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 any of the following. Please visit our Calendar of Events for specific dates and a full listing of events.

 

JANUARY

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Walk | USC Sumter
  • Morris College Greek Step Show | Sumter County Civic Center
  • Westside Christian Academy Resolution Race 5k | Westside Christian Academy

 

FEBRUARY

  • Sumter Enduro | Manchester State Forest
  • SCISA Region II-3A Basketball Tournament | Sumter County Civic Center
  • Sumter Arts Showcase | Patriot Hall
  • YPS Chili Cook-Off & Microbrew | Downtown Sumter
  • SCISA State Basketball Tournament | Sumter County Civic Center & Wilson Hall

 

MARCH

  • Kite Flying Contest & Bike Rodeo | Dillon Park
  • Sumter County Heart Walk | Sumter Chamber of Commerce
  • Daffodil Art & Craft Show | American Legion Building
  • SCISA Open | Palmetto Tennis Center
  • Rotary Farm to Table | Sumter County Civic Center
  • The Knot Mountain Bike Race | Poinsett State Park
  • Motor Sports Show | Sumter CutRate

 

APRIL

  • Easter Egg Hunt | Swan Lake Iris Gardens
  • Swan Lake Sunrise Easter Service | Swan Lake Iris Gardens
  • Festival on the Avenue | Manning Avenue
  • Conference Carolinas Championship | Palmetto Tennis Center
  • Earth Day Celebration | Bland Gardens
  • Recovery Road Race 5k/10k | Swan Lake Iris Gardens
  • Shrimp Feast | Sumter County Museum
  • Sumter Green Spring Truckload Sale | Swan Lake Iris Gardens

 

MAY

  • Iris Festival | Swan Lake Iris Gardens
  • Downtown Market | Centennial Plaza
  • National Day of Prayer | Sumter
  • Mayor's Prayer Breakfast | Sumter
  • Black Cowboy Cultural Festival | Greenfield Farms, Rembert
  • Derby Day 5k Run/Walk & Party | Downtown Sumter
  • Downtown Microbrew Festival | Downtown Sumter
  • Fire Ant Color Run 5k | USC Sumter
  • Hot Pursuit 5k | Sumter YMCA
  • Iris Jr. Championships | Palmetto Tennis Center
  • Relay for Life of Sumter County | Hillcrest Middle School
  • Taste at the Gardens | Swan Lake Iris Gardens
  • City of Sumter Aquatics Center Opens | Aquatics Center
  • Palmetto Academy Cup | Patriot Park
  • Cpl. Chuck Nesbitt Memorial Blood Drive | Sumter County Library
  • In the HeART of Town | Downtown Sumter

 

JUNE

  • 4th Fridays | Downtown Sumter
  • Downtown Market | Centennial Plaza
  • Summer Kids Movies at the Opera House | Sumter Opera House
  • Palmetto Pro Circuit Women's $25k | Palmetto Tennis Center
  • Tuomey Foundation 5-Miler | Tuomey Hospital
  • PTC Summer Camp | Palmetto Tennis Center
  • Splash Day | Aquatics Center
  • Medallion Invitational | Aquatics Center
  • World's Largest Swim Lesson | Aquatics Center
  • Sumter Artists' Guild Show | Sumter County Gallery of Art

 

JULY

  • 4th Fridays | Downtown Sumter
  • USTA Zonal Championship | Palmetto Tennis Center
  • Downtown Market | Centennial Plaza
  • Chuck Kriese's Total Tennis Training | Palmetto Tennis Center
  • Summer Kids Movies at the Opera House | Sumter Opera House
  • Swim for the Duck Invitational | Aquatics Center
  • Sumter Artists' Guild Show | Sumter County Gallery of Art

 

AUGUST

  • 4th Fridays | Downtown Sumter
  • Downtown Market | Centennial Plaza
  • Summer Kids Movies at the Opera House | Sumter Opera House
  • National Night Out | Sumter
  • Back to School Bash | Sumter
  • PTC Summer Camp | Palmetto Tennis Center
  • Sumter Artists' Guild Show | Sumter County Gallery of Art

 

SEPTEMBER

  • 4th Fridays | Downtown Sumter
  • Downtown Market | Centennial Plaza
  • Palmetto Tennis Center Invitational | Palmetto Tennis Center
  • Sumter County Library Forrest Ray 5k | Sumter County Library
  • Oktoberfest | Downtown Sumter
  • Backyard Jamboree | O'Donnell House
  • Fall Feast | USC Sumter
  • Battle of the Badges Blood Drive | Sumter

 

OCTOBER

  • TriSumter Triathlon - Aquatics Center
  • Sumter Sunrise Rotary 5k | Centennial Plaza
  • Porches of Sumter | Memorial Park
  • USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships | Palmetto Tennis Center
  • USTA/ITA NCAA Small College National Championships | Palmetto Tennis Center
  • SCISA Girls State Championship | Palmetto Tennis Center
  • Mayor's Rally for the Cure | Palmetto Tennis Center
  • Sumter County Fair | Sumter County Fairgrounds
  • Fall for the Arts | Sumter County Cultural Center
  • Carolina Backcountry Fall Harvest | Sumter County Museum
  • Stories in the Garden | Sumter County Museum

 

NOVEMBER

  • Poinsettia Festival | Sumter
  • Sip & Stroll | Downtown Sumter
  • Turkey Trot | Sumter YMCA
  • Sumter Junior Challenger | Palmetto Tennis Center
  • Veterans Day Ceremony | Sumter County Courthouse
  • Capt. Tom Garrity Firefighters BBQ Challenge | Fire Equipment Services
  • Cram-a-Cruiser Toy Drive | Sumter
  • Fall Harvest Worship Service and Rally | Morris College

 

DECEMBER

  • Poinsettia Festival | Sumter
  • Fantasy of Lights | Swan Lake Iris Gardens
  • Christmas Parade | Downtown Sumter
  • Santa's Village & Santa's Express | Swan Lake Heath Pavilion
  • Cram-a-Cruiser Toy Drive | Sumter
  • Christmas Tree Lighting & a Walk with St. Nick | Sumter County Courthouse
  • Carolina Backcountry Christmas | Sumter County Museum
  • Tuomey Foundation Festival of Trees | Tuomey Hospital
  • Jingle with the Arts | Patriot Hall

 

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)