Events in Istanbul

By | June 2, 2020

Fashion fair

The international IFEXPO trade fair exhibits fashion innovations twice a year. The Istanbul International Fashion Fair takes place in the Tüyap exhibition and exhibition center. The spring event has the latest trends for the coming season and offers numerous catwalk presentations and shopping opportunities. In February and July, consumers and retailers will find new fashion in the areas of shoes, sportswear, swimwear, jeans, underwear, socks and children’s and baby clothing in the halls of the Tüyap exhibition center.

Date: February 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020
(not yet determined)
Place: Tüyap Exhibition Center Istanbul
Admission: With admission fee

Ortakoy and the Bosphorus, Istanbul

TanGO TO Istanbul

Professional dancers from all over the world show the passion associated with tango. Interested parties have the opportunity to take part in tango dance courses.

Date: February 28, 2020 – March 8, 2020
Location: various venues

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul takes place twice a year. In spring and autumn, the fashion trends of the coming season are presented.

Date: March 01, 2020 – March 31, 2020
(not yet determined)
Place: Zorlu Performans Sanatları Merkezi, Beşiktaş
Admission: With admission fee.

Istanbul film festival

Films from around 60 countries are shown in various cinemas in Istanbul – premieres and award-winning films from recent years. Most films are shown in their original version with English subtitles. The best films are selected in an international and a Turkish competition.

Date: April 10, 2020 – April 21, 2020
Place: Istanbul
Entry: With admission fee.

Music festival

The International Istanbul Music Festival offers classical music of all kinds in the Hagia Eirene Museum, the Süreyya Opera House and the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Musicians from different countries present a range of classic and folkloric pieces.

Date: June 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020
(not yet determined)
Location: Istanbul, various venues
Admission: With admission fee.

Bosphorus Cross-Continental swimming competition

Athletes from all over the world are called upon to swim the 6.5 km route between Europe and Asia.

Date: July 12, 2020 – July 12, 2020
Place: Start in Kanlica, finish in Kurucesme
Entry: With entry fee.

Kurban Bayram

Kurban Bayram – also known as the sacrifice festival, is a festival that is celebrated by all Muslims worldwide. At the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca, Muslims throughout the world commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to make sacrifices to his son Ismail Allah. During this family festival, Istanbul comes to rest and empties a bit because many Istanbulers go to the country. Many public institutions and restaurants have closed. However, public transport is still usable. Those who want to get to know Istanbul in a somewhat quieter atmosphere should travel at this time.

Date: July 30, 2020 – August 03, 2020
Admission: Free entry.

Istanbul Biennial

The Istanbul Biennale, an international art festival with artists, critics and curators from all over the world, offers a platform for the exchange and presentation of new art movements.

Date: September 26, 2020 – November 8, 2020
Place: Antrepo No. 3 and No. 5, Istanbul
Admission: With admission fee.

Book Fair

The Istanbul Book Fair presents books of all kinds, including international literature, and takes place in the halls of the Tüyap trade, trade fair and congress center, Beylikdüzü.

Date: October 31, 2020 – November 8, 2020
Place: Tüyap Istanbul
Admission: With admission fee.


The Istanbul Marathon is the only one that runs across two continents. The start is on the Asian side at the Bosphorus Bridge, which leads to Europe. The course on the European side runs along many historical sites and sights of Istanbul.

Date: November 8th, 2020 – November 8th, 2020
Place: Istanbul

Local sweets, Istanbul