Sumter Iris Festival

SUMTER, SC — Sumter's Iris Festival is South Carolina's oldest continuous festival and is consistently ranked among the top festivals in the Southeast, and a multiple winner of both the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 in the Southeast” and the American Bus Association’s “Top Events.”

Swan Lake Iris Gardens, located at 822 West Liberty Street, is home to all eight of the world's swan species, including birds from Asia, Australia, England and South America. Late May is the peak bloom season for the gardens’ renowned Japanese iris, including more than 120 varieties.

This year’s event will be held on May 25-27, 2018, and features live entertainment, an arts and crafts show, a flower show, fine arts, a plant sale and gardening tips, car shows, a FREE children’s area with games and rides, food vendors featuring a wide variety of delectable treats, and much more. 

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. Don't miss out on the fun this May!

Iris Festival (held annually on Memorial Day Weekend) Hours:
Friday & Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

For details, call (803) 436-2640/(800) 688-4748 or visit