WhistleStop Information

Come have a toe-tappin, barbeque-eatin' good time and best of all it's all for a good cause. All proceeds benefit EarlyWorks Children's Museum and educational programs for area children.

May 5th & May 6th, 2017
Friday - 4pm - 11pm
Saturday - 10am - 11pm

Historic Huntsville Depot
320 Church Street
Huntsville, AL.

Parking is downtown street parking.
Gateways are at the Church Street and Monroe intersections, the Church Street entrance of the Depot and on Meridian Street across from Walker Avenue.


Interested in being a vendor at the 2017 WhistleStop Festival?
Please contact us here.

Operation Green Team

Thanks for thinking green & making this a litter-free and recycling event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the WhistleStop Weekend have an official host hotel?

Holiday Inn

Yes. Holiday Inn—Research Park has offered a special rate of $89 for those participating or attending the WhistleStop Festival. Call the hotel directly at 256-830-0600 to make your reservation and ask for the WhistleStop rate.
The rate is not available online or through their toll-free reservation line—you must call the hotel.

Are dogs allowed at the festival?
Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed on the festival grounds.

Is the festival kid friendly?
You bet!! Be sure to visit the Kid’s Zone! They’ll have lots of activities for the kids to enjoy!

Do you get to sample the bbq?
On Friday from 6-7:30pm at the Pig Whistle Pub, you can be a judge and help pick the best chicken wings during the “WhistleStop Wing Thing!” Also, on Saturday from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. it’s the “People’s Choice” as you visit the ShadeTree cooking teams that offer samples and vote for your favorite with dollar bills and pocket change.

Can I pass out campaign materials and/or other materials?
No. The WhistleStop Festival is a partner of Operation Green Team; therefore, printed materials for solicitation are not allowed.

Where can I park?
There are many places to park all around the festival area. Most places charge a small fee.

Will you take a debit card or credit card?
Unfortunately, we are not equipped at this time to handle card transactions; however, cash and checks are accepted.

Will there be ATM access?
Yes, an ATM will be on the festival grounds for your convenience. There are also three banks within a block of the Depot who each have ATM’s.

Can I buy alcohol?
Yes. For our 21 and over festival guests, alcohol will be available for purchase. A valid ID for proof of age is required.

I am coming from out of town and want to see the professional cookers. When is the best time to do that?
The KCBS Teams will begin their first turn-in at 12:30. Prior to that time, will be your best bet.