You Are in AIGA's House
AIGA has invited you over, and it's in your interest to attend. Be a good guest and RSVP.
Even if you're not all primed and perfect, it's a good chance to check out the competition and get 15 minutes with your favorite local designers. Maybe you'll want to ask them what they're looking for when they hire designers or do other fact finding. They'll think you strategic and smart for it.
It's only once a year and there is no better time than now.