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2019 Festivals in Turkey

Festivals are organized in many cities of Turkey, from cinema, music, theatre to chocolate. We have researched Turkey's leading festivals for you.

September

International Gaziantep Gastronomy Festival



12-15 September Gaziantep


This year the International Gaziantep Gastronomy festival will take place between 12-15 September. Try delicious local treats and participate in festival activities by booking a flight to Gaziantep.

Milyonfest-Eskişehir



26-29 September Eskişehir


MilyonFest Eskişehir will be held between September 26-29, and lots of famous artists will be in attendance. For 4 days of music and to explore exciting places, book a flight to Eskişehir.

Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival



01-18 September Antalya


This annual theatre festival will take place between 5-28 September and has many events to discover.

Istanbul Coffee Festival



19-22 September
Istanbul


The Istanbul Coffee Festival is holding its' 6th festival between 19 – 22 September. From panels, to workshops, seminars to concerts, there is no end to the fun. Engage in coffee tours and enjoyable activites by booking a flight to Istanbul.

Kaş Jazz Festival



06-08 September
Kaş


This year the Kaş Caz Festival is opening on the 6-7-8 of September. To enjoy the performances of foreign and local musicians, book a flight to Antalya.

Istanbul Biennial



14 September -

10 November

Istanbul


The 16th Istanbul Biennial will take place this year from 14 September-10 November at MSGSÜ Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum at Büyükada. You can see the works of 57 artists and artists collectives from 26 countries by booking a flight to Istanbul. There are also guided tours you can take part in at the event.

October

Milyonfest Konya



04-06 October
Konya


On the 4-6 of October, young people will flock to Konya to watch rock stars and alternative musicians perform. Join in the festival fun, by booking a flight to Konya.

Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festival



26 October -

01 November

Antalya


Turkey's longest running film festival takes place every October and was created to boost Turkish cinema. Watch countless films and see famous actors and actresses by booking a flight to Antalya.

Istanbul Games Festival



05-06 October Istanbul


This year, the Istanbul Games festival is brining together street games and digital games on October 5-6. Book a flight to Istanbul, to participate in E-sport tournaments, and try VR.

Ankara Youth Festival



31 October - 03 November Ankara


Many famous musicians are gathering at the Ankara Youth Festival. This festival does not have an 18 years age limit. Book a flight to Ankara, for music and camping all in one.

Istanbul Comedy Festival



18 October -

03 November

Istanbul


The Istanbul Comedy Festival, which has been taking place since 2016, will be held this year from October 18 -November 3 in various parts of Istanbul. Book a flight to Istanbul to participate in comedy shows, exhibitions, panels and film screenings.

November

International Antalya Piano Festival



16-30 November
Antalya


Held annually, each October, this concert brings together worldfamous musicians. Book a flight to Antalya to witness this musical treat.

Orhangazi Olive Festival



07 November Bursa


Celebrating it's 41st year, the Zeytinyağlı festival offers olive oil dishes and deserts as well as exciting competitions.

November

Bursa Youth Festival



16-17 November
Bursa


On the 4-6 of Bursa Youth Festival, will take place between 16-17 November. Book a flight to Bursa, to watch the performances of Pinhani, Son Feci Bisiklet, Şanışer, Yüksek Sadakat, Anıl Piyancı and Dolu Kadehi Ters Tut.

5.International Gastromasa Gastornomy Conference



30 November
Istanbul


World-famous chefs will come together to discuss “inspiration" at the Gastromasa event which will take place at Haliç Congress Center, with the food and beverage industry in attendance. Book flight ticket to Istanbul to attend.

December

Ankara Coffee&Chocolate Festival



19-22 December Ankara


The Ankara Coffee and Chocolate Festival is bringing coffee and chocolate lovers together between 19-22 of December. As well as tasting events there are seminars and workshops. Book a flight to Ankara to join in the festival.

Previous events

April

International Orange Blossom Carnival



03-07 April Adana


There are numerous cultural and artistic events held annually at the International Orange Blossom Carnival in Adana, and the highlight event will be the costume cortege which will take place on the Saturday 6 April. During the carnival you can find a variety of vibrant street performances, dance shows and concerts to enjoy all over the city. Book a flight to Adana to celebrate the only carnival in Turkey.

Ankara International Music Festival



04-25 April Ankara


The 36th Ankara International Music Festival will feature around 400 artists and ensembles from Germany, Brazil, Estonia, France, Georgia, Spain, Italy and Ukraine, performing classical music, dance and jazz pieces. For this great musical privilege book a flight to Ankara.

Istanbul Film Festival



05-16 April Istanbul


The 38th Istanbul Film Festival will present the most discussed works of Turkish cinema and world cinema. Istanbul Film Festival is at the heart of Turkish cinema and offers masterpieces of great directors, the classics, new works and cults classics. Stay up-to-date with new releases and book a flight to Istanbul.

Flavors of the World Festival



06 April Istanbul


Flavors of the World Festival brings you a delicious feast from Turkish, Italian, American, Asian and French cuisine. Amble along to music as you peruse the restaurants stands brimming with a limitless number of treats. The best chefs in Turkey and the world will be holding talks and food courses. To join in the festival fun, book a flight to Istanbul.

Alaçatı Herb Festival



05-07 April Izmir


A feast for the eyes is nigh at the Alaçatı Herb Festival. Gaze in awe upon the sheer variety of herbs, learn secret recipes and allow yourself revel in the fine display of regional herbs. A cortege will usher you into the first day of the program. Don’t miss out on this delightful experience, book a flight to Izmir.

Chocolate&Desserts Festival



12-14 April Izmir


Delicious treats await you at the Chocolate&Desert Festival where you can find chocolate desserts, sherbet dessert, cakes and much more. This festival will take place in Izmir, a beautiful sea side city. In addition to dessert decadence, there will be art, fashion and dancers galore. Join in the festivities and book a flight to Izmir.

Çukurova Rock Festival



18-21 April Adana


The top Turkish rock bands and musicians will be gathering for Çukurova Rock Festival. Adana is calling all music lovers everywhere. Join in the fun and book a flight to Adana.

International Ankara Film Festival



18-28 April Ankara


Brace yourself for the Ankara International Film Festival. Local and foreign movies from all over the world will be screened for your viewing pleasure. If you are a cinephile or a film lover book a flight to Ankara, because this is the perfect festival for you.

Tulip Festival



24-29 April Istanbul


During the 14th Tulip Festival, there will many festivities and events occurring at Emirgan Grove and Goztepe 60. Years Park. Book a flight to Istanbul to frolic amongst the tulips at this special festival.

Konya Tam1 Festival



25 April Konya


Konya Tam1Fest, brings together nature, students, and furry friends. Great performers such as: Selda Bağcan, Mor ve Ötesi, Feridun Düzağaç, Manuş Baba, Haluk Levent and Can Bonomo will take to the stage. Join in the festival fun and book a flight to Konya.

Balıkesir Youth Festival



27-28 April Balıkesir


Famous musicians will be gathering at the Balıkesir Youth Festival this year on the 27th and the 28th of April. To experience Balıkesir’s one and only youth festival, book a flight to Balıkesir.

101 Istanbul Flavors Festival



29 April Istanbul


As always, the 101 Istanbul Flavors Festival is here to bring you the most delicious food, most qualified restaurants and most talented chefs this year. Take part in the feast and book a flight to Istanbul.

May

MilyonFest Izmir



02-05 May Izmir


The biggest rock celebration in Izmir is taking place on the 2-3-4-5 of May. All music lovers are meeting at Karşıyaka to watch famous musicians: MFÖ, Şebnem Ferah, Athena, Selda Bağcan, Manga, Ceza, Pentagram, Pilli Bebek, Pinhani and Pamela take to the stage. Make the most of Izmir at the great concerts and book a flight to Izmir.

Edirne Spring Festival



02-04 May Edirne


Great pop singers will be taking the stage at the Edirne Spring Festival from 2-3-4 of May, such as Gülşen, Mehmet Erdem, Yıldız Tilbe and Gaye Su Akyol. To join in the festival fun, you can book a flight to Istanbul, or book a flight to Tekirdağ. To reach the festival area, you can rent a car.

Urban Picnic



03-04 May Istanbul


Turkey’s first night-time picnic Urban Picnic is on the 3-4 of May this year at Kemerburgaz. Prepare yourself for delicious treats and surprise performances. For a unique experience, book a flight to Istanbul.

FloralFest



03-05 May Ankara


The flower-filled festival Floralfest will take place in Ankara on 3-4-5 of May. Flower scents will fill the air as Turkey’s most creative florists assemble to amaze you with workshops, and information on hundreds of different flowers. For an incredible experience, book a flight to Ankara.

Colorful Fest Konya



04 May Konya


Color Fest, also known as Dream of Color Fest around the world will take place on the 4th of May at Konya this year. There will be color fights, Hindu dance performances and live performances at this festival. For exciting festival fun, book a flight to Konya.

Genç Bi Şenlik



04 May Istanbul


Genç Bir Şenlik is a favorite for Istanbul highschoolers, and will be attended by great musicians Manga, Haluk Levent, Adamlar, in its fourth year. Book a flight to Istanbul to be amongst music lovers and for amazing performances.

Baba Fingo Fest



05 May Edirne


Baba Fingo Fest will take place on May 4th in Edirne with Suzan Kardeş and Balık Ayhan in attendance. To join the fun book a flight to Istanbul or book a flight to Tekirdağ. To reach the festival area, rent a car.

June

Big Fest



08 June Istanbul


Aiming to be the biggest youth festival in Turkey, Big Fest, will take place in Istanbul on the 9th of June. Teoman, Edis and Melek Mosso will be taking to the stage. For a fun-filled festival, book a flight to Istanbul.

Istanbul Music Festival



11-30 June Istanbul


In order to contribute to the production of contemporary music, the Istanbul Music Festival, has commissioned composers at home and abroad, and will be hosting the world premiere of two new such productions. You are in for a music-filled, historical treat as this festival will take place in some of the most historical places in Istanbul. Discover the Istanbul Music Festival and book a flight to Istanbul.

ITECH Technology Congress and Fair



14-16 June Ankara


Ankara’s first technology fair I-TECH will take place at Ankara University, from the 14-15-15 June 2019. For those curious about technology this is an ideal choice, just book a flight to Ankara.

Bebek Festival



14-16 June Istanbul


The annual Bebek Festival held in Bebek Park, is a shopper’s dream. Displays brim with beautiful clothes and decorations belonging to designer brands. In addition, the festival has delicious food on offer when you are not browsing the beautiful surroundings, as Bebek Park overlooks the Bosphorus. To take in the scenic views, enjoy a vibrant festival and enjoy a pleasant trip in Bebek, Book a flight to Istanbul.

Chill Out Festival



15-16 June Istanbul


Chill-Out Festival is one of the most popular music festivals in Turkey and it’s no wonder with so many great musicians lined up. For the festival of a lifetime, book a flight to Istanbul.

The 1975 & Starsailor



16 June Istanbul


World-famous bands The 1975 and Starsailor will be performing at Istanbul on the evening of 16th of June. To watch amazing performances, book a flight to Istanbul.

Enfest Street Flavors Festival



19-23 June Ankara


Enfest Street Festival, will be held from 19-23 June in Ankara. Artists Can Bonomo and Yeni Türkü will take to the stage. Book a flight to Ankara for a gastronomic treats accompanied by great music.

Samsun Youth Festival



20-23 June Samsun


The biggest festival in the Blacksea region, the Samsun Youth Festival, delivers music lovers from far and wide to join in the musical fun. The most popular bands and musicians favoured by the youth of the Blacksea region will take to the stage. Book a flight to Samsun for a fun-filled festival experience.

Gezgin Fest



21-23 June Van


The first music festival to take place in the East of Turkey, GezginFest Van, brings together music lovers of ‘World Music’ together from all over the country. A journey on the Van Lake express, Akdamar island, historic Urartu and the famous Van breakfast await you. It’s time to discover a beautiful city, book a flight to Van.

2.International Akra Jazz Festival



19-29 June Antalya


The most famous names in jazz will be performing at Antalya between 19-29 June. To watch the great concerts on show, book a flight to Antalya.

July

Kuşadası Youth Festival



10-14 July Kuşadası


“Always good music” is the slogan for the Kuşadası Gençlik Festival, that will host the best musicians in industry and music lovers alike. Dreamy sea views and incredible music awaits you. For an unforgettable musical experience, book a flight to Izmir, or book a flight to Muğla. You can rent a car to reach the festival area. "

Electronica Festival Istanbul



13-14 July Istanbul


Turkey’s longest electronic music event, Electronica Festival is taking place at Istanbul from 13-14 July. Join the electronic music lovers at this great festival by booking a flight to Istanbul.

Trakya Fest



18-21 July Edirne


Trakya Fest, “a multi-coloured festival” will be held in the magical Saros Bay, where music and nature will become one. To attend, book a flight to Tekirdağ, or book a flight to Istanbul. Reach the festival area with ease by renting a car

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Milyonfest-İstanbul



18-21 July Istanbul


Istanbul’s largest open-air music festival of all time, MilyonFest, will be held this year between the 18-21 July 2019. MFÖ, Şebnem Ferah, Athena, Duman, Ceza, Manga, Cem Adrian and Feridun Düzağaç will take to the stage. Witness some unforgettable performances, by booking a flight to Istanbul.

Bozcaada Jazz Festival



19-21 July Bozcaada


Bozcaada Festival offers a weekend of sun, nature and music with superb open-air jazz and improvisational music performances. There are also surprise concerts, gastronomy events, courses for children, body-oriented workshops, Bozcaada exploration routes, and tasting events. Experience a lively, short getaway by booking a flight to Çanakkale.

Chill Out Festival



19-20 July Bodrum


Chill Out Festival is taking place in Bodrum for the 5th year in a row. Ideal for chill out music lovers; Book a flight to Bodrum for a festival by the sea.

Otostop Festivali



26-28 July Istanbul


The Otostop Festival, with the slogan ‘Don’t miss out on the fun, don’t miss out on life’ will take place on 26-27-28 July at Istanbul. Great musicians like Feridun Düzağaç, Yüzyüzeyken Konuşuruz, Yüksek Sadakat and Adamlar will take to the stage, so book a flight to Istanbul.

Milyonfest -Arsuz



26-28 July Hatay


This great festival will take place in the historical, cultural, touristic spot Arsuz. For a fun-filled festival, book a flight to Hatay.

Uluslararası Halk Dansları Festival (International Folk Dance Festival)



July Samsun


The Folk-Dance festival is organized annually by the Metropolitan Municipality. Local dances will be performed in Samsun this July.

Istanbul Jazz Festival



2-18 July Istanbul


Between 29 June-18 July, Istanbul Jazz Festival will take places at a variety of venues in Istanbul. Guests Jacob Collier a 2-time Grammy award winner and the talk of the town, Kamashi Washington, will be in attendance. Enjoy a star-filled jazz experience and book a flight to Istanbul.

August

Trakya Music Festival



01-04 August Edirne


Trakya Music Festival will take place at Erikli beach on 1-2-3-4 August, with a great artists and bands lined up. Popular artists, such as Yıldız Tilbe, Athe, Duman, Şebnem Ferah, Teoman, Hayko Cepkin will take to the stage. Book a flight to Çorlu or book a flight to Istanbul, to join in the fun. To reach the festival area, you can rent a car.

Kuzey Fest



02-04 August Sinop


At the Kuzey Fest in Sinop on 2-3-4 of August, you can camp and enjoy great music, with a great lineup: Bulutsuzluk Özlemi, Can Bonomo, Büyük Ev Ablukada and Feridun Düzağaç. For an unforgettable experience book a flight to Sinop. Don’t forget to bring your camping gear with you.

Zeytinli Rock Festival



29 August-01 September Edremit


Zeytinli Rock Festival, also known as the parade of Turkish Rock music, will be held from 28 August – 1 September 2019. Join the famous rockstars, bands and rock festival lovers at Edremit Akçay Beach by booking a flight to Balıkesir.

Chill Out Festival



30 August Çeşme


The Chill Out Festival that takes places in three different cities annually, is set for the 30th of August, this year in Çeşme. For an unforgettable festival experience, with sea, sand, sun and music, book a flight to Izmir.

Watermelon Festival



Last week of August
Samsun


The Watermelon Festival started in 1987, in the Bafra district of Samsun and continues to offer a variety of competitons, events and plenty of entertainment. Take part in this fun festival by booking a flight to Samsun.