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.

This month’s First Friday is September 6.  

This month is our traditional “Chalk Walk”, encouraging visitors to create sidewalk art at participating venues.  Shops are encouraged to have September Sidewalk sales.

The free Movie in the Park, Mary Poppins Returns, will be shown this evening in Wiswall Park, starting at dusk (approximately 8 pm). 

Before the movie, kids can take part in a scavenger hunt for movie characters in participating businesses.  Pick up a scavenger hunt card at Wiswall Park that evening and return it there for a prize.  The prize box is filled with goodies for the kids and coupons and gifts from our local businesses for adults!

 

Use pull down locations below for more details of activities at different venues.

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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Pull down locations below for more details.

 

First Friday Locations


Front / Low / Charlton Streets

Grab your friends and join us for a night of fun and celebration for our grand opening.  The BSBPA will be on hand for a ribbon cutting at 5;15 pm.  Take a tour of the spa and the Front Street Social Club next door..  There’ll be a free wine tasting, raffles, spa giveaways and door prizes.

Creative Endeavors Art Center

49 Front St

(518) 363-0015

https://www.CreativeEndeavorsArtists.com

Creative Endeavors will be featuring collaborative art work. One Voice Music Group will be preforming at 6pm. The gift shop will be open featuring a great selection of affordable, handmade gifts cards, framed prints, and original art. Our Executive Closet consignment clothing boutique will be having half off coat sidewalk coat sale and end of the year clearance!

We will be a scavenger hunt location!

Join us at Daisy Dry Goods on First Friday. Enjoy all of great new merchandise for your shopping pleasure and a complimentary slice of homemade carrot cake. Before the movie, kids can take part in a scavenger hunt for movie characters in participating businesses. Pick up a scavenger hunt card at Wiswall Park that evening and return it there for a prize!

Milton Avenue / Rt. 50

Corina Contemporary Jewelry

89Milton Ave

(518) 885-0930

http://www.corinacontemporaryjewelry.com

Everyone loves sapphires!
September’s brilliant birthstone has been treasured throughout history for its wisdom…. and for increasing intuition and easing depression, anxiety and insomnia.
All jewelry featuring sapphire will be 20% on Friday, September 6th, 3-9pm and all day Saturday, September 7th.

Paint-n-Gogh

114 Milton Ave

(518) 879-6869

https://www.paintngoghbspa.com

Join our very own Paint & Sip shop to paint this gorgeous lady in a hat. Doors open at 6:30, Painting begins at 7:00pm. Advanced reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome if space is available.

Bath Street

Goddess Hands Massage

35 Bath Street

(518) 602-3506

http://www.goddess-hands.com

My door will be open 6pm-9pm offering 10, 15, or 20 minute quick table massages for $1/minute (like a chair massage, but on the table). I am also happy to answer any questions you might have about massage and its potential benefits in your life! High likelihood that I will also have freshly baked goods available for nibbling. So please feel free to stop in, check it out, relax a bit and leave refreshed.

We will be a scavenger hunt location!

Just as a heads-up, I am one room inside of 35 Bath Street, when you enter go to the left. The building itself is right across from the courthouse.

News


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….

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2019 Chocolate Fest Participation Information and Chef Application

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The People and Places of July’s First Friday

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2018 Chocolate Fest-February 2, 2018

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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.