Come and celebrate 100 years of the Turkish Republic in the heart of Washington DC at the Turkish Festival 2023

If you’re in the USA mid-October, head over to in Washington D.C. for this year’s big Turkish Festival. Now in its 21st year, this free outdoor event is a chance to savour the rich flavours, vibrant culture, and colourful traditions of Türkiye.

The festival takes place at 300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, between 3rd and 6th St. Kicking off at 11am on Sunday, 15 October, organisers promise “a day filled with excitement, entertainment, and exploration!”

As ever, getting everyone into a Turkish groove will be the musicians and DJs. Expect a mix of traditional folk and contemporary Turkish pop music, with renowned rock musician, songwriter and music producer Demir Demirkan (pictured top left) headlining this year’s festival.

There will be dance performances and workshops, as well as Turkish traditional arts, with artists on hand to provide live demonstrations and offer tips and advice.

Festival goers can also sip on authentic Turkish tea and coffee, and a chance to glimpse into your future through the enchanting art of Turkish coffee fortune reading – one coffee cup at a time!

Another way to immerse into Turkish culture is to indulge in the mouth-watering delights of Turkish cuisine, from delicious döner and baked goods, to sweet baklava, a culinary journey your taste buds will love!

The Turkish Festival also has an area to keep the little ones entertained with a variety of kids’ activities, including mosaic making, face painting, and arts and crafts. Fun for the whole family!

From famed Turkish hospitality to stunning backdrops, beautiful costumes, and interactive activities, the Turkish Festival has something for everyone. And this year, it will also be celebrating 100 years of the Turkish Republic.

Festival details

Title: Turkish Festival Washington, DC

Date: Sunday 15 October 2023

Time:  11 am to 6.30 pm

Admission – Free

Venue: 300 Pennsylvania Ave NW (between 3rd and 6th St), Washington, D.C

For more info: visit the Turkish Festival website – click here.

Main images, top, clockwise from left: Demir Demirkan, and right and bottom left are scenes from Turkish Fest 2022. Photos via Facebook