Usually, I don’t get out much, but I did attend four big annual developer events in Seattle and presented in a few. All of these events have significant Microsoft presence and are sponsored by Microsoft directly or as part of its community outreach efforts.
A informal social gathering of developers over a weekend in which developers vote on topics and break out into discussion groups, though some groups tend to have some leading the way and/or presenting.
Seattle Code Camp
A weekend in which developers from the community present code-focused presentations to the rest of the community.
Lang.NET is a Microsoft-hosted symposium focused on programming languages and tools. It includes about half-Microsoft participation with the rest from industry.
DSL Dev Con
Chris Sell’s latest developer conference focused on DSL and following the Lang.NET symposium. His conferences usually takes a topic and aims to “fill the head” of the attendee. Chris picked out a dozen lectures, some by famous industry experts, over the course of one and half days, and included a guest panel discussion. This year the keynote was Martin Fowler, the father of DSLs. Another noteworthy presentation was by Intentional Software Corporation. Paul Vick provided the token Microsoft presence needed to justify the conference.
Some regular Seattle groups that I have attended in the past include:
NETDA user group meeting (one of the Seattle-area user groups focused on .NET).
Washington Technology Industry Association (focused on the technology business, but also contains a dev SIG).
MSDN Events (seasonal event in which Microsoft presenters rent out a theatre and present three lectures on Microsoft technologies du jour).
There was also the MVP summit for current MVP professionals.
Outside Seattle, the only conference I attend is the Software Industry Conference in Denver, Colorado, every summer.
Are there any others?