1. Fire trucks on parade: This annual display winds its way through downtown Saturday
North Carolina Fire Departments will showcase their finest antique and modern trucks while vying for distinctions such as “best appearing aerial” and “longest distance traveled.” The parade is part of the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo happening all weekend at the Raleigh Convention Center. The parade route runs from the State Capitol down Fayetteville and South Salisbury streets to the Raleigh Convention Center. 12 p.m., Saturday, Fayetteville and South Salisbury streets.
2. Movie night : Check out “Southern Baptist Sissies” on Thursday at the Rialto
Del Shores’ film adaptation of his play sold out its premiere at the Carolina Theatre in Durham last year. It screens at the Rialto on Thursday and next week. The film is a live production of the play, which tells the story of four young gay men growing up in the Southern Baptist Church. Proceeds will go to the Crape Myrtle Festival and Stonewall Kickball. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, 1620 Glenwood Ave, $9, $7.50 seniors and students with ID.
3. Park sounds: Music under the stars at Pullen Park
The city’s “Summer in the Park” concert series is underway. On Saturday enjoy the sounds of classic rock, blues and country brought to you by local band “Tight Squeeze.” The tunes are free, but you’ll need to bring your own blankets or lawn chairs. The series runs though September with shows at Fletcher Park and John Chavis Memorial Park as well. 6 p.m., Sunday, 520 Ashe Avenue
4. Shine on: The Glo Paint Party Tour brings its shenanigans to Lincoln Theater
It sounds like just another night on town, until you get to the part about hundreds of gallons of glow paint. You won’t be shocked to know that promoters also are promising pumping music, laser lights and dancers. The paint drops at midnight, naturally. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday, 126 E. Cabarrus St., Tickets: $15 advance, glopaintpartytour.com/event/details/raleigh-nc/
5. Adventure ahead : A night of comedy with the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre
“On the Verge,” the latest production from the nonprofit community theater group, features the adventures of three Victorian lady explorers through time. Watch what happens when they encounter hundreds of artifacts from the future, from household utensils to a side mirror from an automobile. From the theater: “Heroines to their heart, the explorers can accommodate themselves to any emergency (natural or man-made), although they are momentarily disoriented as they approach modern times.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24-August 3, 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd., $18, $14 for ages 21 and younger and 65 and older, ontheverge.brownpapertickets.com.