2 August 2023

You don't need to wait for special occasions to start making your holiday plans! In August, the last month where we bid a slow farewell to the hottest period of summer, Istanbul offers plenty of enjoyable events waiting for you to explore. From concerts to theater plays, operas to exhibitions, this calendar is filled with numerous activities that will be the answer to your "What should we do tonight?" question.


Harbiye Open-Air Events

Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of music and art with the jam-packed program of Harbiye Open-Air Events in August! Don't forget to check out the theater performances that will also take place alongside the concerts.

Here's a summary of the events happening between August 1st and August 28th:

August 1st: Nilüfer

August 2nd: Linet & Etno-Symphonic Orchestra

August 3rd-4th: Tan Taşçı and the Başkanlar Korosu

August 5th: Teoman

August 6th-7th: Melike Şahin

August 8th: Calum Scott

August 9th: Ajda Pekkan

August 10th: Kenan Doğulu

August 11th: Cem Adrian

August 12th: Candan Erçetin

August 13th: Yasemin Sakallıoğlu

August 14th: BKM Zengin Mutfağı

August 15th: An Epic Symphony & Fatma Turgut

August 16th: An Epic Symphony & İbrahim Tatlıses

August 17th: An Epic Symphony & Karsu

August 18th-19th: An Epic Symphony & Hayko Cepkin

August 20th: An Epic Symphony & Madrigal

August 21st: An Epic Symphony & Pentagram

August 22nd-27th: Şehir Tiyatroları (City Theaters)

August 28th: Kenan Doğulu

Enjoy your time in Istanbul and have a blast at these amazing events!

Yalnızım Mesut Bey (Alone, Mr. Mesut) - Stand Up Comedy

Unrequited loves? Failed flirt attempts? You may not have found love, but at least these futile love declaration memories will have you bursting with laughter. There's heartbreak and betrayal too, but they're narrated in such a way that you won't be able to help but have a great time! Hosted by Mesut Süre, this event will be a mix of some sadness and lots of laughter.

Location: Cevahir Salon A

Date: August 2, 2023, at 9:00 PM


Quiz Night with Ibrahim Selim - Stand Up

We've got a brand new event for you: "Quiz Night with Ibrahim Selim"! Test your knowledge, have fun, and win surprise prizes in this competition. With multiple-choice questions from various fields like art, general knowledge, sports, history, and more, the game relies on your skills and knowledge as well as your chosen group of friends. Ibrahim Selim will be your charismatic host throughout the evening.

Location: Maximum Uniq Open-Air Venue

Date: August 8, 2023, at 9:00 PM

Istanbul Cocktail Festival - Celebration of Mixology

The Istanbul Cocktail Festival, taking place in August 2023 at Küçükçiftlik Park, brings together the finest cocktails from the world of gastronomy and mixology. Experience unique presentations from popular cocktail spots, attend workshops by expert mixologists, enjoy spectacular performances, and have a colorful shopping experience at this exciting festival. Let's take a look at the event schedule:

August 5th, Saturday


Ilhan Erşahin & Kaan Düzarat


Mert Demir


Umutcan Genç

August 6th, Sunday


Elderbrook Live

Emir Taha

Deniz Sipahi

Mertkan Akd


Location: Küçükçiftlik Park

Date: August 5-6, 2023, starting at 2:00 PM


Dead Poets Society - Theater

The world-famous play "Dead Poets Society" tells the story of a group of teenagers going through their adolescence at a highly disciplined boarding school. You'll witness the challenging process of balancing their families' expectations with their own desires and how they cope with these struggles. The newly appointed teacher, John Keating, opens the door to the world of poetry for them, offering different perspectives and supporting them to make the most of their days.

Location: Trump Stage

Date: August 18, 2023, at 8:30 PM

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Theater

Victor Hugo's unique masterpiece, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, invites you to the world of theater! In this unforgettable musical, you'll witness the emotional story between the ugly and hunchbacked bell-ringer, the mysterious French priest, and the gypsy girl, Esmeralda. This magnificent play, where fear and love collide, will captivate you with the dilemmas of Priest Frollo and Commander Phoebus, and the inner world of Quasimodo, the bell-ringer who stole Esmeralda's heart.

Get your tickets and secure your spot in this romantic, emotional, and dance-filled musical!

Location: Trump Stage

Date: August 21, 2023, at 8:30 PM

Yaşamaya Dair (About Life) - Theater

Genco Erkal's musical performance "About Life," prepared in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Nazım Hikmet's death, is still on stage! This passionate performance not only reflects the significance and uniqueness of Nazım Hikmet's works but also pays tribute to the master poet by following in his footsteps. If you're eager to witness this impressive show, grab your tickets now and secure your spot at the musical performance!

Location: Watergarden Performance Center

Date: August 3, 2023, at 8:30 PM

Thai food

Thai Cuisine Workshop - Cooking Class

Another fascinating event! Discover the delightful Thai Spicy Sweet Chicken dish, along with the sauces frequently used in Asian cuisine, at this Thai Cuisine Workshop! Guided by expert chefs, you will learn step-by-step how to prepare the meal, experience unique flavors, and enhance your culinary skills. Food enthusiasts with an interest in world cuisines will be delighted by this workshop. Reserve your spot now and step into the spicy world of Thai cuisine!

Location: Cooking Class Academy

Date: August 9, 2023, at 7:00 PM

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