Vogue editor Anna Wintour started Fashion’s Night Out three years ago to spur ailing retail sales. But the shop-a-thon and kickoff to New York Fashion Week has morphed into a star-studded party. Past NYC FNO events included dance lessons taught by Elie Tahari and a window-decorating contest judged by Tim Gunn. Now, New York’s spending fete is really one big gawker fest, focused more on celebs than shopping.

Here in D.C., there are fewer velvet ropes to distract you from bargains this Thursday night. On the roster of events in Georgetown: 100-plus boutiques, restaurants and salons bearing free gifts, one-night-only discounts and, of course, cupcakes from 6 to 11 p.m. See Fashionsnightoutgeorgetowndc.com for details.

Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie counters with cocktails, a Michael Kors runway show and — wait for it— a cupcake bar! In Virginia, Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria serves snacks and mini-makeovers with 10 percent of sales going to March of Dimes.

We may not see the Olsen twins show up to judge karaoke (like they did last year at Barneys in New York), but D.C.’s FNO has the makings of a stylish, if paparazzi-free, evening.