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WhistleStop Weekend

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20th Annual WhistleStop Weekend Cancelled
It is with great sadness that the EarlyWorks Family of Museums Board of Directors and staff announce that WhistleStop Weekend 2020 which was scheduled for May 1-2 has been cancelled. We held out as long as we could knowing how much everyone loves this festival, but due to global health concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and in following guidelines about public gathering released by the CDC and ADPH the WhistleStop team felt there was no other safe and responsible option with the current state of the pandemic. Keeping our community safe and healthy is our number one priority. The volunteer team that organizes WhistleStop has worked hard to plan the 20th year of this great festival, sadly it will not take place this year

Brad Wiegmann


A smorgasbord of music, barbecue, and fun are on tap the first weekend in May attracting as many as 25,000 barbecue connoisseurs to downtown Huntsville. WhistleStop Weekend brings with it a weekend of live music, barbecue samples, a corn hole tournament, a wing cook-off and professional and amateur barbecue competitions.

The barbecue cook-off contains three divisions: a professional division sanctioned by Kansas City Barbecue Society, the Kid’s Q for children 8 to 14 years old, and the Shade Tree (amateur) division. Festival goers have two opportunities to vote for their favorite team. The public decides the winner of the Wing Thing contest ($10 fee to sample and vote) and festival goers can visit over 40 of the Shade Tree Cooking teams who offer samples for the People’s Choice Awards. Festival goers vote for their favorite by placing money in a jar provided at the cook-site. The team with the most money will be presented with the People’s Choice Award during the awards presentations.

The live music is just as smokin’ as the barbecue and the Alabama Corn-hole Championship takes place on both days of the festival.

All activities take place on the grounds of the Historic Huntsville Depot located at 320 Church Street. Festival hours are Friday 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, visit or call 256.564.8100.


Admission per person (ages 9+) is $25 and youth (ages 3-8 years old) is $5 or a weekend pass is available for $35/ages 9+ and $10/ages 3-8 years old. All proceeds benefit EarlyWorks Children’s Museum and educational programs for area children.