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Events & Activities


The Ackerman Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce the annual Inspire! Festival is coming your way March 23 – April 2, 2023. We are sure that everyone will find something to explore during Inspire!


Thursday, March 23:
Friday, March 24:
Saturday, March 25:
Sunday, March 26:​
Thursday, March 30:​
Friday, March 31:

Saturday, April 1:

Sunday, April 2:

Band of Oz
Walk of Art
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Friday, March 24, 2023


Swan Lake Iris Gardens

Advance and online tickets only. No gates sales.


The Band of Oz is one of the most successful groups in the Southeast, and continues to get the very best reviews from the top people in the entertainment business. The band now features a full horn section to total a dynamic eight-member group. They perform at well over two-hundred shows per year all across the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia.

Tickets are $25. Advance Tickets Only.

  • Free parking at Swan Lake.

  • No coolers or outside food or drink are allowed inside the park. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

  • No large bags. Your bags must be clear bags and all bags are subject to be checked.

  • Blankets and lawn chairs are allowed.

  • No guns or weapons are allowed in the park.

  • No pets are allowed in the park.

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Saturday, March 25, 2023


Downtown Sumter

You'll be swept away and enlightened by world-renowned artists in historic Downtown Sumter.

Artwork by Sumter artists will soon be installed at about 20 stops in historic downtown Sumter for the public to enjoy. Artists will be onsite, painting, sculpting, drawing, and more, showcasing their work.

A selection of beer, wine, and food will be available at each stop, including an Inspire! Festival special-edition beer from Sumter Original Brewery.


The event starts at 4 PM at Sumter Original Brewery. Check-in is at the same location.


Advance tickets are $30.


The price increases at the door to $40 ($35 for military). If you are an artist participating in the event, your tickets will be discounted at check-in. Discounted tickets at check-in for non-alcoholic drinkers too. 

Praise Fest
Gallery After Hours
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Into The Woods Musical

March 23, 2023 - April 2, 2023

Sumter Little Theatre

“Be careful what you wish for” seems to be the ongoing theme in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Brothers Grimm inspired musical, Into the Woods. The story follows The Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. Also in the woods, we meet Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. By the end of Act I, everyone has gotten their wish and will seemingly live happily ever after. But in Act II, when Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry Giant, we see how the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous ways. The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom, but sacrifices must be made.

Showtimes are 7PM all days except Sundays at 3PM. Tickets are $20-25, This production not appropriate for children under 10. 


Praise Fest Gospel Celebration 2023

Friday, March 31, 2023


Patriot Hall

Join us for a night of extraordinary Gospel music! Featuring Doc McKenzie and the Hi-Lites, Roy and Revelation, Sonny Brown and the Xperience, The Fabulous Singing Angels, Lee Burgess and Resurrection, Justified, The New Boyz, and Elija Bradford and more!  


Tickets are $20 per person.

  • Free parking in the lot behind the building and at the Sumter County Recreation Facility.

  • No Flash photography.

  • No outside food or drink allowed.

  • No large bags. Your bags must be clear bags and all bags are subject to be checked.

  • No guns or weapons allowed.


Inspired by Millican: The Life and Legacy of Arthenia J. Bates Millican

Sunday, March 26, 2023


Sumter County Museum

Millican was a Sumter native and accomplished author, poet, humanitarian, and teacher who was internationally acclaimed for her writings and depictions of the lives of rural African Americans in the South.

The event will be ticketed and seats are limited.

Book signing to follow.

"Nikky Finney - Keynote Speaker"

Into the Woods

Gallery After Hours

Thursday, March 30, 2023


Sumter County Gallery of Art

Join us for a night of music and entertainment, featuring Nicci Canada and Dapper Street Jazz Band.

There will be a $10 donation at the door.

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Exhibit from the Anne Frank Center

Thursday and Firday March 23 -24 1-4pm 

Sat. March 25 10-1

Thursday and Friday March 30-31 1-4pm 

Sat April 1 10-1

This exhibit is based on three collections from the archives of the Anne Frank Center including eight original lithographs by Henri Pieck, drawn during his internment in Buchenwald concentration camp, twelve linoleum and woodcut prints by Marie de Zaaijer depicting the remembrances, suffering, and hardship endured by Holland, and eight original propaganda posters distributed by the Nazi controlled Dutch government.


Held at the Temple Sinai Jewish History Center,

15 Church St. 

Tickets/RSVP at

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Unfortunately, this production has been postponed until a later date.

Art & Propaganda
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The Sumter High Theatre Dept. presents The musical "Firebringer: All Ages Version" 


Firebringer is a new Stone Age Musical by Starkid Productions, about a primitive tribe discovering fire and transforming their lives for good and bad. In the end they must come together to survive. Directed by Kelly Melton.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday of both weeks

Sumter County
Gallery of Art

Explore the halls of the Sumter County Gallery of Art and experience some of the most exquisite contemporary art in the nation. The Gallery also offers art classes including an adult acrylic painting class and a youth comic book class that begin on the Thursday of the festival!

Thursday, Friday and Saturday
11:00am to 5pm



200 Hasel Avenue

Sumter, SC 29150

(803) 775-0543

Sumter County Museum

Visit a 1916 historic house museum, learn about General Thomas Sumter who is the namesake of the city and county, and wonder through c. 1800 structures to discover what life was like in this part of the state at that time.  

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
10:00am to 5:00pm




122 N. Washington Street

Sumter, SC 29150

(803) 775-0908

Temple Sinai
Jewish History Center

Learn about Passover through the interactive Seder table, view the new display of art from Shlomo Katz’s Passover Portfolio, create butterflies to remember the over one million children who died in the Holocaust, and don’t miss walking through the beautiful 1913 sanctuary to marvel at the breathtaking stained glass windows.

Thursday and Friday, 1:00-4:00pm
and Saturday, 10:00am-1:00pm



11 Church Street

Sumter, SC 29150

(803) 775-0908

*Free admission only during Inspire! Festival.

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