Wordstock. It's a writer's workshop/festival filled with fun information for readers and writers.
One of the things I love about Wordstock is the price. It is so affordable that there is no reason not to go. Here is a list of the 2012 prices: 1 day-$7, 2 days-$10, groups of 10 or more: $5, kids ages 0-13-free (but a ticket is still required).
That's the reason I always try to volunteer. And, it's a wonderful way to get to know other writers/readers and people with like-minded interests.
I've volunteered a couple of years and highly encourage others to do the same. Plus, there are all sorts of events associated with the festival that take place ahead of the BIG event, one example is a poetry slam.
And there are so many wonderful, friendly people to get to know. Like Kelsey. She volunteers a ton of her time to the cause.
She sat with me at the Registration Table but she was doing way more than me because she was a black shirt - I was a red shirt. Shirt colors are the way to quickly distinguish the worker bees from the real honey bees (or the ones who really know what's going on behind the scenes.)
And Kelsey bought a couple of the cutest books ever, at the festival: Baby Mouse by Matt Holm and illustrated by Jennifer Holm.