Friends of Lake Anne

Preserving life on Lake Anne, Reston

Reston’s Lake Anne is a treasure in our community. Lake Anne Village Center is the original village center of Reston, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The Friends of Lake Anne purpose is to promote education about and, a contextual understanding of, the historical and architectural significance of the Lake Anne historic district’s public areas. We also provide financial support for the restoration and maintenance of the sculptural, fountain, landscape and architectural elements in the public Plaza.

That’s our official purpose. Most people in the community know us as the organization responsible for amazing events on the Plaza, like Chalk on the Water and the Roots music festival. 

We also sponsor the Reston Market, the weekly arts market that operates alongside the Reston Farmer’s Market.

Lake Anne during the FOLA-sponsored Jazz Festival.
Header photo: The LOVE sign at Lake Anne (courtesy of Charlotte Geary).
Reston Market music
Music at the Reston Market.


Eve Thompson founded FOLA in 2001 to raise funds for critical maintenance on Lake Anne Plaza.


FOLA is ensuring the Plaza remains the vibrant community gathering place Reston founder Bob Simmon envisioned.


With your support, FOLA will continue to produce quality programs and events that benefit Lake Anne.

The Roots Festival

FOLA is a 501(c)3 responsible for:

  • Providing and supporting programs for members and the general public to foster appreciation of the historic significance of Lake Anne in the context of the “new town movement,” urban planning, and mid-twentieth century design and architecture.
  • Promoting the multicultural nature of the Plaza and its public spaces, which draw international visitors.
  • Encouraging the use of the public spaces of the Plaza by sponsoring concerts, festivals, craft fairs and other events for the public benefit.
  • Providing financial support for the restoration and maintenance of the public elements of the Plaza, including sculptures, benches, fountains, landscaping, docks, bricks and other fixtures in the open area utilized by the Reston community as a whole as well as national and international visitors.

Join Us

To learn how you can get involved with FOLA, visit us on Facebook and send a private message.


Friends of Lake Anne has 501(c)3 status through the CORE Foundation’s fiscal sponsorship.

Mailing address: 11400 Washington Plz W #403, Reston, VA 20190
Phone: 703-582-6475