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🏙️ Your questions, answered
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Raleigh is home to many budding businesses. | Photo by RALtoday
Here at RALtoday, we’re big fans of hyperlocal tips — those insider pieces of info only someone in Raleigh would know. For example, it’s pronounced Morde-key, and the best way to get through the Five Points intersection is to just hold your breath and follow the car ahead of you.

To learn these, though, we had to rely on other Raleighites, and with plenty of folks moving to the Triangle every day, we decided it would be a great time to hold a Q+A session. We asked our readers for their questions and pro tips in the newsletter and on Instagram. Here’s what they came up with.

Reader Neils B. asked where to get the best BLT in Raleigh. We haven’t tried them all, but the BL(R)T and Blue from (ish) delicatessen is City Editor Allie’s favorite. The roasted, rather than fresh, tomatoes foster a great BLT all year long, not just during tomato season. Plus, the blue cheese really takes the whole thing to another level.

Another reader asked about the best local breweries. While we haven’t compiled a full brewery City Guide yet, our readers had some great ideas during our 2023 brewery bracket challenge.

On Instagram, Kristen T. asked about gluten-free eats. If we’re talking baked goods, try Lucky Tree or Fount Coffee in Morrisville — everything at each of these fan-favorite coffee shops is gluten free.

Another Instagram user asked about low-cost date night ideas, and while we have a whole guide of romantic evening ideas, we want to shout out some cheaper options. A picnic date in one of Raleigh’s many parks is never a bad idea, and you can save money and help others by going on a volunteering date.

One question we’re still pondering: What are the best toddler- and baby-friendly spots in Raleigh? We’ve covered some in our kid-friendly guide, but we’d love to have more places for the little ones. Send them our way.
Wednesday, May 15
  • Wine + Weeds | Wednesday, May 15 | 6-7 p.m. | Raleigh City Farm, 800 N. Blount St., Raleigh | Free | Put in some work at the farm and enjoy a splash of wine from Wine Authorities.
  • Game Night: Golf | Wednesday, May 15 | 6-9 p.m. | The Longleaf Hotel, 300 N. Dawson St., Raleigh | Free | Play this classic card game while making friends + sipping bevs.
Thursday, May 16
  • Summer Live Music Series | Thursday, May 16 | 7-10 p.m. | Transfer Co. Ballroom, 500 E. Davie St., Raleigh | Free | Jam to live tunes every Thursday while enjoying a bite or bev at this food hall.
  • NY Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes, Round 2, Game 6 | Thursday, May 16 | 7 p.m. | PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh | $175+ | Watch the Canes attempt to stay alive and force a Game 7 to potentially move onto the Eastern Conference Finals.
Friday, May 17
  • Talladega Nights | Friday, May 17 | 8 p.m. | PBR Cary, 301 Fenton Gateway Dr., Cary | Free | Celebrate National NASCAR Day like Ricky Bobby with specialty drinks, bull riding, and more.
  • North Carolina Courage vs. Utah Royals FC | Friday, May 17 | 8 p.m. | WakeMed Soccer Park, 101 Soccer Park Dr., Cary | $23-$128 | Cheer on the NC Courage while rocking your favorite sneakers + jerseys at Kits and Kicks Night.*
Saturday, May 18
  • Tiki Fest | Saturday, May 18 | 4-11:59 p.m. | Wolfe & Porter, 905 W. Morgan St., Raleigh | Cost of purchase | This new craft cocktail bar will host live music, food trucks, and giveaways in honor of its grand opening with a tropical theme.
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Soak up symphonic sounds at Summerfest 2024
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Pro tip: Snag a Lawn Flex Pass + enjoy all 10 shows for just $26 a ticket. | Photos provided by the North Carolina Symphony
Star Wars, Steep Canyon Rangers + Cirque acrobatics are just a few of the memorable performances to look forward to at the North Carolina Symphony’s Summerfest 2024.

Held under the stars at the stunning Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, this ten-part summer concert series springs to life on Saturday, May 25, and runs through mid-July.

Kids 12 and under get in for free, and we recommend packing a picnic + blanket for an extra cozy experience.
News Notes
Coming Soon
  • The white oak tree that towers over Nash Square will be removed soon due to safety concerns caused by a worsening crack in its trunk. City of Raleigh arborists estimate the tree is close to 100 years old, and a new oak tree will be planted in its place next fall.
  • Have you seen a red British phone booth on Powell Street in west Raleigh? Local resident Tony Sneberg drove 34 hours to Iowa and back to acquire the eccentric neighborhood touch. Sneberg said he plans to install glass panes and a cheap phone or emergency line to make the booth useable. (The News & Observer)
  • Raleigh’s average annual increase in wages outweighs the average annual increase in rents. This looks like a 4.9% increase in wages and a 1.1% increase in average rents between 2022 to 2023, making Raleigh the No. 5 city with wage growth outpacing rent increases.
  • The NC State men’s basketball team will take flight to Hawaii as part of the 2025 Maui Invitational. This will be the Pack’s first time at the invitational, which invites the best-of-the-best. The tournament is set to take place Nov. 24-26, 2025. (Pack Pride)
  • Cornbread Hemp’s CBD Sleep Gummies are available in two strengths and made with high-quality USDA organic CBD extract. Get 30% off with code CBDSLEEP30.*
  • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
  • On Monday evening, after the Canes’ victory over the New York Rangers, we got a little too caught up in the Storm Surge and reported that the team won by a score of 4-2. That was incorrect; the score was 4-1. Catch Game 6 at the PNC Arena on Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m.
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