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, live music, refreshments, with many venues open later into the evening.
August’s First Friday is August 3.
“Shop Local” with us!
Visit FF venues before the movie starts. Be sure to pick up a Coco Scavenger Hunt card at our participating businesses.
Visit each business on the card to find the hidden movie character. Once you’ve found all the characters, turn in your completed card for a special movie themed prize!
Our outdoor Movie in the Park, Coco, will be showing in Wiswall Park at dusk (approx. 8:30 pm). All movies are free thanks to the generous sponsorship support from:
Jumper Bean Day Care, Saratoga County EOC, Burlingame Orthodontics, Law Firm of Mary Beth Walsh, Physical Therapy Associates of Schenectady/Ballston Spa, Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic, Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, Trustco Bank, Ballston Spa Teachers Association, Earth View Environmental, Front Street Deli, Next Door Kitchen & Bar, Iron Roost, Hope Church, Curtis Lumber, Prolific Marketing, Sage Wine & Spirits, Whistling Kettle.
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.
Pull down locations below for more details.
First Friday Locations
Front / Low / Charlton St.
Our artists will be exhibiting Sky & Land. All are welcome to have refreshments and an art activity related to the movie showing in Wiswall Park!!
The gift shop will also be open and features a great selection of affordable, handmade gifts cards, framed prints, small furniture and original art work as well as the Executive Closet consignment clothing boutique! We will be open until 9pm!
Milton Ave. / Rt. 50
100 Milton Avenue
It’s the “Passing of the Coffee Pot”, as longtime Coffee Planet owner Cliff Baum turns over the reins to Kim Tribley. Please join us as we celebrate Cliff’s contributions to our business community and welcome Kim by getting her off to a rousing start! The ribbon cutting takes place at 6:30 pm. Free coffee and pastries from 6-9 pm!
Ballston Spa United Methodist Church
101 Milton Avenue
First Friday event including “Coco” themed coloring and activities for children and adults. Refreshments including take away movie snacks. From 6 to 8 pm in the Parlor Room accessed thru the front two doors of the church.
Some of the friendly faces and special places on July’s First Friday. ” ngg_triggers_display=”never” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]
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May’s First Friday saw a celebration of student artists with displays in several venues throughout downtown. We also officially welcomed CMK & Associates Real Estate to the village with a ribbon cutting, joined by the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County. ” ngg_triggers_display=”never” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]
April’s First Friday brought out families to visit many of our downtown businesses and enjoy listening to readers, as we celebrated “Pick A Reading Partner Night” with Ballston Spa elementary schools. Thank you to all our “mystery readers” who volunteered their time and to all the venues who hosted them! ” ngg_triggers_display=”never” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]
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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!
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: email@example.com.
PREMIER SPONSORSHIP HAS BEEN FILLED AND IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Pay for your sponsorship online
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Highlights from August First Friday–Arts Fest, Ribbon Cutting and Movie in the Park “Cinderella”