First Fridays

First Friday events are held on the First Friday of every month from 6-9pm.  Enjoy special happenings in many downtown shops, restaurants and galleries including live music, art displays and demonstrations, refreshments and featured shop promotions.

Chocolate Fest is coming on February 3rd!

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.

Daisy Dry Goods

28 Front Street

(518) 885-2782

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Ladies, you’ll find the perfect piece of jewelry to match your outfit, and gentlemen you’ll find the perfect gift for your sweetheart! 20% Off Storewide on all your favorite finds. 3-Hours-Only. 6-9 pm. Plus sample our Chocolate Stuffed Dates in The Fourth Annual Ballston Spa Chocolate Fest. Come and see all that is waiting for you here at Daisy. And don’t forget to enter for a chance to win our $50 Gift Certificate!!!

Ye Olde Wishin’ Shoppe

19 Low St (Side Entrance)

(518) 772-3178

Stop by for a chocolate tasting with Brazilian treats from Bon Bon Brazil! The shoppe will also be open after Chocolate Fest with a free show by local bands William Hale feat. Eternal Crimes starting at 9pm.

Milton Ave. / Rt. 50

CMK and Associates Real Estate

108 Milton Ave.

(518) 399-8903

We are participating in Chocolate Fest! We will have a chocolate chef Victor Gelman from EMVI chocolate as our guest. He will present a chocolate flight of dark, milk, and white chocolates each paired with freeze dried fruit & nuts.

Washington & Malta Ave.

Strolling Village Artisans

20 Washington Street

(518) 885-5855

Iron Spring Gallery Opening Reception: New Original Works by Contemporary Artist David Keenan

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Contemporary Artist, David Keenan’s, new show. Of course, we are also a “Sweet Spot” for Chocolate Fest, with some delicious Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes for you!

The shop will be filled with Sweet Art just in time for Valentine’s Day. If you can’t find the perfect gift, you may have time to place a custom order with our artists!

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Glassworks Studio

10 Washington Street

(518) 817-5524

Join us as we celebrate BSpa’a Fourth Annual Chocolate Fest! We are a participating “Sweet Spot” and will be announcing our special Chocolate Chef soon!

See live flameworking demonstrations by our resident artists and pick up some fat free, no calorie glass chocolates for yourself! As always, we will have a selection of curated glass jewelry and sculpture for sale just in time for Valentine’s Day. If you can’t find a gift…..choose one of our upcoming classes for an unforgettable present or pick up a Glassworks Gift Certificate for your sweetheart!

Prolific Marketing

20 Washington Street

Come spin the WHEEL OF CHOCOLATE for FREE!

Everyone is a winner! Where will the wheel land? What kind of chocolate will you win? There’s only one way to find out: come by and spin the WHEEL OF CHOCOLATE!

Ballston Spa High School

Launching Pad Productions, Ballston Spa Middle School’s Drama Club

220 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY

(518) 884-7200

Launching Pad Productions, the Ballston Spa Middle School drama club, will present Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka at the Ballston Spa High School Auditorium on January 27 at 7:00 pm, January 28 at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm as well as February 3 at 7:00 pm and February 4 at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm. With 60 kids in the cast and another 60 working behind the scenes, this is sure to be a show you won’t want to miss! Perfect for families of all shapes and sizes, Willy Wonka is the story of young Charlie Bucket and his love of chocolate and family.

In conjunction with Ballston Spa Middle School’s Launching Pad Productions, the Ballston Spa Rotary Club will be holding its “Spread the Love” Food Drive at each performance. The Food Drive will benefit food pantries in Ballston Spa. The community is invited to bring donations of non-perishable food items to any of the Willy Wonka performances. Rotarians will be on location to accept your donations.


2017 Chocolate Fest Premier Sponsor

We are proud to announce Prolific Marketing as our Premier Event Sponsor for our 4th Annual Chocolate Fest, First Friday, February 3rd, from 6-9pm. Thank you to this wonderful team for their support!

2017 Chocolate Fest Application

Prospective chocolate chefs for the 2017 Chocolate Fest, please read the entry information, and print, fill out and return the application, along with your $15 application fee to BSBPA/2017 Chocolate Fest, PO Box 386, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.  Any questions, please contact the First Friday committee:

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 »