The Istanbul Tulip Festival is an annual event that takes place in Istanbul during the months of April and May, when the tulips are in full bloom. The festival is organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Parks and Gardens Department and has become one of the most popular and anticipated events in the city, attracting both locals and tourists alike.
The festival was first held in 2006 and has since become an annual tradition, featuring more than 30 million tulips in various colors and varieties, displayed in parks, gardens, and public spaces throughout the city. The tulips are arranged in intricate patterns and designs, creating a stunning and colorful display.
The main venue for the festival is Emirgan Park, located on the European side of the city, which is famous for its tulip gardens. However, tulips can also be seen in other parks and public spaces around the city, including Gülhane Park, Yıldız Park, and Sultanahmet Square.
In addition to the tulip displays, the festival also features various cultural events, including concerts, exhibitions, and workshops. Visitors can also enjoy traditional Turkish food and drinks, as well as souvenirs and handicrafts.
The Istanbul Tulip Festival is free to attend and open to the public, and it’s a great opportunity to experience the beauty of Istanbul’s parks and gardens while also enjoying the vibrant colors of the tulips.