This is the first year for Microsoft's new Ignite conference. Many people are keen to go but figure it would break the bank.
Here's another option:
The Microsoft Virtual Academy have their Heroes program running again. You get one point in the draw for just signing up. Even better though, take some courses and both learn something worthwhile and increase your chances of winning the competition:
Sign up and enter here now: SIGN UP (NOTE: Australians Only for this one sadly)