Held during the first weekend in May, WhistleStop is a unique and exciting community gathering. Annually more than 25,000 attendees converge on the ground of the Historic Huntsville Depot creating an incredibly diverse socioeconomic audience. True community spirit, combined with great food, live music, good friends and a "little" competition have helped create this award winning two day event.

Proceeds from this beloved event support the history education initiatives of the EarlyWorks Family of Museums.


Historic Huntsville Depot
320 Church Street
Huntsville, AL.

Parking & Entrances

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 this year's WhistleStop Festival?

Contact us at! Please include your contact information and what you specialize in.

Note: we are only looking for food vendors at this time.


We would love to have your help at this exciting and fun-filled Festival! Volunteers are needed for many areas. Opportunities to volunteer include:

  • Gateways
  • Beer tents
  • Concessions
  • Kid's Connection area
  • The Pig Whistle Pub
  • Entertainment
  • Merchandise
  • Vendors

If you are interested in becoming a Whistle Stop Festival & Rocket City BBQ volunteer, you can sign up at:  or contact us at