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


Swan Lake Iris Gardens

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.

  • Free parking at Swan Lake.

  • No coolers or outside food or drink 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 allowed.

  • No guns or weapons allowed in the park.

  • No pets 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. 

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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.


Event is at the Sumter Little Theatre, for tickets visit

Praise Fest
Gallery After Hours
Into the Woods
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Praise Fest Gospel Celebration 2023

Friday, March 31, 2023


Patriot Hall

Join us for a night of extraordinary Gospel music! Featuring Sonny Brown and more at Patriot Hall. Tickets are $25 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.

Art & Propaganda

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 limited in seats.


2:00pm: Documentary on Arthenia J. Bates Millican


2:35pm: Exhibit viewing & refreshments


3:10pm: Keynote Speaker: Nikky Finney


Book signing to follow with tables for Nikky Finney and Arthenia J. Bates Millican Foundation


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 $12 donation at the door.

Henri Pieck

Art and Propaganda in Nazi-Occupied Holland

March 23, 2023 - April 1, 2023

Temple Sinai Jewish History Center

a traveling exhibit from the Anne Frank Center will open on Thursday, March 23rd.  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 Sumter County Museum. Tickets/RSVP at

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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