First Fridays


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, family activities, live music, refreshments, with many venues open later into the evening.

December’s First Friday is December 7.

Enjoy strolling the village before and after the Holiday Parade and enjoy the festive spirit in our shops, restaurants, museums and churches!

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Check out First Friday Venues below.


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.

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Pull down locations below for more details.

First Friday Locations

Front / Low / Charlton St.

Iron Roost

36 Front Street


Iron Roost will be open from 5-8 pm serving breakfast for dinner!

Brookside Museum/SCHS

6 Charlton Street

(518) 885-4000

First Friday: December 7, 5:00-7:00 pm
Shop during special extended hours at our Artisan’s Market, which features a variety of hand-crafted, locally made creations. Forty percent of proceeds from the Artisans’ Market benefit the education and preservation programs at Saratoga County Historical [email protected] Museum. There will also be a surprise hands-on activity that will delight shoppers of all ages.

Milton Ave. / Rt. 50

Whitehouse Restaurant

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. 

Coffee Planet

100 Milton Ave

(518) 884-9913

Please join us, December 7th Coffee Planet will be serving $1.00 hot chocolates during the parade. Also will be doing 10%off specialty drinks. Stop in and enjoy!!
Happy holidays!

Amazing Finds

53 Milton Avenue

(518) 944-8619

Holiday Christmas Pins / Brooch Sale
Jewelry – Vintage – costume
Jewelry- Fine- Gold & Silver
Bring in your old jewelry – Gold & Silver- for cash~

First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa

202 Milton Avenue

518 885-8361

The Choir at First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa will present the Christmas cantata “All Year Long” as part of the First Friday events of Ballston Spa, December 7, 2018.
The choir, under the direction of Mrs. Rita Drew, will continue their annual tradition of inviting the town to be a part of the celebration of the Christmas events to be held immediately following the Ballston Spa Christmas Parade, ~ 7:30 pm.
“All Year Long” is a dramatic musical that reminds us that the celebration extends beyond Christmas. Larnelle Harris, one of the creators of the musical says “Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are bound together … because of the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of the Perfect Lamb of God.” Let us “thankfully, joyously, and obediently celebrate His love and grace all year long.”
All are welcome to join us for this free event and the celebration that lasts all year long. A reception of delicious Christmas cookies will follow.

Washington & Malta Ave.

Canvas Hair Salon, LLC

22 Washington Street

(518) 288-3620

Come warm up on your way to the Holiday Parade, and enjoy some hot chocolate, cookies, and other goodies! We’ll have complimentary Face Painting and a Caricaturist for your entertainment! Also, bring in a toy, for “Toy’s for Tot’s” and receive a $5.00 off coupon for any hair service!


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″]

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 »