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.

Join us for all the great fun to be had in Hudson, Wisconsin.  Please view the 2019 schedule for a complete list of events and activities.

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

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.) 

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Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High 23F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
High 23° / Low 17°


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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Western Wisconsin Journal – 2019 Hudson Hot Air Affair Preview

Hudson Hot Air Affair in the News

Balloon Inflates

Hudson Star Observer: Countdown to the 2019 Hot Air Affair  >Read article

Hot Air Affair Events on Facebook: >View events

For current press releases and more info about the Hot Air Affair, please view our Media page.

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) on Coulee Road. At the 4-way stop 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 4-way stop 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) to the frontage road (Coulee Road). At the 4-way stop 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.