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.

February’s First Friday is February 2

It’s the 5th Annual Chocolate Fest!

Favorite local restaurants, as well as Chocolate Chefs from across Saratoga County, will showcase their talents by preparing small, sample sized chocolate offerings in one, some or all of 3 categories: Sweet Chocolate Desserts, Savory Chocolate Dishes, and Chocolate Beverages.  These chocolate tastes will be judged by a panel, as well as the public in a fan favorite competition.  Visitors will be able to sample the variety chocolate offerings at designated Sweet Spots throughout the Village. Samples are a minimal cost of $1 each.

In addition to Chocolate Fest, there will be a variety of First Friday activities going on in our local businesses, including special promotions and sales just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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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Pull down locations below for more details.

First Friday Locations

Front / Low / Charlton St.

Whistling Kettle

24 Front Street

(518) 265-4451

Come try samples of our new hot chocolate line up!

Daisy Dry Goods

28 Front Street

(518) 885-2782

Looking forward to seeing all you chocolate lovers! Daisy Dry Goods is filled with wonderful merchandise for your shopping enjoyment.

Creative Endeavors Art Center & Gift Shop

49 Front St

(518) 363-0015

We will be exhibiting Sweet Tooth Show!!! 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

National Bottle Museum

76 Milton Avenue

(518) 885-7589

“Adults In Training” an art show featuring work of students from Galway High School.

The 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. 

Washington & Malta Ave.

Wonky Studio & Gallery

20 Washington Street

(518) 934-1456

Come check out the Studio on a great night out in Ballston Spa.
The chocolate festival will be in full swing.
The Wonky will have a free coloring print in theme with chocolate.
Come checkout the Studio, folks.

Prolific Marketing

20 Washington Street

(518) 396-7517

It’s the return of the WHEEL OF CHOCOLATE! Free to spin and everyone wins! What chocolate prize will the wheel land on? There’s only one way to find out: come spin the WHEEL…OF…CHOCOLATE!

Prospect St.

The Candle Collective

20 Prospect Street, Building 2, Suite 214

(518) 288-3695

Lucy’s Cupcake Corner will be at the studio as our Chocolate Chef. Stop on by and taste her yummy cupcake samples. Don’t forget to vote! We are also collecting donations for the Ballston Spa Rotary Club’s annual food drive. Receive 10% off your candle creation if you bring in a donation during First Friday.


2018 Chocolate Fest-February 2, 2018

The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association and the First Friday business participants are excited to present our Fifth Annual Ballston Spa Chocolate Fest on First Friday, February 2nd, from 6 to 9 pm in downtown Ballston Spa. We are announcing a call for entries for this popular, family friendly event. Our favorite local restaurants,… 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″]

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 »