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Famous for its cultural and historical assets, Samsun becomes also the site of a number of entertaining festivals organized all the year round.

The International Folk Dance Festival is held in July every year and welcomes many traditional dance companies from many countries around the World.

The Altin Fındık (Golden Hazelnut) Oil Wrestling Tournaments, Traditional Karakucak Wrestling Tournaments, and Göller Bölgesi (Lakes district)Wrestling Tournament  are among the traditional sports festivities of Anatolian origin.

The Yeşilırmak Culture and Art Festival, Golden Rice Festival, Black Sea Short Film Festival and Sea Games Festival are among the many other festivals that welcome visitors in Samsun. 

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