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Istanbul Events Guide for 2023

Isik Korpe  ·  Updated 22 January 2023

After welcoming travelers from all around the globe, Istanbul had a very busy year in 2022 and has unquestionably overcome the lethargy caused by the pandemic. You may want to have a look at this post if you are interested in the tourism innovations that took place in Turkey in 2022.

Istanbul Event Guide 2023

As we say goodbye to 2022, we have compiled a list of the events in Istanbul and festivals that will be waiting for both domestic and foreign tourists in Istanbul in 2023. So, what’s on in Istanbul?


Istanbul Events 2023 Calendar

Let’s move to the Istanbul events 2023 list that you won’t want to miss!

90’S Turkish Pop Night January 28 – February 25

As we begin to Istanbul Event guide 2023, we should mention this dance event series. You will dance wildly to 90s Turkish pop music on these evenings where you will be able to watch DJ performances and magnificent dance shows accompanied by percussion.

Turkish Pop Night 90s


Istanbul Toy Fair 2023

The Istanbul Toy Fair will be held at the TÜYAP Fair Convention and Congress Center from the 28th of February to the 3rd of March 2023. This event is being planned by TÜYAP Fairs and Fair Services Inc. The event is targeted at toy merchants and wholesalers, and its scope includes not only traditional toys but also electronic toys, model toys, costumes, and other related items.

Istanbul Toy Fair 2023


Maiden’s Tower will be opened to visitors in March 2023

The Maiden’s Tower, one of Istanbul’s most significant landmarks with a 2,500-year history, will reportedly open by the end of March 2023.

Maiden Tower Opening 2023


Istanbul Fashion Week 2023

In 2009, the concept of establishing a fashion week in Istanbul was originally conceived, and ever since then, Fashion Week Istanbul has been actively supporting and promoting Turkish fashion and designers on a worldwide scale. And with the sponsors’ and well-known designers’ participation, it is among the important events in Istanbul that take place annually. Even though the dates of Istanbul Fashion Week 2023 are not yet known, the event typically takes place around March.

Istanbul Fashion Week 2023


Petroleum Istanbul 2023

Since 1997, the Petroleum Istanbul Exhibition and the concurrently held Gas & Power Network Exhibition have welcomed more than 40.000 people each time as one of the most industrial Istanbul events 2023. Petroleum Istanbul, one of the largest and most popular trade fairs of the energy sector linking the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Asia, introduces new goods, services, innovative technology, new business, and trade models to important participants of the industry.

Petroleum Istanbul 2023

The 16th edition of Petroleum Istanbul will be held from March 16–18, 2023 at TUYAP Fair and Congress Center and will focus on the retail petroleum industry, equipment, technology, lubricants, auto LPG, LNG, and CNG, electric vehicles, and convenience stores. A major business partnership platform will be created by the exhibition for national, regional, and worldwide energy industries.


16th Istanbul Tulip Festival 2023

The Istanbul Tulip Festival spans the whole city and is organized around a new theme each year. For both local and international visitors, the event, hosted in two major sites, signals the start of spring. Live music, art exhibits, sporting activities, and photography exhibitions give the city a new feel during the festival when tulip seedlings are sold. March 31, 2023, is the anticipated commencement date.

Istanbul Tulip Festival 2023


Istanbul Jewelry Show

Istanbul Jewelry Show is the largest exhibition in the region and was first held in 1986. Since its inception, the show has provided industry professionals from all over Europe, the Near East, Russia, North Africa, and CIS Countries with the opportunity to participate in one-of-a-kind business opportunities and knowledge exchanges. The Istanbul Jewelry Show is scheduled to take place at the Istanbul Expo Center from the 16th through the 19th of March 2023.

Istanbul Jewellery Show 2023


Kings & Queens of Opera

On March 25, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pavel Baleff will perform at Zorlu PSM Turkcell Stage with Metropolitan Opera singer Diana Damrau and French bass Nicolas Testé as a part of Istanbul events 2023. Don’t miss this valuable show among Istanbul 2023 concerts.

Kings Queens of Opera Istanbul 2023


Istanbul Film Festival 2023

The Istanbul Film Festival, which was initially staged as a cinema week in 1982 by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), will take place for the 42nd time in 2023. The 42nd Istanbul Film Festival will take place from April 7 to 18 which is one of the annual events in istanbul.

Istanbul Film Festival 2023

Applications are now open for the Istanbul Film Festival, the beating heart of the Turkish film industry, which features interviews, exclusive screenings, and festival talks. The festival showcases the most talked-about works of international cinema as well as the newest productions from our country’s cinema, as well as award-winning movies that made their world premieres at international film festivals, as well as classics and recent discoveries.

N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon

One of the quickest marathons in the world is the Istanbul Marathon. Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya established a new women’s half marathon record in 2021 with a time of 1:04:02.

Istanbul Half Marathon 2023

The majority of this race’s route follows the Sea of Marmara shore on Istanbul’s European side. The start and finish lines of the Istanbul Half Marathon are situated on the shore of Golden Horn in Balat. Each year in April, a fast, largely flat IAAF Gold Label race is held. Next year, it is planned to be organized on April 30, 2023.


Sónar Istanbul will be at Zorlu PSM

Zorlu PSM is getting ready to welcome fans of electronic music back inside for the seventh iteration of Sónar Istanbul – a much-appreciated music festival among Istanbul events 2023. The highly anticipated Sónar Istanbul festival, which is a significant event in the city’s cultural calendar, will take place at Zorlu PSM on April 28 and 29, 2023. Sónar Istanbul, which is sponsored by 100% Music, will once again unite music fans with a lineup that includes live performances, DJ sets, and visual and audio installations.

Sonar Istanbul 2023


Notre Dame de Paris Musical

The musical “Notre Dame De Paris,” which is based on Victor Hugo’s classic love romance The Hunchback of Notre Dame, will be performed in French. And from May 5 to May 21, 2023, there will be 21 performances at the Turkcell Stage at the Zorlu Performing Arts Center.

Notre Dame de Paris Musical Istanbul


Heritage Istanbul 2023

Heritage Istanbul is the world’s first conservation, restoration, archaeology, museum, technology fair, and conference while being a one-of-a-kind events in Istanbul. It will be held for the seventh time from May 3rd to May 5th, 2023 at Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center and its goal is to raise awareness of Turkey’s cultural heritage while also committing to the development of cutting-edge products, services, and technology for its protection.

Heritage Istanbul 2023

Heritage Istanbul can achieve its goal of becoming a brand in the industry thanks to the support of some of the most important public offices in Turkey, including the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the General Directorate of Cultural Assets and Museums, the Head Office for Foundations, and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. The event achieves this goal by bringing together members of the culture-savvy society with highly regarded heritage specialists and experts at lively events such as conferences, heritage talks, and workshops.


International Energy and Environment Conference and Fair

On May 24-26, 2023, there will be a gathering of those involved in the energy sector for the 27th ICCI International Energy and Environment Fair and Conference, which will be organized with the support of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey. Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK) is planning to host the event. Istanbul Expo Center Hall 1 will serve as a gathering place for domestic and international exhibitors during the biggest energy expo to be hosted in Turkey and the surrounding area. Productive business interactions are expected to take place during this Istanbul event.

International Energy and Environment Conference and Fair 2023


Chill-Out Festival Istanbul 2023

Chill-Out Festival is getting set to invite all music and entertainment enthusiasts to Kemer Country & Golf Club in May 2023. The festival will begin with the slogan “Paradise on Earth” and will show the growth of electronic music in Turkey during its 17 years of existence.

Chill Out Festival 2023 Istanbul

Events in 2023 summer

Manowar Istanbul Concert in 2023

Manowar Istanbul Concert 2023

On June 3, 2023, the heavy metal classic Manowar will return to Küçükiftlik Park.

The renowned band Manowar, who has led heavy metal for more than 40 years, will provide a special metal experience to the tens of thousands of ‘Manowarrior’ who will fill the field.


Hollywood Vampires Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, and Johnny Depp Concert

Johnny Depp Istanbul 2023

The perfect crew On Saturday, June 10, 2023, as part of their global tour, HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES—founded by rock music icons ALICE COOPER and JOE PERRY and iconic actor JOHNNY DEPP—will perform at Life Park Istanbul. It will be one of the most memorable events in Istanbul.


Istanbul Music Festival 2023

Every June and July, Istanbul, Turkey hosts the Istanbul International Music Festival, previously known as the Istanbul Festival. It presents a variety of ballet, opera, and traditional music performances as well as performances of European classical music with involvement from well-known performers from throughout the globe.

Istanbul Music Festival 2023

It is also scheduled to occur for the 51st time between June 5 and June 23, 2023.


2023 UEFA Champions League Final

On June 10, 2023, the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul will host the UEFA Champions League final for the 2022–23 season which is the most important day among June 2023 Istanbul events. The 68th season of the most prestigious club competition in Europe will be named the UEFA Champions League starting on June 21, 2022, and ending on June 10, 2023.

2023 UEFA Champions League Final

The league will have completed its 31st season altogether since changing its name. The facility, which was established to assist Turkey in hosting the Olympic Games in 2008, now, serves as the home for its national team of Turkey. It is situated in the Başakşehir district of the city, and it can accommodate more than 75,000 people inside.

If you are considering visiting Istanbul for the 2023 UEFA Finals, check out our Guide for CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL 2023 in Istanbul post.


16th World Intensive and Critical Care Congress (WICC)

16th World Intensive and Critical Care Congress WICC

The World Intensive and Critical Care Congresses are back after a four-year absence, and it’s time for intensive care specialists from all around the world to congregate and exchange knowledge and expertise. Hosting the 16th World Intensive and Critical Care Congress in 2023, Istanbul, spanning the continents, will hopefully aid in the objective of closing the gap. It will take place on August 26-30, 2023 at Istanbul Congress Center.

Istanbul events 2023: Fall Edition

IMEX 2023- Mobile Systems, Consumer Electronics & New Technologies Exhibition

IMEX Istanbul is getting set to bring together the sector at the Istanbul Expo Center on 14-17 September 2023. The event will cover the IT and Technology Sectors, which are the most critical concerns of today.

IMEX 2023 Istanbul

IMEX Istanbul helps bring together all of the industry representatives, manufacturers, shareholders, and creators, as well as all of the business professionals, academics, and R&D experts who are pursuing the consumers, investors, creators, and practitioners operating under the topics of information technology and innovation.


Beauty Istanbul Exhibition 2023

Beauty Istanbul Exhibition 2023

To guarantee the caliber of the buyers, BEAUTYISTANBUL is investing in a custom international hosted buyers program once again. It aims to host 600 international buyers of cosmetics and beauty products from all over the globe. At the BEAUTYISTANBUL expo, hosted buyers will hunt for new business partners and provide intriguing business prospects. The dates are September 27–29, 2023, and the venue is Istanbul Congress Center & Lutfi Kirdar.


Istanbul Fringe Festival: Performing Arts Festival

Istanbul Fringe Festival 2023

The fifth edition of the Istanbul Fringe Festival will take place between September 16th and September 23rd, and will bring together alternative works created in the disciplines of theater, dance, and performance from Turkey and throughout the globe.


Filmekimi 2023

Filmekimi 2023

Since 2002, the month of October has been the scene for the Filmekimi film festival, which brings vibrancy to fall. During the event, we were given the chance to view films that had been honored at several film festivals as well as the first public screenings of films that had not yet been made available to the public. The event kicks off in Istanbul and then travels to many other cities in Turkey and one of the well-known events in istanbul.


5th Istanbul Social Dance Marathon

5th Istanbul Social Dance Marathon

+250 Workshops, +30 Master Classes, and +4000 Dancers from +70 Countries are scheduled to take place during the event. The event will primarily include salsa lineups and DJs, bachata lineups and DJs, and kizomba lineups, even though it will appeal to a large number of people. The event will take place between the 19th – 23rd of October 2023.


Istanbul events 2023: Wrap Up

Events in Istanbul 2023

As you may have realized up to this point, Istanbul events provide a wide variety of options, making them suitable for anybody. If you do more research, in addition to those that are mentioned above, you can come across other specialized fairs, trade events, exhibits, and concerts that are hosted each week.