2021 Hudson Hot Air Affair :: February 5-7, 2021

Hudson Hot Air Affair is a spectator event with balloons sponsored by area businesses. No hot air balloon rides are sold during the event.

If you are interested in purchasing a balloon ride, Hot Air Affair partner balloon companies offer rides year-round (weather permitting).

Aamodt’s Hot Air Balloon Rides http://www.aamodtsballoons.com/

Stillwater Balloons https://stillwaterballoons.com/

Lesmeister Balloon Company https://www.facebook.com/Lesmeister-Balloon-Company-1492577431034277/

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Hudson Hot Air Affair COVID-19 Notice:

The Hudson Hot Air Affair committee decided to hold the annual Hot Air Affair event on February 5 - 7, 2021. The committee is making changes to the event, keeping the health and safety of the community in mind. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and adjust the event to comply with the CDC, state and local recommendations.

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Bringing Fun to 2021Bringing Fun to 2021:

Hudson Hot Air Affair announces the theme “Bringing Fun to 2021” for our annual hot air balloon rally and winter festival on February 5-7, 2021 in Hudson, WI. With a legacy of 32 years, the Hot Air Affair is a family tradition for many of our participants, our sponsors and the community.

“People have had a really challenging year and we feel it’s important to bring some fun to families and the Hudson community,” said Michelle Webb, HHAA president.

The 2021 event will be a hybrid, including added virtual programing with balloons in the air, an evening drive through balloon glow and candlestick event and lots of fun. Some of the in-person events will not be possible, so we are working on creating virtual versions of these events. Some of the events will be presented in a different format, like the balloon glow and candlestick as a drive-thru event. We are partnering with the River Channel (Hudson/North Hudson community Access Television) to add virtual programs including film live video of balloon launches and the balloon glow and candlestick event.

The Hot Air Affair usually attracts about 30 to 35 balloons; however, we expect about half that many will be able to participate with private pop-up launches around Hudson, weather permitting. While there will NOT be any public launch field access this year, there will be balloons in the air.

The Hot Air Affair committee is working to bring some FUN to 2021.

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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

This year, because of COVID-19, exact launch locations will not be announced. Our online updates will provide timing and general information on where to look for balloons in the sky.  Fill up your coffee cup, peer out your home or car windows and look to the sky for winter balloon color! The public will NOT be allowed at the launch sites. 

Private Pop-Up Balloon Launches are planned for:

Saturday, Feb. 6th, 2021 Morning Launch is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. CANCELED

Sunday, Feb. 7th, 2021 Morning Launch is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. CANCELED - But a couple pilots will try to launch. Bundle up and look up over Hudson.

(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 >

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

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