Quakecon this year starts July 22 and runs until the following Sunday. The BYOC is the only thing that costs, and is usually sold out shortly after the registration opens (it's already sold out at this point). You can always go to the event and stop by the hardware booths and see the presentations for free-ish. There is a cost to park (actually a cost to leave the garage after you've parked). But the event itself is free outside of the BYOC.I'm jealous about Quakecon. It's been way too long since I've been to one. I know that it costs money now to BYOC and set it up, but are there things one can do for free? If it runs over the weekend, and depending on when it is, I may be able to go on Saturday and enjoy some of it.I'm hoping I can get my hands on some upgrades at Quakecon though =D
Personally the BYOC is worthless to me at this point - without internet access, and with file sharing banned, there's really no point to bringing your computer to that location to pay to play on their LAN. I can host a LAN party with internet and offer file sharing for cheaper - or free-er. I haven't been since 2009 though, so this is speculation about the experience.
I am planning on doing a tsnBreakfast get together for the tsn folks that come out to QC like we did last year. It will be on that Saturday morning...place and time TBD.