“The Muppets Take Manhattan” and “Fame” are among the pics to play as part of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival’s Drive-In series of outdoor screenings.

Offerings, which include excerpts of festival entry “When the Drum Is Beating,” make up one part of the fest’s open-to-the-public neighborhood events. Tribeca has long talked up its relationship with lower Manhattan nabes, since the fest was founded as a revitalization project in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Outdoor screenings, held at World Financial Center Plaza, kick off with “Fame” on April 21 in an event precended by an open-mic talent show. The next night, Whitney Dow’s doc “When the Drum Is Beating” gets a showcase, with excerpts of docu screened and a live perf from the Haitian band, Septentrional, that provides the film’s throughline for its look at Haitian history.

Also skedded that weekend are the annual street fair and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day events, as well as an industry soccer tournament.

“Muppets Take Manhattan” rounds off the outdoor sked with an April 23 screening.