I made the journey to Charlotte for SQL Saturday this year. It was a solid event with good attendance, interesting speakers and topics, and in a nice facility.
Adam Machanic was there and gave an engaging talk about SQL 2016 features.
SQL Saturday are free learning events that different SQL PASS chapters give once a year. They are free to attend and are often a great way to increase your knowledge, network, and spend the day learning. If you’re a SQL Server professional they are worth your time. Check them out!
For anyone wanting to download the session slides they can be found here: http://www.sqlsaturday.com/560/Sessions/Schedule.aspx