Hudson Hot Air Affair« Back to Events
Hudson bursts with color in the middle of winter with the balloon-filled Hot Air Affair! Enjoy not only hot air balloons, but a HUGE slew of events throughout the weekend, both indoors and out. The Hot Air Affair balloons, of course, are all outside. Twenty featured balloons will launch Saturday and Sunday morning at 8am. Unfortunately, due to the cold weather and wind chills and the Drive-Thru Balloon and Candlestick Glow with the balloons scheduled for Saturday at 5:30pm has been canceled.
Starting Friday at 10am and running all weekend, many of Hudson’s shops, destinations, and restaurants have special offers, promotions, and events. You can also check out Virtual Ballooning with Rivers in the Air. Check out a whole series of virtual events, as shown on their schedule.
Saturday at 8am is the Pop Up Balloon Launch, with 20 hot air balloons rising from various locations around Hudson. You can’t attend this in person (yes, due to COVID) but online updates will guide you to where you can look to the sky and see the balloons dotting the winter sky.
Geocaching fans, the Hot Air Affair has plenty of coordinates for you to uncover, with a series of new hidden geocaches.
Saturday from 10am to 2pm is the Corn Hole Tournament at Hop & Barrel Brewing Company on 2nd Street. Teams have already registered, but you can check it out as long as you follow COVID-19 guidelines.
Saturday from 11am to 4pm, the Octagon House has walking tours and both the house/museum and the carriage house will be open for safely-spaced tours, in return for a small, suggested donation.
Ever partaken in smooshing?? At 1pm on Saturday, there’s a Virtual Smoosh Board Competition live on video so you can enjoy the wackiest sport at the Hot Air Affair.
Saturday from 5:30-6:30pm, you can partake in the Drive-Thru Balloon and Candlestick Glow Event at the St. Croix Business Park. Check out inflated hot air balloons – weather permitting – and glowing burners that will light up the darkness. You can enjoy all of this from the comfort of your vehicle. Tickets are required ($5 suggested donation) and you can secure them on their Square site here.
Sunday continues with geocaching, the Pop Up Ballon Launch at 8am again, and continued deals and events at shops and restaurants. At 12pm, you can check out the High Noon Fat Bike Race. It takes place at Lakefront Park in Hudson. It’s a 3K technical sprint along the St. Croix River bottoms and through the park, with “punchy hills and twisty turns.” 2pm on Sunday is the Peregrine Falcon Virtual Video, and 3pm is the Balloonist Roundtable.
Hudson is right along the gorgeous St. Croix River on the border with Minnesota, where I-94 and U.S. 12 enter the state. Highway 35 runs through the center of town. The beautiful Willow River State Park is nearby. Check out Hudson whenever you can, but if you can make it for Hot Air Affair, it’s definitely going to be a soaring good time!
Hot Air Affair Address:
Downtown Hudson as well as E.P. Rock Elementary School
13th & Summer Streets
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 386-4011 or (800) 657-6775