Whistlestop 2023: The Festival Is Officially Coming Back to Huntsville

Whistlestop 2023

Earlier this year EarlyWorks announced that it would end the Whistlestop BBQ Festival after more than two decades. However, it was recently announced that the Whistlestop Festival is returning in 2023 and that it’s going to be better than ever.

Whistlestop 2023 will be held on October 20-21 at MidCity and promised to be a weekend filled with fun, food, and entertainment for all ages.

Whistlestop 2023

We reached out to the Whistlestop organizers for some more information about the festival’s return.

“WhistleStop, a primary fundraiser for the EarlyWorks Children’s Museum, is back in action
and reimagined largely because of our partners at i3 and MidCity District,” said a spokesperson for Whistlestop.

“The team at i3 reached out earlier this year in hopes of helping revive the event, and shortly after, the team at MidCity District joined, providing a new home for this beloved festival. We are excited about the new partnership and bringing back an even better WhistleStop. This year, you can expect an authentic BBQ Festival experience complete with a KCBS-sanctioned competition, BBQ vendors, live music, kids STEM area, and much more!”

Details about how to register have not been announced yet but are coming soon. So be sure to stay tuned to the Whistlestop website for more information.

The first Whistlestop Festival was held in 2011 at John Hunt Park. The festival was started by EarlyWorks to raise money for the museum. The festival has a long history in Huntsville and has always had a lot of support from the community.

If you’ve never been to Whistlestop before, the highlight of the festival is a barbecue competition that features the best pitmasters from the region.

Visitors are encouraged to sample the various dishes and vote for their favorite dish in the People’s Choice Award. Judges also award a victor every year.

Outside of that, the Whistlestop Festival also has live music, vendors, entertainment, and games for kids.

While details are limited, news that Whistlestop will be returning in 2023 after all is exciting!