Does the WhistleStop Weekend have an official host hotel?

Yes. Holiday Inn—Research Park has offered a special rate of $89 for those participating or attending the WhistleStop Weekend. 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. WhistleStop Weekend 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, including parking garages, lots, and street parking. Most parking is available for 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 PM. To watch them work, you should plan to arrive before then.