Hot excuse to shop

Last year, they turned the Pru hot-pink and stopped Newbury Street traffic for the first time in 15 years. How will the folks behind Fashion’s Night Out Boston top that? Handily, from the sound of it. The Hub is once again one of hundreds of cities participating in the four-year-old FNO phenomenon, which has stores staying up late to cultivate a party scene, complete with DJ-spun sounds, bites, drinks, and other surprises. On September 6, this year’s installment will close Newbury to cars once more, this time adding a music stage at every other intersection. But local organizers Michelle McCormack and Richard Villani (pictured) aren’t stopping there. They’re beefing up programming in ’hoods beyond Back Bay, including Downtown Crossing, Faneuil Hall, and the South End. Expect street performances, fashion shows, indie-designer pop-up shops, and the unveiling of a public-art installation on the Greenway, part of the global “Before I Die” project. To learn more about the lineup (including details on wrap parties at the Estate and on a Boston Harbor Cruises boat), visit