2019 Hudson Hot Air Affair :: Pirates Fly'n the Croix~ribbean

 Pirates & WCUJoin us in Hudson, Wisconsin, along the beautiful St. Croix River for Hudson Hot Air Affair, the premier winter ballooning event and winter festival in the Midwest.  This family friendly event includes activities such as an evening Torchlight parade, hot air balloon launches, geocaching, marketplace and craft fair, smoosh boarding, 5K fun run, bingo, balloon moon glow or field of fire, just to name a few.

Please view the 2019 schedule for a complete list of events and activities on February 1st - 3rd.

Hot Air Affair is run entirely by volunteers and funded by our generous sponsors. Join the fun! 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

Sunday Morning Update:
Due to weather issues of low visibility, fog & mist the Sunday morning balloon launch is CANCELED. A few of the pilots will be on the launch field for a meet and greet, but no balloons will be flying.

Saturday Evening Update:
Due to weather issues this evening's event will be a of Field of Fire. We have pilots arriving and folks are gathering on the field. The pilots will set up baskets and burners to shoot flames into the air. This creates a field of fire that lights the evening sky. We wish the weather was better but Mother Nature rules!

Saturday Afternoon Flight:
Due to the weather conditions there will be no flights this afternoon (Sat. Feb. 2) at the launch field. Some pilots will be there for a meet and greet.

Saturday Morning Flight:
On Sat. Feb. 2  The Hudson Hot Air Affair is proud to announce that it looks very, very favorable for the balloon launch at 7:35 a.m. at E P Rock School.  Dress warm and bring your camera. 

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

Thank you for visiting. Please check back here next year during Hot Air Affair (on February 2 & 3, 2019) for the latest announcement on weather and flight information.

Saturday, Feb. 2nd Morning Launch is scheduled for 7:35 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 2nd Afternoon Launch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 3rd Morning Launch is scheduled for 7:35 a.m.

(All inflations and flights are weather dependent.) 


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 >

Balloon Launch


Saturday, February 2 • early bird registration by 1/25 • 10 a.m. start time at Mt Zion Lutheran Church • Door prizes, awards and medals

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Saturday, January 26, 7 - 10 p.m. at Hudson House Grand Hotel. Enjoy spirits, wine and beer tastings, appetizers and live music.

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Join the fun at Madison Avenue Wine & Spirits for a pirate themed party. Enjoy Caribbean inspired cocktails, food and live music.

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2019 HHAA Tourchlight Parade

MattsRadShow – Hot Air 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 Coulee Road. At the stoplight take a left (North) onto 11th Street. Right (East) onto Summer 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). At the stoplight take a left (North) onto 11th Street. Right (East) 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.