Sumter Iris Festival

SUMTER, SC — The Iris Festival is South Carolina's oldest continuous festival, consistently ranked among the top festivals in the Southeast, and a winner of the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 in the Southeast” award for 2013. The main staging area for the Iris Festival, Sumter's Swan Lake-Iris Gardens, is home to all eight of the world's swan species, including birds from Asia, Australia, England and South America.

This year the much anticipated event will be held on May 23-25, 2014 and features concerts, an arts and crafts show, a flower show, a quilt show, car shows, and a number of contests and children's activities. This year, the Iris Festival is proud to welcome both Troy Landry (as seen on the “SWAMP PEOPLE”® television series) and renowned topiary artist Pearl Fryar, on Saturday, May 24.

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.

As the festival has gained popularity, it has become a favorite stopping place for bus tours from all over the U.S. and Canada and has been covered in "Southern Living" magazine, among others. Don't miss out in the fun this May! For details call (803) 436-2640/(800) 688-4748 or visit