A salsa dance event is scheduled to take place in Ballston tomorrow

Salsa, Sip & Mingle Flyer (courtesy Ballston BID)

An event featuring food, drink and salsa is scheduled to take place tomorrow in the outdoor plaza of Ballston Quarter for National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., local DJ Cyd will spin salsa tracks to accompany dance lessons with instructor Ricky Ricardo outside the Quarter Market food hall at 4238 Wilson Blvd. Salsa, Sip & Mingle will also feature sangria and food tastings from Bartaco, COPA Kitchen and Bar, Ted’s Bulletin and Ice Cream Jubilee.

Tickets can be purchased online for $ 20 and include a sangria drink, salsa lessons, and food. Admission is free for employees who work in most Ballston office buildings and for members of the Arlington Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and NOVA. Eligible people can get their free ticket by including job information and promo code SALSA2021 at checkout.

This is the eighth year that the Ballston Business Improvement District has held Sip & Mingle events, but its very first salsa-themed event to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month, a representative from BID said.

The month of celebration began as a holiday week in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson, to honor the anniversary of independence from Spanish rule for several Central American countries.

President Ronald Reagan extended National Hispanic Heritage Month to 30 days in 1988. The celebration now runs from September 15 to October 15.

The BID has not organized a Sip & Mingle event since January 2020.

“This will be our first Sip & Mingle since COVID forced the events to be canceled,” said BID CEO Tina Leone. “It’s exciting to have a wonderful reason to bring the community together, to sing, to dance and to have fun.”

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