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 October 4.  

Visitors to Ballston Spa on Friday, October 4 can pick up a Love Local Card at any participating business. Each time you make a purchase at a participating business, your purchase will be recorded on your card. After you have enjoyed all the First Friday Festivities, turn in your card at Glassworks Studio or Corina Contemporary Jewelry. 

The visitor who spends the most in our participating businesses will win a $75 Ballston Spa Gift Certificate with swag from our unique local shops!

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The visitor who makes purchases (in any amount) in the greatest number of participating businesses will win a $50 Ballston Spa Gift Certificate and some extra goodies too from our local businesses!

Winners will be announced and contacted one week after the event following tally of all the entries.

 

 

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


Milton Avenue / Rt. 50

Paint-n-Gogh

114 Milton Ave

(518) 879-6869

http://www.paintngoghbspa.com

We will be open 11-4 and 6-9, shop for a hand-painted horseshoe sculpture, painting, or join us for our Jack Skellington Paint and Sip class at 7pm!

Bath Street

Goddess Hands Massage

35 Bath Street

(518) 602-3506

http://www.goddess-hands.com

From the hours of 10am to 4pm I will maintain appointment-only scheduling for those who would like a full massage experience. After that, I will be opening my door from 4:30pm to 8pm as an open house! Please feel free to stop by during this time, when I will be offering massage at $1/minute in 10, 15, and 20 minute increments. If you have any questions about massage, or just want to stop in to see the place, please feel free to do that as well. I’d love to answer any questions you might have, and we can also schedule a future appointment as well. Light refreshments will be available to snack on while you are here, too.

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….

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.