BrickCon 2011 - Fan display in Seattle, Washington State, USA
Talking about public events, it's a little over a week now until BrickCon 2011. The public facing side of the event is a 2 day public exhibition (Saturday October 1st & Sunday October 2nd) at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Details on pricing, travel, etc., available here.
This event has a reputation of being one of the premier exhibition events in the LEGO fan calendar, with many amazing models on display. It's also a great opportunity to meet many of the US & Canada-based builders those work you see featured on the MOC-oriented sites like Brothers Brick.
If you're lucky enough to have registered for it, there is a private 'convention'-style event proceeding the public show - details here.