Festivals and Events

The City of Sumter enjoys seeing the Sumter family come together, and has the pleasure of supporting some of the community's favorite events. Festivals and events are plentiful and you can count on having a wonderful time at:


  • The Young Professionals of Sumter and the City of Sumter are providing an event for theRunner Runner in us all!  It is the Recovery Road Race 5K and 10K; you haven't run until you've entered Recovery!


  • Earth Day, held at Swan Lake the third Saturday in April, features Live Entertainment, green vendors & educators, green activities, the Truckload Sale and more!


 Iris Festival

  • The famous Iris Festival, a Sumter tradition loved for generations and one of the oldest festivals in South Carolina.


  • The Swan Lake Fantasy of Lights, the largest free Christmas light display in the state,


  • Bring your lawn chair and join us for the Fourth Friday's on Main, every month from June through October, in Downtown Sumter with live bands entertaining thousands.


The City of Sumter has 26 city parks.  If an organization or group is interested in requesting the use of a city park for an event a festival and events request must be submitted for approval.

Festival and Event Request Form (PDF)