First Fridays

First Friday events are held on the First Friday of every month from 6-9 pm.  Enjoy special happenings in many downtown shops, restaurants and galleries including live music, art displays and demonstrations, refreshments and featured shop promotions.

August’s First Friday is August 4 from 6:00-9:00 pm.

  “Celebrating the Arts in Ballston Spa” is our theme.

Plus our free Outdoor Family Movie, “Finding Dory”,  will be showing in Wiswall Park at 8:30 pm.

There will be a scavenger hunt to find hidden “Finding Dory” characters in participating venues.  Get your scavenger hunt cards to find and check them off as you stroll the village shops and museums and get a bite to eat at one of our restaurants before settling in for the movie, and be eligible for a prize drawing just prior to the movie!

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

Iron Spring Park

2017 Ballston Spa Film Festival

Ballston Spa High School (7 pm)
Iron Spring Park (9 pm)

Since 2008 the Ballston Spa Film Festival has brought to our community an array of family-friendly short films from around the world… and around the neighborhood, from established, emerging and unknown filmmakers. We present four slates of films over two summer evenings, August 4 and 5. The early slates are shown at 7 pm at the Ballston Spa High School auditorium, and the later slates are presented under the stars in the Old Iron Spring Park on Front Street in downtown Ballston Spa. For more information visit our website. Please plan to join us!

Front / Low / Charlton St.

The Beal Company- Tapestry Art & Crafted Design

52 Front Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

(518) 478-1251

Join us from 6-8pm and “Celebrate the Arts of Ballston Spa” with a sneak peak of our “Painting on the Porch” series! You can sign-up for one of our Saturday sessions, decide on your personalized craft while you’re here, or even try your hand with a paint brush.. just in case you need some practice! …And, our First Friday’s and “Painting on the Porch” are always welcome to the kiddos!

Sunset Cafe

42 Front Street

(518) 885-8550

Southwestern Cuisine and Frothy Margaritas! Casual Dining.

Sage Wine & Spirits

55 Front St

(518) 490-2095

First Anniversary Celebration and Tasting
6-8 pm
Join us to celebrate being open for one year! Thomas, from The French Corner, will be pouring his wonderful wines, and there will be assorted nibbles to pair with them.

Saratoga County Historical Society @ Brookside Museum

6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020

(518) 885-4000

Join us for First Friday, August 4, from 5-8pm. We will be presenting, in conjunction with the Saratoga Arts Council, paintings by Darlene VanSickle and ceramics by Rachel Garrison. Stop by for light refreshments and to take in some local art.

Front Street Home- Artist Signing with Greg Montgomery

6 Front Street

(518) 885-6555

Front Street Home will be hosting an evening with Greg Montgomery, artist for the the famous Saratoga and Travers posters on First Friday, August 4th from 4-7 pm. Greg will have his latest addition 2017 ” Record Breaker” for purchase.

Milton Ave. / Rt. 50

National Bottle Museum

76 Milton Avenue

(518) 885-7589

“The Artists’ Space Summer Art Show” Work by a number of artists in assorted media.

Whitehouse Restaurant

93-95 Milton Avenue

(518) 885-6797

Enjoy our famous Whitehouse Pizza, only available on First Fridays, 5–9 p.m., Eat In or Take Out! Lunch menu also available.

Prospect St.

The Candle Collective

20 Prospect Street Building 2 Suite 214

(518) 288-3695

Stop by the studio and “Celebrate the Arts” in Ballston Spa by making your own candle.


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

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 First Friday “Pick A Reading Partner” Photos

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″]

April First Friday Mystery Readers Wanted!

The Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) Reading Celebration is Friday, April 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.   The event is being coordinated by the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, First Friday business participants and the local elementary schools and PTAs.   PARP is a program designed to encourage parents, family members and friends to read to… Read more »

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

On March 3, 2017, the BSBPA celebrated with a ribbon cutting to mark the grand re-opening of Avon Products/Team Best’s new, larger location at 102 Milton Avenue. Joining us, along with owners Darryl & Sherry Best and Heather Couvertier, were Ballston Spa mayor John Romano, Chamber of Southern Saratoga County’s Pete Bardunias, BSBPA board members, fellow… Read more »

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:

Chocolate Fest 2017 is coming!

The 4th Annual Ballston Spa Chocolate Festival is coming up on First Friday, February 3rd, 2017 from 6-9pm. Below is all the info about the event for businesses and those interested in being a Chocolate Chef in the festival. What is Chocolate Fest? As part of our monthly First Friday Events, we will continue to… Read more »