Izmir World Fair
Izmir is well known for being the host to the oldest festival activity in Turkey, during the multi-theme Izmir World Fair held during early September. The fair is organized by İZFAŞ, which is a depending corporation of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.
The social and musical events that take place simultaneously as the commercial fair had started away as an auxiliary activity to attract popular interest for the fair, but over time the festival became a school by itself. This is one of the most popular Turkey festivals 2020.
Another excellent festival with a very unique location, Cappadox has been held annually since 2015, in the middle of the beautiful landscape of Cappadocia. A festival of music, contemporary art, gastronomy, and outdoor events, Cappadox has featured local and international artists such as Mercan Dede, Rhye, İlhan Erşahin, and Acid Pauli to name a few.
Mesir Paste Festival
A great festival to connect with locals as you become a part of folklore. Mesir Paste Festival celebrates the recovery of Hafsa Sultan, mother of Suleyman the Magnificent. She was cured of a disease through a paste known as Mesir Macunu in Turkish. The Sultan then ordered to distribute this paste in public for everybody’s well-being.
A chef prepares this magic paste from 41 spices and herbs. Group of 14 women wrap the paste in small pieces of paper, and then it is blessed by 28 imams and apprentices and post this it is scattered from the top of the minaret and the domes of the Sultan Mosque.
Folk Dance Festivals
Cultural festivals are most fascinating in cities and resorts that contain the resources to attract internationally renowned acts. Nearly every town has some yearly bash, though several are of limited interest to outsiders. Folk-dance festivals offer an opportunity to see Turkey’s best dance troupes execute various repertoires of Turkish dances in traditional costumes. Well, what else do you want more when you travel to such places! This is amongst the popular Turkey festivals 2020.
Oil Wrestling Festival
This 600-year-old Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival takes place in Edirne, Turkey. The tournament is open to men from all cultures, regions and ages without discrimination between religion, language or race.
Pehlivans are the participants. The patron launches the festival in the Kirkpinar Aga. This is an amazing ceremony where forty bands of drums and shawms join in to create the captivating atmosphere. Thereafter, the golden belt is carried through the city in a procession, followed by prayers recited in the Selimiye Mosque.
Turkey’s biggest rock festival is definitely worth a trip to Istanbul. Established in 2003 and sponsored by Coca Cola, Rock n’Coke is a huge festival that is held at the Hezarfen Airfield and has hosted some major musicians from the rock world such as Limp Bizkit, Motörhead, Travis, Moby, Nine Inch Nails, Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Placebo, The Cure, Korn, Iggy Pop, Gogol Bordello, The Prodigy, and Linkin Park.