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61º | Partly cloudy | 3% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:09 a.m. | Sunset 5:01 p.m.

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Raleigh's skyline on a cloudy day.
Did you find yourself nodding along to these unwritten rules? | Photo by RALtoday
Whether you’re a City of Oaks native or a relative newcomer, there are just some things every Ralieghite understands to be true.

We asked our readers to share Raleigh’s unwritten rules, from common city knowledge to relatable trends and local lingo. You won’t find these rules in a handbook, but they are undoubtedly absorbed by the community — and if you’re not from the 919, these might be a little difficult to explain.

Note: Some responses were pulled from our Instagram.

The unspoken rule everyone knows

“Don’t park in the lower levels of the parking deck at Crabtree when it rains.” — Tracy V.

“Return your cart when grocery shopping.” — Cindy B.

Raleigh pro tips

“Never wash your car during pollen season. It’s futile.” — @princethepatel

“Don’t call the area Raleigh-Durham like it’s a hyphenated city name. Raleigh-Durham, or RDU, is just the airport.” — @nukulerjewelry

Hayes Barton Pharmacy on the corner of Five Points.

Warning: Use extreme caution when driving through the Five Points intersection.


Photo by RALtoday

We’ve learned a thing or two from commuting

Never turn left on Wade.” — @itsbrittanynelson

“Don’t race the right of way at the Five Points intersection.” — Robin S.

“Avoid 🍴🍴🍴🍴🍴🍴 Road the day before Thanksgiving!!” — @liiz_zziiee

Foodie opinions

“Pimento cheese. Put that on everything!!!!” — @rissilient

“Always stop for donuts when the ‘Hot Now’ sign is lit!” — @breinerfamilycircus

A spread from State of Beer.

State of Beer’s pimento cheese dip is a must-try.


Photo by RALtoday

We’re kind to our neighbors

“Rude driving and honking (except in an emergency) is not polite. Always show courtesy when driving.” — Jan I.

“Cameron Park is the best place in Glenwood South for throwing a ball with your dog.” — @colin_shelton

RALtoday pro tips

“Be kind to our squirrels, trees, and wildlife — after all, we are the City of Oaks.” — City Editor Cat

“Don’t speak ill of the other Tobacco Road college sports... at least in public. A Carolina or Duke fan might get mad at you.” — City Editor Allie

What did we miss? If you know an unofficial rule that’s not on the list, let us know using this survey.
Monday, Nov. 20
  • Karaoke on the Roof | Monday, Nov. 20 | 8-11 p.m. | Raleigh Beer Garden, 614 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh | Free | Sing your heart out on the rooftop of Raleigh Beer Garden.
  • Craft It: Snowy Mason Jar Votives | Monday, Nov. 20 | 3-4 p.m. | West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Dr., Cary | Free | Craft a unique snowy votive to decorate your home for the holidays.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • Beer & Banjos | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | Times vary | The Raleigh Times Bar, 14 E. Hargett St., Raleigh | Free | Head to the upstairs bar to listen to a free bluegrass show with a full orchestration and five-part harmony.
Wednesday, Nov. 22
  • A Harry Potter Holiday | Wednesday, Nov. 22, Friday, Nov. 24, Saturday, Nov. 25 | Times vary | Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh | $50-$70 | Listen to the orchestra perform selections from your favorite “Harry Potter” films along with a holiday sing-along, costume contest, and more.
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers | Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 7 p.m. | PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh | $39-$312 | Watch the Canes take on the Oilers on home ice.
Thursday, Nov. 23
  • Trophy Trot | Thursday, Nov. 23 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Dix Park | Healing Transitions, 1251 Goode St., Raleigh | $40-$130 | Enjoy a brisk morning run or walk through Dix Park — reward yourself with a brew during the after party at Trophy Brewing on Maywood Avenue. Plus, you can make a donation to Healing Transitions.
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News Notes
  • There is a sweet new ride parked inside of Crabtree Valley Mall. Creamed, a husband and wife biz serving ice cream infused with nostalgic cereal flavors like Cocoa Puffs and Lucky Charms, is now serving its inventive ice creams out of a chic blue truck on the lower level in Center Court.
  • Yesterday, UNC field hockey won the DI field hockey championship over Northwestern in a double-overtime penalty shootout. This is the program’s 11th national title, finishing the season at 18-3 (5-1 ACC). (NCAA)
  • Raleighites Joe and Ronda Crosby, the caretakers of the NC State Fairgrounds, recently lost their home in an overnight fire. Friends, family + employees of the fairgrounds have set up a GoFundMe page to help get the couple who has looked over the grounds for nearly 30 years get back on their feet. (WRAL)
  • Chess pie... in ice cream form? Say less. Grab a Two Roosters fall flavored cone like Chocolate Chess Pie and Bourbon Caramel Cookie for a limited time. The News & Observer recently raved about November’s guest flavors.
Try This
  • Save the date for Deck the Paws at Deep River Brewing in Clayton Saturday, Dec. 9. Second Chance Pet Adoptions will be there with adoptable dogs, and guests are welcome to bring their own pups to take photos with Santa Paws from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • The Redbud Writing Project, a nonprofit creative writing school, is hosting a Winter Garden Gala and Fundraising event on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m at JC Raulston Arboretum. There will be food, drinks (including zero proof options), music, and a reading showcase featuring five Redbud students. Tickets range from $50 to $250.
Plan Ahead
  • Reserve your spot at the Parlor at Heights House for Christmas afternoon tea between Thursday, Dec. 14 and Wednesday, Dec. 22. Tickets are $80 and include classic and unexpected tea options, finger sandwiches made in house, and desserts + scones from lucettegrace.
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🍔 Whataburger (might be) coming to town
A map of where our readers want Whataburger to come in Raleigh, NC.
Our readers have big opinions on where they think Whataburger should call home in Raleigh. | Graphic by RALtoday
Last week, we shared the juicy news that Whataburger is eyeing Raleigh for a potential expansion in 2025.

Though it’s unclear if the Texas-based burger chain has picked a location yet, it’s fun to imagine it right here in the City of Oaks. We asked our readers to scope out where they think Whataburger should call home in Raleigh — and you had some big opinions.

Just for fun — select a location below that you think Whataburger would fit best out of the most popular ones from our survey results:
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Last Friday, me and a few of my 6AM City team members met for an early happy hour at The Longleaf Lounge. We snacked on the port wine cheese ball along with a few deviled eggs + sipped on seasonal cocktails like the Slightly Impeared once the clock struck 5 p.m. You can join this swanky spot on the patio today for Bingo from 7 to 9 p.m. — the heaters + fire pits will be on.
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