Turkey in September: Travel Tips, Weather & Events

Turkey in September is when you see a break in the summer humidity and fewer travelers, making it a great time to plan a trip to Turkey. September ushers in fall and all that it has to offer for guests to Turkey. With events like Grape Harvest Festivals, Coffee Festivals, and Art Festivals there’s plenty to do in addition to the classics.

Read on to learn more about weather, events, what to do, and travel tips for your Turkey itinerary in September.

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise

Weather in Turkey in September

In September, the temperatures are still warm making it an ideal time to visit with fewer crowds. On the Turkish coast, the sea is still warm and perfect for swimming. You’ll see slightly cooler temperatures from the hot summer months as you move into mid to late September. In late September in Istanbul, the weather can be somewhat unpredictable with some chances of rain. September is a great time to visit Turkey since the weather is pleasant and perfect for exploring the cities on foot.

Average Temperatures in September in Turkey

Marmara Region

Istanbul, Edirne, Canakkale, Bursa

17°C – 24° C |  63° F – 75° F

Central Turkey

Cappadocia, Ankara, Konya
9° C – 27° C | 55° F – 80° F

Mediterranean Coast

Antalya, Kas, Fethiye     
20° C – 32° C | 68° F – 89° F

Aegean Coast

Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Bodrum
20° C – 32° C | 68° F – 89° F

Southeast Turkey

Gaziantep, Mardin, Mt. Nemrut
20° C – 35° C | 65° F – 95° F

Eastern Turkey

Van, Mt. Ararat, Kars
20° C – 26° C | 68°F – 79° F

Black Sea

Trabzon, Rize, Samsun
18°C – 24°C | 64°F – 75°F

Next, we’ll look at what to do in Turkey in September.

Cappadocia in September

Top 5 Things to Do in Turkey in September

Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul

September is the perfect month to take to the water for a Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul. A private cruise to enjoy the Istanbul skyline along with the views of the Ottoman palaces and mansions from the 19th & 20th centuries.

Cappadocia Hiking and Hot Air Balloon Ride

September in Cappadocia is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. With cooler temperatures, it’s the perfect time to take to the many hiking trails through the valleys to explore the landscapes, fairy chimneys, and cave churches. If you take a hot air balloon ride, be sure to dress in layers as the temps will be cooler in the early morning at take-off.

Turkish Coast Beach Days

Visit the Turkish Coast in September to skip the crowds of the previous high season months of July and August. In September in Turkey on the beach, you’ll have less humidity but still have the warm temperatures to enjoy the water and plentiful sunshine. Not only can you enjoy the beach, take a boat tour to enjoy snorkeling and swimming on the coast. 

If the beach isn’t your thing, you can visit local ruins like Aspendos, Termessos, or Perge

Hike the Lycian Way

The ancient Lycian Way runs from Fethiye to Antalya on the Mediterranean coast.  You can take the month to get outside and hike the entire trail, or you can choose a few sections to hike. The drop in humidity makes the temperatures perfect for hiking the trail with your family.

Grape Harvest Festivals

September is the largest month for grape harvesting in Turkey. You’ll find grape harvesting festivals in the famous wine-making areas of Turkey. Most festivals include music and activities, tastings, and local vendors selling their handicrafts. Continue reading for a list of the most popular harvest festivals in Turkey.

Next, we’ll look at some of the favorite events in September in Turkey.

Istanbul Coffee Festival September

September Events

Grape Harvesting Festivals

The most popular grape harvesting festivals in Turkey happen from September through October. Many of the festivals include music concerts, vendors selling homemade jams and jewelry, and other local products. Make sure to book your hotels early if you’re planning on attending the grape harvesting festivals, as the local hotels will fill up.

  •             Bozcaada Culture, Art and Vintage Grape Harvest Festival
  •             Denizli Grape Harvest Festival
  •             Elazig Grape Harvest Festival
  •             Gokceaalan Grape Festival

International Avanos World Dance Festival

See performers from all over the world promote their traditional dance, culture, and heritage through dance at the International Avanos World Dance Festival in September.

Istanbul Coffee Festival

The Istanbul Coffee Festival brings coffee from all over the world for coffee lovers to taste. The coffee festival is 4 days long in September. It’s held close to Taksim Square in Kucuk Ciftlik Park in Istanbul. A family-friendly event with coffee workshops, tastings, seminars, and competitions.

International Istanbul Biennial Art Festival

Every year the Istanbul Foundation for Art and Culture hosts the Istanbul Biennial, setting up art exhibits in various Istanbul neighborhoods promoting diversity, community, co-creation and collaboration. Get more information on the Art Festival.

Izmir International Fair

Every year the Istanbul Foundation for Art and Culture hosts the Istanbul Biennial, setting up art exhibits in various Istanbul neighborhoods promoting diversity, community, co-creation and collaboration. Get more information on the Art Festival

Food Fest Antalya

Head down to Karaalioglu Park in the Antalya city center to enjoy three 3 days of food at Food Fest Antalya. The park is right on the cliffs next to Kale Ici, making it easy to get to and walk around the for the festival. 

September in Turkey Weather

What to Pack for Turkey in September

Layers are key when packing for Turkey in September. You may see cooler evenings and mornings later in the month and still have nice warm days. If you go to the coast, you’ll still be able to enjoy warm beach days, so beach wear is a must.  Following are the must-have items to pack for a trip to Turkey in September:

  • Tshirts & Long Sleeve Shirts for layering
  • Shorts for daytime or travel to the coast
  • Pants for evenings later in September when it gets cooler
  • Light Jacket for early mornings and evenings
  • Umbrella for the unpredictable weather in Istanbul in mid to late September
  • Scarf for layering in the evenings or visiting religious sites.
  • Swimsuit for beach days

Also, don’t miss our Turkey Packing Guide for everything to include on your packing list. 

Hike the Lycian Way September

Final Thoughts on September in Turkey

We love traveling with family in Turkey in September and always look forward to traveling in the fall.  The weather is a little cooler and pleasant, making it the perfect time to get outside and explore.

Turkey in September

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