Meeting Rooms & Rentals

Whether you are looking for an outdoor space in a natural setting for a small group meeting or picnic, or you're in need of a larger-scale theater-style setting for a large group or presentation, Sumter has the space for your event! Our community is home to multiple venues in a wide variety of formats under public and private ownership. View the listings below to explore rental options throughout the City of Sumter! All parties and events on city grounds must have prior written approval, some of these spaces are fee based, while others are free of charge, please contact the Visitors Center at (803) 436-2640 for more information.

 

CITY OF SUMTER AQUATICS CENTER  
1115 S. Lafayette Dr.

Description: Rentals available for pool parties! This center meets requirements for competition swim meets and equipped with swim lanes, slide, and wade-pool entrance with fountain.

For Sumter Aquatics Center rental application, please click here.

 



BIRNIE HOPE CENTER
210 S. Purdy Street

Gymnasium with Kitchen - Multi-purpose Room - Outside Pavilion
Seating Capacity: 400

Description: The City of Sumter's three HOPE Centers provide spacious, modern meeting facilities in various areas of the city. Multipurpose rooms, complete with stages and adjacent warming kitchens available, can accommodate large or small groups. The Birnie HOPE Center is conveniently located at 210 S Purdy Street and is available for Friday evening and Saturday rentals. Each facility can seat up to 400.

BIRNIE HOPE CENTER RENTAL APPLICATION (PDF).
Please do not submit rental application or payment before calling to confirm availability.

 



GARDEN STREET SHELTER
Swan Lake Iris Gardens - Garden Street

Covered Picnic Shelter - 8 Picnic Tables - Seats 65

Description: The Garden Street Shelter is beautifully situated among towering pines and magnolias on the gently sloping grounds of the Heath gardens, and offers a stunning panoramic view of swan Lake. The facility features eight picnic tables and space for a portable grill (please see Visitor's Center staff for grilling guidelines). Public restrooms are located nearby. The shelter offers a comfortable setting for any outdoor get-together.

GARDEN STREET SHELTER RENTAL APPLICATION (PDF).
Please do not submit rental application or payment before calling to confirm availability.

 



HEATH PAVILION
Swan Lake Iris Gardens - Garden Street

Covered Semi-Open Facility with Kitchen - 21 Large Picnic Tables - Seats 210

Description: Heath Pavilion, a rustic indoor/outdoor facility, is surrounded by a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers in a peaceful setting adjacent to the Heath Gardens. The Pavilion is outfitted with a large warming kitchen, twenty-one large picnic tables, ceiling fans and retractable screens to make it suitable for outdoor functions in most types of weather. Restrooms are located nearby. The atmosphere of the Pavilion accommodates every type of group gathering from a country-styled pig-pickin' to a formal wedding reception. The Pavilion can seat 210.

HEATH PAVILION RENTAL APPLICATION (PDF).
Please do not submit rental application or payment before calling to confirm availability.

 



MEMORIAL PARK GAZEBO
Corner of Hampton and Park Streets

Description: Memorial Park Gazebo is a majestic Greek-styled structure located amidst the imposing oak trees and cultivated gardens of the historic district's Memorial Park. It provides a secluded location with a splashing fountain and blanket of lush vegetation as the background for a range of gatherings.

MEMORIAL PARK GAZEBO RENTAL APPLICATION (PDF).
Please do not submit rental application or payment before calling to confirm availability.

 



NORTH HOPE CENTER
904 N. Main Street

Gymnasium with Kitchen - Multi-purpose Room
Seating Capacity: 400

Description: The City of Sumter's three HOPE Centers provide spacious, modern meeting facilities in various areas of the city. Multipurpose rooms, complete with stages and adjacent warming kitchens available, can accommodate large or small groups. The North HOPE Center is conveniently located at 904 N. Main Street and is available for Friday evening and Saturday rentals. Each facility can seat up to 400.

NORTH HOPE CENTER RENTAL APPLICATION (PDF).
Please do not submit rental application or payment before calling to confirm availability.

 



OPERA HOUSE
21 N. Main Street

Phone: (803) 436-2581
Fax: (803) 436-2615

Auditorium: Seats 520

SUMTER OPERA HOUSE BOOKING INQUIRY.
Please do not submit rental application or payment before calling to confirm availability.

 



RILEY BALL PARK
655 Church Street

Seating Capacity - 2,000

Limited Availability.

 



SOUTH HOPE CENTER
1125 S. Lafayette Blvd. (Hwy. 15 South)

Gymnasium with Kitchen - Multi-purpose Room Seating Capacity: Banquet Style Seating Capacity: 400

Description: The City of Sumter's three HOPE Centers provide spacious, modern meeting facilities in various areas of the city. Multipurpose rooms, complete with stages and adjacent warming kitchens available, can accommodate large or small groups. The South HOPE Center is conveniently located at 1125 S Lafayette Drive and is available for Friday evening and Saturday rentals. Each facility can seat up to 400.

SOUTH HOPE CENTER RENTAL APPLICATION (PDF).
Please do not submit rental application or payment before calling to confirm availability.

 



SWAN LAKE IRIS GARDENS GAZEBO
822 W. Liberty Street - Bland Side

Description: Swan Lake-Iris Gardens Gazebo is a picturesque Victorian-style structure nestled among fragrant spring blooms and the lush green year-round landscape of the historic Bland Gardens. The gardens provide a stunning backdrop and atmosphere for any event; the gazebo is especially popular for springtime weddings.

SWAN LAKE GAZEBO RENTAL APPLICATION (PDF).
Please do not submit rental application or payment before calling to confirm availability.

 



SWAN LAKE VISITORS CENTER
822 W. Liberty Street - Heath Side

Enclosed Facility with Kitchen - Banquet Style Seats 125

Description: The Swan Lake Visitor Center is a completely enclosed facility conveniently located inside the main entrance to the gardens. A full glass wall frames a stunning view of mature dogwoods and azaleas. The spacious conference/reception area is completely equipped with a warming kitchen, banquet-size tables, round tables, chairs and a professional sound system. The brick walls, tiled floors, and adjustable lighting create a delightful ambience for a variety of occasions. The Visitor Center can accommodate 125 for a seated event.

SWAN LAKE VISITORS CENTER RENTAL APPLICATION (PDF).
Please do not submit rental application or payment before calling to confirm availability.

Contact Info

Visitors Center
Phone: (803) 436-2640
Toll-Free: (800) 688-4748
Fax: (803) 436-2652
tourism@sumtersc.gov