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.

There will be NO First Friday in January, as we gear up for February’s First Friday, featuring the 6th Annual Chocolate Fest!

Click on the News links below for more information about the event!


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.

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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Pull down locations below for more details.

First Friday Locations

Front / Low / Charlton St.

Boho Chic Boutique

90 Front St

(518) 885-1546

We will have complimentary wine and chocolate treats for our shoppers during the Ballston Spa Chocolate Festival.

Creative Endeavors will be celebrating Chocolate Fest with a “Sweet Treats” Art show! We will also be hosting a Chocolate Chef! The gift shop will be open featuring a great selection of affordable, handmade gifts cards, framed prints, and original art work as well as the Executive Closet consignment clothing boutique. Stop by and get some chocolate and buy some “sweet” art!

Brookside Museum/SCHS

6 Charlton Street

(518) 885-4000

Travel back in time to an 18th Century Chocolate House.

Discover the history of chocolate. Savor delectable samples of hot chocolate made with a historical flair and taste sweet treats of the Colonial Era. View demonstrations of how chocolate was prepared in the 18th Century and hear about how its use has changed over the past two centuries.
All ages sitting 5:30-6:30; 21+ sitting 7-8:30. with special adult chocolate concoctions.

Tickets: $15 for SCHS Members; $20 non members.

Seating is limited. Pre-register at

Milton Ave. / Rt. 50

Nomad Coffee & Crepes

80 Milton Avenue

(845) 891-6676

Featuring Chocolate Fest chef Inked Baker.  Stop in!

True Elegance Boutique

124 Milton Ave

(518) 229-0097

Stop on by to participate in our Annual Chocolate Festival in Ballston spa. We will be hosting chocolate chef Bel Sapore with a tasty sweet offering! Come taste enjoy and vote for your best in the village and have lots of fun. Hope to see you!

Ballston Spa United Methodist Church

101 Milton Avenue Ballston Spa, NY

(518) 928-1656

Stop in on First Friday and enjoy our chocolate fountain! We will have a variety of dipping items and other refreshments. You just pick and enjoy! We will also have a regular table of child and adult appropriate activities which will relate to chocolate and Valentine’s Day!

Washington & Malta Ave.

Doubleday House Antiques

28 Washington Street

(518) 309-3745

Doubleday House Antiques will be open during the Ballston Spa Chocolate Festival. We will have some tasty chocolate treats for guests to sample, and we will be giving 10% off on all purchases made during the festival hours!


First Annual Chocolate Festival–First Friday, February 7, 2014

Congratulations to the Winners of The First Annual Ballston Spa Chocolate Festival sponsored by the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association. It was a very close race! Thank you to all of the participants and visitors– you made the festival a “sweet” success!