2021 Hudson Hot Air Affair :: February 5-7, 2021 (Tentatively)

Hudson Hot Air Affair COVID-19 Notice:

Hudson Hot Air Affair is tentatively set for Feb. 5-7, 2021.  The HHAA committee is monitoring health and safety issues to plan a fun, but different, winter hot air balloon rally and festival for all.  Please check back in December for event updates

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Hot Air Affair is run entirely by volunteers and funded by our generous sponsors. Join the fun! The Hot Air Affair Committee is seeking new volunteers to help with event planning, social media, balloon crewing, merchandise sales, school program assistance and other activities.  If interested in volunteering, contact the Hot Air Affair at 715-381-2050 or email Hudsonhotairaffair@gmail.com.

See our Sponsors page for more information about becoming a sponsor or visit our About Us page to lean more about volunteering.

Real-Time Flight Information

Please check back here during the Hudson Hot Air Affair weekend for announcement and weather updates.

Saturday, Feb. 8th, 2020 Morning Launch is scheduled for 7:35 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8th, 2020 Afternoon Launch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 9th, 2020 Morning Launch is scheduled for 7:35 a.m.

(All inflations and flights are weather dependent.) 

We ask for your cooperation at the launch field – No alcohol, No smoking No Drones and only service animals, please.


Ideal Flight Conditions:

  • Light winds less than 6 mph
  • Good visibility
  • Sunshine or if cloudy, high cloud ceilings

Unfavorable Flight Conditions:

  • Too strong wind, over 8 mph OR no wind at all
  • Poor visibility or low cloud ceilings
  • Snow or rain

Hot air balloons depend on different weather factors, including wind speeds, visibility, temperature. Lean more >

Check the FAQs page for more information about hot air balloons and Hudson Hot Air Affair.

Balloon Launch

How to Get There

Directions to EP Rock School (Launch Field) at 340 13th Street South, Hudson, Wisconsin 

From MN: I-94 East, take Exit 1 North towards downtown. At stoplight take a right (East) onto Coulee Road. At the stoplight take a left (North) onto 11th Street. Right (East) onto Summer Street to EP Rock School.

From Stillwater: Take St. Croix River crossing bridge to Wisconsin. Take Hwy 35 South to Hudson. Turn left (East) onto Vine Street. Turn right (South) on 7th Street. Turn left (East) on Laurel Street. Turn right (South) on 13th Street to EP Rock School.

From WI: I-94 West, take Exit 2 and go North. Turn left (West) onto the frontage road (Coulee Road). Turn right (North) onto 17th Street. Left (West) onto Summer Street to EP Rock School.

Launch Field (EP Rock School) Regulations:

  • No Alcohol
  • No Smoking
  • No Drones
  • Only Service Animals Please

Thank you for your cooperation.