Photo courtesy of Ray Rivera Photography
Photo courtesy of Ray Rivera Photography

Durham Central Park’s Food Truck Rodeos

A Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo is an all-ages Sunday afternoon (most often 12-4 p.m. but check our Events page)  gathering of dozens of the Triangle’s most popular food trucks, five times each year. This is the original food truck rodeo of the Triangle–an event that helped start the food truck craze. The event is free to attend. You simply pay for what you decide to eat from the trucks’ menus–from savory and stick-to-your-ribs to sweet treats. Guest trucks have included included American Meltdown, MaMa Dukes, Pie Pushers, Porchetta, Fosters, Chez Moi Bakery and OnlyBurger. Locally-brewed beer and bands are always on hand. Dogs are allowed at the Food Truck Rodeo on regular (not retractable) leashes.

Food Truck Rodeos are rain or shine. Most trucks accept credit cards but an ATM machine is on site as well. Free parking is available in nearby lots. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair so that you can enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable Durham afternoon with friends and family.

Remaining 2016 Food Truck Rodeo Dates:
March 13 – Time Change Sunday Rodeo
June 19 – Father’s Day Rodeo
September 4 – Labor Day Sunday Rodeo
October 30 – Halloween Rodeo

Sunday, March 13th, bring friends and family to the legendary gathering of 50+ food trucks, local craft beer and live music. All you have to pay for is your choice of food or drink. We’re super excited to announce the return of Brooklyn’s PitchBlak Brass Band to Durham Central Park! PitchBlak uses the epic sounds of tubas, trombones, saxophones and other typically non-hip hop instruments in the spirit of The Roots and some of rap’s iconic live bands, to deliver an energy that samples, loops and breakbeats can’t always capture. Their blend of soundscapes and lyrical exuberance creates a grand adventure in listening, one that can hold the attention of music fans from across a fairly wide spectrum. Thanks to our sponsors, Leaf Filter, Marriott and WNCU.



Help make DCP Rodeos Waste-Wise Events!

Waste Warrior volunteers are needed to help set up, staff, and breakdown waste stations that include recycling and compost options. With the thousands of people that attend the Rodeos, volunteer efforts can help divert thousands of pounds of compostable and recyclable materials from the landfill. If you are interested in volunteering, email Erin at [email protected]

More information

Information and Application for Food Trucks

If you own a food truck and are interested in participating in an upcoming Food Truck Rodeo, click here for more information.


Looking for trucks that participate? Have other questions?
Check the Food Truck Rodeo FAQ

Thank you to our March 13 Spring Food Truck Rodeo sponsors and partners:


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