It was recently pointed out that there is no official event scheduled for Thursday night the week of the PASS Summit this year. I am fine with that. By the time Thursday rolls around, I might want to use that time to catch up on sleep. :-)
Seriously, the Thursday night party was fun, but it wasn't a necessary thing IMHO. By the time Thursday rolls around, each attendee should already have met enough people to figure out something to do. There are some great spots to eat near the WSCC and some sights to see that aren't too far away. in the early years of the PASS Summit when I first attended, we had a free night, or there was a low key event at the convention center just to have something to do.
I think this also presents a great opportunity for the exhibitors to perhaps have a private event to connect with those attendees to further discussions on products/services or to just get more familiar with each other. The week long schedule has always been jammed packed with little opportunity for these private events to flourish. My favorite night is Tuesday night at the welcome reception where you reconnect with old friends, meet new people, and feel the anticipation of a great week ahead.
Once again, I am looking forward to the Summit!