Turkey Local Events

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!

- Alanya
- Ankara
- Antalya
- Dalyan
- Istanbul
- Izmir/Ephesus
- Kas
- Kemer
- Marmaris-Datca
- Side

Antalya Piano Festival
Place: Antalya Cultural Centre  (25 Nov 2018 - 17 Dec 2018 )

The Antalya Piano Festival brings three weeks of fine classical music to the Antalya Cultural Centre.

St Nicholas Day
Place: Demre, Turkey  (06 Dec 2018 )

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.

International Istanbul Baroque Music Festival
Place: DOLMABAHCE PALACE  (01 Apr 2019 )

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.

Sarigerme kite festival
Place: Sarigerme Sarced Beach  (01 Apr 2019 - 31 May 2019 )

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.


Antalya International Choir Festival
Place: Antalya  (11 Apr 2019 - 15 Apr 2019 )

International Choir Days in Antalya Competition Festival featuring music from around the world. 

Tourism Week (Turizm Haftası)
Place: Kaş, Turkey  (15 Apr 2019 - 22 Apr 2019 )

Turizm Haftası (Tourism Week) every year from 15 - 22 Nisan (April).

International Children's Festival
Place: Antalya  (23 Apr 2019 )

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
Place: National Turkish Holiday  (23 Apr 2019 )

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
Place: Dalyan and the rest of Turkey  (23 Apr 2019 - 24 Apr 2019 )

Children's day is being celebrated in various countries over the world. In Turkey it is on the 23rd of April.


Anzac Day
Place: Anzac Cove, Canakkale, Gallipoli, Turkey  (25 Apr 2019 )

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.

Formula One: Turkish Grand Prix
Place: ISTANBUL PARK   (01 May 2019 )

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 Festival
Place: Hillside Su Hotel Antalya  (01 May 2019 - 31 May 2019 )

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 Commemoration Youth and Sport Holiday
Place: National Turkish Holiday  (19 May 2019 )

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.

Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival
Place: Aspendos Amphitheatre  (01 Jun 2019 - 15 Sep 2019 )

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.

6th International Art Camp in Cappadocia
Place: Karlik Evi Hotel - Uchisar / Cappadocia  (21 Jun 2019 - 30 Jun 2019 )

Karlik Evi sponsors an art festival annually in June.

International Lycian/Kaş Culture and Art Festival
Place: Kaş, Turkey  (25 Jun 2019 - 27 Jun 2019 )

International Lycian/Kaş Culture and Art Festival Antalya-Kaş,
June 25-27
Organized by the Kas Municipality

Cappadocia MTB Festival
Place: 27th. June Goreme & 29th. June Urgup  (26 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019 )

This event runs along with the Capadocia Annual International Mountainbike Stage Race and Festival.

Annual International Meis to Kaş Canoe and Swimming Contest
Place: Between Greece and Turkey!  (26 Jun 2019 )

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.

International Istanbul Jazz Festival
(01 Jul 2019 - 31 Jul 2019 )

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.

Rock 'n Coke
Place: Hezarfen Airport  (01 Jul 2019 - 31 Jul 2019 )

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.

Bosphorus Cross Continental
Place: ISTANBUL   (01 Jul 2019 )

Bosphorus Cross Continental is Istanbul's annual Asia-to-Europe swimming, rowing and sailing competition. Thousands of Turkish and international athletes aged from 14 to 71 take part under the motto "everyone needs sport". Visitors can also enjoy water-skiing and jet-skiing shows.

Antalya Jazz Festival
Place: Aspendos Amphitheatre  (01 Jul 2019 - 31 Jul 2019 )

Jazz aficionados are in for a treat this summer, as the acoustically brilliant 20,000-seat Aspendos Theatre hosts the Antalya Jazz Festival.

Istanbul Cup
(21 Jul 2019 - 04 Aug 2019 )

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
Place: Side  (23 Jul 2019 - 17 Sep 2019 )

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.

Haci Bektas Veli Commemoration Ceremony
Place: Hacibektas / Cappadocia  (16 Aug 2019 - 18 Aug 2019 )

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
Place: Antalya  (24 Aug 2019 - 31 Jan 2020 )

The Antalya International Folk Music and Dance Festival Competition attracts performers from many countries and amateur artists perform alongside professional artists.

Zafer Bayramı or Victory Day
Place: National Holiday  (30 Aug 2019 )

Victory Day is an official Turkish Holiday and celebrated every year on August 30.

Cappadocia Avanos International Tourism and Handicrafts Festival
Place: Avanos / Cappadocia  (31 Aug 2019 - 07 Sep 2019 )

The village of Avanos in the province of Cappadocia has been known for many years as a great pottery-producing centre.

Grape Harvest Festival in Urgup
Place: Urgup / Cappadocia  (09 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019 )

Cappadocia is the center of an important grape and wine-producing region of Central Anatolia.

10th. Goreme Local Food Contest (Forgotten Flavours of Goreme)
Place: Goreme / Cappadocia  (24 Sep 2019 - 30 Sep 2019 )

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
Place: Antalya, Turkey  (01 Oct 2019 - 30 Jun 2020 )

Antalya State Opera and Ballet Program / Antalya Devlet Opera ve Balesi
Full program: https://secure.dobgm.gov.tr/opera2009/devopera.asp?Mud=5

Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival
Place: Antalya  (08 Oct 2019 - 14 Oct 2019 )

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.

The 12th International IVV Olympiads
Place: Antalya  (19 Oct 2019 - 23 Oct 2019 )

This year the 12th International IVV Olympiads will be held in Antalya between the 19th and 23rd of October.

Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayrami)
Place: Kaş Town Centre (Meydan)  (29 Oct 2019 )

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!