Jan 1: New Year's Day
National Holidays Apr 23: National Sovereignty and Children's Day (Anniversary of the establishment of Turkish Grand National Assembly) May 19: Ataturk Commemoration and Youth & Sports Day (Arrival of Ataturk in Samsun, and the beginning of the War of Independence.) Aug 30: Victory Day (Victory over invading forces in 1922) Oct 29: Republic Day (Anniversary of the declaration of the Turkish Republic)
Religious Holidays Seker Bayrami: Three-day festival to celebrate the end of the fasting month; Ramadan. Kurban Bayrami: Four-day festival when sacrificial sheep are slaughtered and their meat distributed to the poor.
(The dates of these religious festivals change because of the difference between the Muslim lunar calendar and solar calendar.)
Fairs, Festivals & EventsJanuary Camel Wrestling Festival-Selcuk March Ankara International Film Festival-Ankara 1915 Sea Victory Celebration-Canakkale April Istanbul International Film Festival-Istanbul International Children's Day-Ankara (April 23) Tourism Fair-Gaziantep April-May Selcuk Efes Culture & Art Festival - Izmir (May 1-8) Tulip Festival-Istanbul Javelin Games-Erzurum Ankara International Arts Festival May International Nysa Culture and Arts Festival-Sultanhisar Efes International Festival of Culture and Tourism-Selcuk Yunus Emre Culture and Art Week-Eskisehir Aksu Culture and Art Festival-Giresun International Music and Folklore Festival-Silifke International Yatching Festival-Marmaris International Kilim Festival, Usak-Esme Kakava Festivities-Kirklareli May-June International Asia-Europe Biennial-Ankara June Rug and Rose Festival-Isparta (June 1-7) Pamukkale Festival (June 3-5) Amasya Ataturk Cultured Art Ceremony-Amasya (June 12-19) Wooden Horse Children's Festival - Canakkale Traditional Mesir Ceremonies - Aksehir (June 20-23) Kirkpinar Wrestling - Edirne (2nd week of June) Bartin Strawberry Festival-Bartin International Tea Festival-Rize International Offshore Races Istanbul-Izmir Foca Music, Folklore and Watersports Festival-Foca Marmaris Festival-Marmaris Bergama Festival-Bergama Kafkasor Culture and Art Festival-Artvin International Kus Cenneti Culture and Tourism Festival-Bandirma Cesme Sea and Music Festival-Cesme International Pamukkale Song Competition International Kahta Komagene Festival International Volleyball Beach Tournament-Alanya Finike Festival International Wine Competition-Urgup Tekirdag Cherry Festival June-July International Izmir Festival International Bursa Festival Istanbul International Art and Culture Festival-Istanbul Traditional Kirkpinar Wrestling-Edirne International Music Festival-Istanbul Ihlara Tourism and Art Week-Aksaray July Hodja Nasreddin Ceremonies - Aksehir (July 5-10) Hadji Bektashi Veli Ceremonies - Hacibektas (July 13-18) Apricot Festival (July 20-22) International Erzurum Congress-Erzurum Tourism and Culture Festival-Iskenderun International Folk Dance Festival-Samsun Ceramic Festival-Kutahya Hittite Festival-Corum Manavgat Tourism Festival Kusadasi Tourism Festival Carpet and Rose Festival-Isparta Egridir Lake Festival Nevsehir Festival Devrek Baston and Culture Festival Avanos International Handcrafts and Pottery Exhibit August Troy Festival-Canakkale Insuyu Festival-Burdur Haci Bektas Veli Commemoration Ceremony-Sogut Mengen Chefs Festival-Bolu Pine Grove Ayder Mt. and Archery Festivities - Rize September Golden Apple, Silver & Bronze - Isparta (September 2-7) Golden Nut Ceremonies - Ordu (September 22-24) Izmir International Fair-Izmir Ertugurul Gazi Commemoration Ceremony-Sogut Seyh Edibali'i Commemoration and Culture Festival-Bilecik GAP Culture and art Festival-Gaziantep Javelin Games-Konya Kemer Carnival International Meerschaum (White Gold) Festival-Eskisehir Safranbolu Architectural Treasures and Folklore Week-Safranbolu Sivas Congress Culture and Art Week-Sivas International Grape Harvest Festival-Urgup International Fair-Mersin Yagci Bedir Carpet Festival-Sindirgi, Balikesir Culture and Art Festival-Diyarbakir Assos International Art Festival Adana Altin Koza Film Festival Sept-October Eskisehir International Festival Golden Pistachio Festival-Gaziantep International Plastic Arts Festival International Akdeniz Song Contest-Akdeniz Mersin art and Culture Festival October Golden Orange Festival - Antalya (October 13) Ahi Brotherhood Cultural Week International Bodrum Cup International Gullet Biennial-Bozburun International Triathlon Competition-Alanya International Ataturk Dam Sailing Competition-Alanya November International Yacht Race-Marmaris December Santa Clause Festival - Kas/Demre (December 24) Pine Nut Festival - Gaziantep (December 25) Mevlana Commemoration Ceremony-Konya