First Fridays

 

First Friday events are held on the First Friday of the 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.

 The 7th Annual Chocolate Fest on February 7, 2020

As part of our monthly First Friday Events, we present our February family fun event – the Ballston Spa Chocolate Festival. Area restaurants, bakeries, and chefs are all welcome to compete in a chance to showcase their talents and tastes by preparing small sample sized chocolate offerings to be judged by a panel as well as fan favorite recognition. Each visitor pays $1 for the sample and will vote on their favorites in 3 categories. Plus venues with additional First Friday activities.  Come be a part of the fun!  

More details and application for prospective Chocolate Chefs and venues.

Chocolate Fest Sponsorship Opportunities

 

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.

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

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First Friday Locations


Front / Low / Charlton Streets

Saratoga County Historical Society @ Brookside Museum

6 Charlton Street

(518) 885-4000

http://www.brooksidemuseum.org

Join Brookside Museum and discover the fascinating and delicious history of Chocolate! Savor delectable samples of hot chocolate made with a historical flair and taste sweet treats of the Colonial era. View demonstrations of how chocolate was prepared in the 18th century and hear about how its use has changed over the past two centuries.
Tickets: $25 per person, $40 for two
$20 per person and $35 for two for SCHS members
Ages 21 and up
Seating is limited, pre-register at BrooksideMuseum.org

Milton Avenue / Rt. 50

Whitehouse Restaurant

93-95 Milton Avenue

(518) 885-6797

http://whitehouseny.com

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

Paint-n-Gogh

114 Milton Ave

(518) 879-6869

http://www.paintngoghbspa.com

Drop in between 5 and 9 to paint 2 wine glasses or 1 wine bottle for $30. Please allow 2 hours for painting. Choose any design, or make up your own! Anything that we offer on canvas can be painted on glass!
$30 includes two glasses, tax $2.10, total $32.10

Route 67

First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa

22 West High St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020

(518) 506-4839

Open Mic Night at First Presbyterian Church, 6-8 pm!

News


2020 Chocolate Fest Sweet Spots, Guest Chocolate Chefs and More

As part of our monthly First Friday Events, we present our February family fun event – the Ballston Spa Chocolate Festival on Friday, February 7, 2020. Area restaurants, bakeries, and chefs are all welcome to compete in a chance to showcase their talents and tastes by preparing small sample sized chocolate offerings to be judged… Read more »


2020 Chocolate Fest Information and Chef Application

  What is Chocolate Fest? As part of our monthly First Friday Events, we present our February family fun event – the Ballston Spa Chocolate Festival on Friday, February 7, 2020. Area restaurants, bakeries, and chefs are all welcome to compete in a chance to showcase their talents and tastes by preparing small sample sized… Read more »


September First Friday Re-Cap

September’s First Friday brought out visitors and scavenger hunters, celebrating this year’s final Movie in the Park, Mary Poppins Returns.  Adults and children alike visited our participating businesses and local shop owners to enjoy all the special happenings around the Village and hunt for a Mary Poppins Returns character hidden in each business.  Their reward… Read more »


6th Annual Chocolate Fest–and the Winners are….

Chocolate Fest—How Sweet It Was! Several hundred chocolate fans came out on a frigid 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.  The competition for our taste buds was fierce!  Here are the winners for the 2019 Chocolate… Read more »


2019 Chocolate Fest Participation Information and Chef Application

What is Chocolate Fest? As part of our monthly First Friday Events, we will continue to present our February family fun event – the Ballston Spa Chocolate Festival. Area restaurants, bakeries, and chefs are all welcome to compete in a chance to showcase their talents and tastes by preparing small sample sized chocolate offerings to… Read more »


The People and Places of July’s First Friday

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2018 Chocolate Fest-February 2, 2018

Our Chocolate Fest judges, Vic, Lanie, Bill, Glenn and Noah, had the tough assignment of tasting ALL the entries— a chocolate smorgasbord! And the judges’ choices for the best of the 2018 Chocolate Fest are— Savory: Chocolate pulled pork with slaw by Sweeney’s at 50 Shades of Hair Dessert (Sweet): A TIE  Assorted Chocolate cheesecakes… Read more »


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″]


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 »


First Fridays in Ballston Spa Photos

The first Friday of every month participating stores are staying open late. From 6pm-9pm there will be Live Music-Art Exhibits-Story Telling-Poetry Readings-Demonstrations and more.