First Fridays

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

May’s First Friday is May 5 from 6:00-9:00 pm.

We are spotlighting our popular Annual Student Art Show.

The students of the Ballston Spa Central School District and St. Mary’s will have art work on display

in participating shops and restaurants in the village.

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.

Saratoga County Historical Society @ Brookside Museum

6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020

(518) 885-4000

Join us for First Friday, May 5th from 5-8 pm. We will be holding opening night of the Ballston Spa High School Student Art Show.

Also on display, Invented in Saratoga County, which shares the inspired inventions that came out of Saratoga County and shaped local industry and national historic events

Milton Ave. / Rt. 50

Corina Contemporary Jewelry

89 Milton Ave

(518) 885-0930

May’s First Fridays going to be so yummy!! Jessicakes Saratoga will be offering tastings of her mini confections and she will also have boxed treats ready for you to take home with you!!
We will be featuring the artwork of Ballston Spa’s Middle school…come by and meet the artists and see their lovely work!!

Whitehouse Restaurant

93-95 Milton Avenue

(518) 885-6797

Enjoy our famous Whitehouse Pizza, only
available on First Fridays, 5–9 p.m., Eat In or
Take Out! Lunch menu also available

Coffee Planet

100 Milton Ave.

(518) 884-9913

“Art on the Walls” by Mr Coleman’s students at Malta Avenue School

National Bottle Museum

76 Milton Avenue

(518) 885-7589

Semi-Monthly Pop-up Art Show featuring the work 15 different Artists in Assorted media. 

The Artists’ Space at the National Bottle Museum is also proud to present an exhibition by The Galway High School Art Portfolio class opening Friday May 5 and on display through May 27. Five student artists will be showing their work in the second floor gallery. This diverse group of young artists will be showing their work publicly for the first time and displaying a mix of art mediums including photography, sculpture, painting and collage. An opening reception is planned and open to the public for Friday evening, May 5 from 6 to 8 pm.

Ribbon Cutting-Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh Ballston Spa Office

199 Milton Avenue

There will be a ribbon cutting on Friday, May 5, at 6:30 pm, marking the opening of NYS Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh’s district office in Ballston Spa at 199 Milton Avenue. All are welcome to attend.

CMK & Associates Real Estate

108 Milton Avenue

(518) 986-5960

Join us at 5:30 pm on First Friday for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the Grand Opening of CMK and Associates Real Estate’s newest location in downtown Ballston Spa.

A Bead Just So

114 Milton Ave

(518) 309-4070

Join us for a fun night of art! We’re hosting artwork by local Ballston Spa students. Don’t forget to wear (or purchase!) a First Friday Fanatic button to receive 10% off your purchase during First Friday!

We’re also hosting a LuLaRoe Pop Up Shop! Don’t miss Sarah McMahon and all of her LuLa goodies – there are hundreds to choose from!


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″]

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Ribbon Cutting for Avon Products/Team Best–New Location!

On March 3, 2017, the BSBPA celebrated with a ribbon cutting to mark the grand re-opening of Avon Products/Team Best’s new, larger location at 102 Milton Avenue. Joining us, along with owners Darryl & Sherry Best and Heather Couvertier, were Ballston Spa mayor John Romano, Chamber of Southern Saratoga County’s Pete Bardunias, BSBPA board members, fellow… Read more »

2017 Chocolate Fest–How Sweet It Was!

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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:

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