American entertainment in Victoria
While many of the pastimes Australians love may have been influenced by other cultures – the Brits introduced us to our love of country pubs, we have cultural hubs for international foods all over Melbourne and we love us some Swedish trends – the Americans sure do know how to entertain:
If you’re looking for an American-style drive-in straight out of a 60s film, head to the Village Coburg Drive-In, where food from the local American diner can be brought to your car as you take in the latest Hollywood flicks, from Top Gun to the latest biopic on Elvis that was filmed on the Gold Coast.
Plus, RACV Members save on movie tickets.
Victoria has more public art galleries than any other state, with over 100 in Melbourne and an impressive amount of works at galleries in regional Victoria. If you’re looking for an artistic American experience this Independence Day, consider taking a trip to the Elvis: Direct From Graceland exhibition, which celebrates the poster boy of Americana, Elvis Presley, complete with the all-American 1960 MG red convertible, Vegas jumpsuits, and even a replica of the music icon’s Graceland street frontage.
Is there a car that celebrates Americana more than the Ford Mustang? The Mustang Owners Club of Victoria Inc. will be hosting a special American Independence Day market on July 3, featuring live music, American cuisine, and of course, Mustangs on display.
Luckily for Victorians, musicals are back, with a myriad of shows to choose from with all the plays and musicals coming to Victoria in 2022. If you’re feeling nostalgic for American history this July 4, grab a ticket to the musical that’s won 11 Tonys and sold $1 billion worth of tickets worldwide, Hamilton.
Billed as ‘the story of America then, told by America now,’ it showcases the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton through modern forms of music including rap, hip-hop and R'n'B. Just you wait!
While bowling was not invented in America, it is listed as the number one recreational activity in the USA. After featuring in many American shows and movies, it is seen as somewhat of a North American pastime, perhaps also due to the diner-style food usually served at most 10-pin bowling establishments.
Those looking for a strike can try their luck with Zone Bowling.