Try bites from some of Passyunk Avenue’s best restaurants, including Sate Kampar and Le Virtu, at this food festival. Street food ranges in price from $3 to $6 and there will be plenty of craft brews, wine, and seasonal sips available as well. Local crafters and makers are also going to be selling everything from jewelry to home decor to paintings at the event.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. East Passyunk Avenue, pay as you go, 215-336-1455, visiteastpassyunk.com
The Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania is hosting a talk about the current state of satire and comedy in Saudi Arabia with Hisham Fageeh, a well-known Saudi comedian whose work has been written about by the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and other major publications. In 2016, he coproduced and starred in Saudi Arabia’s submission to the Oscars, Barakah Meets Barakah.
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Irvine Auditorium Cafe 58, 3401 Spruce St., free, 215-898-6335, sas.upenn.edu
The former Daily News and People reporter brings her new book, Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America’s Dad, one of the first on the Cosby case, to the Free Library.
7:30 p.m. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., free, 215-567-4341, freelibrary.org
The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival opens Wednesday, featuring 30 all-new lanterns. This year, there’s a 200-foot-long phoenix, along with a walk-through dragon tunnel. Food can be purchased onsite and beers will be served at the Dragon Beer Garden nightly.
6 to 11 p.m. until June 30, Franklin Square, Sixth and Race Streets, $18 for adults; $16 for students, seniors, and military; $12 for children, 215-629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org
The young dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet II stage a retelling of Cinderella from the prince’s point of view that sounds — well, charming. Part of the Philadelphia Children’s Festival, Prince Charming features an original score by Kermit Poling.
10 a.m. with additional performances through Saturday, Iron Gate Theatre, 3700 Chestnut St., $20 general admission (call box office), 215-898-3900, annenbergcenter.org
Daily Show host Trevor Noah is in our living rooms nightly, but this spring, he’s coming into Philly “Loud & Clear” as part of his latest comedy tour. More than just a satirical newsman, Noah actually is an accomplished stand-up, having released his latest special, Son of Patricia, on Netflix in November.
7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the Met Philadelphia, 858 N. Broad St., $59.95 to $74.95, 1-800-745-3000, themetphilly.com
Hundreds of local vendors and thousands of visitors fill South Street and the surrounding area at this all-ages celebration. Activities beyond shopping and eating include live music, a kids’ zone, and the annual German Maifest party — featuring dancing, a beer tent, and a maypole — held outside of Brauhaus Schmitz.
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. South Street at Front Street, pay as you go, 215-413-3713, southstreet.com