Ekka – Royal Queensland Show | August 2020
The biggest annual event on the Brisbane calendar, the Ekka is ready for a massive event in 2020 with some exciting new additions just for Brisbane Kids! The show, with a proud tradition in farming and bringing people together, will run over 10 days from Friday 7 August 2020 – Sunday 16 August 2020 and includes People’s Day on Wednesday 12 August 2020, which is the the Ekka public holiday and Ekka Children’s Day at the Ekka on Tuesday 11 August 2020.
While the program has not yet been confirmed for 2020, take a look below at the highlights from 2019- we will update this information as soon as the 2020 program is released.
What’s on at the Ekka in 2019?
Celebrating its 142nd year in 2019, The Ekka will again take place at the Brisbane Showgrounds in Bowen Hills. This year’s program is impressive; jam packed full of fun events and entertainment to ensure that everyone has a great day out! More than 70 per cent of the Ekka is dedicated to free family entertainment and activities including the EkkaNITES night show, 10,000 animals, Ekka Children’s Day and live performances by a number of family favourites.
From traditional displays like farm animals, wood chopping and horse jumping, to the more modern fashion shows, laser show and live performances by some of the top Australian recording artists, families will be entertained and thrilled every day of the Ekka.
On top of the full calendar of events and entertainment, the Ekka also includes all of the traditional show favourites, including a side-show alley and showbags, dagwood dogs, rides, lots of roving performers, amazing food, the famous strawberry sundaes and a fireworks spectacular!
Discounted Ekka Tickets
As the EKKA gets underway from time to time the Ekka will run limited time discounts which we will put here
- 30% off entry to the Ekka single tickets using the code GIDDYUP here https://www.ekka.com.au/buy-ticket (valid until the Sunday 7th July 2019)
Animals at the Ekka 2019
Without a doubt, the animals are a big draw card at the Ekka. From the prize winning roosters, cows and horses to the baby animals, a visit to the Animal pavillion is a must see at the Ekka every year. This year the whole family will be able to get up close to all the animals including the chance to milk a cow, see a chicken hatch and feed the baby animals. The family favourite is always the RACQ Animal Nursery, where you can purchase food to feed the animals including goats, lambs, ducks, chickens, piglets, calves and many more. However don’t forget to check out the dogs, cats, fish and horses, plus you can check out the best animals Queensland has on show at the daily competitions.
The Ekka Daily Live Entertainment Program 2019
Every year the Ekka daily program has impressed with its line up of high quality family focused entertainment. In past years the daily entertainment has included Giggle and Hoot shows, The Queensland Ballet, Sesame Street, Peppa Pig Live and so much more. This year the 2019 program does not disappoint with PJ Masks Show , Heritage Bank Pigs Racing, Lumberjack Show, Wood Chopping and Luke’s Reptile Kingdom Venomous Snake Show included in the line up of must see shows you won’t want to miss, and the best bit is that all the shows and entertainment are included in the ticket price.
The 2019 Ekka also features a number of awesome competitions that are extremely entertaining! this year will be a Pinball and Gaming Arcade and the largest pinball event in the southern hemisphere – the Brisbane Pinball Masters Tournament. See the masters at play or have a go with the kids – it’s the place to be! The Pinball Arcade will join the line up of returning competitions which include the Line Dancing Hoedown, the Arm Wrestling Competition, the Dagwood Eating Competition and the sixth annual Ekka Country Music Showdown.
Children’s Day at the Ekka
This year for the very first time the Ekka has a day dedicated to Brisbane Kids! Running on Super Ride Tuesday (13 August), with its awesome two for one ride deal from 9am-5pm, the new Ekka Children’s Day will feature an awesome kids entertainment program on the Community Stage including Dora the Explorer, Jimmy Giggle and PJ Masks!
The Ekka Night Program : EkkaNites
Every year the EKKA night time program, EkkaNites, gets better and better. Once again the 2019 EkkaNites program will include death-defying stunts, extreme sports, high-speed action, equestrian skill, dazzling visual effects and of course the breathtaking fireworks finale.
A celebration of farmers and theAustralian bush will take centre stage with A Heroes of Outback performance of “A Drover’s Tale –the tale of a swagman” and the Comedy Bush Buggy Great Race. Jet engine-fired monster trucks and FMX bikes doing front flips will rev up the atmosphere and stunt V8 cars will amaze in their set which celebrates Australian movies.
The night will officially close each night with a sensational fireworks spectacular with 48 firing points around the arena making 2019 officially the biggest fireworks display ever at the Ekka!
The Ekka Dates and Times 2020
- Friday 7th August – Sunday 16 August
- Tuesday 11 August: Children’s Day featuring Super Ride Tuesday
- Wednesday 12 August : Ekka Public Holiday – ‘People’s Day’
- Thursday 14 August: Senior’s Day
The gates open at 9am each day and close at 8pm. EkkaNites starts at 6pm each night.
The Ekka Ticket Prices 2019
- $35.00 per Adult
- $25.00 per concession or student
- $20.00 per child (5 – 14 years)
- FREE kids ages 4 years and under
- $80.00 per family ticket (2x adult and 2x child)
- $20 per Twilight Pass (valis after 6pm)
Please note: These are online ticket prices and the Ekka offers value packs and add-ons each year at the Ekka. To find a full range of ticket prices please click here.
Tickets for the 2020 Ekka will be on sale soon!
For more information on the Ekka click here.