First Fridays

First Friday events are held on the First Friday of every month.  Enjoy special happenings in many downtown shops, restaurants and museums– including featured shop promotions, art displays and demonstrations, family activities, live music, refreshments, with many venues open later into the evening.

How about an extra day to celebrate? Join us for a second Friday of Holiday Fun in Ballston Spa on Friday, December 14!

Your favorite shops and businesses will be open all day with special offers and holiday treats. Carolers will be strolling the Village beginning at 5:30 pm.

Please visit our Facebook event page for more information on participating in caroling in the Village beginning at 5:30 in Wiswall Park.

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Check out “Second” Holiday Friday Venues below.


Remember to purchase your First Friday Fanatic pin for $1 at most First Friday venues and use it every First Friday for special discounts at participating First Friday businesses.

Thank you for supporting our downtown businesses every month!

First Fridays is proudly brought to you by the Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association.

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First Friday Locations

Front / Low / Charlton St.

Join us at Daisy Dry Goods for the Second Friday Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 14th, 1pm – 8pm. Stop in to get warm, enjoy some sweet treats and our holiday music.

Saratoga County Historical Society @ Brookside Museum

6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa

(518) 885-4000

Join us on 2nd Friday, December 14 and wrap up your holiday shopping in our Artisan Market. We will be open 10 am – 7 pm.

Friday December 14th is our 2018 Holiday Party! This is our 4th Annual Holiday Party and we will be celebrating in style at our new location in Ballston Spa!

Major Points:

Party is 5 – 9 pm – Extended hours 🙂

13 Types of Homemade Christmas Cookies (my personal handy-work)

Complimentary Champagne Punch

Giveaway with any $100 Purchase (limited to the first 22 $100 Purchases so come early)

Other fun things will be announced as we get closer…..Click the event for more details or to Save to your Calendar!

Let’s Get Merry 🙂

Milton Ave. / Rt. 50

Corina Contemporary Jewelry

89 Milton Ave

(518) 885-0930

Pop in and see us tonight! We’ve got hot cider and yummy cookies…and a candle sale! 10am – 9pm!

A Bead Just So

114 Milton Ave

(518) 309-4070

A Bead Just So will be open from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm. Stop in to find a perfect gift for everyone on your shopping list!

Washington & Malta Ave.

Glassworks Studio

10 Washington Street

(518) 817-5524

Join us at Glassworks Studio for a Second Friday of Holiday fun! Of course we will have Flameworking Demonstrations throughout the evening…but there will be so much more!

The highlight of Friday’s event will be the Opening Reception for our Creativity in the Community: Fundamentals of Glass Classes
Come meet these budding artists and see the beautiful glass treasures our youth, teen and senior they created!

Shop our Holiday Pop-Up Shop featuring beautiful gifts of glass made by our studio artists.

Our $5 surprise glass grab bags make perfect stocking stuffers and proceeds go directly to support out non-profit studio.

You may also be able to find some sparkling glass icicles for your tree if you act fast or order a bundle of 5 for $25 to be picked up next week.

Enjoy refreshments and treats by Alexander’s Bakery while you create and shop.

Drop in and Create your own Ornament in our All Ages Kiln Glass Klassroom. Ornaments are $18 each or 2 for $30. Additional projects will also be available including magnets & pendants ($10) a small dish ($35) and collaborative family serving tray ($65) (Please allow yourself about an hour to complete a project.) We will fire them in our kiln and they will be ready for pick-up the next week.(Children must be supervised by an adult)

Drop-ins are welcome, but there may be a wait. You can reserve a spot by following this ticket link:

Carolers will be strolling through the Village starting at 5:30 and stopping at Glassworks to share their beautiful voices with us!

Thank you to Re/Max will be offering hot chocolate and coffee at Glassworks to all our Carolers! You can reach their office for all your Real Estate needs at
1490 Saratoga Rd.
Ballston Spa, NY
(518) 288-3349!

Saha Yoga

12 Washington St. 1st Floor

(607) 759-4334

Second Friday Holiday Celebration!
December 14th 11 am-2 pm & 5 pm-8 pm
Come celebrate the holidays with the Saha community!
Stop in and say hi to Kristin and Tina and grab a hot tea or hot cocoa. Purchase the gift of yoga for those you love with any class pack or gift certificate of $30 or more and receive a free yoga mat. There will also be a raffle for some holiday yoga prizes.
*the Strolling Carolers will be caroling out front at approximately 5:45 pm so please come join us and sing a song or two.


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2018 Chocolate Fest-February 2, 2018

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May First Friday–Ribbon Cutting, Student Artwork and Tasty Treats

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April First Friday “Pick A Reading Partner” Photos

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Ribbon Cutting for Avon Products/Team Best–New Location!

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2017 Chocolate Fest–How Sweet It Was!

Hundreds came out on a chilly February evening to stroll the village and sample a delicious assortment of chocolate specialties offered by chocolate chefs, ranging from sweet to savory to beverages.  Visitors also enjoyed art shows, special sales and music on the First Friday. The competition for our taste buds was fierce!  Here are our… Read more »

2017 Chocolate Fest Premier Sponsor

We are proud to announce Prolific Marketing as our Premier Event Sponsor for our 4th Annual Chocolate Fest, First Friday, February 3rd, from 6-9pm. Thank you to this wonderful team for their support!

2017 Chocolate Fest Application

Prospective chocolate chefs for the 2017 Chocolate Fest, please read the entry information, and print, fill out and return the application, along with your $15 application fee to BSBPA/2017 Chocolate Fest, PO Box 386, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.  Any questions, please contact the First Friday committee:

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