Coming up on Saturday, June 8, Reading Friends and Family Day, This Year in Honor of Domenic Rotondi

Reading, MA — Where can you hear great music, ride a train, climb on Town vehicles, pet farm animals, and try your hand at mini-golf and inflatable axe-throwing? It’s all here and it’s free, at the 19th Reading Friends and Family Day (RFFD) on Saturday, June 8, 2024. All events take place in the Birch Meadow Fields area from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Residents of all ages will enjoy a full day of fun, food, music, giveaways, and demonstrations! 

This year Reading Friends and Family Day is held in honor of Domenic Rotondi. Dom was a Reading Lion for over 65 years. He and Nancy Jenney established the first Reading Friends and Family Day (RFFD) 20 years ago on May 22, 2004. Dom’s vision and dedication in creating a true community event combining activities, food, and the participation of local groups is a legacy the Reading Lions Club is proud to continue to sponsor and organize. Dom recently passed away and will be missed by the Reading Lions Club and the entire community.

Making a comeback this year are the Kids Fun Run and a Kiddie Train. You can check out the booth and activity area for remote controlled mini-cars, petting zoo, cone games, a photo booth, facepainting, plants for kids, mini-golf, and inflatable axe-throwing! In addition to all the fun activities, the fair is a great opportunity to find out what is going on in and around Reading. Representatives from 60 community organizations, local businesses and Town departments will be on hand to offer activities, handout giveaways, and share information on local happenings.

When you need a break from all the excitement, head over for a snack at the Reading Lions Club Food Tent and enjoy some music at the Entertainment Stage. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to share a great day with your neighbors and friends. See the schedule below and, for more information and an online list of activities, please visit

Schedule of Events 

All Day Activities (10:30 – 3:00)
Touch-a-Truck Zone, Kiddie Train, Mini-Golf, Remote Control Race Cars, Cone Game, Photo Booth, Facepainting, Inflatable Axe Throwing, Kids Planting etc. Plus, Booths from 60 Community Organizations, Town Departments, and Local Businesses featuring giveaways and information about the town.

Special Activities 
10:30 – 1:30 Petting Zoo 

10:30 Kids Fun Run at the RMHS track, sponsored by SNL Sports Academy, LLC
No preregistration necessary

8 and under    100 meter (10:30am)
12 and under  200 meter (10:45am)
13+              400 meter. (11am)

Entertainment Stage Schedule
10:40 – 11:20 Late for Pick-Up
11:40 – 12:20  Mike Curren
12:40 – 1:20 Club Madison
1:40 – 2:20  Alpha Omega Music Studios

Please Note: Reading’s Annual Fireworks, sponsored by the Friends of Reading Recreation, will take place on Saturday, June 15

The Reading Lions Club could not host this event without community support. Thank you to our Town of Reading partners: Reading Recreation Division; Department of Public Works; and Reading Facilities Department. Many thanks also to our 2024 financial sponsors: Reading Recreation Division, Reading Celebration Trust Fund, Cooling Unlimited, Berkshire Hathaway Commonwealth Real Estate, Prosperity Home Mortgage, Reading Rotary, Alpha Omega Music Studios, Austin Preparatory School, Christopher’s Restaurant, Harris Appraisal Services, J. Griffin Heating and Plumbing, Mathnasium of Reading, The Goddard School, Reading Cooperative Bank, Reading Select Board, School of Rock Burlington, and Staples.

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