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.

March’s First Friday is March 1.

We’ll be celebrating our First Friday Fanatics!

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.

Plus-this month, First Friday celebrates Mardi Gras! Participating venues will be handing out beads and/or will have supplies on hand to create your own Mardi Gras masks! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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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First Friday Locations

Front / Low / Charlton St.

Brookside Museum/SCHS

6 Charlton Street

(518) 885-4000

Paint and Sip with artist, Kimberly Leahey

All materials and supplies as well as a delectable array of nibbles and non-alcoholic beverages are included for a perfect evening. Participants will be guided in a painting of a special local landmark. Pre-registration required. $25 per person SCHS member; $30 per person non member

You can check out Kimberly’s art here:

Milton Ave. / Rt. 50

Corina Contemporary Jewelry

89 Milton Ave

(518) 885-0930

Come and Celebrate March’s Birthstone Aquamarine with Us!!

The soothing energy of the beautiful Ocean helps Aquamarine to calm fears and phobias and promote courage and protection!
All Aquamarine pieces will be 20% off on Friday evening 3:00-9:00 and all day Saturday 10:00-5:30!

Jessicakes will be here with her fabulous Chocolate Cream Pies! Mini ones for tasting and full size pies to take with you!! Don’t miss these yummy pies!

Washington & Malta Ave.

Glassworks Studio

10 Washington Street

(518) 817-5524

Join Glassworks for First Friday Flameworking from 5-9 PM as we celebrate Mardi Gras! 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! Sale of each of these First Friday Glass Creations benefits our non-profit studio and helps us bring the art and science of glass to all ages, in our community and beyond!

Our artists will be providing flameworking demonstrations all night long. 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. Come enjoy a little Zydeco music, refreshments, and a mini kiln-working workshop as we fire things up Mardi Gras style!


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 »

Recap: 2016 Chocolate Fest

2016 Chocolate Fest Winners! Judges’ Picks Savory: Zest Sweet: Strolling Village Artisans (Heather Longacker) Beverage: Coffee Planet Public’s Picks Savory: Zest Sweet: Spa City Baking Co. Beverage: Coffee Planet   The First Friday Committee would like to thank this year’s Chocolate Fest sponsor, for their support. Our appreciation to: Our judges-Patty Mangino from Mangino Buick… Read more »