The Hudson Hot Air Affair is back! This annual hot air balloon festival takes place in Hudson, Wisconsin (just east of the Twin Cities) and is this weekend, February 2nd – 4th, 2024.
And most events are FREE!
They even have a 2024 theme: “Rockin’ with the Coldies.”
This year’s music theme will be observed throughout the Hot Air Affair weekend with the return of many of the popular outdoor events like the Torchlight Parade and fireworks, mass ascensions hot air balloon launch (weather permitting), and the popular Moon Glow/Field of Fire.
There are NO balloon rides at this event. It is a spectator event only.
All balloon flights are weather dependent and MAY be cancelled, but here is their planned schedule:
There are many other events too:
- Torchlight Parade
- Rockin with the Coldies Launch Party
- Pancake Breakfast
- Beverage Crawl
- Family friendly Rock ‘N Roll Dance
- Backstage Escape Game
- Hot Air Balloons LIGHTING UP THE DARK
- Canvas Party Painting Class
- And a ton more
The hot air balloons are the highlight of the event, offering a colorful show with mass ascension flights of hot air balloons (weather permitting). All of the launches are at E.P. Rock school grounds at 340 13th Street South, in Hudson.
- Saturday, February 3rd at sunrise (7:35am)
- Saturday, February 3rd at 3:00pm (optional flight if the morning flight has launched)
- Sunday, February 4th in the morning at 7:35am
SOME events have costs but most don’t.
Q. Are there admission costs for Hot Air Affair?
A. All of the balloon events are free as well as other spectator events like the torchlight parade and fireworks. Some things are free to watch, but there is a fee to participate. Other things require a fee.
Check out their website and schedule!