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.

April’s First Friday is April 7 from 6:00-9:00 pm.

We are celebrating the “Pick A Reading Partner” (PARP) with Ballston Spa School PTAs!

Come out and enjoy “mystery readers”  at different locations during the evening.

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

We will be holding opening night of the Brookside Museum 6th Grade Student Art Show, “Artists Are Inspired By Their Community” . Artists can be inspired by the place they live. Grade 6 students are to explore a historic landmark in the Village of Ballston Spa and make their expressive painting. The students are introduced to works by French Fauvists as a resource for color exploration. Using research collected, notes from our Brookside Museum Presentation, peer review, student observations of their chosen resource and applying Math Ratios for color mixing, students create an original work based on their community.
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.

Creative Endeavors Art Center & Saratoga Bridges

49 Front Street

(518) 363-0015

Creative Endeavors Arts Center is pleased to announce our Spring Exhibition
“My Story, Your Story”
April 7 – May 31
49 Front Street, Ballston Spa
featuring pieces that illustrate a narrative, story, idea or action
by artists from the Saratoga community and beyond
Opening Reception
First Friday, April 7
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Find the Application here!

For more information, contact Winnie Pino at or call 518.363.0015 ext.305

Milton Ave. / Rt. 50

Golden Road Jewelry and Estate

81 Milton Ave

(518) 831-5900

We will be hosting the First Friday Night mystery readers.  Stop in and see the new store!

Two if by Sea Gallery

91 Milton Ave.

(518) 496-4650

Come join us for the April First Friday! We will be hosting a Mystery Reader again for this year’s Reading Partners event.

A Bead Just So

114 Milton Ave

(518) 309-4070

Join us for a fun night of reading! We’re hosting a Mystery Reader, and a $5 kids bookmark project – come have some fun!


April First Friday Mystery Readers Wanted!

The Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) Reading Celebration is Friday, April 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.   The event is being coordinated by the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, First Friday business participants and the local elementary schools and PTAs.   PARP is a program designed to encourage parents, family members and friends to read to… Read more »

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!

Hundreds came out on a chilly February evening to stroll the village and sample a delicious assortment of chocolate specialties offered by chocolate chefs, ranging from sweet to savory to beverages.  Visitors also enjoyed art shows, special sales and music on the First Friday. The competition for our taste buds was fierce!  Here are our… Read more »

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 »