If you forgot to get passes to the film festival, the video-game portion of Fantastic Fest is still free and open to the public. See, play, and learn about the latest independent games from here in Austin and around the world. Tournaments take place every evening but you have to sign up in the afternoon. Thu.-Sun., Sept. 19-22. Free.
Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070
After a hiatus the little arcade that could returns with the small goal of stopping war. It is International Peace Day. Expect all the regular "Best of Austin"-approved philanthro-punk shenanigans as well, including a house full of retro video games, drinks, food, projected movies, and live music from chiptune artists MonsterVision and Chalkboards. Every penny collected goes to the Pass Love Charity Foundation. 8pm. $10.
Haunted Houses in town (and possibly in the world) don't get any bigger or badder than this. House of Torment gives you the option of three houses of horror. There should be enough zombies, pirates, reapers, clones, and tortured souls to keep the adrenaline pumping and the vocal chords screaming. Through Nov. 2, 7:30-11pm (longer on the weekend). $25-35.
What happens when you put a cartoonist, glassblower, photographer, performance artist, musicians, models sporting wearable art, lasers, and more in one room for the night. You'll have to attend to find out. 8pm-2am. $10.
Heading out on Lady Bird Lake on your own floating device. Don't have your own? Rent a kayak or canoe from the boathouse, and all the proceeds go to the Texas River School and its efforts to get kids on the water. Your destination is the Congress Avenue Bridge to watch the bats. 6:30pm. $15 ($10, children).
Texas Rowing Center, 1541 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/467-7799
Step back in time at the village in the woods as Celtic bands play, athlete test their strength at the Highland games, and everyone enjoys the food, games, and shopping. Sat.-Sun., Sept. 21-22, 10am-8pm.
Habitat for Humanity now offers free, once-a-month tours of recent and past home-building sites. See how much they've accomplished, and find out what's yet to be done. Call or e-mail to reserve a seat.