Welcome to the 78th Annual Sumter Iris Festival
Sumter's Iris Festival is South Carolina's oldest continuous festival and is consistently ranked among the top festivals in the Southeast.
The 3-day festival includes concerts, arts & crafts, plants & flowers, antique & classic car shows, a number of contests and lots of children's activities.
The fun begins the evening before the festival, with the annual "Crowning of The King & Queen" followed by the "Taste at the Gardens", featuring great music and great food from some of the area's leading restaurants and caterers.
Iris Festival (held annually on Memorial Day Weekend) Hours:
- Thursday 6 - 9pm
- Friday & Saturday 10am - 6pm
- Sunday 10am - 5pm
As the festival has gained popularity, it has become a favorite stopping place for bus tours from all over the U.S. and Canada. The annual event receives prominent news and coverage, from such publications as "Southern Living" and "Southern Travel and Lifestyle" magazines and many other major newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations as well as social media and travel web sites.
The host location, the world famous "Swan Lake Iris Gardens" in Sumter, South Carolina was recently recognized as a Top Performing Attraction and received a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor®, the worlds largest travel site.
The Iris Festival has been named numerous times as a Top 20 Event from the Southeastern Tourism Society and was awarded a Top 100 Event in the United States by the American Bus Association.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN SWAN LAKE IRIS GARDENS.
FOR MORE FAQS ON SWAN LAKE IRIS GARDENS, CLICK HERE.
The 2017 Sumter Iris Festival is presented by:
Additional Sponsorship Provided by:
Community Broadcasters, LLC
Friends of Swan Lake
Sumter Living Magazine
The Sumter Item
Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority
Shuttle service provide from the Sumter County Civic Center
to Swan Lake courtesy of Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority.