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Video: A crowd gathers on Foster St. at Durham Central Park for the Father's Day Food Truck Rodeo on Sunday, June 18, 2017, in Durham, NC.
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Video: A crowd gathers on Foster St. at Durham Central Park for the Father's Day Food Truck Rodeo on Sunday, June 18, 2017, in Durham, NC.

It’s food truck rodeo season, and there’s no better place to sample some of the Triangle’s best street food.

Hundreds swarm to these gatherings. Mark your calendars. Here’s a look at the schedule.

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo: This Food Truck Rodeo is spread through the entirety of downtown Fayetteville Street, with food trucks coming from across the state for this free event. This truck rodeo is serious business. Rain or shine! Upcoming dates: June 9, 12 noon-6 p.m.; Aug. 4, 3-9 p.m.; Oct. 6, 12 noon-6 p.m. downtownraleighfoodtruckrodeo.com

Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo: Over 25 different food trucks gather at the Durham Farmer’s Market, 501 Foster St., Durham, with DJs and beer. This is a rain or shine event. Upcoming dates: 12 noon to 4 p.m. June 16, Sept. 1., Nov. 3. durhamcentralpark.org/events/food-truck-rodeo-info/

RTP Food Truck Rodeo: There’s at least one food truck at lunchtime Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with up to six on Fridays. Monday to Thursday at The Frontier Campus, 800 Park Offices Drive. Friday at 700 Park Offices Drive, Research Park Triangle. Through July 31. Follow @frontierrtp on Twitter for the daily lineup. rtp.org/program/rtp-food-truck-rodeo/.

Cary’s Downtown Chowdown: Food trucks take over South Academy Street in downtown between Waldo Street to Dry Avenue, toward Downtown Park. Bonus: The June 8 event also serves as the second annual Pimento Cheese Festival. Food trucks will serve their regular menus along with dishes featuring pimento cheese. Plus, there will be a pimento cheese sculpting contest. Upcoming date: June 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; July 14, 12:30 to 5 p.m.Held rain or shine. townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/special-events/chatham-street-chowdown.

Brier Creek Food Truck Fest: The spring event May 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., features 30 food trucks and live music at 8010 Arco Corporate Drive, behind Brier Creek Commons shopping center. (Follow the service road next to Dick’s Sporting Goods.) facebook.com/BrierCreekEatsAlternative

Food Truck Thursdays: Every third Thursday through October, lunch and dinner food trucks come to Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. First Ave. For dinner, there’s at least two food trucks and a dessert truck. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. knightdalenc.gov

Fired Up Fridays: Garner has rotating food trucks at Full Bloom Cafe, 141 W. Main St., every Friday at 5:30 p.m. facebook.com/DowntownGarner/

Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo: The June 30 event has a flurry of food trucks and dessert vendors as well as craft vendors. Dog and family friendly. Bring a chair to stay awhile. 12 noon to 4 p.m. Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest. facebook.com/wakeforestfoodtruckrodeo/

Rodeo on Rosemary: Chapel Hill already had a rodeo on Rosemary Street April 22. Check downtownchapelhill.com for upcoming dates.

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