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.

We kick off the Holiday Season for December’s First Friday on December 1!

Before and after the Holiday Parade (6:30 pm), be sure to stop in to shops, restaurants, museums and businesses and enjoy the festive spirit!

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.

Canvas Hair Salon

90 Front Street

(518) 288-3620

Join us before or after the ❄⛄🚜 Holiday Parade! 🚜⛄❄ We will have our talented caricaturist for your entertainment. We will also have our 🎅Elf, busy helping your child with writing letter’s to Santa! Enter to win a $50.00 gift certificate by guessing how many 🍭🍭Candy Canes🍭🍭 are in the jar! We will be a toy drop off for Toy’s for Tot’s, to help make a child’s holiday, a little brighter.❤🎁❤ Oh yeah… and plenty of refreshments!☕

Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum

6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa

(518) 885-4000

Join us for First Friday and stroll through our Artisan’s Market. Featuring over 20 local artisans, find everything from soaps and lotions, to jewerly and cutting boards. Open First Friday 10am-8pm.

Daisy Dry Goods

28 Front Street

The elves have been very busy here at Daisy Dry Goods. Our shelves are over flowing for all your holiday needs. We are having a Holiday Basket of Discounts. You get to pick your discount — 10%, 15%, 20%, 25% off. Hope to see you. Don’t want to disappoint the elves!

Sage Wine & Spirits

55 Front St

(518) 490-2095

Sage will be pouring hot mulled wine and offering delicious nibbles from The Inked Baker.

We will be exhibiting 2018 Calendar art work. Kids are welcome to come in and paint ceramic holiday ornaments. We will have treats, hot coco & cider!! 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 9!

Milton Ave. / Rt. 50

A Bead Just So

114 Milton Ave

(518) 309-4070

Join us before, during, or after the parade to cross a few gifts off your holiday shopping list! We will be offering 10% off all handcrafted jewelry, and BOGO 25% off all Christmas themed jewelry. LuLaRoe consultant Sarah McMahon will be hosting a pop-up boutique with lots of LuLa goodies to choose from! And of course, we’ll have some yummy treats for you to enjoy!

Ballston Spa United Methodist Church

101 Milton Avenue

(518) 885-6886

Ballston Spa High School Orchestra students perform Christmas carols, 5-6 pm.  Children’s crafts from 6-7 pm.  Free hot cocoa and cookies outside the church during the parade!

Corina Contemporary Jewelry

89 Milton Ave

(518) 885-0930

Come in and warm up with Hot Spiced Chai and mounds of cookies!! And take a look at all our fun new pieces for the holidays!

CMK & Associates Real Estate

108 Milton Ave. Ballston Spa, NY

(518) 885-2818

5:30-7:30 pm
Live music and free cookies!
Come enjoy some holiday tunes by the band Third Rail and grab a treat before, during or after the parade!

Washington & Malta Ave.

Fat Boyz Kustoms at Generations Auto Repair

85 Bath Street

(518) 490-2593

Fat Boyz Kustomz Speed Parts & Truck Accessories Holiday After Hours Sale, 6-9 pm. 10% off everything (excludes tires).  Giveaways, refreshments and free chances to win additional discounts!  Bath Street, at the end of Washington Street.

Glassworks Studio

10 Washington Street

(518) 817-5514

We are heating things up during Ballston Spa’s Santa Parade!

Glassworks is hosting a special Fired Arts Holiday Pop-Up Shop featuring pottery by Jim Best, and glass jewelry, pendants and sculpture by Heather Longacker, Emily Taft and Joelle Devine.

We will have flameworking demonstrations all night long and special, one of a kind, glass ornaments for your holiday celebrations. You can also give the gift of creativity with a Glassworks Studio Gift Certificate.

Enjoy hot cocoa and treats while you explore and shop!

Continue your holiday celebration through the weekend and sign up for our Holiday Intro to Borosilicate Glass Class, Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10am-3pm. Visit our Facebook Event Page for more information and to purchase tickets!

Doubleday House Antiques

28 Washington Street

(518) 309-3745

Doubleday House will hold a preview party for our Holiday Open House from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, December 1st. There will be a shop-wide sale, refreshments, and an opportunity to meet our dealers. The Holiday Open House will continue on Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd and 3rd from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day.

Prospect St.

The Candle Collective

20 Prospect Street Building 2 Suite 214 Ballston Spa, NY

(518) 288-3695

Join us during December’s First Friday event. Stop by before or after the Ballston Spa Holiday Parade. Come create a unique candle. It is a perfect holiday gift for your family and friends and even for yourself. There will be hot chocolate and Lucy’s Cupcake Corner will be here with samples and cupcakes to purchase.


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!

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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!

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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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