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About the Summer in the City Festival

Summer in the City is the community festival for the City of Middleburg Heights, Ohio and is made possible by the efforts and cooperation of the following:
Mayor: Gary W. Starr

City Council Members:
Council President Matthew J. Castelli
Councilman at Large Raymond G. Guttmann
Councilman at Large David Bortolotto
Ward 1 Councilman Bill Meany
Ward 2 Councilman Matthew McGregor
Ward 3 Councilman Michael Ference
Ward 4 Councilman John Grech
Middleburg Heights City Club Members:

Anthony Crea, Assad and Crea Realty Group
John Grech, Middleburg Heights City Council
Charles Bichara, Director of Economic Development
Jeff Minch, Director of Recreation
Jim Mihu, Cleveland Garage Door
Dan Sage, Machor Sage Insurance Agency
Christina Zawadzki-Elffers


"On behalf of the administration of the City of Middleburg Heights..., we thank the 26,000 people who flocked to Southland Shopping Center for the 2016 Middleburg Heights 'Summer in the City' community festival..."

Gary W. Starr, Mayor
City of Middleburg Heights, OH

Click here to view the full text of the letter from Mayor Starr.

Community Festivals are often the centerpiece of the summer for cities and towns across America.

In Middleburg Heights, Ohio, the ‘Summer in the City’ festival is just that, a centerpiece of community collaboration, cooperation and pride.

In 2007, the founding members of the City Club of Middleburg Heights, including Anthony Crea, Anthony Ripepi, Alan Budney, Charles Bichara, Jeff Minch, Carl Guarnieri, Kathy Jennings, and Jim Mihu met with Middleburg Heights Mayor Gary W. Starr to discuss the Club’s vision for a grand new community celebration.

Tilt-A-WhirlIn the past, the Middleburg Heights annual Home Days Celebration was a quaint summer gathering on the City Hall grounds that attracted a thousand or so visitors. The City Club, with a mission of bringing together businesses, residents and civic groups in a community celebration to foster an appreciation of everything that Middleburg Heights has to offer, organized the first ‘Summer in the City’ festival.  With the support of Mayor Starr and City Council, ‘Summer in the City’ was born.  

In 2008 more than 20,000 visitors walked the one-thousand foot long midway on Smith Road in Southland Shopping Center to enjoy live music, great food, rides, games, and the opportunity to share time with friends and neighbors.  The event also served as the community grand opening of the new 87,000 square-foot Giant Eagle store which anchored the $14 million dollar redevelopment of Southland Shopping Center.

In 2009 more than 25,000 people enjoyed ‘Summer in the City.’  Led by Charles Bichara, the Summer in the City Sponsorship Chairman, over twenty sponsors stepped up to continue the ‘Summer in the City’ community festival.  The planning, operations and logistics of the event were expertly coordinated by the City Club of Middleburg Heights.  Mayor Starr and City Council headed efforts to get the entire community involved.  The end result was a community gathering that celebrated one of the most successful and respected suburbs in the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio region: Middleburg Heights!

Middleburg Heights Summer in the City Festival ParadeCommunity response to the event was, and continues to be, overwhelmingly positive and a source of civic pride. In 2016, the festival eclipsed former attendance records, drawing over 26,000 attendees. To keep the ball rolling, the City of Middleburg Heights and the Middleburg Heights City Club will present the 2017 ‘Summer in the City’ festival on June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at Southland Shopping Center.

Visitors from Middleburg Heights and surrounding Northeast Ohio communities will attend the event to enjoy the largest parade in Middleburg Heights history, live music from top bands, games, fantastic amusement rides, entertaining contests, a classic car show, and a spectacular fireworks show.

In 2017, we'll feature more concerts from top entertainers, more rides and events, and special attractions not found at any other community event in Northeast Ohio.

The midway for the festival will be a 1,000-foot section Smith Road which bisects Southland Shopping Center.  The event will feature the following:

Disclaimer: While all provisions are made to ensure accurate performance and attraction times, they are subject to change without notice

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the best ‘Summer in the City’ ever!