Stepping Out

Fair days

The Long Island Fair welcomes the season

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Stepping Back In Time

Long Island Fair

The Long Island Fair, Old Bethpage Village’s authentic recreation of a 19th century county fair, is always a welcome fall event. This popular annual festival offers an appealing glimpse of days gone by, including all sorts of historical entertainment and activities. Stilt walkers traverse the grounds, and entertainers enthrall families with puppets, juggling and storytelling, in addition to performances by brass bands, fiddlers, and special guests. Historical demonstrations, agricultural displays and competitions, livestock shows, tractor rides, Civil War and Rough Rider reenactments bring the 1800s century alive. Also see animals at the livestock barn and take part in corn husking and scarecrow-building contests Additional attractions this year include a lumberjack show, Loop Rawlins’ one-man Wild West show, and the return of Swifty Swine’s pig racing.

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15, $13 seniors and children ages 5-12. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. (516) 572-8401 or www.lifair.org.

In Concert

Neil Sedaka

The renowned songwriter-composer-pianist stops on Long Island on his current tour, which he says will his final before retiring from the road. Sedaka has earned the “legendary” epithet, evolving from a rocking and rolling teen-pop sensation in the 1950s — selling 40 million records in between ‘59 and ‘63 — to penning hits and inspiring artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, The Monkees and the King himself. His songwriting partnership with Howard Greenfield catapulted Sedaka to stardom and his enduring career has solidified that status. For over 50 years, Sedaka’s compositions such as “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” “Calendar Girl,” “Little Devil” and “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen” have stood the test of time to remain all-time pop music favorites. He’ll perform his classics, of course, as well as songs from his latest album,” I Do It for Applause.”

Saturday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m. $109, $83, $63, $53. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Route 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org.