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 August 2.
The free Movie in the Park, Incredibles 2, will be shown this evening in Wiswall Park, starting at approximately 8:30 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!
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.
Pull down locations below for more details.
First Friday Locations
BARC Theatre Production Preview at Wiswall Park
Wiswall Park, Front Street
Cast members from this summer’s BARC Youth Theatre production of “The Wizard of Oz” will perform songs and short highlights from the show in Wiswall Park, at approximately 7:30 pm, prior to the start of the outdoor movie. The cast will hand out coupons for $1 off admission to the show, which will take place August 9-10 and 16-17 at Ballston Spa High School.
Iron Spring Park
Lions Club Music Park at Old Iron Spring
Old Iron Spring Park, Front Street
Enjoy a free concert by The String Dusters at Lions Music Park at Old Iron Spring from 6-8 pm. Bring your blankets and chairs. Food and drink will be available from the Iron Spring Pavilion. Presented by the Ballston Spa Lions Club.
Front / Low / Charlton Streets
Join us at Daisy Dry Goods on First Friday, August 2, noon – 9 PM. 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!
Brookside Museum/SCHS Chicken Party
6 Charlton Street
On Friday, August 2, 5-8 pm, Brookside Museum will be celebrating the arrival of our live hens on site and the Chickens! exhibition with a party and activities for all ages.
The Milton Grange is creating a mobile coop and providing live hens for a “residency” on site. The hens will be at Brookside July 30-August 11 and October 1-14. We will have a “chicken cam” with live feed on our website and Facebook page thanks to the generosity of David Womer and Adirondack Cable and Security. The camera will be broadcasting the hen’s activities 24/7 while they are in residence.
SCHS/Brookside Museum would like to thank our sponsors, whose generosity make this exhibition possible. Humanities NY, The Upstate Theater Coalition for a Fairgame, Curtis Lumber, The Milton Grange, Thomas Poultry Farm, Adirondack Cable and Security.
Milton Avenue / Rt. 50
100 Milton Ave
Celebrating Kim’s one year anniversary! Stop by for a sweet treat by Jessicake’s, enjoy some live music and coffee of course.
We will be hosting a paint and sip with a gorgeous painting of daylilies! Mention First Friday for $5 off each ticket in your group! Reservations are recommended.
Washington Street & Malta Avenue
Join Glassworks for First Friday Flameworking from 5-9 PM! We are a Scavenger Hunt Stop, so be sure to come in and see us before the movie! Shop one-of-a-kind First Friday only glass creations at a special discount. These limited edition creations are only available on First Friday, so don’t miss your chance! We will also have $5 Surprise Glass Grab Bags (containing glass treasures valued from $8 to $100 and $2 Pick-A-Beads from our Adopt a Bead Bowl.
Our artists will be providing free flameworking demonstrations all night long. We will have a selection of curated glass items created by our resident artists. Enjoy refreshments while you explore our classes, shop, and watch our artists at work. First Friday Fanatics wearing their pin will receive 10% off their purchase of our artists’ glass creations, from glass beads to sculpture, or 10% off their next class!
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