Stay up-to-date with the coolest events happening in Bodrum and check out the best entertainment venues to go .
Datça Theater Festival
Datça Amphitheater, July 15-18
Held at Datça Amphitheater and nearby fairgrounds, a new theater festival combining plays, workshop, talks, and other entertainment welcomes people to be more than just an audience and have a conversation with theater art. For updates visit www.datcatiyatrofestivali.com.
Summer Tango Fest
Bardakçı Bay, June 27-July 1
With non-stop milongas, Dj sets, and four-star hotel accommodation, this festival is about to rouse your tango passion. Maestros such as Serhat Onuk and Berna Külahçı, Erdal Atik, Ece Gözmen, and more will gather in Bodrum and light up this season with workshops and performances. For details and registration visit www.summertangofest.com.
Elemental Sound Festival
Xuma Village, July 14
Designed with a concept of the four elements—fire, water, air, and earth—the festival will present a hippyish day of music and nature, featuring David August, HVOB, Unders, Light in Babylon, and others. Workshops in yoga, meditation, planting, and more are also provided. For details visit elementalsoundfestival.com; tickets are available at Biletix.
Xuma Village, July 20-21
Running since 2006, the Chill-Out music festival now takes place in Istanbul, Çeşme, and Bodrum every year. For the Bodrum edition, artists including Chaim, LUM, Mira, Chris Schwarzwälder, Stavroz, and Viken Arman will provide 24-hour soundtracks of electronic and house music for two days in idyllic surroundings. For details visit www.chilloutfest.com; tickets are available at Biletix.
Ace Restaurant & Bar, July 20-21
At Avantgarde Yalikavak Hotel, Ace Restaurant & Bar will serve delicious cuisine accompanied by cuban and latin music for summer evenings on July 20 and 21.
Nikki Beach, July 21
The signature annual party of Nikki Beach is an elegant celebration of Bodrum’s summertime. Bear in mind that you cannot wear anything but white to this party. For details visit www.nikkibeach.com.
International Bodrum Ballet Festival
Organized by Turkey’s State Opera and Ballet General Directorate (DOB), the 16th International Bodrum Ballet Festival will kick off on August 1 and continue till August 15. One of the featuring guests is Castro Romero Flamenco from Spain, which will perform ESENCIA FLAMENCA on August 3. For the latest information visit @bodrumballetfestival’s Facebook page.
Unplugged Music Festival
Xuma Village, August 4
The one-day event holds music performances and workshops. When the sun goes down, chill at the beach after party. Line-up artists include manga, Gökhan Türkmen, Kalben, Bora Uzer, and Hey! Douglas. For more information visit unpluggedmusicfestival.com.
Bodrum Music Festival
Various locations, August 4-8
Previously named D-Marin Classical Music Festival, Bodrum Music Festival continues to host the most established music event in Bodrum. Taking place at waterside venues rather than concert halls and stadiums, this event provides classical music performances along with movie screenings, workshops, and culinary events. For updates visit www.bodrummuzikfestivali.com.
Bodrum Jazz Festival
Various locations, September 1-8
Supported by Bodrum Municipality, the festival aims to promote tourism, jazz, and art in both Bodrum and Turkey. In its second year, the event will take place in various venues and will bring together hotels, restaurants, publications, residents, and visitors. For updates visit www.bodrumcazfest.org or @BodrumCazFest’s Facebook page.
The Bodrum Cup
Organized annually by ERA Bodrum Sailing Club since 1989, the Bodrum Cup is Turkey’s most famous sailing race. Sailors will compete in the categories of gulet, tirhandil, mozaic, and cruiser in different routes off the coast from Yalıkavak to Kissebükü. Guests are allowed to join the racing yachts and experience the excitement of sailing. For details visit www.bodrumcup.com.
- Bodrum Amphitheatre
The Bodrum Antique Theatre—as the amphitheatre is also known—is not only an open air museum but also an amazing venue frequently used for concerts and festivals. Recent events included concerts by the Turkish pop star Sıla and by Romanian electronic dance singer Inna. Find out about more upcoming events at Biletix.
Dibeklihan Art and Culture Village is a place for nature, arts, and entertainment. Many interviews and exhibitions of painting, photography, and sculpture are held throughout the year, with daily film screenings in summer evenings. For more information visit dibeklihan.com.
One of Gümüşlük’s entertainment centers, Off holds many musical events including recent shows by Jehan Barbur, Sattas, Nükhet Duru, and more. For more information visit @offgumusluk’s Facebook page.
- Xuma Village
Based on six principles: respect for nature, clean eating, mindful awareness, good music, artmaking, and personal growth, Xuma Village hosts musicians, yogis, and cooks who share their professional experiences via TED-like talks. For more information follow @xumavillage on Instagram.