Discover Izmir and enjoy best festivals
Izmir is one of the prettiest cities of Turkey with its events, exhibitions, local festivals, fairs and conventions year round. The selection of the best city festivals available here offer something for everyone.
Since Izmir is a 365/24/7 happening city, like its other metropolitan counterparts, the calendar of the city is full throughout the year. International Izmir Festival, Izmir European Jazz Festival, International Izmir Short Film Festival, Izmir International Puppet Days, more than 80 year old International Izmir Fair, International Natural Stone & Technology Fair, and Organic Products Fair are among the events with the highest participation.
Below are some of the most prominent festivals, fairs and shows in Izmir;
Since more than 80 years, the anuual Izmir International Fair hosts concerts, jazz nights, street shows, theatres and musicals from various local and foreign artists along with health and wellness activities, movie displays and much more. This festival is the member of European Festivals Association since 2003.
Izmir European Jazz Festival is among the numerous events organized every year by the Izmir Foundation for Culture, Arts and Education since 1994. The festival aims to bring together masters and lovers of jazz in the attempt to generate feelings of love, friendship and peace.
International Izmir Short Film Festival is organized since 1999 and the member of European Coordination of Film Festivals. The festival has been holding its place as being one of the greatest events in the field of movie in Turkey. It is the first film festival that gave rewards to international short films.
Izmir International Puppet Days is an annual international puppet festival held in Izmir. Through this festival, while introducing people to the art of puppetry, they also try to build a cultural dialogue between countries.
The world's top windsurfers compete for the world cup in Izmir's Alacati area. When sea, sport and activity come together, it is simply not possible not to have fun.
At the event where local producers introduced the herbs of the region with the stands set up on the streets of Alacati; edible herbs grown in the nature of Alacati and Cesme, various foods made from herbs, handcrafted products and souvenirs are offered for sale.