatre hosts the Antalya Jazz Festival.
Played on hard courts as a warm-up event for the US Open, the Istanbul Cup is one of the 53 tournaments of the Sony Ericsson WTA tour. US$220,000 prize money attracts players from the world's top 20.
The Side Culture and Art Festival is now in its eleventh year. Most of the events will take place at the ancient sites of the theatre and temple of Apollo.
In the last decade, the Hacibektas festival has become the main public event of Alevism in Turkey.
The Antalya International Folk Music and Dance Festival Competition attracts performers from many countries and amateur artists perform alongside professional artists.
Victory Day is an official Turkish Holiday and celebrated every year on August 30.
The village of Avanos in the province of Cappadocia has been known for many years as a great pottery-producing centre.
Cappadocia is the center of an important grape and wine-producing region of Central Anatolia.
The fascinating village of Goreme hosts a food festival in the last week of September, which called as “Forgotten Flavours of Goreme ".
Antalya State Opera and Ballet Program / Antalya Devlet Opera ve Balesi
Full program: https://secure.dobgm.gov.tr/opera2009/devopera.asp?Mud=5
The Golden Orange Film festival is five days of showcasing talented people in the film industry and this year will be the 48th event in its history.
This year the 12th International IVV Olympiads will be held in Antalya between the 19th and 23rd of October.
The annual October 29 (Ekim Yirmi Dokuz) or Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayramı) is the annual celebration of the the most important secular holiday in Turkey. Kaş is famous throughout Turkey for the intensity of its celebration. This is an event not to be missed!
Alanya Triathlon Premium European Cup
Over 600 golf tourism suppliers join 350 pre-qualified buyers and 140 international press for four days of pre-scheduled appointments, networking opportunities and industry updates.
The Antalya Piano Festival brings three weeks of fine classical music to the Antalya Cultural Centre.
The tradition of Saint Nicholas Day, on 6 December, is a festival for children in many countries in Europe related to surviving legends of the saint, and particularly his reputation as a bringer of gifts.
The International Istanbul Baroque Music Festival introduces audiences to operas, cantatas, sonatas and stabat maters, performed in concert halls around the capital city, including Dolmabahçe Palace. The Istanbul Baroque Ensemble and other international virtuosos are among the performers.
All young & old people can join. There is a contest for the best kite at the beach. The festival starts around 11:00 and will continue till around 17:00.
International Choir Days in Antalya Competition Festival featuring music from around the world.
Turizm Haftası (Tourism Week) every year from 15 - 22 Nisan (April).
Antalya's International Children's Festival features concert performances, street games and folk dancing by and for kids of all nationalities.
National Sovereignty and Children's Day (Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı)
April 23 in Turkey is a unique event dedicated to the children of the country.
Children's day is being celebrated in various countries over the world. In Turkey it is on the 23rd of April.
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, and is commemorated on 25 April every year to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War One.
The king of motor sports, Formula One, travels to Turkey for one of the 19 races of the season. The Istanbul Park circuit hosts the Turkish Grand Prix along with thousands of keen spectators.
SunSplash Antalya at the Hillside Su promises a week of top UK DJs and artists line up to play soul, jazz, funk, bossa, new and old school and club classics by the beach.
Atatürk's Commemoration of Youth and Sport Holiday / (Atatürk'ü Anma Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı) -- An annual Turkish national holiday celebrated on May 19 to commemorate the start of the Turkish War of Independence.
Karlik Evi sponsors an art festival annually in June.
International Lycian/Kaş Culture and Art Festival Antalya-Kaş,
Organized by the Kas Municipality
This event runs along with the Capadocia Annual International Mountainbike Stage Race and Festival.
Annual International Meis to Kaş Canoe and Swimming Contest. This event is a swimming race from the harbor of Castellorizo the closest Greek Island to the Turkish Mainland at Kaş Harbor in Turkey, a distance of 7.5 km.