Friends of the Los Angeles River is LARiver’s leading independent voice and grassroots organization. Founded in 1986, FoLAR has been engaged in every aspect of the Los Angeles River from arts and culture to advocacy and restoration for nearly 30 years.
The mission is simple: bring the River to the people and the people to the River. From standing up for inclusive restoration plans to building public awareness through education and outreach FoLAR is leading the charge to create a swimmable, fishable, boatable, bikeable LA River for our community.
Take a look below to learn how we’re working to bring the LA River back to life.
Are you looking for an event on or about the LA River? You’ve come to the right place! Our events calendar will help you find activities and happens.
Visit the FoLAR Event Calendar
Advocacy & Policy
FoLAR is the LA River communities leading independent voice advocating for an inclusive and sweeping vision of a swimmable, fishable, boatable, bikeable, Los Angeles River from the mountains to the sea.
Learn more about FoLAR Advocacy and Policy
The FoLAR Fandango
The FoLAR Fandango is the LA River party of the year. Every October Friends of the Los Angeles River gathers the River Community for an evening to celebrate.
Learn more about the FoLAR Fandango
The Frog Spot
Located along the breathtaking Elysian Valley bike path, the Frog Spot is Friends of the Los Angeles River’s summer gateway to the Los Angeles River.
Learn more about the Frog Spot
The Great LA River CleanUp
Every year Friends of the Los Angeles River gathers an army of River lovers to take out the trash! The Great LA River CleanUp is the largest event on the Los Angeles River.
Learn more about the CleanUp
LA River Docents
What excites YOU about the LA River? Whether you’re interested in advocacy or art you can find a fulfilling volunteer opportunity with FoLAR.
Learn more about River Docents
LA River Map & Guide
Are you looking for the best riverside bike path in your neighborhood or hunting for the perfect picnic spot? Use the LA River Map and Guide to find your way!
Learn more about the LA River Map and Guide
Los Angeles River Tours
The best way to get to know the LA River is to go out and see it! FoLAR offers public and private tours that bring the people to the River.
Learn more about Los Angeles River Tours
Students often have little connection to the River that flows through their neighborhoods. FoLAR invites teachers and students to bring the River to their class!
Learn more about FoLAR School Programs
Studies and Reports
Friends of the Los Angeles River believes that River knowledge is essential to shaping the future. FoLAR commissions and participates in a wide range of LA River studies and reports.
Learn more about FoLAR Studies