If you’re not into shopping, clothes, celebs, and free goodies, you might want to clear the streets and hide to avoid the annual stiletto-wearing stampede known as Fashion’s Night Out. Anna Wintour’s ambitious dream-that-could, launched in 2009 to help spur spending amid the recession, has become a full-fledged international fashion holiday that kicks off Fashion Week in the fall. Just about every retailer, from big department stores (such as Bloomingdale’s and Barneys) to major fashion houses (such as Diane von Fürstenberg and Chanel) to small designers and boutiques (such as Churoncalla and Condemned to Be Free) will be celebrating FNO with special discounts, giveaways, performances, block parties, makeovers, celebrity appearances, and much more. The only dilemma tonight is how to do it all, so get out of our way!

Thu., Sept. 8, 2011