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 a band 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.

One remaining 2016 Food Truck Rodeo Date: October 30 – Halloween Weeknd Rodeo

Sunday, October 30th, bring friends and family to the legendary gathering of 50+ local food trucks, local craft beer, local artists and live music. All you have to pay for is your choice of food or drink. The Swang Brothers play their first of three sets at 12:30 p.m. Rockabilly and blues dancers, get ready! Grown Woman Squad will be dancing around 1:15, at our first intermission. Comecheck out their moves and have fun with us.

Interactive activity: Carolina For The Kids Foundation (formerly UNC Dance Marathon) will provide cameras for you and the kids to film “video card” messages for patients, and create paper cards as well. The mission of UNC Dance Marathon is to overcome childhood illness by providing major support for the medical, surgical and emotional care of the patients and families served by UNC Children’s.


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

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