Turkey’s important events in 2017
Children’s Day
Place: Dalyan and the rest of Turkey  (23 Apr 2017 – 24 Apr 2017 )

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 2017 )

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 2017 )

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.

Sun Splash – Antalya Festival 
Place: Hillside Su Hotel Antalya  (01 May 2017 – 31 May 2017 )

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.


Ataturk commemoration Youth and Sport Holiday
Place: National Turkish Holiday  (19 May 2017 )

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 2017 – 15 Sep 2017 )

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 2017 – 30 Jun 2017 )

Karlik Evi sponsors an art festival annually in June.


International Lycian/Kaş Culture and Art Festival;
Place: Kaş, Turkey  (25 Jun 2017 – 27 Jun 2017 )

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 2017 – 28 Jun 2017 )

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 2017 )

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 2017 – 31 Jul 2017 )

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 2017 – 31 Jul 2017 )

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 2017 )

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 2017 – 31 Jul 2017 )

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 2017 – 04 Aug 2017 )

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 2017 – 17 Sep 2017 )

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 2017 – 18 Aug 2017 )

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 2017 – 31 Jan 2018 )

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 2017 )

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 2017 – 07 Sep 2017 )

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 2017 – 11 Oct 2017 )

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 2017 – 30 Sep 2017 )

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 2017 – 30 Jun 2018 )
Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival
Place: Antalya  (08 Oct 2017 – 14 Oct 2017 )

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 2017 – 23 Oct 2017 )

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 2017 )

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!


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