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.

June’s First Friday is June 2 from 6:00-9:00 pm.

We are spotlighting  the upcoming Farmers’ Market and Shopping Local.

Plus our first free Outdoor Movie of the summer, “Moana” will be showing in Wiswall Park at 8:30 pm.

Stroll the village shops and museums and get a bite to eat at one of our restaurants before settling in for the movie!

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

Wiswall Park

Free Movie in the Park

Wiswall Park-Front and Low Streets

The BSBPA presents “Moana” as the free Movie in the Park, starting at approximately 8:30 pm.  Popcorn and water provided by NorthStar Church.  Thank you to our sponsors:  Bernadette VanDeinse, Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic, Front Street Deli, Next Door Kitchen, Sunmark Federal Credit Union, Iron Roost, Community Emergency Corps, Michael & Bradlea Raga-Barone.

Front / Low / Charlton St.

Sage Wine & Spirits

55 Front St

(518) 490-2095

Special spirits tasting featuring Alex from Yankee Distillers. Yankee is one of our wonderful local farm distilleries. Their grain comes from NYS farms, and their spirits are delicious on their own or in the cocktail of your choice. 6-8 pm. 21+

Creative Endeavors

49 Front Street

(518) 363-0015

We will be exhibiting group art show. Kids are welcome to come in and make their own leis for the movie in the park, Moana! The gift shop will also be open and features a great selection of affordable, handmade gifts cards, framed prints, small furniture and original art work as well as the Executive Closet consignment clothing boutique! We will be open until 9!

Saratoga County Historical Society @ Brookside Museum

6 Charlton St. Ballston Spa

(518) 885-4000

Saratoga County Historical Society is excited to host the third annual “My Art Teacher Has Talent” exhibition! It will be a great show with a wide variety of styles of works by Saratoga County art teachers. Be sure to also visit our gift shop and support our local vendors, such as Cobble Hill Farm Apothecary and Adirondack Candle Company.

Front Street Deli

39 Front Street

(518) 884-0456

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May First Friday–Ribbon Cutting, Student Artwork and Tasty Treats

May’s First Friday saw a celebration of student artists with displays in several venues throughout downtown.  We also officially welcomed CMK & Associates Real Estate to the village with a ribbon cutting, joined by the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County. ” ngg_triggers_display=”never” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

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″]

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!

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