2020 Hudson Hot Air Affair :: February 7-9, 2020

Up Nort LogoThe Hudson Hot Air Affair winter festival and hot air balloon rally has a 2020 theme of  “Balloon’n Up Nort’  Yah Sure You Betcha” which will play out in buffalo plaid, ear flap hats, hotdish recipes and other Up Nort' fun.  WESTconsin Credit Union is the corporate sponsor of the annual event coming February 7-9, 2020 throughout the Hudson community.

Join 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, bingo, balloon moon glow or field of fire, children’s activities and theme events, just to name a few. See our Schedule page for a complete list of events.

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

The Hudson Hot Air Affair Sunday morning launch announcement: On Sunday, February 9 in the interest of safety, and in regards for the majority of our pilots and guests, it is necessary to cancel the Sunday morning launch. Please join in other Hot Air Affair Sunday events as the weather allows.

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

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

Sunday, Feb. 9th 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.

Current Weather


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.