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.

A 2020 Ballston Spa First Friday Holiday

We want to make this holiday season merry and bright whether you are here in person with us or in the comfort of your home!

This First Friday will bring Santa and a live stream of the tree lighting in Wiswall Park, a Neighborhood Holiday Parade, an in-person downtown business scavenger hunt observing social distancing, and the beginning of our online Ballston Spa Holiday Shopping Event, with our local businesses showing off some of their favorite holiday gifts – allowing you to shop local at home to support your favorite Ballston Spa small businesses, and maybe discover a new shop or two!

Join us all day Friday for an in-person scavenger hunt and visit our local businesses and shop owners for some holiday cheer! Visit four of the participating businesses and win a $25 Ballston Spa Gift Certificate. Visit all of the participating businesses and win a $75 Ballston Spa Gift Certificate!

Our online holiday shopping event will continue throughout the holiday season. Be sure to check back often to see some of our favorite gifts for the holiday season offered by our local businesses!

If you are spending First Friday with us in-person, please be sure to wear a mask, follow social distancing guidelines made by our event coordinators and observe the social distancing / capacity requirements of our shop owners. We want you to be healthy and safe throughout the entire holiday season!

First Friday and Virtual B Spa Holidays Facebook Event

 

Scavenger Hunt Raffle Card

 

Click here is a list of restaurants offering dine in, take out with curbside service and/or delivery.

Click here for a list of businesses open for in-person and online shopping, gift certificates and more.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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

Some of the friendly faces and special places on July’s First Friday. ” ngg_triggers_display=”never” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]


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.